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Camping and Hiking

Veteran's Memorial Park is a popular and beautiful 50 acre park in the forested hills of Monterey. Located only a mile from Downtown Monterey, this park is an affordable and fun way to stay overnight in the Monterey Peninsula. Besides campgrounds (open 365 days per year), the park includes hiking trails under towering Monterey Pine forest and bay views. You will also find BBQ picnic areas, play equipment, turf and lawn playfield, and a basketball court.


During fire season (June 1st - November 1st, weather pending), no fires are allowed and cooking is with fuel camp stoves only.

  • Campsites are first come, first served; no reservations.
  • Camping is limited to three (3) consecutive days.
  • Vehicles or trailers cannot be longer than 21 feet.
  • Pets are allowed in the camp (leashed and attended only) but are not allowed in hiker/biker sites.
  • Read the full list of VETERAN'S PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS before making your plans so you can enjoy your stay!

Veteran's Memorial Park may be reached by driving due west on Jefferson St. (up the hill) from the heart of Old Monterey, or by taking Highway 68 west from Highway 1 until you see a white adobe wall on the right side of the road with black letters that says "Skyline Forest". Turn right there, go to Skyline Drive and turn left. Skyline Drive will lead you right into the Park. Veteran’s Memorial Park is about 1 mile away from historic downtown Monterey. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is about 2 ½ miles from the park, and various beaches are within 2 miles. The picnic areas are reservable; call (831) 646-3865 and leave a message if nobody is available to answer. Camping sites are not reservable, but available on a first come, first served basis.
Parks and Recreation Schedule of Fees

Description Fee
Campsite with 1 Vehicle $47
Additional Vehicle $13
Each Bicycle - Hiker Campsite $10
Overnight Youth Group Area 2 $12 per person
Overnight Youth Group Area 3 $10 per person
Active Duty & Retired U.S. Military, Disabled U.S. Veterans & Senior Age 62 and Older – Vehicle Campsite $5 discount
Active Duty & Retired U.S. Military, Disabled U.S. Veterans & Senior Age 62 and Older – Hiker Campsite $2 discount
Shower Fee for Non-Campers $4
Dump Station Fee for Non-Campers $13 per use
Recreational Vehicle Surcharge $6 per night

The City designates 5% of Parks and Recreation fees for the purpose of Parks and Recreation Facility Maintenance and Improvement.

More Information

Camping and Hiking

Youth Group & Picnic Areas
Two Group Areas can be reserved for overnight youth groups of up to 100 people. Each has a large double BBQ pit for cooking, tables, and water is available. Restrooms and showers are available, also.

Three Day-use Picnic Areas are available and can be reserved for groups. Group BBQs are available for reservation. For fee information please see our Parks and Recreation Schedule of Fees

If you are interested in reserving a group site for day use or overnight at Veteran’s Memorial Park, please email the Veteran's Memorial Park BBQ/Picnic Facility Use Permit Application to the Park Attendant at Please include your contact info, dates requested, projected occupancy and any questions you may have.
Huckleberry Hill
Huckleberry Hill Nature Preserve is an 81-acre park with numerous, well established hiking trails. Hike through rare Monterey Pine forest, observe wildlife, and enjoy beautiful vistas of the bay and coastline. Pedestrian access is through Veteran's Memorial Park. Trails Map