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Hollister Hills SVRA

 Upper Ranch: Old Obstacle  Course (by Day Use Area) closed to the public Saturday, July 12 from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm
 Upper Ranch: Full Closure - Tuesday, July 22 through Wednesday, July 23


Beginning June 2014, Lodge, Bee, and Madrone Campgrounds will undergo major infrastructure upgrades. The upgrades will occur in phases to minimize the impact to visitors. Some of the upgrades include showers, flush toilets, new fire rings, and ramadas in all three of these campgrounds. More information about the campground upgrades will be posted as it becomes available. [Updated 9/17/13]

Welcome to Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area!

Hollister Hills offers recreation for motorcyclists, 4-wheelers, picnickers, and campers in the Gabilan Mountains just an hour’s drive from San Jose. Park elevations range from 660 feet to 2,425 feet.

The Upper Ranch
This 800-acre area, which has about 24 miles of trails, is used for 4-wheel drive recreation and for 4-wheel drive and motorcycle special events; a fenced motocross track is also located here. Four-wheel drive operators should call before coming, especially on weekends, to make sure that the area isn’t reserved for a special event. To use the area for the day, register first at the park office. If your vehicle gets stuck or breaks down, you are responsible for removing it. The Upper Ranch may be accessed for day use from 8 a.m. to sunset. Vehicle operation is allowed only between sunrise and sunset.

The Lower Ranch
This3,300-acre area, set aside for motorcycle and ATV use only, has about 128 miles of trails and several hill climbs. There are also two picnic areas, a practice Motocross Track, an ATV Track for three and four wheeled vehicles, a TT track, a mini-bike trail, and a mini-track. Riding is allowed from sunrise to sunset.

The Upper Ranch has two campgrounds, Sycamore and the Obstacle Course Camp. Each campground accommodates about 60 people. The Lower Ranch has five campgrounds. All camp sites have restroom facilities. Walnut Camp in the Lower Ranch and Sycamore Camp in the Upper Ranch have showers. Camping at Hollister Hills requires no reservations and all sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The camping fee is $10 per night. Check-in at the Ranger Station for available camp sites and to pay your fees. No hookups are available in the campgrounds.

Accessibility: Campers with disabilities should contact the park office to inquire about current site availability and accessible park features to determine if they meet their specific needs.

Fire/Firewood Restrictions:  Fires are allowed in fire rings only. You may purchase firewood at the Park store or bring your own wood. Collection of downed wood for firewood is prohibited.

District Superintendent Orders

The following District Superintendent Orders have been implemented and are effective immediately:

       Night Riding. [Download Superintendent Order]

       Vintage Track, Main Road Motocross Track, and TT Track are restricted to motorcycle use only. [Download Superintendent Order]

       Curfew for Juveniles. [Download Superintendent Order]

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Operating Hours

Dawn until dusk
7 days a week

Red Sticker Season

October 1 - May 31
June 1 - September 30


7800 Cienega Road
Hollister CA 95023
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District Office:
(831) 637-8186
Ranger Station:
(831) 637-3874

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