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Thornhill Broome Campground (California)

Make a Reservation
9000 W. Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265
310 457-8143
34.069885, -119.01221

Thornhill Broome Beach Campground is in Point Mugu State Park and has 69 primitive campsites stretching for two miles along PCH and right next to the surf of the Pacific Ocean. The campground does take reservations (about 40 are listed online to reserve and 29 are first-come, first-serve). After clicking on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button you’ll be directed to the reservation agency (Reserve California). Enter ‘Point Mugu State Park’ to inquire about Thornhill Broome campground reservations.

Check in is 2:00 p.m. and check out is 12:00 p.m. If trying for a first-come first-serve campsite, it’s advised you arrive early in the morning (to get in line) – especially in the summer and on weekend dates. Also keep in mind that we’ve heard from campers that the designated Thornhill Broome Beach first-come first-serve campsites are not necessarily guaranteed for all of the nights you may like to stay.  Campers have been told that campers with a reservation may get the site. There is also a small overflow parking area north of the campground.

Your entry fee covers one vehicle and one legally towed in vehicle. There are additional fees for extra vehicles. You are to park only in your assigned campsite and wheels must remain on the pavement and within the parking space or limit line. Park additional vehicles in the day use lot.

CAMPSITE OCCUPANCY is a maximum of eight people. Tents and other equipment must be confined to the space assigned. Limit 30 days per calendar year.

The campsites are nothing more than parking spots along the highway and accommodate trailers and RVs up to 31 feet.  Some will accommodate tents and you can pitch your tent right on the beach (sand).  Each campsite has a table and fire ring. A few have BBQ grills. All fires must be in the designated fire rings.  Vault toilets are available and there are a few roadside spigots for drinking water at Thornhill Broome Beach Campground. There’s also a cold shower near campsite #47.

The campground and beach are pet-friendly. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the Park’s day use areas, campgrounds and beaches.

Sycamore Canyon campground is another option located in Point Mugu State Park.

Point Mugu State Park is located on Highway One up the road from Malibu and features 5 miles of ocean shoreline and 70 miles of hiking trails along the beach and in the Santa Monica mountains. You’ll find rocky ocean bluffs, sandy beaches, rugged hills, two river canyons, grassy valleys and even the jagged pinnacles of the Boney Mountains State Wilderness area.  Outdoor recreation includes surf fishing, swimming, beach combing, ocean kayaking, skin diving, scuba diving, horseback riding, hiking, biking, whale watching, wildlife viewing and for the adventurous – sunbathing.


First Come, First Served

Thornhill Broome Comments & Reviews

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61 Replies to “Thornhill Broome”

  1. Christine says:

    First come first serve? No reservations

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Christine, You can make reservations at Thornhill Broome campground (Point Mugu State Park). Click HERE to go to the ReserveCalifornia reservation page.

      1. Lizzie says:

        Is it possible to get first come first serve? The reservation site only lists 40 something sites out of 69 and the weekend I am looking at is booked. Thank you!

      2. Camp Ranger says:

        Good question Lizzie. There are 29 that are first-come, first-serve, but getting one will depend on when you arrive. If shooting for a weekend, you should probably try for a Thursday arrival. Summer is pretty busy.

  2. Tony says:

    What time do you recommend being there for first come first serve? We want to go on a weekday on Wednesday and stay for two nights. Please let me know, thank you!

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      That’s a good question Tony! Mid week is your best best for getting a first-come, first-serve campsite at Thornhill Broome. Prior to Memorial Day you should not have a problem, but the summer will be competitive. Check out is noon, so I’d recommend showing up no later than mid-morning during the summer/busy time to try and get a spot. Good luck!

  3. Mary G Schultz says:

    Hello, looking for camping in large Rv on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Any chance of getting a first come spot?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Mary,
      Hard to say, but arriving on Thursday should improve your chances greatly of getting a first-come first-serve campsite. Best of luck!

  4. Evan says:

    Hello, We have a reservation for 2 sites this Friday. What is the earliest we can arrive ensure that we get two sites that are next to each other? Thank you

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Evan,
      Check in time at Thornhill Broome campground is 2:00 P.M. Hope you have a great time!

