Southern California Naturist Association, Family-Friendly Nude Recreation
Welcome to the Southern California Naturist Association

SCNA is a clothing-optional travel club. We are a group of nudists and like-minded friends in the Greater Los Angeles area with no specific park or resort to call home. That frees us to explore the many opportunities for recreation and socializing that are available in our warm, beautiful region.

Within these pages you may encounter pictures of normal people just like you having fun camping, hiking, boating, and such, except they are doing so without the restriction of clothing. This website reflects our family-friendly orientation and illustrates the fun activities that we enjoy. It also has many articles and links that are excellent resources for expanding one’s understanding of nudism in America and world-wide.

If you are under age or otherwise not permitted to view frontal nudity in your home or community, please leave this site now. If you are looking for sexual content, or photos of children, you have definitely come to the wrong place!

SCNA: Southern California Naturist Association

At its heart, SCNA is a “travel club”, which means our members visit a lot of places each year putting their lifestyle to practice. The purpose of this travel page is to be a source of information regarding current events in and around Southern California regarding nudity at local beaches, hiking trails, and hot springs. We make every effort to keep the news up to date and accurate. If you visit any of these locations and wish to add your experiences to our web site, please contact us.

We are also including the experiences and observations made by many of our members. We encourage you to submit articles about your trips to various naturist resorts or locations around the world.

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When You Go Nude on Public Land, Know the Law

By Allen Baylis, Attorney at Law

Many of you have asked questions about the possible consequences of being cited for nudity at a California State Beach or at a hot springs, or when hiking on State Park land. Here’s what you need to know:

The California Code of Regulations Title 14 contains the rules that the public must follow within the California State Parks. CCR section 4322 regulates nudity within the State Parks. It states following:

“Nudity. No person shall appear nude while in any unit except in authorized areas set aside for that purpose by the Department. The word nude as used herein means unclothed or in such a state of undress as to expose any part or portion of the pubic or anal region or genitalia of any person or any portion of the breast at or below the areola thereof of any female person.”

Section 4322 is a public nudity regulation and should not be confused with indecent exposure or lewd conduct. Since it only addresses the issue of simple nudity such as sunbathing or skinny-dipping, it is not a registerable sex offense.

Section 4322 can be cited as either an infraction, or a misdemeanor. The fine for an infraction is about $200 and about $400 for a misdemeanor. These fines are about the same as for littering or excessive noise in the park.

Being cited for nudity at the beach is actually quite minor, especially if you are dedicated to fighting for what you believe in. I believe we should stand our ground, and I encourage people to not just pay the fine.

If you are cited, get the officer’s name and badge number possible, then call my office right away. Sometime we find there is just a rogue cop who likes to give nudists tickets, and so we have a potential case of harassment. Sometimes the order has come from higher up the command chain, and if so, we need to know that also so we can take appropriate action. I can explain the legal options and may be able to help you handle the situation or recommend someone in your area who can provide good knowlegeable advice. Don’t wait until you are about to appear in court! I strongly encourage you to contact me immediately after being cited so we have time tp prepare. I can be reached at: 714-962-0915 or email me at

Allen Baylis, Attorney at Law


In geographical order (north to south):


Whales Cave Conservancy
PO Box 12814
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
Central Coast Naturists

Avila Beach (aka Pirate’s Cove)

Current Status: Legal Nude Beach!


Leaders of Whales Cave Conservancy report that their September 20, 2014 Coastal Cleanup event there had 56 participants. WCC is the non-profit group that oversees Pirate’s Cove, the clothing-optional beach near San Luis Obispo. The group collected 55 bags of trash, including a couch. Notable among the participants was State Assembly member Sam Blakeslee and his daughter.

The request for trash cans from the County continues to make progress. They are seeking approval for an alternative location for twice-a-month trash pickup since the county trucks find it impossible to get to (and turnaround from) the first spot requested. WCC is concerned that between pickups, this area will become a large pile of trash. An alternative is to pay for private pickup, something WCC cannot really afford to do at the moment.

WCC is also seeking donors to help with their annual $1600 general liability insurance premium that is due in December. The insurance is required by the county. If you wish to donate, contact WCC at PO Box 541, Pismo Beach, CA. 93448.

