Where you can camp
- In the park's Western Area, you can camp only in designated backpack campsites (The Western Area is the camping zone that extends 5 to 8 miles out from park headquarters.)
- Outside the Western Area, you can camp wherever you like, with the following exceptions:
- Bikes are not allowed in the Orestimba Wilderness (though some bikepackers stash their bikes at the edge of the wilderness area and hike in).
- If you're packing into the park from the Coyote Creek gate or Hunting Hollow entrance, you must camp at least one-half mile from the entrance.
- Always camp out of sight of other campers.
Photo: Walter Dunckel
- Bikepacking groups are limited to eight people.
- Fires are not allowed (except in the Manzanita Point sites), but you can use backpacking stoves. During the dry season, we ask that you be particularly careful with your stove.
- Dogs and firearms are not allowed in the backcountry.
- Please pack out all your trash.
- Bury human waste and wash dishes at least 100 feet from streams, lakes, and springs.
Photo: ElHombre @ mtbr
- You should purify any backcountry water that you're going to consume.
- Springs and creeks on the map might not have water. Ask park staff about water availability when you register. Or, check our water resources page.
- Be sure to take a map with you. Maps are available in the Visitor Center.
- Some trails and roads are in poor condition and some are hard to find. Ask park staff about the condition of roads and trails on your planned route.
- There is no parking at the Coyote Creek gate. If you want to use that trailhead, please park and pay fees at the Hunting Hollow entrance.