  5. Trevor says:

    Is sycamore camp ground first come first serve?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Trevor,
      Sycamore Canyon at Pt Mugu State Park has reservations for their campsites. On the Sycamore Canyon page you can click on the Make A Reservation button to check availability and make reservations. :

    2. Trevor says:

      Do they creep some first come first serve camp sites as well tho or is it all by reservation

      1. Camp Ranger says:

        HI Trevor, other than the hike/bike campsites, all of the other campsites are on the reservation system (ReserveCalifornia). Campsites are assigned at check in.

  6. Lizzie says:


    Due to some scheduling changes, it’s looking like our group will have 2 extra cars now coming at different times. Is there other overnight parking anywhere or what would you suggest? I don’t want to book an extra campsite when we don’t need it.

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Lizzie,
      There is a small overflow parking area north of Thornhill Broome campground. Parking is limited for campers with extra vehicles.

  7. Lizzie says:

    Oh and one more question: do the first come first serve have fire rings?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      There are fire rings at each campsite at Thornhill Broome campground. We are not aware of any other (first-come, first-serve) fire rings on the beach.

  8. Therese says:

    How much is parking per night?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Therese,
      Not sure if there is a charge for camper overflow parking at Thornhill Broome Campground. You may want to call Point Mugu State Park to double check: 310 457-8143

  9. Wendy says:

    Hi! I just tried to get first come first serve at Thornhill for the weekend and they told me it’s night by night and if we do get a spot we would have to move if it was reserved. I’m confused because I’m under the assumption there are 29 spots you cannot reserve and do walk ups.

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Wendy,
      That’s too bad! That was our impression too – that there were a designated # of first-come first-serve campsites and if you got one you could stay there. We will be sure to put there ‘policy’ up on the Thorhill Broome campground page.

  10. Lucy says:

    How can we get a tent campsite at Thornhill Broom? I’ve only seen what looks like trailer sites when booking online. Thanks!

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Lucy,

      If there is sand in front of your campsite – you can pitch your tent right on the beach (sand) at Thornhill Broome campground.

      1. Lucy says:

        Thank you! I just booked my stay for August!

      2. Camp Ranger says:

        You’re welcome – hope you have a great time!

  11. Pam says:

    Why is it every time I put in Thornhill Broome for a reservation, it comes up “not found”? I don’t wish to camp in Big Basin but that is the only option?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Pam,
      Unfortunately Reserve California does have some issues with its reservation system. Try clicking HERE and enter ‘Point Mugu State Park’. That may help find Thornhill Broome campground reservations.

  12. Danny says:

    I know there are sometime fire restrictions at Malibu Creek State Park camping. Are there any fire restrictions at thornhill-broome? Can we cook with charcoal?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Danny,

      Fires are allowed in the designated fire rings at Thornhill Broome Beach Campground, but we’re not sure if you can cook with charcoal in a contained BBQ. I’d recommend calling the Park directly to confirm: 310 457-8143

  13. Gabriel says:

    Is the Thornhill Broome beach campground first come first served or can I reserve my spot

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Gabriel,
      Thornhill Broome campground does take reservations, but there are also a few first-come, first-serve campsites. However during the summer the first-come, first-serve campsites are very difficult to get. You can visit the Thornhill Broome campground page and then click on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button to check availability and make a reservation.

  14. Erika says:

    Which campsites are for tents and how do I know I’m getting a tent site when making a reservation? Are small dogs allowed on this beach? Thanks!

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Erika,
      Thornhill Broome State Park campground and beach are pet-friendly. Dogs on a leash are allowed in the Park’s day use areas, campgrounds and beaches.

      Click on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button on the Thornhill Broome campground page to check availability and make a reservation. This routes you to ReserveCalifornia and it should indicate which are tent only sites at Thorhill Broome.

  15. Chrissy Wright says:

    Every single time I try to make a reservation the website does not allow me to find thornhill!!! I live in the area and have been trying to camp here for over a year now, but can never seem to figure out these confusing websites with links to OTHER camp sites when I’m trying to stay at THIS ONE.
    Super frustrating…..

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Chrissy,
      After clicking on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button from the Thornhill Broome campground page, you’ll be directed to ReserveCalifornia. From there, search ‘Point Mugu State Park’.

  16. Jillian says:

    Which site numbers are tent only?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Jillian,
      Unfortunately we don’t know which campsites at Thornhill Broome campground accommodate tents, but most sites do allow tent camping.

