What You Need to Know About Visiting Siskiyou During COVID-19

Siskiyou is once again open for leisure travel and there are new rules and regulations in place to protect the beauty and community in California’s North. Even if you’ve been to Siskiyou before, please read through the following tips to help you plan a safe and successful Siskiyou adventure.

Restroom Closures

Many public restroom facilities at our parks and trailheads remain closed at this time. Bring your own soap and/or hand sanitizer with you, and if you plan to hike or camp, please come prepared to properly dispose of your trash and waste (including digging cat holes and or using wag bags for human waste), following Leave No Trace principles. For more information on proper waste disposal, visit here.

No Large Groups

Large gatherings and parties are not permitted in public areas. Please do not plan to hike in large groups. Visitors may be asked to leave public areas or trails if there are too many people to maintain physical distancing. Consider planning a mid-week trip to avoid weekend crowds!

Face Coverings

The state of California requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distance of six feet or more from others. Please obey all posted signs in local businesses, or you may be asked to leave.

Takeout and Outdoor Dining Only

Restaurants in Siskiyou are currently limited to takeout and outdoor dining, though many quickly pivoted to include outside dining on sidewalks and parking lots. Call restaurants directly for up-to-date menu, hours and service offerings. Farmer’s markets are open, but adhere to mask and social distancing guidelines. For some more information on local farmer’s markets, enjoy guest blogger Lauri Sturdivant’s in-depth look at the Dunsmuir and Mt. Shasta Markets.

Check First

If you plan to visit public lands or campgrounds, please check that entity’s website directly for the most up-to-date COVID information. Summer and fall are also wildfire season in Siskiyou, so it’s especially important to plan ahead. Here are a few links to some of our more popular spots to get you started:

Shasta-Trinity National Forest (Mt. Shasta, Lake Siskiyou, Fowlers Campground, McCloud Falls, Castle Lake, Heart Lake, Castle Crags Wilderness)

Klamath National Forest (Klamath River, Juanita Lake, Orr Lake, Kangaroo Lake)

Castle Crags State Park

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Tule Lake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges)

Lava Beds National Monument (currently closed due to wildfire)

For up to date fire incident information, visit here.


Our local hotels, lodges, and RV parks are adhering to strict cleanliness standards to ensure your safety and comfort. Click here for a full list of Siskiyou lodging options!  Also, to read Everyday Adventures blogger Tammy Strobel pro-tips on general planning for your Siskiyou vacation, visit here.


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