Keeping You Healthy

We are working to keep your family healthy on your next visit to Texas State Parks.

Continue reading to learn more about our efforts. We’ll update this page as the situation develops.

Please talk to a ranger if you have any safety concerns while you are visiting a state park.

Expect some changes

Many parks are open, but you’ll notice some changes.

  • You must reserve and print day passes before you arrive for day visits, even if you have a park pass. You can also call the Customer Service Center at (512) 389-8900. If you don't have a printer, you may show park staff the confirmation email on your phone. Parks will not conduct any transactions on-site. 
  • Most parks are open for limited camping. You must make camping reservations in advance; walk-ins will not be allowed.
  • All park headquarters, visitor centers and park stores are closed. 
  • We have cancelled all in-person events and equipment rentals and loans.
  • We have increased our cleaning efforts.

Further changes are possible as we receive new information from health authorities.

Temporary guidelines

Please help everyone stay healthy by following these temporary guidelines while at the park:

  • Maintain at least a six-foot distance from anyone not in your group.
  • No groups larger than five people are allowed, except for families or people living in the same household.
  • Park staff will be wearing face coverings - we strongly encourage you to do so, as well. 

FAQs

Planning ahead

What should I do to stay safe when I visit?
You will be sharing some spaces with other visitors, including restrooms and trails. Follow CDC guidelines for keeping you, your family and other park visitors healthy.
We strongly encourage you to wear face coverings the entire time you are in the park. 
Maintain at least a six-foot distance from anyone not in your family. 
How often do you clean in parks?
We clean and disinfect restrooms frequently. We also wipe down hard surfaces and other commonly touched items in both public and staff areas with a disinfectant.
We will try to provide hand soap or hand sanitizers in all bathrooms, but please bring your own as some parks have limited access to resupplies at this time.
My group is gathering at a park this summer. Can we still come?
No more than five people (except those in the same family or household) can gather under current park guidelines. All group sites are closed. 
The Customer Service Center will contact you to process a refund if you have a group site reserved for your gathering.
When will the parks open for camping?
The parks are open for camping now! We will honor most existing reservations. We are also taking new reservations for stays beginning June 1 through Sept. 7.

Reservations

How do I make a reservation online?
Learn more about making online reservations on our state park reservations page
How do I print permits at home?
Log in to your account and select “Pre-Registration & Site Permits” for camping reservations or “Print Tickets & Daily Entrance” for day passes, and then follow instructions on the page. 
What if I don't have a printer?
You may show park staff the confirmation email on your phone.
I have an upcoming camping reservation. Is it still valid?
We began honoring most camping reservations on Monday, May 18. We cancelled some existing reservations to comply with guidelines for social distancing. 
What if I want to cancel my reservation?
If you have a camping or day pass reservation that begins any time in May or June, you can cancel it without penalty by contacting the Customer Service Center:
What if I have a reservation at a park or site that is closed?
Customer Service Center agents will contact those with reservations affected by closures to offer a full refund. We'll be contacting customers in order of arrival date - so please be patient with us. We will not charge cancellation fees for these reservations. 

Closures

What if someone at a park has the virus?
We will close any park that has a connection to a person with a presumed or confirmed case of COVID-19. Check our alert map for closures.
If you are diagnosed after visiting a park, please call the park to let them know.
Are all the park closures due to virus cases?
Most of our park closures are because of operational issues. There have been no presumed or confirmed cases of the virus in most closed parks.

Updated May 27, 2020.