State Parks Passes


CA State Parks passes
Check out a CA State Parks vehicle day-use pass


In partnership with the First Partner’s Office and the California State Library, State Parks is providing free vehicle day-use entry to over 200 participating state park units operated by State Parks for check out to library-card holders. The California State Library Parks Pass is valid for entry of one passenger vehicle with capacity of nine people or less or one highway licensed motorcycle.


California public library-card holders can check out the State Library Parks Pass via their local public library. If you don’t have a library card, visit your local library to get one. The library card and park pass are free!


The Carmel Library has received 38 passes from the State. They are available for check-out at both the Harrison and Park Branch libraries. Search “parks pass” in the catalog to see if one is available to place a hold or give us a call at (831) 624-4629 if you have questions. 

  • Passes can be checked out for three (3) weeks, no renewals.
  • You can only borrow one pass at a time.
  • Eight (8) passes are Lucky Day passes. You can’t put them on hold, but if you see them in the library, it’s your lucky day!
  • When you’re done, return the pass to the front desk or put it in the book drop.


The pass entitles the user to a free vehicle day-use entry for one passenger vehicle with capacity of nine people or less or one highway licensed motorcycle at over 200 participating state park units. 

The pass will not be honored at state park units operated by federal or local government and private agencies or concessionaires. Also, the pass is not valid for per-person entry or tour fees (such as museums), boat use, camping, group use or sites, special events, additional/extra vehicle fees, sanitation disposal use or for supplemental fees. To see a list of parks not accepting the pass click here, and read full terms and conditions here.

Recreate Responsibly

Getting into the outdoors is the perfect way to connect with nature, family and friends but it is important to do so responsibly. Please protect yourself and your family by learning about the park you are visiting before heading out, wearing appropriate clothing, staying prepared by bringing the essentials like enough food and water, and knowing your comfort level to avoid injuries. For additional safety tips, click here.