California Closes Vehicle Access to 59 More State Parks Due to Coronavirus

Castle Crags State Park – Closed

California State Parks today announced it is temporarily closing vehicle access to 59 additional state parks and beaches to avoid dangerous visitation surges and help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This brings the total number of state-operated parks and beaches closed to vehicle access to 98.

Last weekend, many state parks and beaches received record visitation numbers, which made it impossible for the public to implement appropriate social/ physical distancing practices. As a result, State Parks is working closely with local county and public health officials and assessing park operations on a daily basis to provide access to healthy outdoor options while maintaining required social/ physical distancing.

State Parks will continue to monitor visitation and physical distancing at all state park units, and if the safety measures implemented thus far are not sufficient to protect public health, additional measures may be taken to fully close parks, including trails, bathrooms and other amenities. State Park Peace Officers, in cooperation with allied law enforcement entities, will continue patrolling all state park units and enforcing all regulations.

To date, the department has implemented various safety measures such as temporarily closing all campgrounds, museums and visitor centers in the State Parks System; cancelling all events; and closing vehicular traffic to parks experiencing high visitation. As of today, all non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, remain open. Day-use restrooms also remain open, and visitors are advised to bring soap for handwashing and to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers when water is not available.

Here’s the entire list of California State Parks closed to vehicle access:

Calaveras County:

  • Calaveras Big Trees State Park (SP)

Contra Costa County:

  • Mount Diablo SP

El Dorado County:

  • Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point SP
  • Emerald Bay SP
  • Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (SRA)
  • Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park (SHP)

Los Angeles County:

  • Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
  • El Matador State Beach (SB)
  • Leo Carrillo State Park SP
  • Los Angeles SHP
  • Malibu Creek SP
  • Malibu Lagoon SB
    • Malibu Pier and parking area were closed on 3/24/2020 to vehicular traffic and pier closed to pedestrian traffic at the western most point of concession restaurant.  Restaurant remains open with “To-Go” Services.
  • Point Dume SB
  • Robert H. Meyer Memorial SB
  • Topanga SP
  • Will Rogers SHP

Marin County:

  • Angel Island SP
  • China Camp SP
  • Marconi Conference Center SHP
  • Mount Tamalpais SP
  • Olompali SHP
  • Samuel P. Taylor SP
  • Tomales Bay SP

Mendocino County:

  • Jug Handle State Natural Reserve (SNR)
  • MacKerricher SP
  • Point Cabrillo Light Station SHP
  • Russian Gulch SP
  • Van Damme SP

Merced County:

  • George J. Hatfield SRA

Monterey County:

  • Andrew Molera SP
  • Carmel River SB
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
  • Monterey SB
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur SP
  • Point Lobos SNR
  • Point Sur SHP

Nevada County:

  • Donner Memorial SP
  • Empire Mine SHP
  • South Yuba River SP

Orange County:

  • Bolsa Chica SB
  • Chino Hills SP
  • Crystal Cove SP
  • Doheny SB
  • Huntington SB
  • San Clemente SB
  • San Onofre SB

Placer County:

  • Donner Memorial SP
  • Folsom Lake SRA
  • Kings Beach SRA

Riverside County:

  • Chino Hills SP
  • California Citrus SHP
  • Lake Perris SRA

Sacramento County:

  • Folsom Lake SRA

San Bernardino County:

  • Chino Hills SP
  • Silverwood Lake SRA

San Diego County:

  • Cardiff SB
  • Carlsbad SB
  • San Elijo SB
  • Silver Strand SB
  • San Onofre SB
  • South Carlsbad SB
  • Torrey Pines SB
  • Torrey Pines SNR

San Joaquin County:

  • Caswell Memorial SP

San Luis Obispo County:

  • Cayucos SB
  • Morro Bay SP
  • Morro Strand SB

San Mateo County:

  • Año Nuevo SP
  • Bean Hollow SB
  • Burleigh H. Murray Ranch SP
  • Castle Rock SP
  • Cowell Ranch
  • Gray Whale Cove SB
  • Half Moon Bay SB
  • Montara SB
  • Pescadero SB
  • Pigeon Point Light Station SHP
  • Pomponio SB
  • San Gregorio SB

Santa Barbara County:

  • Carpinteria SB
  • El Capitan SB
  • Gaviota SP
  • Refugio SB

Santa Cruz County:

  • Castle Rock SP
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods SP
  • Manresa SB
  • Natural Bridges SB
  • New Brighton SB
  • Seacliff SB
  • The Forest of Nisene Marks SP

Shasta County:

  • Castle Crags SP

Sonoma County:

  • Armstrong Redwoods SNR
  • Austin Creek SRA
  • Fort Ross SHP
  • Jack London SHP
  • Kruse Rhododendron SNR
  • Petaluma Adobe SHP
  • Salt Point SP
  • Sonoma Coast SP (and associated sub-units)
  • Sonoma SHP
  • Sugarloaf Ridge SP
  • Trione-Annadel SP

Ventura County:

  • Carpinteria SB
  • Mandalay SB
  • Point Mugu SP
  • San Buenaventura SB

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