By David Sneed, The Tribune News, San Luis Obispo

August 21, 2014 — Pirate’s Cove, San Luis Obispo County’s only nude beach, will stay just as it is if county supervisors Tuesday accept a staff recommendation to scrap all planned improvements for the isolated area.

The $1.5 million project hit a major roadblock in July when the state Coastal Commission denied nearly all of the improvements the county had planned for the cove, which is half way between Avila Beach and Pismo Beach. Pirate’s Cove County Park consists of a dirt parking lot, a trail down a bluff to the beach and a narrow hillside trail connecting it to the north end of Pismo Beach. The Coastal Commission rejected plans to pave the parking lot, add a restroom and interpretive signs, and improve the trail to the beach.

The commission only approved plans for a new segment of the California Coastal Trail to Pismo Beach called Cave Landing Trail. Several local residents had appealed the project saying it was unnecessary.

In a report to supervisors, parks manager Curtis Black said abandoning the project altogether makes the most sense because of uncertainty about the continued availability of three state and local grants that funded the project.

“This option would end efforts to construct the Cave Landing Trail and Pirate’s Cove Park, and these areas would remain in their current condition as desired by many of the appellants,” Black said in his report. Other options include constructing only Cave Landing Trail or submitting a new permit application for the entire project to the Coastal Commission. Building only the trail would require a significant engineering redesign to deal with drainage issues.

Both alternatives would take years to complete, and the grants would likely be lost. By canceling the entire project, the grant money would be returned and used for other park projects in the area.

Upon hearing Black’s recommendations, the locals at Pirate’s Cove did not waste any time protesting the county’s decision, since part of what the Coastal Commission recommended will now be lost. This included bathroom facilities in the parking lot and bi-weekly trash pickup.

Local beach leaders plan to speak to the local Supervisor as well as other county officials to try to get some of the available grant money to fund these necessary conveniences.

“The county is really licking its wounds after seeing its grand plan rejected,” said one beachgoer. “It would be a shame if they now deny us everything else that we all agreed on.”

No doubt the Coastal Commission will have something to say about the loss of the improved Coast Trail above the beach, as many of the Commission members made it clear they wanted to see this part of the proposal implemented as soon as possible.


At the July 11, 2014 California Coastal Commission meeting, the eleven Commissioners voted unanimously to uphold an appeal aimed at stopping any planned developments at Pirates Cove that had been approved by county officials last year. The county had planned to add picnic tables, benches, a restroom, trash cans and interpretive signs at Pirates Cove, as well as construct a 300-foot-long trail/staircase leading from the bluff’s edge to the beach.

Sean Shealy, an avid hiker who represents the grassroots group Friends of Pirates Cove, and others, appealed the county’s decision, arguing what was being proposed didn’t fit with the rural character of the area. The group also contended if the changes were allowed to move forward, it would forever alter the landscape.

"We’re heavily involved in Pirates Cove and what the future is going to look like," said Commissioner Erik Howell, who lives in Shell Beach and made the successful motion to uphold the appeal but allow only construction of an 1,800-foot-long pedestrian/bicycle trail from Cave Landing Road to Shell Beach.

“If there is any development on this site, we want to make sure we get it right,” Howell added. “The only way to get it right is to get back to the original, universally accepted (trail). If we can get that trail, it will be a great improvement for our community.”

Commissioner Jana Zimmer said that clothing-optional recreation at the site has a long tradition that needs to be upheld. “Developing the property will bring in more visitors who inevitably would destroy this traditional use that is important to many Californians.”

The next step is for Whales Cave Conservancy and Friends of Pirates Cove to get the County to agree to restrooms above the beach (with frequent servicing!) and adequate trash containers to handle the almost-daily beach cleanups done by these volunteer groups (also with frequent pickups). WCC has a good working relationship with County officials, so despite this defeat, the county seems determined to add these amenities sooner than later.

Feb 25, 2013 — SLO County Supervisors approved the purchase of Pirates Cove Beach and surrounding area. They agreed to keep the beach officially clothing optional! Improvements must be made to the trails down from the parking lot and also the parking lot itself must be paved and rails put up to prevent cars from rolling off the cliff. Coastal Commission must approve all these improvements, so nothing will change for nudists for another 18-months to two years. Nudists there have organized as the Whales Cove Conservancy.