  17. Hasley says:

    What time is best to get to the camp site to see if first come first serve is available for that day?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Hasley,

      Usually during the summer it’s pretty competitive to get first-come, first-serve campsites at Thornhill Broome campground. Check in is 2pm and check out is noon. You’ll generally have people getting in line (especially on Thursday and Friday) by 7AM. Some will be waiting for first-come-first serve sites, others will be hoping for people (with reservations) leaving early or not showing.

  18. Courtney says:

    Is there a charge to use the Sycamore Canyon dump station and/or showers if you are staying at the Thornhill Broome campsite? Thank you!

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Courtney,
      Yes Thornhill Broome registered campers can use the RV dump station and showers at Sycamore Canyon campground.

  19. Estee Olivera says:

    I am looking to camp September 22 to the 24th for my birthday. I seem to be having a problem reserving a spot at Thornhill Broome. What is the best way to secure a site?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Estee,

      From the Thornhill Broome campground page, click on the the ‘Make A Reservation’ button to be be directed to the reservation agency (Reserve California). Once there, enter ‘Point Mugu State Park’ to inquire about Thornhill Broome campground reservations. Hope this helps!

  20. Ali says:

    I have a reservation on 9/14/18. Can I arrive before check in (2pm)?

    Also, will i need sand bags? I heard it gets pretty windy.

    Also, do campsites have parking spots at each campsite?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Ali,
      Most California State Parks won’t allow early check-in, but Thornhill Broome campground may let you check in early if your site is available.
      I would recommend checking the weather for (wind) conditions. On your date of arrival the wind is expected to reach 22-24mph, so sand bags would probably be a good idea. Also, each campsite has a parking area at Thornhill Broome campground.

      1. Ali says:

        Thank you so much. I really appreciate it!

  21. Mitchelle Javier says:

    How many cars can fit in one site?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Michelle,

      For Thornhill Broome campground – your entry fee covers one vehicle and one legally towed in vehicle. There are additional fees for extra vehicles. You are to park only in your assigned campsite and wheels must remain on the pavement and within the parking space or limit line. Park additional vehicles in the day use lot.

      Most of the campsites have a fairly large parking area (up to 31 feet) so you can fit two cards, but you’ll need to pay extra for the 2nd vehicle.

  22. Dale says:

    We use our suv to tow our pop-up camper. The suv is 17′ long and the pop-up is 22′ when opened. That’s over the 31′ parking space. Can we park side by side in the space? Thank you!

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Dale,
      You won’t be able to park your vehicle and trailer side-by-side at Thornhill Broome State Beach campground, but both should fit in most sites. The campground host will make the final call though and can assist in finding a site that fits for you.

  23. Kat says:

    Hello! I’m planning on showing up at 5am on saturday the 13th to try to get three first come first serve campsites. I’m a little nervous because online reservations are booked. Is there a chance at getting at least 2-3 sites on that day? Fingers crossed.

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Kat,

      CampsitePhotos.com is not associated with the campgrounds listed on our site. We provide the photos of each campsite, campground info and links to make reservations. Thornhill Broome campground is popular during the weekends, but usually there are a few open for first-come, first-serve. However, arriving on Saturday may be tough – even arriving at 5am. Most usually arrive Friday to try and get the open spots. Best of luck!

  24. Logan says:

    Hi. Is there car camping? Or do you have to park separate from your space of the table and fire pit?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Logan,

      Yes, there is car camping at Thornhill Broome campground. You just need to do it in your campsite.

  25. Allie says:

    Is there enough room for two tents on the campsites?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Allie,
      That depends on the campsite. Most campsites can accommodate two tents at Thornhill Broome campground.

  26. Chris Doehring says:

    If I am trying to come Sunday, Dec 2, will I be okay for first-come first-serve spots? Will I have to be there early or will there most likely be spots open at around 7pm?

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Chris,

      You should not have a problem finding a campsite – arriving late Sunday (Dec 2) at Thornhill Broome campground.

  27. stephan mercier says:

    hi, my RV is 40 feet, do you have a spot for that size ?dec,24 for 5 days

    1. Camp Ranger says:

      Hi Stephen,
      There are several campsites at Thornhill Broome campground that will accommodate your 40 foot RV. December 24 for 5 days should be available (first come, first-served), but you may want to check on reserving a site to be safe. Go to the Thornhill Broome campground page and click on the ‘Make A Resevation’ button to check availability, pricing and to make a reservation.

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