Make Camping Reservation

Make a Camping Reservation

Department of Parks and Recreation (PARKS)

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can make reservations up to seven months in advance through Reserve America at 1-800-444-PARK (7275) or on-line at Reserve America's website
If the reservation sites are full, look for first-come, first-served campgrounds, and try and arrive on a Wednesday or Thursday to maximize your chance to get a campsite.  Please call the specific park for details.  They include:
Emma Wood State Beach
Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park
Minimum Stay
Determines the minimum number of nights a reservation can be booked for at a particular location. When entering the Length of Stay on a campground search, the number of nights entered must meet the minimum requirements as set in the contract policies.

Maximum Stay
Determines the maximum number of nights a reservation can be booked for at a particular location. When entering the length of stay on a campground search, the amount can’t exceed the requirements.

Minimum Window
Determines how close a reservation can be made before the arrival date. When entering or selecting the arrival date for a campground/campsite search, the date must not be before the minimum window.

Maximum Window
Determines how far in advance a reservation can be made before the arrival date. When searching for an available campground/campsite, this determines the first date there will be availability, if searching prior to the camping start season.

Specified Stay Start
Determines if reservations are required to start on a specific day of the week for the site selected. This rule will determine what specific day of the week a user will be able to book a reservation on.

Minimum Number of Occupants
A Facility can determine the minimum number of occupants that are required on the site before a reservation can continue to be processed. This information is entered in the Number of Occupants field on the Reservation Details page.

Maximum Number of Occupants
A Facility can limit the maximum number of occupants that are allowed on a site before a reservation can continue to be processed. This information is entered in the Number of Occupants field on the Reservation Details page.

Maximum Number of Vehicles
A Facility can limit the maximum number of vehicles allowed on a site. This information is entered on the Reservation Details page in the Number of Vehicles field.

Inventory Hold Time
Determines the amount of time items in the reservation details or Shopping Cart will be held. This is indicated as a stop watch icon at the top of the page. Once the timer expires, the sites are placed back into the list of available inventory.

Maximum Consecutive Stay
Determines the maximum number of consecutive days a user can stay at the Park at any given time. The system will determine this when a user enters dates and length of stay on the Site Details page or in the Shopping Cart.

Maximum Number of Concurrent Reservations
Determines the number of reservations allowed to be made within a specific period of time. If a user has exceeded this amount, the system will not allow another reservation to be processed from the Shopping Cart. The specified amount of time will need to pass before another reservation can be made at the selected Facility.

Maximum Number of Orders Within a Stay Period
Defines the maximum number of reservations/orders that can be reserved within a stay period by the same Customer. If this amount has been exceeded, the system will not allow a reservation to continue being processed in the Shopping Cart. A reservation must be made for another time to avoid this issue.

Maximum Number of Reservations With Same Start Date
Determines the maximum number of reservations with the same start date. Making too many reservations that have the same start date will trigger this error.

Maximum Total Stay
Determines the total maximum number of days a customer is allowed to stay at a Park in the duration of a season. The system will not allow a user to book a reservation when they have exceeded this period of time.

Specified Stay Start
The Specified Stay Start rule controls reservations that are required to start on a specific day of the week.

Stay Beyond Maximum Window
The Stay Beyond Maximum Window rule determines the length of time a reservation can be extended beyond the maximum window.

Related Links

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Online Reservations. Reserve a campsite through ReserveAmerica. Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be ... https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1023

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Reservations are recommended and can be made up to a year in advance. Most campgrounds have a few first-come, first-served sites. During winter months ... http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Get_Outdoors/Camping.aspx

Telephone Reservations

Camping reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the ... at ReserveAmerica at 1-800-444-7275 or by making a reservation online at ... https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1033

Backcountry Trail Camps

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Camping Reservations Many campgrounds fill-up seven months ahead so plan in advance. First-come first-served sites are available at some parks. Call the ... https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=737

Camping Information

You may check in to your campsite any time after 2 pm on your reservation start ... a campground due to an emergency or disaster, ReserveAmerica will make ... http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1029

Reservation Sale Dates

For instance, if you count September as the first month you can make reservations for all dates beginning in March. Make Campground Reservations Here ... https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1051

Oceano Dunes SVRA

We strongly encourage you to make camping reservations in advance in order to enhance your recreational experience. We welcome you to submit your ... http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1207