Most San Mateo County Park Services are Open

Updated Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Most San Mateo County Park services are currently open. This includes 21 of 24 parks, regional trails, playgrounds and single household use picnic tables. See the list of open San Mateo County Parks, open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Drop-in Picnicking

Drop-in picnic sites are open for use by single households only. For your wellbeing and to guard against the spread of COVID-19, we ask that you: 

  • Bring a reusable table covering for picnic tables 

  • Bring and use hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes 

  • Don’t use any areas that are closed or barricaded to support social distancing 

  • Clean-up when you’re done—dispose of waste in receptacles or take garbage with you and dispose of at home. 

  • Clean the barbecue area if used 

Large group gatherings are not allowed at or around drop-in picnic areas. Visitor centers and other picnic areas not designated for drop-in picnicking remain closed. No barbecues will be allowed on Spare The Air Days. 

Pescadero Creek Complex 

Pescadero Creek Park and Memorial Park remain closed as Park staff and CALFIRE assess the impacts of the CZU Lightning Complex fire on Pescadero Creek Park and develop plans to repair and restore the area. This effort will take many months to complete. Sam McDonald Park reopened on Wednesday, November 25. 

Be Safe

Read the latest message from San Mateo County Parks Director, Nicholas Calderon:

Dear Park Visitors,

We recognize the physical and mental benefits of being outdoors and connecting with nature, especially during this extraordinary period in our history and our lives. Our staff is committed to keeping these important resources available to all visitors. We are cleaning restrooms more often and monitoring trail use and even providing on-line nature experiences, such as Nature Minutes and Reading with a Park Ranger. 

As we continue to open more parks and facilities, we ask for your assistance in making these amazing places available to and enjoyable by all. Please be considerate of fellow trail users:

  • Make sure you and members of your household maintain 6 feet of distance between you and others.
  • Carry a face covering and wear it when you can’t achieve physical distance
  • Fast walkers, joggers and cyclists should advise when passing and slow down and, or move to other side of trail to create distance between you and others 
  • Visitors with multiple strollers should walk single file to allow space for others to pass
  • Pack out what you pack in

Because there are more visitors than usual on trails in all parks, we encourage you to plan your visit and have an alternate location if you discover a full parking lot when you arrive. We also suggest that you to visit parks early in the day or a few hours before closing at 5 p.m.— these are great times to see deer, lizards, birds and other wildlife.  

Please continue to explore and enjoy San Mateo County Parks and thank you for your support. 

Nicholas Calderon
San Mateo County Parks Director.


Other Service Closures

All reservations are canceled through April 1, 2021. Reservations are still being accepted for future dates. The reservations phone line at (650) 363-4021 will be available Monday through Thursday to leave messages regarding reservations and cancellations. Park staff will monitor email and phone messages and respond as appropriate in a timely manner.

All events are canceled until further notice.

The Parks main office in Redwood City is closed until further notice

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