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

Visitor Guidelines

As California State Parks begins its phased reopening of 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.

Vehicle access remains closed at most of the 280 state parks to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Most state parks and beaches are open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic only for those who live nearby and are seeking essential outdoor exercise.

Visitor centers — including ParkStores — and historic buildings are closed, including Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. All campgrounds in the state park system are temporarily closed. Also, all in-person guided tours, programs and large events are canceled until further notice.

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.

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!

Santa Cruz County: Beach restrictions in effect

All beaches in Santa Cruz County are closed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily.

However, during the times that beaches are closed, the ocean remains open for water sports (e.g., surfing, boogie-boarding, swimming, paddle-boarding, kayaking, boating, etc.), and individuals may cross beaches in order to access and leave the ocean.

During the times that beaches are open, they are to be used only for running, walking, cycling, water sports, or other forms of physical activity. Sitting, lying, standing, sunbathing, sightseeing, picnicking, and all other non-exercise, passive, or sedentary activities at beaches are prohibited. In addition, the following items are prohibited for use or possession on beaches: umbrellas, shade structures, tents, barbeques and grills, coolers, beach chairs, or other conveyances for sitting or lying. Beach parkways (defined as streets, sidewalks, esplanades, or parks immediately adjacent to or abutting beaches or shoreline areas) remain open, but may only be used for running, walking, cycling or other forms of physical activity.

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.