CA State Parks closes all state campgrounds

For Immediate Release: 3/17/2020

California State Parks Temporarily Closes All Campgrounds in the State Park System: Non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches remain open.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California State Parks announced today the temporary closure of all campgrounds in the state park system to support state and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

As of today, non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, remain open. Visitors are reminded to practice social distancing and maintain at least six feet between other visitors and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Restrooms also remain open, and visitors are advised to take soap for hand washing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers when water is not available. 

Most importantly, State Parks recommends that everyone follow precautionary guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health, public local health agencies, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when recreating in the outdoors.

Last week, State Parks temporarily suspended guided tours and large events, and temporarily closed facilities such as visitor centers and museums.

State Parks is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and is committed to following the state’s updated policy on social gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information on how State Parks is supporting the state’s COVID-19 efforts, please follow State Parks on its social media platforms: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

One thought on “CA State Parks closes all state campgrounds

  1. We’re at Morro Bay State Park Campground right now and no one has been around to inform us of this. We were leaving tomorrow anyway, but it seems like kind of a dumb thing to do. We have plenty of social distancing and are quite isolated in our RV. RV parks are much, much more tightly packed together. Right now this park and San Simeon State Park where we were previously are barely a third full so everyone is very spread out.

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