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How to Go Camping in the Presidio: A Cheat Sheet

Sleeping outside without losing your mind.


Editor’s Note: This is part of our story on camping out at S.F.’s only urban campground from the May 2018 Outdoors Issue. Read more from the issue here.

Snag a Site

The Presidio begins accepting reservations for the upcoming season in early February. This year’s season runs from April 1 to October 31, and each site is $125 per night. Currently all weekends for the 2018 season are booked, but there are still weekdays available. Download the camping request form at

Get There
The free PresidiGo shuttle picks up throughout downtown and drops off at Rob Hill Campground. Otherwise, bike, Lyft, or drive. Each site comes with four permitted parking spaces.

Stock Up on Supplies
Sports Basement rents out all the necessary gear, from sleeping bags ($25–$35) to tents ($25–$140) to lanterns ($6–$14). You can also get schooled on all the latest and greatest in camping gear at CampFest, at Sports Basement’s Presidio location, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Forage for Food
Schedule your trip to coincide with Presidio Picnic in partnership with Off the Grid (Sundays, from March 18 to October 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or Presidio Twilight (Thursdays, from May 17 to September 20, 5 to 9 p.m.). Everything from crab rolls to pizza to empanadas (plus a full bar) is at the Main Parade Ground. Most food delivery services, including Postmates and Caviar, will deliver directly to the campsites.


Originally published in the May issue of San Francisco

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