Bookings for specific sites are accepted year-round. Reserve sites no less than 48 hours in advance through ReserveCalifornia.com; 800.444.7275.
While reservations are strongly advised, particularly on weekends, unreserved sites are sometimes available, particularly midweek and during winter. Spring and summer are the busiest times of year. Any sites not previously reserved are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can only be reserved one night at a time. Check with the Ranger Station in advance (415.456.0766), but note that availability is not guaranteed upon arrival.
Hike/bike sites are only available to people who bicycle or backpack to the campground from outside China Camp. Sites cannot be reserved in advance. Two sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Picnic table, wooden food locker, potable water, and fire ring (firewood available for sale from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. daily except on Red Flag Warning days). Potable water, flush toilets, and coin-operated showers are available on site.
Maximum of 8 persons per campsite.
Campers can arrive from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Check-out is noon. The gate at Back Ranch Meadows Campground entrance, accessed via North San Pedro Road, is locked from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
One vehicle per site; additional vehicles must pay a $5 per day parking fee (payable on-site).
Campers may stay no more than 7 consecutive days in the campground, and no more than 30 total nights in a calendar year.
Firewood is available for sale ($6 per bundle) from camp host, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Firewood will not be sold on high-risk Red Flag Warning days, as posted in the campground and throughout the park.
Pets are allowed on a 6-foot leash in the campground and paved areas only. Pets may be off-leash inside tents. No pets are allowed on trails.
Raccoons and other animals are very active in the campground. Store all food in on-site lockers, a lockable cooler, your car, or other secure containers.
All campers under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Campers ages 14 to 17 may camp without a parent or guardian, but only with special permission. Please print out and submit these forms. They must be received at least 7 days prior to camping dates. Scan and send to email@example.com, or mail to Friends of China Camp, attn: Campground Manager, 101 Peacock Gap Trail, San Rafael, CA 94901. Youths should keep a copy at their campsite.
Rules and regulations throughout the park are available here. For additional questions, contact us.