Mount Tamalpais State Park Camping

Marin County

Mount Tamalpais

Steep Ravine, Mt. Tamalpais State Park, CA

Steep Ravine Rustic Cabins

Mount Tamalpais State Park
Attractions and Activities

  • From 2,571-foot Mt. Tamalpais view the distant Farallon Islands, San Francisco Bay, and Mount Diablo.
  • Learn about the Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway, built in 1896 to convey tourists to the top of the mountain.
  • Hike through 6,300 acres of redwoods, oaks, and grasslands.
  • Cycle up the strenuous Seven Sisters climb to the mountain top.
  • Mountain Bike on the Dias Ridge and Coast view multi-use trails.
  • Picnic on the summit of East Peak.
  • Enjoy a play presented by Mountain Play Association at Tamalpais' outdoor theater.
  • Visit nearby Muir Woods.
  • Spend the day at nearby Stinson Beach or Muir Beach.

Key Mount Tamalpais State Park Camping Regulations

  1. Dogs must be on leash and always attended. Dogs are not permitted on most trails. Dogs must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night.
  2. Obtain Firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests. Firewood may not be collected in the park.
  3. Fires are permitted only in designated areas.

Mount Tamalpais State Park Camping

Rising to 2,571 feet, beautiful Mount Tamalpais stands out as a key landmark in Marin County. Its forested slopes, redwood groves, and tumbling creeks have been a popular attraction since the days of the Gold Rush. Visitors to the park enjoy miles of trails, visitor centers, the remnants of the Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway, and plentiful wildlife. To reach the park from Highway 101, take Highway 1 to the Stinson Beach exit and follow signs up the mountain.

Mount Tamalpais State Park camping is mainly at two small family campgrounds - Pantoll Campground and Bootjack Campground, both walk-in, tents-only campgrounds. Each campground has 15 campsites and all are first-come, first-served. Campers have a short walk to their sites, the longest about a quarter mile. Campsites tend to be rather close together. In addition to those two campgrounds, the park offers 7 walk-in environmental campsites and 9 rustic cabins at Steep Ravine along the coast south of Stinson Beach. Reservations are required for environmental campsites and the cabins.

Alice Eastwood Group Camp has two sites for organized groups. Frank Valley Group Horse Camp is located about a mile inland from Muir Beach. Reservations are required for all group camps.

Mount Tamalpais State Park Camping Basics
Mount Tamalpais State Park Camping Location: 801 Panoramic Highway, Mill Valley, CA
Elevation: Pantoll and Bootjack campgrounds - 1,400 feet
Steep Ravine Environmental camps and cabins - 50 feet
Mileage from gateway cities: San Francisco - 23 miles
Number of Sites: Pantoll and Bootjack - 15 each
Steep Ravine - 7 Environmental campsites and 9 cabins
Open - Closed: Open year-round
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
5 at Environmental campsites and cabins
Vehicles: Parking is $8 per vehicle
Pets: on leash, always attended
State Park Information (415) 388-2070

Reservations at Mount Tamalpais State Park Camping
Reservations: Pantoll and Bootjack have no reservations - first-come, first served
Group Camps, Horse Camps, Environmental Campsites, and Cabins require reservations
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: No RV or trailer camping
Wheelchair accessible sites: Environmental site #7, Cabin #1
Pantoll and Bootjack campgrounds both have accessible camping, restrooms and parking.
Fees: Pantoll and Bootjack - $25 per night
Environmental sites - $25
Steep Ravine Cabins - $100
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Mount Tamalpais State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Mount Tamalpais State Park Camping Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, BBQ, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: No
Attractions near Mount Tamalpais State Park Camping: Hike the Steep Ravine Trail along Webb Creek. Watch for deer, bobcats, coyotes, raccoons, and gray foxes. Enjoy an astronomy program at the Mountain Theater. Join one of the ranger-guided hikes offered year-round. View the remnants of the Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway.

Steep Ravine Environmental Campsites and Cabins

Environmental Campsites at Steep Ravine are located on an exposed marine terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The campground is about a mile south of Stinson Beach. Each of the 7 campsites has a picnic table, food locker, and fire pit. Water and restrooms are nearby.

The 9 rustic cabins are located nearby. Cabins are equipped with a small wood stoves, sleeping platforms, outdoor BBQs, and picnic tables. Restrooms are and water faucets are nearby.

For both environmental campsites and cabins no pets are allowed, only 1 vehicle per site, and no RVs or trailers.

Fees: Environmental campsites - $25 per night, cabins $100
Reservations from ReserveCalifornia:
Mt. Tamalpais State Park Campsite Reservations

Alice Eastwood Group Camp

Alice Eastwood Group Camp is located along the Panoramic Highway near Mountain Home Inn. The camp has two tents- only sites available for organized groups. One site can accommodate up to 25 people and 10 vehicles. The other site can accommodate up to 50 people and 15 vehicles. Check-in time is 2 PM and check-out is at noon.

Fees: $110 and $225
Reservations from ReserveCalifornia:
Mt. Tamalpais State Park Group Campsite Reservations

Frank Valley Group Horse Camp

Frank Valley Group Horse Camp is located off Muir Woods Road about a mile from Muir Beach. The camp can accommodate up to 25 people and 10 vehicles. The campground is for tents only, but one of the vehicles may be an RV (no longer than 31 feet). Amenities include tables, fire rings, drinking water, pit toilets, horse troughs, and corrals for up to 12 horses.

Fees: $75 per night
Reservations from ReserveCalifornia:
Mt. Tamalpais State Park Group Campsite Reservations

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