“My report is that it was perfect and no problems at all. Water is cold, but they have a very nice group of people and they play volleyball regularly on the weekends. It was 3 hrs from my driveway in the San Fernando Valey to the parking lot but then only a 15 min walk from the parking lot down to the beach. Pirate’s Cove is a tough climb but it is an easier climb down and up than More Mesa.”

Tom O., Reported Sun., June 10, 2012


Friends of Gaviota
P.O. Box 351
Lompoc, CA 93438
Voice: 805-733-4950
This is a non-profit group promoting nude use
of Gaviota State Park
Friends of Bates Beach
23679 Calabasas Rd #940
Calabasas CA 91302
This is a non-profit group promoting nude use
of Bates (North Rincon) County Beach.

Gaviota State Beach

Current Status: Nude use of Gaviota State Beach may be very risky. Citations and arrests may occur at any time without warning.

Feb. 22, 2016 — Report from the beach…

Was there Sunday afternoon and saw two State Rangers searching a car with two males sitting on the ranger tailgate. Have no idea what they were being detained for, but the Ranger’s presence is increasing even more.

While walking along the beach, I ran into a friend who reported the State Rangers had conducted a “Sting” last weekend by sending rangers simultaneously on foot from the north side and the south side, issuing citations and making arrests all along the coastline.

From my observation during the past two years, they are certainly increasing enforcement and have been seen numerous times lurking on the cliffs with binoculars and possibly cameras. I talked with a woman who was cited after returning up the cliff to her car for nudity.

Not safe to sunbathe nude at Gaviota any longer!

— Steve

Sept 1, 2011 — meeting with State Parks Superintendent Richard Rozelle and Dan Falat, chief deputy in charge of the northern half of the county did not go well. Falat had always has a live-and-let-live attititude at previous meetings, but not this time. The State Parks Department has decided they want to shut down all the nude beaches in the state and are going after them one by one rather than all at once (Black’s Beach is still okay as of this writing).

A week after this meeting deputies swept Gaviota beach and issued 3 citations. SCNA helped get them legal representation and all 3 tickets were dismissed in December. The District Attorney re-filed the case under a different ordinance, then offered to reduce the charges to “public nuisance” for a $500 fine. All 3 defendents took the deal, which is there legal right, but we missed the chance to win the case in court (which we thought we had a good chance to do.)

Since January 2012 we have heard of no new police sweeps of the beach, but then the nude population has dwindled significantly since word of these citations spread through the local nudist community.

More Mesa Beach

Current Status: Exercise Caution.


10/2014 — The three caves carved into a sandstone bluff rising above the Pacific just north of Santa Barbara don’t look particularly dangerous. And they probably wouldn’t be if no one ventured inside them.

The beach has long been a destination for naturists, hikers and joggers, and responsible users say they don’t want their access restricted.

But in recent years, more young people have been drawn to the More Mesa caves, where they camp overnight, build fires and drink beer. Some draw graffiti on the large boulders that form the caves’ jagged mouths.

Neighbors who live along the 265 acres of coastal wild land that make up More Mesa have long complained that the unwelcome visitors trespass on their property and climb over their fences — with their backpacks, blankets, even bicycles in tow — to gain access to the mesa and the caves below.

But when a 19-year-old man was hit by a falling boulder and critically injured September 6, residents demanded something be done before someone was killed.

The man, who was there with several college-age friends, was hurt after “tugging on a cave rock which fell on him," said Santa Barbara County Deputy Fire Chief Eric Peterson. The victim, whose name has not been released, suffered severe head injuries.

Local residents are noticing a growing influx of college- and high-school-age people over the last two years, tromping toward the bluff’s edge and then navigating a rocky trail down to the caves, hauling logs for campfires and coolers filled with food and drinks. The caves are tall enough to stand in and roomy enough for campers to roll out their sleeping bags and stay for the night.

The unwelcome visitors aren’t only students, but members of a street gang who have carved their initials into nearby oak trees, she said. They leave trails of trash, and the wide beach is littered with shards of glass. Also, many leave their cars at the More Mesa entrance without noticing the signs barring overnight parking. Nudists who visit More Mesa tell us they have seen an upswing in parking tickets as police are starting to crack down on the area again due to the cave complaints.


