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New California State Parks Reservation System In Effect
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California State Parks is offering the public tips on how to access the Golden State’s new reservation system – ReserveCalifornia. Taking effect as of Aug. 1, visitors to California’s state parks now have a new platform for booking camping and lodging sites, and tours. Using the new system will be easy to plan adventures within state parks, since it is similar to booking hotels, airline tickets and other comparable services.

Supporting state park field operations and enhancing the experience of visitors with a modern platform was key for transitioning to a new reservation system. The outdoor public spaces and recreational programs supported by California State Parks are a gateway to connecting with families, friends and communities. Off-highway motor vehicle recreation, boating activities, horseback riding, on and off-road cycling, hiking, camping, rock climbing, tours, hikes, school group enrichment, and special events are just some of the activities enjoyed in 280 state park units organized into 22 field districts.

“We’re excited about the new opportunities ReserveCalifornia will provide to California state park visitors,” said California State Parks Director Lisa Ann L. Mangat. “The new reservation system improves service delivery to our visitors online and in our park units. The public will be able to explore California’s outdoor recreational opportunities in a more modern way via interactive maps and other online tools. Go invent your adventure!”

ReserveCalifornia will provide more user-friendly web services and greater accessibility to more visitors for highly sought-after camping and lodging locations in California. A variety of new features will be phased in between Aug. 1 and March 1, 2018, including moving from first-of-the-month on-sale days to a new rolling window reservation service. This means that visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date.

Reservations can now be made either online or by phone.

Online: Reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on

Customer Call Center: (800) 444-PARK (7275). Hours of Operation: seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST (except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). The best times to call are midday and midweek, when the phone lines are less busy.

Customers who made reservations through ReserveAmerica prior to July 26, 2017 will have access to their reservations on the new system. To view, modify, or cancel your reservation, you will need to click on the “LOGIN” icon on the ReserveCalifornia website using the email that was used when the original reservation was created and then reset your password. Customers that do not have a current reservation will need to create a new account.

Visitors wanting to book their next adventure will need to create a new account on ReserveCalifornia. Visit and click on the “CREATE ACCOUNT” icon.

With ReserveCalifornia, California State Parks moved from first-of-the-month on-sale days to a new rolling window reservation service. It is similar to the booking window for facilities in the National Park Service. Visitors will be able to reserve highly sought-after campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Camping and lodging inventory will become available each day for a period of six months in advance. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.

For example, on Aug. 3 a visitor will be able to reserve a campsite beginning Feb. 3, 2018 through as many consecutive days as the park allows. The rolling window adjusts for months longer or shorter than 30 days.

New credit card design passes are being issued for current Distinguished Veteran and Disabled Discount pass holders. If you have one, visit online or visit one of the 47 designated state park locations so that you may continue to easily access your favorite state parks.

Current veteran or disabled pass holders will now need new passes for camping reservations. Individuals may use their current pass for day use through Feb. 28, 2018. Old passes will not be valid after these dates.

Many people love California’s state parks. Due to high demand, reservations for popular locations such as coastal beaches and campgrounds or cabins in the redwoods can be booked months in advance. You can consult the “Visit a Park” online tool to review web pages for individual parks and search for features and locations in which you are interested. Plan, do your research, and have alternate parks in mind in case your first choice is booked.

Reservations for state park units have been handled for the past decade by ReserveAmerica. For more information on the new reservation system, such as FAQs or to subscribe for updates, visit