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

LABOR DAY WEEKEND UPDATE: All beaches in Santa Cruz County will be closed from 5 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, except for an open period from 4-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This includes State Beaches. 

As with prior restrictions, people remain free to cross the sand to access the ocean for surfing, swimming, boating and water-based activities. But no sunbathing or strolling will be allowed on the beach.


Take the Parks Pledge to #FlattenTheCurve!

I pledge to help #FlattenTheCurve and keep our parks and beaches open by practicing physical distancing. Let’s protect our community and:

  • Stay home if sick.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Use parks and beaches for exercise only and avoid gathering in groups.
  • Keep close to home.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more.
  • Leave space between others when passing on trails.

If we fail, parks may close again and the health of our community will be at risk. Please join us by sharing this information!

Visitor Guidelines

As California State Parks reopens parks and beaches 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. Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

  • Stay Local: Stay close to home. Walk or bike into the park. Parking is very limited. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states.
  • Stay Active: Keep walking, jogging, hiking and biking. Watch for one-way trails.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: Please be sure to wear face coverings when you cannot maintain a safe 6-foot distance from others.

Parking is allowed at most state parks and beaches in Santa Cruz County and coastal San Mateo County. Camping also has resumed at all local state parks and beaches with campgrounds, excluding New Brighton State Beach.

Some parks and beaches continue to have closures, including but not limited to:

  • Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is completely closed.
  • New Brighton State Beach is open to pedestrians and cyclists only; no parking is available and the campground remains closed.
  • Visitor centers — including ParkStores — and historic buildings are closed.
  • Also, all in-person guided tours, programs and large events are canceled until further notice.

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.

Expiration dates for annual Parks Passes extended

Great news for California State Parks annual pass holders. Passes will be extended three months to make up for the time when people were unable to use them.

  • Expired March 1-June 30, 2020: extended through Sept. 30, 2020
  • Expires July 1, 2020 to April 20, 2021: extended 3 more months

This extension applies to the following annual passes:

  • California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag)
  • California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag)
  • Centennial Redwood “Golden Poppy” Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag)
  • Tahoe Regional Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag)
  • Historian Passport Day Use Annual Pass (Wallet Card)
  • Boat Use Annual Pass (Hangtag or Sticker)
  • Oversized Vehicle Pass (Hangtag or Sticker)
  • Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag)
  • Limited Use Golden Bear Pass

All other terms and conditions of your will pass remain in effect. If you have any questions, please contact the Park Pass Sales Office by email or by phone at (800) 777-0369 ext. 2 or (916) 653-8280.

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.