Free California State Park Passes Now Available at Riverside County Library Branches

To help Californians enjoy more than 200 state parks, lakes, beaches, and monuments in the State Parks system, free California State Park passes are now available through the Riverside County Library System (RCLS).

California’s State Park System is the largest in the country, offering some of the world’s most varied
natural wonders. Prices can vary from $50 to $195. See the Annual Pass Fact Sheet here.

Through a partnership among California State Parks and the California State Library, any Riverside County resident, with an active RCLS card in good standing, may borrow a park pass. The passes may be checked out for two weeks and are available from every branch including the library connect mobile resource vans. The passes will be checked out on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be renewed or placed on hold.

“By providing the communities of Riverside County with free park passes, RCLS hopes to remove economic barriers which may prevent families and individuals enjoying the wonderful outdoors California has to offer,” said Jon Solomon, director of RCLS.

The passes allow entry for one passenger vehicle with nine people or fewer or one highway licensed motorcycle, at participating state park units.

“We firmly believe every Californian should have access to the beauty and benefits of parks, and we know that cost can be a barrier to visiting. We’re excited that local branch libraries will now be a gateway to state parks,” said Executive Director of the California State Parks Foundation Rachel Norton.

Find more information on the RCLS website by clicking here. Find the list of participating state parks at Find a Park (

RCLS is a division of the Office of Economic Development. Contact RCLS at (951) 369-3003 or click here for more information.


Image Sources

  • A trail winds through Chino Hills State Park, California: Shutterstock