Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about picnic reservations:
When do I need a picnic reservation?
If your group is 50 or more and you are planning to be here on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, or you desire to have an area just for your group (no minimum size).
You plan to have an amplified musical activity. Allowed in designated areas only. Electricity is provided only with a reservation.
Can I make a reservation for a holiday?
Yes, with the exception of Christmas day, when the park is closed.
How far in advance can I make a reservation?
One year in advance. Reservations are taken by the Parks and Recreation Department Reservation Desk. Call 858-565-3600 (toll free 1-877-565-3600) or come into the reservation center a minimum of one day prior to the intended picnic date. If you are planning to make a reservation in person, we suggest that you call first or go to this page to see if the reservation date that you are interested in is open. Full payment of fees is due at the time the reservations is made plus a $5.00 reservation fee. Reservations can also be made at the park with the Park Ranger.
If I cancel, can I get a refund?
The Reservation Center must be contacted a minimum of 30 days before the original picnic date for either a date change or cancellation request. There is a $5.00 non-refundable charge for reservation changes and a $25.00 charge for reservation cancellations up to 30 days before the picnic date. All fees will be forfeited when a reservation is cancelled with less than 30 days before the picnic date.
Can someone show me the area I am reserving?
Yes. Park rangers will explain the park rules and show you your site.
Are there fees for caterers and extras?
Yes. You will need to check with the Reservation Staff for final determination of these charges. These fees are also due at the time the reservation is made.
What else should I know?
$3.00 per vehicle for parking is collected at the entry gate.
What are the park hours?
Daily 9:30 - sunset. Closed Christmas Day.
Reservations can be made by calling 858-565-3600 (toll free 1-877-565-3600). You can reach us Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Reservations can also be made at the park with the Park Ranger.
If your group size requires more than one area, you qualify for our corporate picnic program. A per person fee is charged, which includes parking and all extra fees, and allows early entry to the park. Call (858) 966-1308 for information and reservations.