• Sonoma Valley Regional Park wildflowers

Parks Order Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health order allowing limited access to Sonoma County parks?

Regulations regarding parks access and outdoor recreation activities are part of a stay home order issued by Sonoma County’s health officer to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. You can find the latest health order at SoCoEmergency.org.

How can I access and use the parks?

All parks are open for basic recreation, with physical distancing and face covering guidelines in place. Drinking fountains and other gathering or high-touch areas remain closed. Check Regional Parks' status list for details about specific park facilities.

Am I required to wear a face covering in a park?

You must carry a face covering, and you must wear the covering when you come within 6 feet of visitors who are not members of your household. This guideline applies all users, whether walking, hiking, jogging, biking, fishing or sunbathing. 

Are campgrounds open?

The closure of Sonoma County Regional Parks campgrounds has been extended through Jan. 31, 2021 as Sonoma County remains under the stay-home order. Reservations during that period have been cancelled and refunds are being issued. For more information about an affected reservation, call Regional Parks' camping office at (707) 565-2267 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or email camping@sonoma-county.org.  

Are Sonoma Coast beaches open? 

Regional Parks' Sonoma Coast beaches are open. Beach picnic and barbecue areas can be used by an individual or a household group. Note: Doran Regional Park is busy on weekends, and the park entrance closes when day-use parking fills. Plan to arrive by mid-morning or in late afternoon for the best chance of finding parking. Have an alternate destination in mind in case the park is closed.

Are park restrooms open? 

Restrooms are open, though some may remain partially closed due to maintenance or social distancing requirements. Some parks might have temporary restrooms and no hand-washing stations. Please wear a face covering in restrooms and carry your own hand sanitizer. 

Are dog parks open?

Dog parks are open. Dog park visitors must follow physical distancing and face covering requirements.

Are social gatherings allowed in parks?

We are encouraged to maintain our physical and mental health by visiting parks with members of our households only. Members of multiple households are not allowed to gather at picnic or barbecue areas. Members of multiple households cannot use sports facilities at the same time unless they are part of a guided recreation program that is complying with health requirements and protocols. 

Are sports courts, athletic fields and other shared facilities open?

Tennis courts, disc golf courses, basketball courts, pickleball courts, sports fields and other shared sports facilities can be used by a single individual, members of the same household or organized groups, leagues, camps or childcare providers who comply with social distancing protocols. Playgrounds are open.

What type of organized outdoor recreation activities, equipment rentals or recreation businesses are allowed?

Activities cannot involve direct physical contact among participants. (Tournaments, competitions and live audiences are not allowed.) Recreation providers must follow specific guidelines for their businesses or facilities as well as physical distancing, face covering, and hygiene protocols. 

Are Russian River beaches open?

River beaches are open. Picnic and barbecue areas can be used only by an individual or a household group. Alcohol is not allowed at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, Steelhead Beach, Forestville River Access, Sunset Beach and Guerneville River Park. Guerneville River Park is open for walk-in/bike-in access only. 

What type of fishing access is allowed?

Fishing is allowed at parks where regularly permitted. Anglers must comply with social distancing and face covering requirements. Recreational fishing groups are limited to members of the same household. Commercial sport fishing operators can serve members of multiple households and must comply with social distancing, face covering and hygiene requirements.    

Are Class 1 trails open to cyclists?

Class 1 multi-use trails like the Joe Rodota, Santa Rosa Creek and West County trails (paved paths separated from roads) are open to cyclists as well as pedestrians. 

Are park trails open to equestrians? 

Equestrian access is allowed, and equestrian parking areas are open.

Are parking fees required?

Sonoma County Regional Parks is charging its regular parking fees. To make up for the parks closures during the health emergency, Regional Parks memberships purchased before June 2020 are valid for an additional two months beyond their stated expiration.