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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton


Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

"The West Coast's Premier Fleet Marine Force Training Base"

MCCS Category C Patrons

•  MCCS Category C Patrons are required to obtain a visitor pass in person from the Visitor Center located in Bldg. 20255T, adjacent to the Main Gate near Interstate 5.

•  Stepp Stables patrons under a lease with MCCS will be issued a visitor pass for the duration of the lease.

•  Go to the MCCS Base Access site for additional details.

•  MCCS Category C Patrons who are driving must also  have a Real ID Act compliant (or state approved extension) driver's license in their possession, valid insurance, and valid vehicle registration.

•  MCCS Category C Patrons  are only authorized to participate in the specific base activity for which they are sponsored.

•  MCCS Category C Patrons may not sponsor other adult patrons.  Adult MCCS Category C Patrons may be accompanied by minors for whom they are directly responsible.

•  Use of MCCS Category C Patron Program is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents unless escorted in person by a Dept. of Defense affiliate.

Visitor Center

The Camp Pendleton Visitor Center is located in Bldg. 20255T, adjacent to the Main Gate near Interstate 5. (See Map) The Center is intended to process visitors who have been pre-sponsored by base personnel.  Those visitors who have not been pre-sponsored should expect long delays or should arrange to have their sponsor meet them at the gate.

Business hours are:

• (Mon - Fri). - 7:30am - 3:30pm 


Phone: (760) 763-8435


NOTE: The "Trusted Traveler" program is still in effect. Processing of the following services and activities are suspended until further notice:

  • Non-mission essential command sponsored events
  • Marine Corps Community Services category "C" patrons:
    • Marine Memorial Golf Course
    • Pacific Views Event Center
    • Leatherneck Lanes
    • The Paintball Park
    • Stepp Stables - NOT TO INCLUE Boarders, Ferrier services, veterinarian, and hay delivery. These still have access.
  • Recreational Bike Passes
Gate Hours

• Main Gate - 24 hrs
• San Luis Rey - 24 hrs     
• Del Mar - 6am - 8pm
• Las Pulgas -
CLOSED (Outbound Traffic Only)
   Monday - Friday 0600 - 0800
• San Onofre - 24 hrs
• Cristianitos - 5am - midnight