Paying for Parking at State Parks Made Easier with Pay-By-Phone Service

California State Parks is excited to share another modern way to connect with visitors. Starting today, visitors to 23 select park units along the Central and Southern California coast will be able to pay for parking fees using the Yodel app. Its use is secure and simple. All you need is a phone and a credit card. A multi-factor authentication protects users while the app’s evolving QR code prevents repeat pass usage.

Parks such as San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura County, Topanga State Park in Los Angeles County and Huntington State Beach in Orange County will now be more easily accessible with the use of technology. By using the Yodel app, visitors have the opportunity to pay for the park entry fee right in the parking lot. Visitors can continue to pay for entry at the kiosk, however, the pay-by-phone service is an alternative to make park entry easier and more convenient. It is available to pay for parking entry fees for day-use only. Vistiors are advised that pay-by-phone  is not a reservation and entry is subject to availibity at each park unit. If parking lots are full, visitors should wait to park before taking advantage of the pay-by-phone option.  

The Yodel app can be downloaded via the Apple app store or the Google Play store.

The State of California believes in the right of all Californians to have access to recreational opportunities and enjoy the cultural, historic and natural resources found across the state. Too many Californians cannot access the state’s parks, beaches and outdoor spaces, nor the state’s array of museums and cultural and historical sites. Given this, the California Natural Resources Agency and California State Parks are prioritizing efforts to expand all Californians’ access to park, open space, nature and cultural amenities. This priority requires reshaping funding and programs to expand opportunities to enjoy these places. Doing so advances Governor Gavin Newsom’s strong personal commitment to building a “California for All.”

The following programs were implemented this year in support of expanding access for all Californians to the outdoors:

  • California State Park Adventure Pass: In partnership with the First Partner’s Office and the Natural Resources Agency, the California State Park Adventure Pass provides free entry for fourth graders and their families at 19 select state parks throughout the state. Mountains, deserts, forests, rivers…the choice of where to visit is yours. Download your free pass today at
  • Mobile App: Powered by OuterSpatial, the mobile app is free and provides visitors with real-time updates about on-the-ground conditions and access to a library of park and trail information, including directions to parks, interactive maps, visitor guidelines, park brochures, points of interest, events and more. Learn more here.
  • Same Day Reservations: You can now make same-day reservations for camping and lodging at select parks throughout California. In the past, you had to make your reservation 48 hours before your arrival. However, we continually implement new features on the reservation platform, ReserveCalifornia, and now you can make reservations the same day you want to visit a park or a beach—perfect for last-minute trips. Book your reservation at

Thank you for loving California’s State Park System. Please remember to “Recreate Responsibly” when enjoying the outdoors. Learn how you can protect yourself, family, friends, and the outdoors at

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