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Camping in County Parks - FAQs

Public Health Officials have relaxed restrictions on County campgrounds. Beginning Friday, June 12, nearly all the campsites that were previously closed due to COVID-19 reopened, including cabins.

Reservations can be booked online at https://reservations.sdparks.org/. The system cannot accommodate same-day reservations however, walk-ups/on-site bookings are allowed, pending availability.

All campers should bring face masks and be prepared to wear them, should they come within 6 feet of another park guest or ranger, per social distancing directives.

Customers who are sick or are showing symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home.

The health and safety of the community remains a top priority and we will continue to align updates to park operations with recommendations from public health officials.

Get the latest information on County parks and preserves, including updates related to COVID-19, on sdparks.org.

Frequently asked questions are below.


Which campgrounds are open?

The following campgrounds are open: Dos Picos County Park, Guajome Regional Park, Lake Morena County Park, Potrero County Park, Sweetwater Summit Regional Park, William Heise County Park.

The following campgrounds are closed until Labor Day weekend: Agua Caliente County Park and Vallecito County Park.

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Is there a max capacity of individuals per campsite?
Campsite occupancy will be limited to individual households (others cannot occupy or visit the site; no groups or joint reservations). The max capacity per campsite is eight people.

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Which amenities are open and closed at the campgrounds?
Parking lots and restrooms are open, though some on-site amenities like playgrounds and group camping areas remain closed for your safety and ours. Please obey posted signage.

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My reservation was canceled in May/June. Can I transfer my reservation to a later date?
Some May and June refunds are still being processed; you will not be charged twice for the same reservation however you will need to pay to book your new one – or you can contact Askparks.Lue@sdcounty.ca.gov to have your reservation transferred at no cost.

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Are there any COVID-19 guidelines to follow at the campground?
All campers should bring face masks and be prepared to wear them, should they come within 6 feet of another park guest or ranger, per social distancing directives.

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Can I make a reservation by phone?
Expect delays if calling the reservation hotline (858-565-3600); the team is working through a significant volume of calls, so you may experience longer than normal hold times. You can also leave a message to receive a call back at their earliest opportunity, or book online at https://reservations.sdparks.org/.

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What new policies went into effect July 2020?

County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation Policy C-15 was recently updated with changes to the maximum number of nights a campsite can be booked consecutively, and per year.

FINE PRINT: Reservations can be made for one night up to 14 nights in one campground. No more than 14 nights, within any 28 night period is allowed at a park. After a maximum stay of 14 nights, within a 28 night period, an individual or group must vacate the park in which the 14 night stay was completed for at least 14 consecutive nights. The maximum number of nights an individual may camp per calendar year is 60 nights total, the total of which can be taken from any campground managed by the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation. 

Additional changes to Policy C-15 affect cancelation time frames and fees. 

FINE PRINT: A nonrefundable $5 reservation fee is charged for each individual campsite reservation. For group camping a single non-refundable $5 Reservation fee is charged for 10 and up to 20 sites. An additional $1 non-refundable reservation fee is charged per campsite over 20 sites. All fees will be forfeited if a reservation is cancelled less than 72 hours before the check-in date.  Reservations cancelled more than 72 hours prior to the check in date will be refunded less a $5 cancellation fee. A $5 transfer or reschedule fee is charged for a reservation rescheduled within a 3 month period of the original reservation. All reservation and transfer fees are nonrefundable. A reservation may only be rescheduled one time. 

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