COVID-19 Updates


August 17, 2020

Our park stores continue to be open but house museum tours suspended for the rest of the season.
Park interpretive programming and SSPF sponsored restoration projects continue to move forward.
The Sierra State Parks Foundation is hosting virtual events – Head to our Facebook Page for more details to watch past events and learn about upcoming events.

Please remember to always wear your masks while in the park and socially distance responsibly. Our park bathrooms are not able to be stocked with soap so please remember to bring your own soap and sanitizer.

Most importantly, be kind to one another. These are difficult times for all of us.

June 22nd, 2020

Tours of Vikingsholm (Emerald Bay State Park) and Pine Lodge (Sugar Pine Point State Park) are still not available. Starting June 26, outside architectural and history tours will be available in a very limited basis. Tickets are only available on site. Tour information

We are so excited that all of our Sierra State Parks are back open! Information about each of our parks can be found on the homepage of our website.

Camping at D.L Bliss State Park, Donner Memorial State Park, Sugar Pine Point State Park, and Emerald Bay State Park is open! We are so excited that our camp grounds are open and summer adventure can continue!

Please remember to practice social distancing while at the parks as well as bringing your own soap and sanitizer as campground bathrooms are not stocked with either.


May 22nd, 2020

Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidance for Trail Use:

  • Do not use parks or trails if you are feeling ill and exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 ft. or more at all times. Watch out for one-way trails as maintaining 6 ft. of physical distancing may not be possible. Do not congregate in groups.
  • Be courteous and observe trail etiquette. Communicate with others and step aside to yield, if possible, when others approach you on a trail.  Alert those in front if you wish to pass.
  • Travel the trail in a manner that allows you to yield. Please slow down when approaching other users, be aware of blind corners, and be mindful of traffic coming from behind you.
  • When yielding to other users, please stop and move directly off the trail at a 90- degree angle, preferably at least 6 feet if possible and stop again. Please avoid continuing to travel parallel to the trail as this could cause resource damage from the trampling of vegetation and erosion.
  • Once the person or persons you have yielded to have passed, move directly back onto the trail and continue your hike/run.
  • Wear a face mask when you pass others as a courtesy, or as directed by county regulations.
  • If parking lots or trailheads are crowded, explore other options or return when it is less crowded. 
  • Plan ahead and use trails during quieter times like in the morning or afternoon.
  • For public safety, we may be required to close parking lots or restrict access if overcrowding occurs or visitors do not follow this health and safety guidance. 

State Parks’ General Safety Guidelines for Visitors: 

  • Stay Local – Stay close to home. Parking is very limited or non-existent at park units across the state. Walk or bike to parks in your local neighborhood. Do not take road trips to parks and beaches or to neighboring states. 
  • Leave it at Home – The use of coolers, umbrellas, shade tents, BBQs or chairs is not allowed in many park units. Plan ahead.
  • Keep it Moving – Passive recreation (lounging, picnics, sunbathing, etc.) is being restricted where physical distance is a challenge. In those areas, only active recreation (walking, running, biking, boating, kayaking, off-highway riding, etc.) will be allowed. Also, watch out for one-way trails. 
  • Stay Safer at 6ft — No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance. 
  • Keep Clean – Be prepared. Not all restrooms are open to the public. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. 

May 18, 2020

We know these are difficult and confusing times as the Corona virus seems to have overtaken every part of our society. We understand how important clear information is and we hope to be able to provide answers to all questions you may have about the status of our parks, changes to the SSPF event calendar, what we are doing to promote social distancing, and the effects COVID-19 may have on the parks as we shift into the spring and summer seasons. 

It has been over two months since we were asked to stay home and do our part to #FlattenTheCurve.  As our state and local health officials slowly allow the reopening of public places, nothing seems certain except the comfort of knowing that our public lands will always be waiting for us.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has engrained the importance and value of our wonderful state parks to our mental and physical well-being. The Sierra State Parks Foundation is  working with our State Park partners to create safe recreational and educational opportunities as we prepare to welcome you back. Social distancing and precautions to prevent the spread of the virus are top priorities and we have been creating plans to be ready when given the green light to open.  The date for the opening of our visitor centers and historic house tours is still uncertain. SSPF is leading the way to be prepared  when that day arrives. With a greatly diminished income stream, we need your help to pay for the costs of preparing to open our facilities and to provide staffing to accommodate the large crowds we expect. 


May 11, 2020

Due to Covid-19, all Sierra State Parks Foundation events have been cancelled through the end of June. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send us a Facebook message or email us at info@sierrastateparks.org .


March 30, 2020

Because of the increase in park and beach activity over the last few weeks, the CA State Parks have closed ALL 280 state park and beach parking lots and entirely shut down many parks. At this point in time, all of our Sierra State Parks parking lots are closed, but all parks and beaches are still open. Check here for updates.


March 17th, 2020

The California State Parks has closed all campgrounds throughout the state in an effort to hinder the spread of COVID-19. Visitor Centers and Park Museums will remain closed until further notice. Guided tours and park events are also cancelled for the foreseeable future.

The parks and beaches themselves will stay open. Please adhere to guidance issued by health officials and stay a safe distance (recommended minimum 6 feet) away from others who may also be enjoying the parks.

Restrooms will remain open.

To read the full Press Release from the CA State Parks, click here.

To read the full Press Release from the CA State Parks, click here.

For any and all questions, please email us at info@sierrastateparks.org.

For a list of resources and things to do while you socially distance, head over to our blog!