Hearst San Simeon
State Park Camping

San Luis Obispo County

Hearst San Simeon
State Park Camping


500 San Simeon Creek Road
San Luis Obispo County
(805) 927-2020

San Simeon Creek Campground

  • Located adjacent to Washburn Day-use Area, close to beach
  • 134 campsites for tent or RVs up to 35'
  • 2 Hike & Bike sites
  • Accessible sites
  • Restrooms with flush toilets
  • Coin operated showers
  • Amphitheater
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Dump station

Washburn Primitive Campground

  • Located on hill nearly a mile inland from Washburn Day-use Area
  • 57 RV and tent sites
  • Restrooms, chemical toilets
  • Accessible sites
  • Fire rings, picnic tables


  • San Simeon Creek Campground: $35
  • Washburn Campground: $20
  • Hike & Bike: $5

Fees are for up to 8 people, one vehicle and one towed trailer.


Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia:
Hearst San Simeon State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM

Campground Regulations

  • Do not attach ropes or line to plants, fences, or park structures.
  • Tents and other equipment must be confined to assigned camping space.
  • Vehicles must remain on pavement within campsite limit
  • Up to 3 vehicles allowed at San Simeon Creek Campground, 2 at Washburn. Pay for extra vehicles at Kiosk
  • Dogs on leash in campsite, in vehicle or tent at night, not allowed on trails or beach

map of Hearst San Simeon State Park campgrounds, San Luis Obispo County, CA

Hearst San Simeon State Park Camping

There are two campgrounds in the state park - San Simeon Creek Campground and Washburn Primitive Campground.

San Simeon Creek Vs. Washburn Primitive

San Simeon Creek Campground has coin operated showers, flush toilets, and is within easy walking distance of the beach. Washburn Primitive campsites are nearly a mile from the beach, have chemical toilets, and no showers.

San Simeon Creek tends to be noisier, especially with highway traffic nearby. It has more trees. Washburn Primitive is quieter, but has less shade. Located on a hill top, Washburn has nice views.

Suggestions from Previous Campers

  • Watch out for raccoons getting into things
  • Buy last minute items at Cookie Crock Grocery in Cambria
  • Among the best campsites: #92, #98, #238
  • Bring quarters for showers. 25 cents for 3 minutes
  • Good prices for firewood at the campground.

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Campground Programs

Campfire programs are presented on Friday and Saturday nights at the amphitheater next to the San Simeon Creek Campground. The programs usually begin at 8:15 PM and last about one hour.

A campfire program schedule is posted on the campground bulletin board. In the past programs have covered topics such as Chumash Indians, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and marine animals such as sea otters, elephant seals, and tide pool inhabitants.

Movie Night

Nature movies are shown on Sunday and Thursday evenings at 8:15 PM at the amphitheater. The movies usually run about one hour.

For information about Junior Rangers Programs, see our Activities page.

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