Great things are happening all year long in state parks.
Make a friend
Meet some of our favorite fuzzy eight-leggers at tarantula events in October at Mount Diablo State Park and Henry W. Coe State Park.
California's beaches are a real gem! Prospect for semiprecious stones like agate, jade and moonstone at Patrick's Point State Park.
Eat it up
Enjoy a scenic hike along Montgomery Creek through five separate, untouched redwood groves—followed by a tranquil picnic lunch under the Big Trees in Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve.
Nothing's more romantic than a stroll through a snow covered forest. Take your nature-loving valentine to Tahoe State Recreation Area for some snowshoeing around the lake. Stay close for warmth in the brisk mountain air.
Flock to the beach
Winter is for the birds—er, butterflies! See thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch butterflies taking shelter from the northern chill in the Eucalyptus trees of Pismo State Beach.
Go big, go wild
Watch an unforgettable wildlife show at Año Nuevo State Park—the site of northern Elephant Seal's largest mainland breeding colony. February is the best time to see these giants come ashore to rest, mate, and give birth.
Have a whale of a time
Watch the largest mammals on Earth migrate north for summer feeding in the waters of the Northern Pacific at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Art, history, action!
California State Capitol Museum Park Property is a museum and the state's working seat of government. Park Advocacy Day is March is a great time to see all the museum's treasures—and experience government in action.
From mid-March through mid-May Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve is alive with stunning blooms.
Get your surf on
Summer was made for surfing! Head to Carlsbad State Beach, an exposed beach break at the foot of stunning coastal bluffs, for some of California's best summer surfing.
Camp on the riverfront at Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, hike through old-growth redwood groves, and be sure to check out Cheatham Grove—where famous scenes from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi were filmed.
You can have it all
Malibu Creek State Park is your one-stop summer retreat for hiking, fishing, bird-watching and horseback riding—not to mention 20th Century Fox;s former filming location, where famous movies and TV shows were shot.