Adventure & Excitement
Wind down from the plethora of recreational adventures in our state parks with a serene night sleeping under the stars after a campfire program.
|On the Trail||Around the Campfire||On the Water|
|Off the Highway||In the Snow|
California State Parks includes an extensive trail system — nearly 4500 miles — for bikers, hikers, and equestrians. Read more to learn how these trails have been planned and how they are used.
|History of Mountain Biking||Equestrian Adventures|
Whether roasting hotdogs and s'mores, telling ghost stories, singing corny tunes, or interpreting resources — everyone loves being around the campfire.
|Chefs Around the Campfire||Camping Through the Years|
Camping through the Years
Recreation, stress release, fun and adventure? Whether backpacking in the mountains or barbequeing by the sea, camping has always offered amazing and unique experiences. Watch this slideshow to see how visitors camped, cooked, and enjoyed California State Parks through the years.
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California's state beaches and state recreation areas offer water fun for everyone—from swimmers, boaters, anglers, surfers and kayakers, to beachgoers, waders and tide poolers.
|Surfing through the Ages||Catch a Special Thrill (CAST)|
Off-highway motorized vehicles (all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles) can crawl safely and responsibly through ruts and boulders in eight State Vehicular Recreation Areas.
|Origins of OHV Recreation|
State parks above the snow line offer such winter recreation as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
|Sno-Parks||Longboards—Mountain Men on Skis|
|The Olympics at Squaw Valley, 1960|
The Olympics at Squaw Valley, 1960
Did you know that in 1960 the Winter Olympics came right to California's backyard?Held at Squaw Creek in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the 18th annual Winter Olympics brought national attention and new amenities to the Lake Tahoe region. Click here to learn more about California's Olympic spirit.
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Wonder & Inspiration
Wonder at our state parks scenes — from dramatic surf to faraway treetops to battling elephant seals to endangered birds to insects scurrying along a grass blade. Click here to learn more about these treasures.
Vision & Dedication
Farsighted groups and partners join committed employees and generous volunteers to move each of our state parks from concept to reality.
Click here to discover the pioneers, founders, volunteers and staff of California State Parks
History & Heritage
Irreplaceable cultural landmarks — from Native California Indian grinding rocks to forts and missions to mansions — are preserved for posterity in our state parks.
Click here to learn more about the treasures preserved and interpreted by California State Parks.
A Promise to the Future
"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations."
—Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy
Click here to learn more about California State Parks' promises to the future.
The story of California State Parks dramatically comes to life in "California Forever," a powerful and moving two-part television program composed of stunning cinematography and rare archival imagery. Click here to learn more about "California Forever."