BLM Temporarily Closes Developed Recreational Facilities in California
In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and with the Governor’s shelter in place order, the BLM will temporarily close all developed campgrounds and developed recreation sites in California, to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
The closure is effective immediately and will remain in effect until conditions allow for safe use of the recreation areas. While developed recreation sites are closed, dispersed camping and trails remain open and available to the public.
Visitors may continue to enjoy their BLM managed trails and open spaces in California while following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state public health authorities. Social distancing recommendations are essential to reducing the transmission of COVID-19 and may require that visitors avoid public lands during high-use times, such as weekends. Please limit any group activities to members of your household, and keep your total party to 10 or fewer participants. At all times, maintain a distance of 6 feet or more from other people.
The BLM urges visitors to do their part when visiting public lands as some visitor services may be limited due to closures and staff availability. The following actions are recommended:
- bringing your supplies such as disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper,
- packing out your trash,
- reducing the handling of cash by paying recreation fees through recreation.gov, or with a check, where available.
Existing rules and regulations apply. Entrance fees have been waived. Other fees, such as day use and use of special areas, will remain in effect.