Rob Hill Campground Season is April 1 – November 30, 2015
Each year, thousands of Bay Area residents discover the delights
of Rob Hill Campground, the only overnight campsite in San Francisco. Rob Hill
is a hidden treasure, located at the Presidio’s highest point above Baker Beach
amid a beautiful eucalyptus grove. The campsite welcomes groups of all kinds
and is also home to the Camping at the Presidio (CAP) program, which
provides youth with meaningful outdoor experiences.
Rob Hill Campground offers four group campsites that can accommodate 30 people each, restrooms, and a large stone campfire circle. It was expanded and improved in 2010 with support from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. "Rob Hill Campground is a place where children and families have the opportunity to pitch a tent in their national park, enjoy s’mores cooked over a campfire, and wake up in the woods to the sounds of nature,” said Walter J. Haas, Chair of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and son of its founders.
Each group campsite at Rob Hill features a campfire circle, a free-standing barbeque grill, and picnic tables. Rob Hill has restrooms but no showers. A large communal campfire circle with seating for 100 people may be available for general use. On any given night, the CAP program may occupy two of the four group camp sites. When CAP participants are present at Rob Hill, they have priority use of the communal campfire circle.
Use of a campsite is $125 per site per night; payments are by credit card only and fees are non-refundable.
Reserving a Campsite
A reservation and Special Use Permit are required for camping at
Rob Hill. The camping season runs from April 1 to October 31. A minimum of
three working days is required to process reservations. There is a maximum stay
of five nights. Reservations begin at 2 pm and end at noon the following day.
Below is a summary of important facts about camping at Rob Hill:
- No RVs allowed
- Two campsites are available to the public, each holding a maximum of 30 people
- Sites are $125/night/site, with a maximum five night stay
- Reservation must be made in advance; a minimum of three working days is required to process reservations
- Payments are by credit card only; fees are non-refundable
- Dogs are not allowed (except service dogs)
- Alcohol and smoking are not permitted
- The campground cannot be considered a temporary residence
- Vehicles are not permitted in the campground, and parking is limited to four (4) parking passes and a camping permit is required (provided with the reservation)
- No amplified music or generators are allowed
- Quiet time is 10 pm to 6 am
Camping at the Presidio (CAP) Program
Rob Hill Campground is home to the Camping at the Presidio (CAP)
program. CAP provides children and youth who traditionally have not visited national parks with meaningful overnight park experiences. Through this “train the trainer” program, the leaders of schools and community organizations are given the skills to bring groups of kids to explore the Presidio’s great outdoors. These adventures offer hands-on learning and exploration. CAP leaders love “getting to know the kids in a different setting” and seeing their kids’ enthusiasm about simple natural wonders like a banana slug or the night sky. “The whole experience was truly magical!” said one CAP participant.
History of Rob Hill Campground
People have slept under the stars at Rob Hill for generations, beginning with the Ohlone who first inhabited the land. In 1776 the Juan Bautista de Anza expedition walked along this hillside as they established a Spanish Presidio near the magnificent harbor.
In 1852, U.S. Army engineers planned a small fort, known as a “redoubt,” on this hill. While it was never constructed, the Army operated a lookout station at this site, by then known as Telegraph Hill, to spot incoming ships. The name “Rob Hill” was derived from the survey marker “Redoubt, Telegraph Hill.”
From 1898 through World War II, nearby gun batteries defended against enemy warships. After the war, the Army created a campground here to welcome Scout troops. Rob Hill remained a popular group campground after the Presidio became a national park site and continues to flourish, thanks to its recent renovation and expansion.
Other Local Campsites
If Rob Hill Campground is unavailable, try these other terrific local sites:
Golden Gate National Recreation Area: For Kirby Cove and the Marin Headlands campsites, call (877) 444-6777 or (415) 331-1540, or visit www.recreation.gov
Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay: To obtain a reservation, call (415) 663-8054 between the hours of 9 am and 2 pm, Monday through Friday. Reservations may be made in person seven days a week at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.
San Mateo County Parks: Call the Reservations Desk at (650) 363-4021 between Monday and Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm, or visit http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us
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