Rob Hill Campground Season is April 1 – November 30, 2015
April through November is open for booking. All Friday and
Saturday dates are booked.
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 two public 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. The CAP program has participants 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 permit are required for camping at
Rob Hill. The camping season runs from April 1 to November 30. A minimum of
three working days is required to process reservations. There is a maximum stay
of three nights. Reservations begin at 2 pm and end at noon the following day.
Reservations are filled on a first come, first served basis and are confirmed via email. A confirmed application form becomes the campsite permit. To begin, complete the Rob Hill Campground Application and Payment Form
and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
no sooner than 9 am PST on the scheduled Monday. (For MAC Users: Please print the
form, fill it out, scan it and send it to email@example.com.)
For questions please call (415) 561-4200
and press 2.
Below is a summary of important facts about camping at Rob Hill:
- RV camping is not allowed in the Presidio.
- Two campsites are available to the public, each accommodates up to 30 people.
- Sites are $125/night/site, with a maximum stay of three nights.
- Reservation must be made in advance; a minimum of three working days is required to process reservations.
- Payment is by credit card only; fees are non-refundable. Heavy rain cancels. Please call the weather hotline 415-561-2115 for updated information.
- Service dogs are the only pets allowed.
- Alcohol, smoking, firearms, explosives, and generators are not permitted.
- Permits come with four parking passes. Please park in the designated parking area; illegally parked vehicles are subject to ticketing and towing by the U.S. Park Police. Vehicles are not permitted in the campground proper.
- Quiet time is 10 pm to 6 am; no amplified music is allowed at any time.
- The campground cannot be considered a temporary residence.
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 were ready to defend 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
Local RV Parks