California Travel Tips

Keeping Busy during COVID-19, Daytripping to California State, National Parks

Published on: March 18, 2020


Got nothing to do during the governor’s COVID-19 emergency directive? Don’t fancy yourself the first person to come up with the idea of visiting California state and national parks. Here’s a quick run-down on what’s been announced:

California State Parks

As of March 17, 2020 California State Parks non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails and beaches, remain open while all campgrounds in the state park system have temporarily closed to support state and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

California National Parks

Alcatraz Island is temporarily closed March 15-31, 2020.

Channel Islands Park Closures include the mainland visitor center, while transportation concessioner Island Packers has temporarily cancelled boat service to the islands. The islands are open for private boater landings.

Death Valley Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells Visitor Centers are closed. On March 18 at noon, Furnace Creek, Mesquite Spring, Texas Springs, and Emigrant campgrounds will close. Stovepipe Wells and Sunset campgrounds close March 19. Reds Meadow Road and Devils Postpile National Monument are closed for the season.

Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site is closed until at least April 7, 2020 due to the Contra Costa County Health Services Shelter-in-Place order.

Bay Area park closures as a result of county Shelter in Place orders, effective March 16-April 7:

San Francisco County:
– Alcatraz Island
– Presidio Visitor Center
– Fort Point NHS
– Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center
– Lands End Lookout

Marin County:
-Marin Headlands Visitor Center
-Nike Missile site; Point Bonita Lighthouse
-Muir Woods National Monument – entire park and parking closed
– All park campgrounds (Kirby Cove, Bicentennial)

Joshua Tree Visitor Centers Are Closed.

Lassen Volcanic NP Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center temporarily closed. The 24-hour vestibule remains open and offers restrooms, water, and backcountry self-registration.

Point Reyes National Seashore visitor centers and campgrounds are closed until at least April 7, 2020.  Park roads & trails remain open.

Redwood National and State Parks park and campgrounds remains open. All visitor centers closed starting March 17 until further notice and some restrooms are temporarily closed

Santa Monica Mountains NPS trails & parks are mostly open.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon park contact stations are temporarily closed, including Kings Canyon and Foothills visitor centers, Giant Forest Museum, and the parks’ Wilderness Office.

Whiskeytown  has some closures due to weather, past fires, etc.

Yosemite National Park  as of March 17, 2020 has closed park visitor centers, the Yosemite Valley Theater, the Yosemite Museum, park shuttles,  ranger-guided programs, along with all restaurants and lodges inside the park. All of these closures remain in effect through March 31, 2020.

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