Notes for reserving campgrounds with links to reservation sites…
National Sites open up 6 months early, at midnight? Each day opens one at a time, not in a whole block.
Recreation.gov (state parks)
State parks open up (according to a blog) on the first of the month at 8am for 7 months out.
Everything is now on Reserve California
You can now book 6 months out from the current day.
Car camping locally:
- Mount Tamalpais State Park
- Steep Ravine (S Rav) Fills up really fast
- Samuel Taylor State Park
- China Camp State Park. Lots of sites available anytime, mostly “hike-in”
Short hike locally:
Point Reyes Sky camp
Point Reyes Coast camp
Bay Area first-come, first served:
- Castle Rock State Park in the Santa Cruz mountains. Hike-in camps at 0.1 and 2 miles from road at different locations.
Camping in Sierra:
Article for how to get a good spot:
(And what campgrounds often don’t fill up)
Automated reserve America checker: