Red Sticker Operation: OPEN October 1 through May 31. Closed June 1 through September 31.
Hours: Open 365 days a year. Vehicle operation and day use is from sunrise to sunset
Fees: Day Use $5 per vehicle. Camping $10 per vehicle per night
Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area
Currently, the ONLY reservable sites are:
- 2 remote campsites in Hudner Ranch (4x4 area)
- ADA campsites in Lower Ranch (dirt bike & ATV area)
- Walnut campsites in Lower Ranch (dirt bike & ATV area)
All other campsites and day use (Lower Campground and Upper Campground sites) remain First Come, First-Serve based on availability.
To opt-in to receive text messages on your mobile phone regarding park updates, text "hollisterhills" to 74121
CLOSURE NOTICE (1/23/2023): Hollister Hills SVRA will reopen for day use and camping on Thursday, January 26 at 12 noon. All the Upper Ranch and a portion of Lower Ranch (Granitic soil) will be OPEN however the Adobe and Renz (Adobe soil) will remain CLOSED.
CLOSED (For public safety and natural resource, everything on Adobe Clay soil closes when wet due to its unique slick and sticky properties.)
- Lower Ranch (motorcycle & ATV)
- Upper Ranch (4x4)
- Hudner Ranch (4x4)
- Mudstone Ranch (Hiking, Biking, & Equestrian)
Hollister Hills State Vehicle Recreation Area (SVRA) is California State Parks’ first SVRA. Located in the Gabilan Mountains, just an hour’s drive south of San Jose, this unique park features over 6,800 acres and nearly 200 miles of trails in scenic and varied terrain. Visitors are drawn to the natural beauty of the park’s oak woodlands, rolling hills, lush canyons, and seasonal creeks with elevations ranging from 660 feet to 2,425 feet. Hollister Hills SVRA offers numerous off-highway vehicle (OHV) opportunities as well as designated hiking, bicycling, and equestrian trails.
The park straddles the San Andreas Fault. The North American tectonic plate (North East side) consists of clay-rich adobe soil with rolling hills covered in grassland and oak woodlands. The Pacific tectonic plate (South West) consists of granitic soil with steeper terrain with pine, sage, and chaparral taking root in the sandy soil. The Pacific and North American tectonic plates have been sliding past each other for 30 million years at a current rate of about 1.5 inches per year.
To read more about the geology, plants and animals of the park visit our natural history site.
To read more about the park's story, visit our cultural history site.