Park Status as of August 22, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be dynamic and fluid. As such, information on this webpage may change. Prior to visiting us, please check the official Park Website at www.parks.ca.gov again right before you visit the park to find out if new guidelines are in place. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.
What is open now?
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is open for day-use and reservation camping only. To make a reservation for 2021, visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275. For more information about camping visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping. We do not allow early-check in or registration prior to 2 p.m. Early arrivals are subject to Day-Use fees.
What is currently closed?
Visitor center and tours.
Are there any new visitor guidelines?
COVID-19 Guidelines - (June 21, 2021)
Recreate Responsibly. Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings. For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.
Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
FIRE & SMOKE ALERT, Sunday August 22, 2021:Smoke impacts at the Park from northern California and southern Oregon fires have infiltrated the Burney Basin. While it is anticipated that smoke impacts will fluctuate over the next several days, it is listed in the "unhealthy" range at this time. While the Park will remain open, those with allergies or difficulty breathing should consider postponing their visits until a better time.
The fires continue to burn and have caused some highway closures in Northern California. These fires, while still a considerable distance from the Park, have the potential of closing the Park at any time. We recommend you check current conditions and routes before your trip to the Park.
NOTICE: NO CAMPFIRES ALLOWED IN THE PARK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO EXTREME FIRE DANGER. When driving, please keep your vehicles on the pavement and do NOT park over dry vegetation as heat from your exhaust system may start a fire. Keep cigarette butts IN your vehicle and do not drive into the forest, as they are closed to the public at this time.
The falls can be accessed directly from the parking area or through several trails leading to either side, upper or lower views of the endless cascade of descending water.
We welcome you to our website and thank you for your interest in the McArthur ~ Burney Falls Memorial State Park, commonly referred to as Burney Falls Park. Here you will be introduced not only to our spectacular park, but also to Ahjumawi State Park and Castle Crags State Park. We will talk about what to do while visiting or staying at the park, nearby attractions, park activities, news and events, and our new visitors center and gift shop. We'll discuss the McArthur-Burney Falls Interpetive Association and Friends of the Falls, and we will provide you with links to other parks, similar organizations and area attractions. Come and visit with us... We don't bite, but the fish do!!!