Camping at Veteran's Memorial Park Camping at Veteran's Memorial Park

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Veteran's Campground is open!

Effective 4/15/2021 - Veteran's Memorial Park campground, playgrounds, group picnic and park areas are open. 

Status of Veteran's Park Campground - Update, Posted January 29, 2021
NO FIRES Allowed During Fire Season. Cooking allowed with fuel camp stoves only.

Camping is reopened with COVID-19 State Guidance in Place
Group picnic areas and playgrounds are not open at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions.

State Guidance for Campgrounds

Veteran's Memorial Park is a popular and beautiful 50 acre park in the forested hills of Monterey. Located only a mile from Downtown Monterey, this park is an affordable and fun way to stay overnight in the Monterey Peninsula. Besides campgrounds, the park includes hiking trails under towering Monterey Pine forest and bay views. You will also find BBQ picnic areas, play equipment, turf and lawn playfield and a basketball court.

Veteran's Memorial Park may be reached by driving due west on Jefferson St. (up the hill) from the heart of Old Monterey, or by taking Highway 68 west from Highway 1 until you see a white adobe wall on the right side of the road with black letters that says "Skyline Forest". Turn right there, go to Skyline Drive and turn left. Skyline Drive will lead you right into the Park. Veteran’s Memorial Park is about 1 mile away from historic downtown Monterey. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is about 2 ½ miles from the park, and various beaches are within 2 miles.

The picnic areas are reservable; call (831) 646-3865 and leave a message if nobody is available to answer. Camping sites are not reservable, but available on a first come, first served basis.

Description Fee
Campsite with 1 Vehicle $40
Additional Vehicle $10
Each Bicycle - Hiker Campsite $8
Overnight Youth Group Area $8 per person
Active Duty & Retired U.S. Military, Disabled
U.S. Veterans & Senior Age 62 and Older –
Vehicle Campsite
$5 discount
Active Duty & Retired U.S. Military, Disabled
U.S. Veterans & Senior Age 62 and Older –
Hiker Campsite
$2 discount
Shower Fee for Non-Campers $3
Dump Station Fee for Non-Campers $10 per use
Recreational Vehicle Surcharge $5 per night

The Park has 40 campsites, 30 of which can accommodate trailers. Hikers and bikers (non-motorized) are welcome. Each site has a table and a barbecue pit. Water can be obtained from faucets located in the camping area. Restrooms and showers are available. The site capacity limit is two vehicles and eight people per campsite. The maximum length of stay is three consecutive days. Vehicles are limited to 21 feet. Vehicles longer than 21 feet will be referred elsewhere.

For fee information please see our Parks and Recreation Schedule of Fees. If you have a Golden Age/Access Passport, you are entitled to a $5 discount for a campsite or $2 off in the hiker area.

Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis only.

Rules & Regulations
The following rules must be observed. Violators will be asked to leave the premises.Refer to City Code, CHAPTER 23 - Parks and Lakes, Ord. 1722

  1. You must be registered to claim your campsite. To register: complete the permit envelope, clip the receipt at your campsite, and deposit the envelope with your fee in the deposit box.
  2. There is a fee for camping and hiking.
  3. All campsites are available first-come, first-served. You cannot reserve any campsite in advance. Campers must be present at the campground to register for a campsite.
  4. Check out time is noon. If you stay beyond noon you will be charged for another day.
  5. No camping or vehicles on the lawn or field.
  6. No vehicles or trailers longer than 21 feet.
  7. Camping is limited to three consecutive days.
  8. Quiet hours are between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. Visitors are asked to leave by 10 p.m.
  9. Public intoxication will not be tolerated.
  10. No guns or weapons are permitted.
  11. Do not pick, dig up, cut, mutilate or otherwise destroy any tree, shrub, bush or plant.
  12. Keep your area clean. Do not clean fish in the park.
  13. Pets are allowed in the camp but should be kept leashed.
  14. The speed limit in the camp is 5 miles per hour.
  15. There is no overflow area. You cannot park overnight on the street while staying in the camp.
  16. No more than two cars and eight people per campsite.
  17. Management is not responsible for any articles which are lost or stolen. We reserve the right to refuse our services to anyone.

Two Group Areas can be reserved for overnight youth groups of up to 100 people. Each has a large double BBQ pit for cooking, tables, and water is available. Restrooms and showers are available, also.

Three Day-use Picnic Areas are available and can be reserved for groups. Group BBQs are available for reservation. For fee information please see our Parks and Recreation Schedule of Fees

If you are interested in reserving a group site for day use or overnight at Veteran’s Memorial Park, please email the Veteran's Memorial Park BBQ/Picnic Facility Use Permit Application to the Park Attendant at Please include your contact info, dates requested, projected occupancy and any questions you may have.

Huckleberry Hill Nature Preserve is an 81-acre park with numerous, well established hiking trails. Hike through rare Monterey pine forest, observe wildlife, and enjoy beautiful vistas of the bay and coastline. Pedestrian access is through Veteran's Memorial Park.

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Contact Information

To reserve a picnic area at Veteran's Memorial Park:
call (831) 646-3865 or email 
Chris Makowski at
Camping sites are not reservable, but available on a first come, first served basis.

Parks & Beaches
Maintenance Division
23 Ryan Ranch Road
(831) 646-3860

City parks are open to the public daily. Please remember that no one is allowed to remain in a City park after closing hours (between 10 PM and 6 AM). Thank you for your help and cooperation in this matter.

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546 Dutra Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Office: (831) 646-3866

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