07/13/2014 — SCNA received a call from a man named Kevin who was ticketed for nudity at More Mesa beach. Both he and his male partner were cited, as were another gay couple farther down the beach (the couples do not know each other). About a dozen other people were nude on the beach at the same time, but none of them were cited. Kevin said neither he nor his partner was “doing anything inappropriate.”

The lead officer, whose last name is Harris, said there was a complaint made, but he refused to say who. The officers said they had observed the nudists from the cliffs above before climbing down the bluff from the western end to the sand to issue the citations. They did not use the pathway to the beach that everyone uses, which is why the nudists were surprised at the officers’ sudden arrival. They said they did not see any other nudists, and by this time word had spread the officers were there so everyone had gotten dressed.

“Harris was extremely rude,” according to Kevin, while his young deputy partner named Cipher, seemed to be a rookie because his uniform showed no markings of rank. The citation was issued at 11:51am. After both couples were cited, they were escorted off the beach back to their cars.

SCNA referred this incident to attorney Allen Baylis for review. Allen suspects this may be just a rogue cop out to harass gays on a nude beach.

A reminder: if you receive any tickets at any nude beach please let us know, as we need to see if this is the start of a pattern, where they are doing this, and what time of day.

Sent: Saturday, July 14, 2012 9:03 PM

Subject: Re: More Mesa

Stunningly beautiful day today at More Mesa. 60 people approximate w 60/40 mix. Many couples of various ages. A couple of regulars said there has been no sheriff presence since that one incident I think in Feb. And on that occasion they told us that the sheriff was pretty much forced to cite the nude group near the stairs due to the continual complaint of one man who was camping illegally on the beach w his young daughters. Apparently sheriff then escorted him off the beach and told him to be aware that More Mesa Is longtime c/o usage and to go elsewhere next time. The regulars think the sheriff is supportive of the naturists and they also have a supporter that has been recently elected to city council. All in all this is a wonderful place.

Rex (Sent from my iPhone)

3/10/2012 — Seven people received a public nudity citation on More Mesa beach today. They had 3 cops there 2 were Sheriffs and 1 was a City of Goleta officer. They walked the cliff above and then came down and took drivers licenses and made everyone walk up to the top and meet at the street by there cars. Several of the people cited were clothed but the officers said they saw them nude from the cliff above. The officers said that they were getting more complaints so that we’re forced to issue citations.

This follows an incident 2/4/2012 when we had a report of police taking nine men off the beach who were sitting near the cliff stairway. That night the local news had a story about of abandoned Panga boats being found at several nearby beaches, with evidence of both marijuana bales and abandoned life vests from what is assumed to be boatloads of illegal aliens being smuggled ashore. This, in turn, was prompted increased surveillance at our beaches by county deputies and the feds.

Because there had been little police activity at More Mesa over the past 20 years, we theorized this was one of those drug busts, since the nudists sitting nearby were not ticketed nor botherd by the police.

Guess we were wrong, or the police decided to make a return visit to try to bully us off the beach. (It won’t work!)

SCNA is in the process of directing those ticketed to legal representation if they want it. Unfortunately most beachgoers decide just to pay the fine and never come back. This is what the police count on, and why we lose nude beaches! Our attorneys say there are plenty of legal precedents for successfully fighting the tickets if people will simply stand up for their rights.

So if you witness something, or talk to someone who DID actually see something themselves, please get the name of the person so we can offer some legal advice. There is much we can do, but only if everyone starts helping!

Perhaps if we can get a volunteer to stay on the cliff above and cellphone the beachgoers when they see police approaching?

Summerland Beach

Current Status: Summerland is no longer safe for nudity as the local deputies vigorously enforce the anti-nudity laws here.

Bates (North Rincon) Beach

Current Status: Local nudists are currently working to restore Bates for nude use. At present it is not considered safe for nudity, but deputies only come down periodically. Go as far north as possible away north of the concrete barrier to be reasonably safe. Read the “Current Bates News” link below for the latest information. Use the beach at your own risk.


Thanks to all who joined us at Bates Beach on September 20 for the annual beach cleanup and party afterwards. We had 18 adults and 4 kids collecting about 150 pounds of trash. This total was about half the amount from previous years, and no doubt is caused by our regular cleanups there. Overall, 1191 volunteers at 29 Santa Barbara locations removed 6,599 pounds of trash that morning.

