Camping, Day-Use and Reservation Fees

Fees are charged for camping and day-use at all of our facilities. Pricing is posted on our Online Reservations System - but here's some additional information regarding payments, add-ons and reservation transfers. 

Day-Use Parking Fees: A $3/vehicle fee is charged for parking at most of our parks unless otherwise noted. Annual Parking Passes are available by contacting the County Parks Reservations Desk at (858) 565-3600.

Camping Fees: All fees for Reserved Individual Sites and Reserved Group-Youth/Caravan Areas are collected in advance by the County Parks Reservation Desk. Any sites that have been deemed unreserved or available on a first-come, first-served basis may be booked with staff at the park. Fees must be paid prior to each night's stay. 

Reservation Fee: A $5 fee will be applied to all reservations. This fee is non-refundable. 

Additional Fees: Additional fees may be collected by the park ranger for pets, extra vehicles and boating or fishing (see Lake Morena).

Pet Fees: There is a $1/night charge for dogs (at all camping parks, please adhere to leash laws) and a $2/night charge for horses (at Sweetwater Summit and Vallecito County Park, only). Fees are collected upon check-in. See Frequently Asked Questions for additional pet regulations.

Extra Vehicles: The Park Supervising Ranger will determine each campsite's capacity for extra vehicles and permit usage as space allows. Extra vehicles will be charged an extra vehicle fee of $4/vehicle. An extra vehicle is considered a second motorized vehicle that is not towing or being towed by the main camping unit.

Reservation Transfers - Camping: A $5 transfer or change fee is charged for one reservation rescheduled within a three-month period of the date of the original reservation. Transfer must be made at least one business day in advance before check-in time.

Reservation Transfers - Day-Use: There is a $5 fee to change a reservation more than 30 days in advance. Transfers can be rescheduled up to one year from the original date and in the same park only. Less than 30 days no changes will be allowed.

Film and Photography Permits and Fees

The San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department maintains and operates more than 55,000 acres of beautiful and unique locations and settings. Many of these are desirable for still photographers and filmmakers for backdrops and film footage. Most of the park locations are available for use by reservation, and in many of these locations, park rangers can be on hand to assist with and monitor activities. Reservation procedures and fees for commercial photography in County parks are outlined below.

  1. Requests for photo/film permits may be made by  completing an application and e-mailing or faxing it to the County Parks Reservation Desk at (858) 495-5841. 
    (Please allow a minimum of 48 hours processing time prior to scheduled film/photo shoot.)
  2. Any special requests/needs will be handled on an individual basis at the time of the application.
  3. The Department does not charge for still or video shoots that will not be published or used for marketing or commercial purposes.
  4. Most parks are open from 9:30 a.m. until sunset. Requests for early entry or late stay will result in additional charges. 

Published Print
Still, catalog, print media, etc.

  • $50/hour
  • $150/half day (4 hours)
  • $300/whole day

Commercial Film
Film, video, commercials, etc.

  • $100/hour
  • $300/half day (4 hours)
  • $600/whole day

Production Area
Using park as a production base, reserving a designated area of the park for production use, etc.

A standard area reservation fee may apply if day-use areas are used. Other fees such as catering, early/late entry, etc. may also be applicable.

Total payment for the permit is due prior to the shoot. For additional information or questions please call (858) 565-3600.