COVID-19 Update

Here is the latest information on the response to protect public health and the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff from coronavirus/COVID-19

Visitor Guidelines

California State Parks operates in compliance with state and local public health ordinances. It is important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. Masks are required in all indoor spaces. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Recreate Responsibly
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:

  • Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
  • Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
  • Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at
  • Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to follow the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health: masks are required in all indoor spaces.
  • Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.

Parking is allowed at most state parks and beaches in Santa Cruz County and coastal San Mateo County. Camping also has resumed at most local state parks and beaches with campgrounds. Campgrounds impacted by wildfire and drought remain closed..

In-person guided tours and programs require preregistration. Masks are required in indoors spaces, including Visitor Centers and ParkStores.

Please check the individual park or beach for more detailed information. Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. Learn more.

Thank you

Lastly, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we thank you for your patience, trust and continued support. We’d also like to thank our volunteers and staff for their commitment and dedication as public servants through these challenging circumstances. Get updates from California State Parks here.