Most unusual items were a mangled lobster trap and a 6-ft diameter heavy snow tire that looked like it had been used as a bumper on a boat. We also found a stash of empty beer bottles and cans at the far end of the beach by the seal sanctuary, obviously left by partygoers.

Our own beach party in the proposed clothing-optional area lasted from about noon to 5pm and was without incident or hassle. We were able to be nude and play in the surf all afternoon as none of the textiled beachgoers who were walking their dogs paid us any mind.

Afterwards, some of the members went into town and had dinner at Senior Frogs, a popular hangout spot serving Mexican food.

By Mark Walters

The August Bates Beach party was a wonderful day with clear skies and the warm sun overhead. By the time I arrived at 11am to set up the banner and staked out the area, another couple was already nearby, still in their bathing suits, but waiting for more Friends of Bates Beach to arrive so they could take them off!

Other beachgoers walked by our area periodically throughout the day; some looked and turned back, some walked by without looking, and others smiled and waved. We even had a few people stop to read the sign and the beach etiquette/behavior rules we hung from the banner frame — and then they decided to join us! That was another important first.

Rolf and I made a point of introducing ourselves to anyone who walked by and seemed curious, so they knew what we were promoting. Friends kept arriving throughout the early afternoon until we had quite a large group.

The SCNA group got naked for most of the afternoon with absolutely no hassles from anyone! It seems the public is getting used to us being there and have adopted a live-and-let-live-attitude.

After 5pm we broke down camp and headed back up the path to the parking lot, then to a great dinner at Nutbelly Pizzeria & Deli in Carpinteria, where they are starting to recognize us with our two dollar bills.

July Bates Beach Party attracts nearly three-dozen Nudists on busiest beach day of year

I must admit I was a little nervous about this scheduled date since the Independence Day Weekend always draws the largest beach crowds. Indeed, when I arrived just after noon the parking lot was nearly full, which is very unusual for this beach.

Walking down the long ramp to the sand I could see many hundreds — perhaps over a thousand? — textiled beachgoers enjoying the day and watching the nearby surfers. But almost all of them were crowded together to the left (south/east) end of the beach; very few had planted their towels and umbrellas toward the west, which is our proposed clothing-optional end. So even on the busiest day, almost nobody uses the half of the beach where the clothing-optional section is!

It was a perfect beach day, and around three dozen nudists eventually arrived during the afternoon at our selected spot about fifty yards west of the rusty pipe that sticks out of the cliff side above the sand. Our large “I Bates Beach” banner was placed strategically so it could be seen by anyone passing by, and Mark had placed a line of traffic cones perpendicular to the ocean to act as a psychological barrier for anyone wanting to park to close to us (nobody did).

Clothes Free International sent a webcast TV crew to cover the event and to interview our members. I think having the TV camera visible on a tripod with obvious filming going on acted as an additional incentive for those walking their dogs past us at the waterline from disturbing us or perhaps calling in a complaint. We were very respectful of any families walking past, and by about 4pm we noticed the foot traffic past us had slowed considerably. Those who had not already done so felt safe removing the rest of their clothes and running down to frolic in the surf.

I need to add it was good to see Sonya and her friends again, who came down to join this beach event.

We went into Carpinteria afterwards and shared a delicious Mexican food at Senior Frogs on Linden Avenue.

This webcast is now available for viewing to CFI subscribers at:


SCNA’s Friends of Bates Beach (FOBB) division got the opportunity to host one of the monthly Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce after-work mixers on July 23, and we did not waste the moment.

We rented the Pavilion picnic area above Bates Beach at Rincon County Park and brought in some excellent food platters from the local Albertsons (whose team did all the cooking for us). Rolf brought background “beach” music to further set the mood. We also handed out beach balls and leis to everyone to make them feel more “beach-in.”

We had an information table so the local business leaders in attendance could ask questions about our proposed clothing-optional area on the beach below. We also took signups for the Beach Cleanup Day in September, and we had brochures explaining how the Beach Ambassador program worked.

Our team members took the time to point out the local landmarks so the attendees would know just how far down the sand our proposed area was away from other beachgoers, and we showed them where the proposed Coastal Trail will cut into the hillside above the beach in a few years.

