Department of Parks and Recreation (PARKS)
California Department of Parks and Recreation manages 280 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California.
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Make a Camping Reservation
The California Department of Parks and Recreation manages more than 270 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California. These treasures are as diverse as California itself: From the last stands of primeval redwood forests to vast expanses of fragile desert; from the lofty Sierra Nevada to the broad sandy beaches of our southern coast; and from the opulence of Hearst Castle to the vestiges of colonial Russia.
Frequently Asked Questions
No matter what your destination is or whether you have a reserved or a first-come, first-served site, it's always a good idea to call ahead and check on park conditions.For Reservations - Plan ahead
You can make reservations up to six months in advance through ReserveCalifornia.Determine where you want to camp and be flexible
Have alternate parks in mind in case your first choice is booked.
To help you, get your copy of the California State Parks Camping Reservation Guide by calling (916) 653-6995 or writing to:
Sometimes reservations are easier to make if you can camp mid-week.Consider less popular camps
Southern coastal campgrounds can be full year-round. You could have better luck getting reservations at State Parks north of Santa Cruz or inland. Look for sites which are more remote and away from major metropolitan areas.Remember the holiday crush
The closer you try to make reservations to a holiday (Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July, or Labor Day weekend), the further north and inland you may need to go.Consider cancellations
Check the Reserve America website or call the 800-444-7275 phone number. While no waiting lists are maintained, cancellations are rare but they can occur.Consider visiting the park for a day
If the campgrounds you want to visit are booked, consider a day visit to the park for a picnic, hike or other outdoor recreation.Consider April, May, September, and October
The "shoulder season" (April, May, September, and October) is a good time to enjoy California State Parks. The weather during these months is usually good.
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