Open Year-round
Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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Steep Ravine Campground is located on a promontory of land on the Mt. Tamalpais State Park coastline with gorgeous stretching views of Stinson Beach.

The campground has several hike-in camp sites, as well as historic cabins available for rent. The campground sits just above Steep Ravine Beach, which while being a public beach, tends to receive few visitors owing to its secluded location.

To reach the campground, campers must drive through a gate off of Highway 1 (non-campers are not permitted to drive down and must park on the highway's shoulder) and descend down a steep road to a central parking lot. All of the cabins were originally built by the Kent Family in the late 1930's, and were rentals for a period of time before the Kents sold the land to the State of California in 1960. Since that time the cabins have been refurbished, however remain rustic. Cabins do not have power or water, however they do have wood burning stoves and each is perched on the hillside with dreamy views across the coastline.

Visitors will need to bring their own bedding and supplies, as there are no additional amenities provided with the cabin rental.

The campground has several sites spread out over the landscape, each with views of the water below. One ADA site sits at the top of low hill. Each site has a picnic bench, fire pit and food locker. Rustic vault toilets sit throughout the campground, along with water spigots. Campers must park in the central parking area and can use a park-provided wheelbarrow to help haul their gear over the dirt tracks to their camp site.

Somewhat nicer toilets are available near the cabins, along with bundles of firewood for sale at the camp host's house. There are no showers at the campground.

Those looking to visit Steep Ravine Beach can find the path just beneath the cabin buildings. Those looking to access hiking trails into the interior of Mt. Tam State Park can reach those across Highway 1 from the campground entrance gate.

Cel phone service is very spotty in this area. Campers should make sure to contact the Reservation number to obtain the entrance code for the gate or their cabins before visiting to be safe.

Reservations are available beginning 6 months in advance, and sites are booked very quickly. Advance planning and checking on cancellations will be helpful in booking a site here.


Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

Camping fee

Price per night (basic site)

25.00 $ (20.99 €)


Beautiful setting. Different camping/lodging options.


Must haul gear to camp sites. No showers.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Managed by


Reservation phone number

1 (800) 444-7275


ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Firewood for sale
Big vistas
Historically significant
Picnic tables
Potable water



Total number of sites


Lodging type

Rustic cabin


Nearby Adventures

Mount Tamalpais State Park, California
Mount Tamalpais State Park, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping


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