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Annual Passes –State Parks thanks all who purchased annual passes last past year and have been unable to use them during the last three months due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic and its statewide impact. The department is extending annual passes for three (3) months to those pass holders that meeting the below criteria.

Annual Pass Expired or will Expire: Extension through:
Expired March 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020 September 30, 2020
Expires July 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021 +3 months

This extension applies to the following annual passes:

California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag)
Centennial Redwood “Golden Poppy” Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag)
Tahoe Regional Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag)
Historian Passport Day Use Annual Pass (Wallet Card)
Boat Use Annual Pass (Hangtag or Sticker)
Oversized Vehicle Pass (Hangtag or Sticker)
Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag)
Limited Use Golden Bear Pass

All other terms and conditions of your will pass remain in effect.

If you have any questions, please contact the Park Pass Sales Office at ParkPassInfo@parks.ca.gov or (800) 777-0369 ext. 2 or (916) 653-8280.  You may also contact your nearest State Park District Office. Thank you for your continued patronage to the State Park System.

CDFW Reminds Beach Visitors of Tidepool Collection Regulations

COLLECTING ORGANISMS, SHELLS, or ROCKS IS NOT ALLOWED AT CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has noted an increase in the number of visitors to our rocky seashore this summer, and reminds people they must know the rules governing harvest and should do what they can to protect these amazing places.

“Regulations that either prohibit or limit the collection of species like turban snails, hermit crabs and mussels are meant to protect our tidepools, which are full of fascinating life that’s important to the marine ecosystem,” said Dr. Craig Shuman, CDFW Marine Region Manager.

Individuals should not remove any animals from tidepools that they don’t plan on keeping and should also be aware that even walking over some sensitive areas can unintentionally harm tidepool plants and animals.

“It is important to watch where you walk, not only to avoid unintentionally harming the myriad of sea life that call California’s tidepools home, but to avoid an accidental fall,” Shuman said.

Tidepool animals have special regulations that limit the species and numbers that can be taken (California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 29.05). Most species found in tidepools can only be collected by hand. The use of pry bars, knives or other devices to remove them from the rocks is not allowed. There are also regulations that cover fish found in tidepools, which can only be taken by hook and line or hand. No nets or other devices can be used. In addition, the California Department of Public Health’s annual mussel quarantine is in effect until at least Nov. 1, because eating mussels at this time of year may be hazardous to your health. Mussels can be collected for bait but may not be taken for human consumption during this period.

“People may not realize that anyone age 16 or older must have a valid sport fishing license to collect tidepool animals, and that there are limits to how many can be taken,” said Assistant Chief Mike Stefanak of the CDFW Marine Law Enforcement Division. “In Southern California, an Ocean Enhancement Validation is also required for tidepool collection.”

Most marine protected areas (MPAs) do not allow collection of tidepool animals. MPA maps and regulations are available on CDFW’s MPA web page, and on the mobile-friendly Ocean Sport Fishing interactive web map. Local authorities may also close off other areas to tidepool collecting.

Tidepooling and legal collecting can be a safe outdoor activity that maintains physical distancing from others as we work to minimize transmission of COVID-19. Those interested in participating must make sure to stay six feet from anyone not in their same household, wear a face mask, follow all fishing regulations, watch for incoming waves and where they step, and stay safe. Any wildlife crimes witnessed can be easily reported to CDFW’s “CalTIP” hotline, by calling 1-888-334-2258, or by texting “CALTIP”, followed by a space and the message, to 847-411 (tip411).

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What to know before you visit.

Crystal Cove State Park is one of Orange County’s largest remaining examples of open space and natural seashore. It features 3.2 miles of beach, 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness and an offshore underwater area.

The park also features the federally listed Historic District, an enclave of 46 vintage rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony in the 1930’s & 40’s and nestled around the mouth of Los Trancos Creek.

  • We are located off Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach.

  • The Park is open between 6:00am and sunset, with the Historic District area remaining open until 10:00pm. Parking does require a fee.  Click here for more info.

  • There are four entrances: two along the bluffs at Pelican Point and Reef Point, and two inland at Los Trancos and School/State Park.

  • State Park staff and docents conduct interpretive programs year-round including guided hikes, tidepool walks, and geology talks.  Click here for Park Calendar.

Mission Statement

The mission of the California State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration, and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

Like To Hike?

The inland portion of Crystal Cove State Park is a hidden gem of the Orange County region, from the wooded Moro Canyon, up to the spectacular coastal views of Moro Ridge. It is a perfect way for visitors to feel they are “away from it all,” despite being near one of the greatest population centers in the United States.

Our backcountry consists of 2,400 undeveloped acres of land, and over 15 total miles of trails. Trails are open to hiking, biking, and equestrian use, with a variety of difficulties from quick and easy to long and strenuous.

Our coastal portion also features a 2.5 mile paved trail that runs along the bluff tops, perfect for easy walks and bike riding. This is also the only trail in our park in which leashed dogs are allowed.

  • Docent and staff-led activities are scheduled throughout the year in our park, such as full-moon hikes and bird walks. Dates for these events can be found on our calendar.
  • A diversity of wildlife can be found at our park, including coyotes, bobcats, wood rats, gopher snakes, rattlesnakes, and numerous species of birds.
  • Parking for Back Country Hiking Trails at Ranger Station or Lower Moro Day Use Lot.

Camping Info

The Moro campground, which is located on a bluff top with unparalleled ocean views, features 27 hookup sites, 30 non-hookup tent sites, both of which include 3 ADA-accessible sites each. We also feature primitive hike-in camping in our backcountry, which has 32 sites spread out across 3 areas. Although it does require a strenuous hike, it provides a peaceful refuge from the urban surroundings.

  • For details and information to site-specific reservations, call (800) 444-7275 or visit www.reservecalifornia.com
  • RV size limits are 25’ for non-hookup tent sites, and 38’ for hookup RV sites. RVs will be measured upon entry.
  • Primitive Sites require a minimum hike of 3 miles. All supplies are packed in and packed out. Bathrooms available.
  • Token operated hot showers in Moro Campground available.