Urban dwellers accustomed to waking up to the sounds of city life will appreciate the morning chorus of breaking waves, fog horns, and bird songs at Rob Hill Campground.
Perched on four wooded acres above
Baker Beach at the Presidio's highest point, Rob Hill is one of just two campgrounds in San Francisco. Here, you can see the lights of Sutro Tower, smell the ocean, and hear the owls in their Cypress roosts. It's easy to see why people have been sleeping under the stars – fog-shrouded as they may be at times – here for generations, beginning with the Ohlone, the first inhabitants of this area.
When the U.S. Army left the Presidio, Rob Hill was a dusty, rustic site. In 2010, it received a major facelift with the addition of upgraded group campsites; clean, well-lighted restrooms; accessible paved pathways; and a building for educational programs. Improvements were funded by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.
Rob Hill's modern amenities and urban location make it ideal for inexperienced or reluctant campers — you can bring your own gear or rent it at
Sports Basement at Crissy Field.
Two group campsites are available for general public rental. Each site can accommodate up to 30 people and features a fire pit, a free-standing barbeque grill, food storage lockers, and picnic tables. Rob Hill has restrooms but no showers. The Great Room and Fire Circle are reserved for education programs only.
Reserving a Campsite - 2020
We will be piloting a new reservation system in 2020. Initial campground reservations will be allocated via a pre-season lottery. Those who wish to make a reservation for the 2020 camping season will be able to submit an application for the lottery between Tuesday, January 28th at 11 am PST and Tuesday, February 4th at 4:00 pm PST. The application will be available as an online form on our website. It does not matter what time within that window you submit an application. We are in the process of developing comprehensive instructions for applicants and writing FAQs for the new reservation system. That information will be posted on our website as soon as it is available. Thank you for your patience.
Applicants will need to provide the name and contact information of the designated permit holder, along with information about the size of their group and the number of campsites (1 or 2) they wish to reserve. Applicants will be able to request a first choice, second choice, and third choice set of dates on their application. The permit holder listed on the application should be the person who will be in charge of the group, and that person must present in the Campground during the reservation. Only one application per permit holder will be accepted during the lottery. Duplicate applications will be discarded.
There will be no fee to apply for the lottery, but when/if an applicant is approved for a campsite(s) on their requested date(s) they will be responsible for paying the full campground fee for their site(s) within 72 hours of being notified in order to confirm their reservations. Payment instructions and an invoice will be sent to the approved applicants via email. Our goal is to start notifying applicants who have been approved within one to two weeks of the lottery closing, but this timing is subject to change based on the number of lottery applications we receive.
Once all of the lottery applications have been processed we will begin accepting reservations requests for any remaining available dates on a first-come, first-served basis. Permit holders that wish to schedule additional camping trips during the 2020 season will be able to apply for additional dates at that time. We anticipate that it will take three to four weeks to finish processing all lottery applications and reopen for first come reservations. This timing is subject to change based on the number of lottery applications we receive.
Rob Hill Campground generally has 2 campsites available for public rental and 2 campsites dedicated to the CAP Program. On some dates, there may be fewer than 2 campsites available for public rental due to additional use by the CAP Program, use of the campground for events managed by the Presidio Trust, Golden Gate Parks Conservancy, or National Park Service, or scheduled campground maintence. On some dates, there may be more than 2 campsites available for public rental due to scheduled non-use by the CAP Program. We are working on getting a list of all of the available dates for the 2020 season posted to our website.
A reservation and permit are required for camping at Rob Hill. Use of a campsite is $125 per site per night, with a maximum stay of 3 nights. Payments are by credit card only; fees are non-refundable. A minimum of three working days is required to process reservations.
Military: All veterans, retired and active duty personnel get a reduced rate on campground use. Use of campsite is $75 per site per night. Military members must present a valid military ID with application form.
- RV, pop-up and camper-truck camping is not allowed in the Presidio. No hook-ups available.
- Reservations begin at 12 pm and end at 11 am the following day.
- Service dogs are the only pets allowed.
- Alcohol, smoking, firearms, explosives, and generators are not permitted.
- Campsite 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. Additional paid parking is close by for additional vehicles.
- ADA access to the sites is available. Vehicles are not permitted in the campground proper.
- Each campsite is equipped with a fire pit (you must bring your own firewood) and a fixed charcoal barbeque grill. Please do not burn wood or charcoal when there is a Spare the Air alert in effect. Visit
http://www.sparetheair.org to learn more.
- Quiet time is 10 pm to 6 am.
- No amplified music is allowed.
- The campground cannot be considered a temporary residence.
- Heavy rains and high wind advisory cancels. Please call the weather hotline (415) 561-2115 for updated information.
- The Great Room and Fire Circle are reserved for education programs only. Please do not disturb the groups using these spaces.
Two of Rob Hill's four group sites are reserved for the
Camping at the Presidio (CAP) program, which provides youth with meaningful camping 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 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. CAP is a partnership of the Presidio Trust and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
Other Local Campgrounds and RV Sites
To the North
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area: For walk-in camping Kirby Cove call (877) 444-6777 or visit
www.recreation.gov. For walk-in camping at Bicentennial Campground, Hawk Campground, and Haypress Campground call the Marin Headlands Visitor Center at (415) 331-1540.
- Point Reyes National Seashore: For hike-in camping at Wildcat, Glen, Coast, or Sky Camps or for boat-in camping in Tomales Bay (877) 444-6777 or visit
- Mount Tamalpais State Park: walk-in tent sites, cabins, horse camp, and group sites available. Visit
https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=471 or call the Pantoll Ranger Station at (415) 388-2070 for more information.
- Angel Island State Park: hike-in and boat-in camping available. Visit
https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=468 or call (415) 435-5390 for more information.
- KOA in Petaluma: To make a reservation, call (800) 562-1233, or visit
- Marin RV Park: To make a reservation, call (415) 461-5199, or visit
- Golden Gate Mobile and RV Park: To make a reservation, call (415) 924-0683, or visit
To the South
In the East Bay
History of Rob Hill
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.
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