We received an excellent reception from the 50+ in attendance! I think we are rapidly approaching the moment (probably after the November elections) when there can be a public hearing on our beach with a good possibility of the City Council approving the proposal.

Thanks to our team of Rolf, Tim, Paki, Helen, Mark, Walt, and Patty for making this day a success!


On Saturday, June 28, 2014 SCNA and Friends of Bates Beach participated in the annual Rods-N-Roses car parade down Linden Avenue in the heart of Carpinteria.

Ten members attended the event, enjoying the display of old hot rod cars from the 50’s and 60’s that lined the street. During the afternoon the group separated into teams that bought food and souvenirs using $2 bills (the official nudist currency in town). They also passed out beach balls with our club logo on the side.

Four members (Rolf, Gary, Paki, and Sally) got to ride in the parade car and wave to the crowd. We received another great reception, as people there now know we are the ones working to bring back the city’s nude beach.


There are no nude beaches in this county.
There are, however, several other alternatives for nudists.
See below under Hot Springs and Hiking Trails


There are no nude beaches in this county.
Unofficially, people find small out-of-the-way spots to skinny-dip, such as the coast between Paradise Cove (Malibu) and the Ventura County line, but law enforcement checks these beach coves infrequently unless some local resident complains (which is often, alas) so use them at your own risk.
Read the letter under Hiking Trails below from LA County Sheriff Lee Baca about nude Hiking in the Angeles National Forest.


There are no nude beaches (or hiking trails) in this county,
and considering the attitude of law enforcement and the courts we do not recommend you try skinny-dipping here!
In defiance of this attitude, there is a nudist club in Huntington Beach which holds monthly swims in the city’s gym.
Call them for current status of the county:

Naturists in the OC
9042 Garfield Ave #306
Huntington Beach, CA 92646


P.O. Box 2552
Capo Beach, California 92624
Voice: 949-443-0891
Non-profit group promoting the continued nude use of San Onofre State Park
P.O. Box 12255
La Jolla, California 92039
This group coordinates the nudist beach
activities at Black’s.

San Onofre State Beach

Current Status:Despite efforts last year by the local Parks Superintendent to close the beach to nude use, as of Jan 2011, most tickets written there for nudity have been dismissed by the courts. It is important that nudists continue to use Trail 6 at San Onofre Beach. If we all stay away, then the rangers will win by default. The fact the tickets are all being dismissed gives everyone courage that some deal can be reached soon with the State Parks Department. Read more below.

“Black’s Beach” (North Torre Pines State Beach)

Current Status: Open for nude use north of the San Diego City Limits (the cliff trail) without any legal hassles. Don’t sit too close to the cliffs (falling rocks) nor the water (tides will sweep away your belongings.)


The articles below were submitted by various club members who visited the parks. Not all parks are included because we have not yet received trip reports from those places. The opinions expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of SCNA.


De Anza Springs

INLAND EMPIRE (San Bernardino, Riverside, etc.)

Glen Eden Sun Club

Olive Dell Nudist Ranch


Lupin Lodge

Esalen Institute

Bonny Doon Beach


These venues no longer exist as naturist opportunities. The stories below are provided for historical reference.

Swallows/Sun Island

Mystic Oaks/McConville

Red White & Blue Beach

Deer Park Nudist Resort

Terra Cotta Inn

Terra Cotta Inn in Palm Springs was sold and closed at the end of 2015. The property has reverted to it’s previous name, The Monkey Tree Hotel, and is now a non-nudist property. There were plans for four weeks during the low season in July to be designated as Terra Cotta Inn Reunion Month when the property would be clothing-optional with Tom and Mary Clare acting as guest hosts, but business at The Monkey Tree was apparently good enough that any such plan was not practical.



Saline Warm Springs, Inyo County

No problems with nudity at this remote oasis near Death Valley. Best visited in Spring and Fall as the area gets extreme heat during summer and snow frequenntly blocks the only road in/out during the winter. No amenities! You must bring in everything you will use and remove it when you leave.


Deep Creek

A few miles south of Hesperia is Deep Creek Hot Springs. Hot water spills out and is caught in an assortment of natural pools. Access is not easy though. There’s a long washboard road and a two-mile hike. It is well worth it.