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Click on the state you would like to get more State Park information on. The web sites will give you fantastic information about each park, such as contact info, images, Videos, Events, Directions, Maps/Brochures, Accessibility and more!



UPDATE - California State Parks must be reserved through Reserve California.

Reserve California


This new reservation system works differently than Reserve America.

You can NO longer book for any day of the month on the 1st of the month. For example, if you want to book for February 12th, you need to book this on August 12th. This is a roilling window reservation service.

You can make all of your State Park Camping Reservations on Reserve America -

Reserve America


Reserve America phone number - 1-800-444-7275

Is there a list of State Parks?

Reserve America has a campground directory - CLICK HERE

"There are thousands of public and privately-owned campgrounds catering to the needs of millions of campers using tents, travel trailers, motor homes or other types of RVs. Our campground directory will describe each, as to location, season, rates and amenities"

"How far in advance can I book a campsite"?

A lot of campgrounds cannot be booked more than 6 months in advance. If you try to reserve a date more than 6 months out, you may see this message -

- Arrival date may be beyond Reservation Window

I was trying to book a date 7 months out, so it told me the dates I had to work within.

"The Campground is always booked and I can't get a spot" -

There are campgrounds that are very popular, especially during the summer months and holiday weekends. Sometimes, it is near impossible to get a spot and this can be very frustrating. You must be on the phone with Reserve America or on the computer and make your reservation at 8 am, the day that is exactly 6 months prior to the month you want to camp in.

For example. If I want a spot in January, I have to book it on July 1st.

If you don't get a spot, you can sign up for a "Availablity Notification" e-mail alert from Reserve America. You will see this option on the screen after the site you have searched for is all booked.

And, be sure to check back the week before you want to camp. It seems there are always cancellations.

FYI and instructions on Reserve America - HERE IS HELP

You CAN NOT make reservations within two days of the date you want to camp. "Walk-Up" only will be displayed. This means you have to arrive at the park and book at the kiosk .. walk-up. This can be frustrating because you wouldn't want to pack up and head somewhere with a chance someone else might get the spot before you do.

Make sure you are aware of all fees and policies before you book your camping.

I have seen campsites for sale on Craig's List. If you wanted to buy a spot from someone, make sure you have proof that the site is put into your name.


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