When can you reserve campsites in California?

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To reserve a campsite at popular California State Park campgrounds, here's what to do: Be ready a little before 8:00 a.m., exactly six months before the first day of your planned stay.

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Also question is, how early can you reserve a campsite?

We suggest booking a campsite at least six months in advance to maximize your likelihood of securing your top choice reservation.

Secondly, how do I book a campsite in California? There are two ways you can make your reservation at California State Parks:

  1. Online (24 hours a day, 7 days a week): www.reservecalifornia.com.
  2. Phone (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST, 7 days a week): 800 444-7275.

People also ask, how long can you camp in a California state park?

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

Can you reserve ADA campsites?

Generally, yes, if it is the only site available, you are permitted to use it. Some campgrounds even let you reserve the accessible spot if they are otherwise sold out. Typical wording from reservamerica.com reads “if there are no other sites available, then an ADA site may be reserved by persons without a disability.

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How do I reserve a California state park camping?

To reserve by telephone, call 800-444-7275. International callers can call 833-448-7287. However, the call center is only open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time and closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. You can also reserve online through Reserve California 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How far in advance can you book State Parks?

Most state parks are open 8 a.m. to sundown, 365 days a year. Visitors may make campsite or cabin reservations from one day to 11 months in advance by calling toll free 1-800-326-3521 or TDD (888) 433-0287 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST, or by going online to ReserveAmerica.

How do you get a walk up camping?

You generally have to put your gear in a pack and hike in. It could be a walk of a few hundred feet or a few miles. Walk-up campsite means the camground doesn't accept reservations for the campsite. You need to go there the day you plan to camp to claim the site.

What time do sites become available on recreation gov?

Recreation.gov releases sites for reservations at 10 a.m. Eastern, six months out.

What does walk up mean camping?


"WALK-IN" MEANS DISTANCE BETWEEN PARKING AND CAMPSITE; "WALK-UP" MEANS FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED. Hang on, there's one more thing and this is what confuses a lot of people; and understandably so! You may look at the Season Dates because you are wondering if the campground is open before or after the reservation season.

Can you pitch a tent in a national park?

National forests, Bureau of Land Management areas and some national parks allow dispersed campingcamping away from developed campgrounds – at no fee. Some state-run rest areas allow free camping. This is not an invitation to set up a tent and start a campfire, but it does allow self-contained RVs to park overnight.

Which national parks require reservations?

The national reservation system currently handles Acadia, Cape Hatteras, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky, Olympic, Rocky Mountain, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion parks.

How do I cancel a state park reservation?

To cancel a reservation prior to your scheduled arrival, you can cancel online or contact the Reservation Center at 1-800-456-2267. To cancel a reservation within 1 day of arrival (OPRHP facilities) or 2 days of your arrival (DEC facilities) you must call the park.

What beach can I camp on in California?

Best Beach Camping Spots in California
  • Kirk Creek Campground, CA. Kirk Creek Campground is an oceanside paradise, with each site overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, CA.
  • Pismo State Beach, CA.
  • McGrath State Beach, CA.
  • Leo Carrillo State Beach, CA.
  • Doheny State Beach, CA.
  • San Onofre State Beach, CA.

How much does it cost to camp in a California state park?


Chute Hill Campground - $35.00 per campsite per night.
There is an extra vehicle fee of $8.00 per night. Maximum number of vehicles allowed in a campsite is 2.

Are state parks free to camp?

Know your public lands
National forests, grasslands, and BLM land are your friends. National and state parks tend to be pricey. You can camp for free on the aforementioned friendly public lands, as long as you're outside of developed campgrounds and not in an area explicitly marked as closed to camping.

How do I reserve Oceano Dunes?

Campsite reservation information can be obtained by calling 1-800-444-7275. Campsites are available by reservation year-round and can be made from 48 hours up to six months in advance. Reservations are highly recommended (especially for holiday periods).

What is the difference between a campsite and a tent site?

In Alaska's guide, it frequently uses the terms campsite and tent site for campground, but I wonder what's the difference between them. My guess is that a campsite is for a RV, whereas a campground is just for a tent. They can break into your tent or car looking for food or even if they small toothpaste or sex.

How long can you stay at a state park?

Q: How long may I stay at a state park? A: Generally, you can stay 14 consecutive days. Some parks have established other limits, with some offering weekly/monthly/seasonal rates. Check with the agent when making reservations, or visit the park's website.

What is hook up camping?


Hookups provide increased comfort, including the ability to use unlimited water and run items that draw a great deal of power such as televisions and air conditioners. Most RV parks provide either partial hookups, which include electricity and water, or full hookups, which add sewer service.

How long can you stay at a campground?

People can stay for as long as 48 hours at no charge and enjoy 50-amp electric, water and a dump station along with a swimming lake, a golf course and hiking trails.

Do I need a permit to camp in California?

You must have a California Campfire Permit to use a stove, lantern, or campfire outside a developed campground or recreation area in California. You do NOT need a permit if you're car-camping in a developed campground. Developed campsites usually have prepared fire rings, fire pits, or grills for your convenience.