State Officials Quietly Reopen 145 Parking Lots to California State Parks

State officials quietly reopened the parking lots to 145 California State Parks this week following a more than 2-month closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This means that 253 of the 280 state parks in California are now open to the public, with parking lots accommodating 50 percent of their usual traffic.

There was no Gavin Newsom press conference or social media announcement, but visitors to the parks were greeted with parking space this week as part of California’s relaxing of quarantine rules. Many of the park’s still don’t have open campgrounds or visitors centers, and visitors are encouraged to visit to see exactly what’s open at each park.

Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park

“We are still telling people to stay close to home,” said Gloria Sandoval, deputy director of California’s state parks department. “It’s important for everybody to do their part to help mitigate the spread of the virus.”

Here is a complete list of California State Parks open in the state:

Santa Clara County

Henry W Coe SP
San Benito County
Hollister Hills SVRA

Santa Cruz County

Big Basin Redwoods SP
Henry Cowell Redwoods SP
The Forest of Nisene Marks SP
Wilder Ranch SP
Castle Rock SP

Sonoma County

Armstrong Redwoods SNR
Austin Creek SRA
Jack London SHP
Sugarloaf Ridge SP
Trione-Annadel SP
Sonoma SHP

Marin County

Olompali SHP
China Camp SP

Monterey County

Fremont Peak SP
Andrew Molera SP
Limekiln SP
Asilomar SB
Carmel River SB
Garrapata SP
Marina SB
Monterey SB
Salinas River SB
Moss Landing SB
Fort Ord Dunes SP

San Mateo County

Burleigh Murray Ranch SP
Ano Nuevo SP
Bean Hollow SB
Pescadero SB
San Gregorio SB
Half Moon Bay SB
Montara SB

Contra Costa County

Mount Diablo SP

Solano County

Benicia SRA

Fresno County

Millerton Lake SRA

Butte County

Lake Oroville SRA
Bidwell Sacramento River SP
Clay Pit SVRA

Shasta County

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial SP
Ahjumawi Lava Springs SP

El Dorado County

Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point SP
Emerald Bay SP
Lake Valley SRA
Washoe Meadows SP
Folsom Lake SRA
Plumas Eureka SP
DL Bliss SP
Marshall Gold Discover SHP

Nevada County

Donner Memorial SP
Empire Mine SHP
Malakoff Diggins SHP
South Yuba River SP

Placer County

Auburn SRA
Kings Beach SRA

Kern County

Eastern Kern County Onyx Ranch SVRA
Red Rock Canyon SP
Saddleback Butte SP
Tule Elk SNR

Orange County

Bolsa Chica SB
Doheny SB
Huntington SB
San Clemente SB
Crystal Cove SB

Riverside County

Lake Perris SRA
Mount San Jacinto SP
California Citrus SHP

Tuolumne County

Columbia SHP
Railtown 1897 SHP

Mendocino County

Caspar Headlands SR
Caspar SB
Greenwood SB
Hendy Woods SP
Jughandle SB
MacKerricher SP
Maillaird Redwoods SR
Manchester SP
Mendocino Headlands SP
Mendocino Woodlands SP
Montgomery Woods SNR
Navarro River Redwoods SP
Point Cabrillo SHP
Russian Gulch SP
Schooner Gulch SB
Van Damme SP
Westport Union Landing SB
Reynolds WC
Smithe Redwoods SNR
Sinkyone Wilderness SP
Standish-Hickey SRA
Admiral Williams Standely SRA

Tulare County

Colonel Allensworth SHP

Lake County

Anderson Marsh SHP
Clear Lake SP

Del Norte County

Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP
Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP
Pelican SB
Tolowa Dunes SP

Humboldt County

Azalea SNR
Benbow SRA
Fort Humboldt SHP
Harry A. Merlo SRA
Humboldt Redwoods SP
Grizzly Creek Redwoods SP
Humboldt Lagoons SP
John B. Dwitt Redwoods
Little River SB
Patrick’s Point SP
Prairie Creek Redwoods SP
Richardson Grove SP
Trinidad SB

San Diego County

Cuyamaca Rancho SP
Palomar Mountain SP
Old Town San Diego SHP

San Bernardino County

Chino Hills SP
Wildwood Canyon
Silverwood Lake SRA
Providence Mountains SRA

Los Angeles County

Hungry Valley SVRA
Leo Carrillo SP
Los Angeles SHP
Robert H. Meyer SB
Topanga SP
Will Rogers SB

Colusa County

Colusa Sacramento River SRA

San Joaquin County

Carnegie SVRA

Merced County

Caswell SRA
Great Valley Grasslands SP
McConnell SRA
San Luis Reservoir SRA
George J. Hatfield SRA

Mono County

Mono Lake Tufa SNR
Bodie SHP

Sacramento County

Prairie City SVRA
Brannan Island SRA

Ventura County

Point Mugu SP
Emma Wood SB
San Buena Ventura SB

Santa Barbara County

El Capitan SB
Gaviota SB
La Purisima SHP
Refugio SB

Calaveras County

Calaveras Big Trees SP

Madera County

Wassama Round House SHP

Amador County

Indian Grinding Rock SHP

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