Monterey State Historic Park

Update (February 24, 2021): With the Regional Stay at Home Order lifted, State Parks is reopening campground sites for existing reservation holders. The department will be using a phased approach to reopen other campground sites for new reservations, starting January 28. The public is advised that not all campground sites are open to the public due to the pandemic, wildfire impacts and other issues. Additionally, group campsites remain closed. Day use outdoor areas of park units currently open to the public remain open.

As State Parks increases access to the State Park System, it is critical that Californians continue to recreate responsibly in the outdoors as the pandemic is far from over.

Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and the COVID-19 guidelines for this park unit.

What is open now?
  • Downtown walking trails are open, and parking is available to vehicles on a limited basis.
  • State Park Gardens are open daily.
  • Visitor services are limited to self-guide and mobile phone tours.
  • Day use City of Monterey parking lot (fee required). Limited free on-street parking.
  • Restrooms.

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?
At this park:
  • House Museums are closed, and guided tours are cancelled.
  • There is no campground at Monterey State Historic Park.
  • Some park units and campground sites continue to be temporarily closed due to the pandemic, impacts from wildfires or other issues. Please visit the webpage of your local outdoor destination to find out if it is open.
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?
State Parks has implemented the following guidelines to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors:
  • Stay Local: Stay close to home during this pandemic period. If you or anyone in your household is feeling sick, please remain at home and plan your trip for another time. 
  • Plan Ahead
    • The ongoing pandemic response continues to be dynamic and fluid. Prior to leaving home, check the webpage of your outdoor destination you plan to visit to find out if it is open, if parking is available, and what visitor guidelines are in effect.
    • Learn what safety precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors at
    • SNO-PARKS: Make sure your vehicle is snow ready. A permit is required for each vehicle parked at a SNO-PARK site. Parking is on a first come, first-serve basis at all SNO-PARK sites. The public is advised that parking lots are filling up early in the day. Illegal parking is prohibited. More information can be found at
  • Stay Safer at Six Feet: No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Your guests should only include those within your immediate household. This means no guests or friends, and no gatherings or parties. If there are too many people to maintain the required physical distance, please visit us on a different day. 
    • Boating: Do not raft up to other boaters or pull up onto a beach next to other recreators.
    • Off-highway Vehicle Recreation: Do not ride next to others or pull up next to someone else as it could put you in close proximity to others. Stage 10 feet or more from each other during unloading and loading.
  • Keep Clean: Be prepared as not all services may be available. Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer. Please pack out all trash. Park units are experiencing heavy use and you can help alleviate the impact on park facilities.
  • Stay Covered: The state requires you to wear a face covering when you cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Individuals must have a face covering with them at all times.

Although law enforcement entities have the authority to issue citations, the expectation is that the public is responsible for adhering to the advice of public health officials, visitor guidelines and closures.

California State Parks continues to work with local and state officials on a phased and regionally driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. However, the situation remains fluid and park operations can change at any time. For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit

Phone Number

(831) 649-2907

Park Hours

Custom House Museum- 

Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Gardens- Open Daily 

Dogs Allowed?

Dogs not allowed inside park buildings.

Driving Directions to Monterey SHP

Monterey State Historic Park consists of over 10 historic structures and places within a half mile of the Custom House Plaza, in downtown Monterey, near Fisherman’s Wharf.
From San Francisco, Sacramento and points north: take the Pacific Grove/Del Monte Avenue exit off of southbound Highway 1. There are two other Del Monte exits prior to this one that are incorrect. Follow Del Monte for approximately one and a half miles. Turn right into the Fisherman's Wharf and the Historic Park parking lot.
From Carmel and points south: take the Munras Street exit off of northbound Highway 1. Continue south on Munras which eventually becomes Abrego Street. Continue on Abrego which eventually becomes Washington Street. Follow Washington Street until it ends at the Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot.
From Los Angeles and points east: take Highway 68 westbound from Salinas to Highway 1. Merge into the left lane to head toward Monterey. Take the Fremont Street exit and proceed to the third signal. Turn right onto Abrego Street which shortly becomes Washington Street. Follow Washington Street to the Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Family Programs
Drinking Water Available

Custom House Now Open

Custom House

 We are happy to announce that the Custom House     Museum is now open! Come see State Historic Landmark #1     Tuesday-Sunday from  10:00 am to 4:00 pm.





About Monterey State Historic Park

One of California's most historic cities, Monterey served as California's capital under Spanish, Mexican and U.S. military rule.
The U.S. flag was first officially raised in California here on July 7, 1846, bringing 600,000 square miles of land to the United States.

Monterey State Historic Park is a collection of significant historic houses and buildings interspersed throughout Old Monterey. Hour long guided history tours are led regularly; tour information and tour tickets may be obtained at the Custom House (adjacent to Old Fisherman's Wharf). Our history tours are a great way to start your discovery of Monterey. See Tour Information for the current schedule.

Step into the past on the “Monterey Walking Path of History” and view the site where Spanish explorers first landed in Monterey in 1602. See one of the nation’s last remaining whalebone sidewalks. Walk the same streets that famed author Robert Louis Stevenson walked in 1879. Explore this two-mile path and discover some of California’s most historic homes, buildings and beautiful gardens along the way. A self-guided mobile phone tour is available for this more "in-depth" experience. Tour is free, but does use phone minutes. Brochures are available at the Custom House or Pacific House musems.

/pages/575/images/Monterey State Historic Park - Pacific House Museum.jpgMonterey’s Path of History can be entered at any point. Just follow the yellow-tiled markers and discover Monterey State Historic Park, an area that preserves and interprets places and objects of statewide historic significance. Twelve buildings, including the Custom House, the oldest government building in California, and several residences, are all part of Monterey’s 55 Path of History sites.

For more information, call the Pacific House Museum at (831) 649-2907, located at 20 Custom House Plaza, adjacent to the Fisherman's Wharf.

Please visit our non-profit Cooperating Association's (Friends Group) Website: Monterey State Historic Park Association .
Your membership helps suppors educational programs and preservation efforts throughout the park. All profits from Cooperating Association Museum Stores stay in Monterey!

Professional Photography 

Professional photographers wishing to use park settings for publication for either film or still photographs need to obtain a permit from the California Film Commission at

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