COVID-19 Update

On behalf of our partners at California State Parks, 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:

State Parks and Beaches remain open. Please practice social distancing and remain at least 6 feet apart from other visitors. To help support social distancing for park and beach visitors, California State Parks has instituted walk and bike-in access only for all parks and beaches by closing day-use parking lots.


More information here.

Other changes include:

• Visitor centers — including ParkStores — and historic buildings are closed.
• All guided tours, programs and large events — including elephant seal walks at Año Nuevo State Park — are canceled until further notice.
• All campgrounds in the state park system are temporarily closed.

PARKS WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR ALL OTHER ACTIVITIES such as hiking, biking, surfing, birding and relaxing. Restrooms also remain open, and visitors are advised to take soap for handwashing and alcohol-based hand sanitizers when water is not available.

During this pandemic disease, every person has a role to play in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Protecting individuals, families and communities comes down to common sense. We also recognize the importance of visiting state parks and beaches and how they offer an opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy fresh air.

As such, the public is reminded to adhere to the following guidance:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Stay close to home when you get outdoors. This is not the time for a road trip to a destination park or beach.
  • Venture out only with people in your immediate household.
  • Walk around the neighborhood and enjoy neighborhood parks.
  • Always maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more when recreating in the outdoors. If you cannot maintain physical distancing, leave the park.
  • Do not congregate in parks.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause your visits. 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.