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California State Parks Camping Information

Checking In

You may check in to your campsite any time after 2 pm on your reservation start date.

When you arrive, present your reservation voucher or confirmation number and a form of photo identification. If you arranged for a discount when you made your reservation, proof of eligibility must be shown at this time.

Campsite assignments are made upon your arrival unless your reservation is in a site specific park. If you reserve 2 sites in a non site specific park, the park staff will try to assign adjacent campsites, subject to availability.

Dogs must be kept on leashes no longer than 6' and in a tent or enclosed vehicle at night. Except for guide dogs, pets are not allowed in park buildings, on trails, or on most beaches.

Check out by noon on your departure date. Please leave the campsite in good condition. The camper who follows you will appreciate it.

Family Camping

Family campsites accommodate up to 8 people. They are developed campsites with amenities that vary from park to park, and may include fire pits or fire rings, picnic tables, showers, a water supply, and a cleared area for your tent.

Each campground has a limit on the consecutive number of nights a camper may stay. Once this consecutive night limit has been reached, the campground must be vacated, and no one in the party may return to camp in the same park for 48 hours.

A parent or guardian must accompany youths under 18 years of age. The Supervising Ranger may approve the stay of a youth that presents written consent from the parent or guardian that states the dates of the authorized stay and the park name.

Fees include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer.

A maximum of 2 licensed vehicles/autos, travel, boat, and utility trailers-may be parked at most campsites.

Campers may stay in the same park up to 30 nights in a calendar year.

Group Camping

Group campsites accommodate groups as small as 9 or as large as 100, depending on the park. At some campgrounds, group sites can be combined for larger groups. Your reservation agent can help you with names and locations of these campgrounds.

Youth groups (under 18 years of age) must be accompanied by at least 1 adult for every 15 youths.

Stays are limited to 7 nights.

Environmental Camping

Environmental campsites are located in relatively undisturbed natural settings. Each site has a table, a clearing for your tent, and a primitive toilet nearby. Environmental campsite fees and hike-in distances vary between parks.

Plan ahead to arrive at your campsite before dark.

No pets are allowed, except guide dogs.

Stays are limited to 7 nights.

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