From the stunning seashore of San Elijo State Beach, to the mighty Roosevelt elk at Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, to the dramatic cliffs of Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, California’s 280 state parks offer us a plethora of unforgettable experiences.
Your support of California State Parks Foundation has made these state parks more beautiful, more welcoming...more loved. Thank you!
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
AÑO NUEVO STATE PARK
Your next visit will be a beautiful one, thanks to your support of our Park Champions volunteers who pitched in to clear the once-overgrown trails. You’ll especially appreciate their efforts if you hike down to the shore to experience one of nature’s timeless experiences — up to 10,000 elephant seals who breed and give birth along the scenic dunes and beaches. Be on the lookout for sea otters and sea lions, too!
SALTON SEA STATE RECREATION AREA
At 227 feet below sea level, the Salton Sea is one of the lowest spots on the planet. When the Colorado River crashed the Sea’s banks in 1905, it filled the basin and the water stayed, gradually increasing in salinity. After years of evaporating, the Sea has new life thanks to $200 million in funding from the passage of Prop 68. Your support fueled our advocacy efforts for this vital funding to preserve and protect the lake — a major victory!
CHINO HILLS STATE PARK
With its variety of habitats and microclimates, this state park is a perfect place for local students to learn about science, ecology and nature — such as colorful poppies and more than 200 species of birds and mammals that call the park home. Thanks to your support, a California State Parks Foundation-funded youth education grant is helping students connect with nature, see native wildlife and be inspired for lifelong stewardship.
SUGARLOAF RIDGE STATE PARK
Here redwoods tower, lush ferns grow and spring wildflowers splash the hills with color. Deer and gray foxes scamper, and fortunate campers might even spot a bobcat or hear a coyote. After wildfires ravaged the park in 2017, Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup volunteers — backed by your financial support — repaired trails, cleared brush, rebuilt damaged bridges and installed water bars to prevent future erosion. Come see the results of this hard work for yourself and visit this beautiful park today!
SALT POINT STATE PARK
This coastal park offers a little bit of everything: from native wildflowers along its 20 miles of hiking trails — which our Park Champions volunteers cleared of brush and debris — to an underwater park with one of the state’s first marine protected areas. Visitors should also keep an eye out for the tafoni that makes the park unique. The Italian word for “cavern,” tafoni is a natural phenomenon common along the sandstone at the ocean’s edge. You’ll know it by its honeycomb-type network in rocks.
SINKYONE WILDERNESS STATE PARK
You’ll find Sinkyone Wilderness State Park on the southern portion of the Lost Coast. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot gray whales at sea, sea lions and harbor seals in rocky coves and Roosevelt elk in the grasslands. Plus, you can take pride knowing you helped fund trail repair on the Lost Coast Trail, ensuring safer passage for fire response and emergency evacuations.
MONTAÑA DE ORO STATE PARK
With Morro Bay State Park in the background, you’ll experience two parks in one. Montaña de Oro, or “Mountain of Gold,” boasts exquisite golden wildflowers that spread as far as the eye can see when in bloom. Visit in the spring and you’ll see the golden wildflowers at their most vibrant, along with over 1,500 native plants you helped our volunteers plant last year.
MALAKOFF DIGGINS STATE HISTORIC PARK
Visit this historic park to step back in time and experience the boom and bust (and beauty) of a time gone by — the California Gold Rush. Then, you can hike, camp, fish or strap on snowshoes in winter for an unforgettable hike. Your donations are at
work to preserve history here — with grant funding, our park partners have developed a strategic plan for the future, making sure this vital piece of California’s history stays protected for years to come.
SAN ELIJO STATE BEACH
Grab your surfboard. Prepare a picnic. Bring a friend or two, or maybe your whole family to experience one of the finest Pacific Ocean beaches in California. While you visit this great beach spot, you’ll also experience the impact of your support, including 1,000 yards of new privacy fencing and a 500-foot mural created last Earth Day. Visitors and locals alike all applauded the effort to beautify the coast highway they know and love — thank you!
PROVIDENCE MOUNTAIN STATE RECREATION AREA
For seven long years, this beloved park was closed to the public. That meant no more visits to Mitchell Caverns, the extraordinary limestone caves that indigenous Chemehuevi people called “the eyes of the mountains.” After major infrastructure work, which you helped fund through a CSPF grant, the park finally reopened in 2017. Today, it’s one of our state’s most unique places.
CASTLE ROCK STATE PARK
Just one visit to Castle Rock State Park, and you’ll want to spend the night — to experience sunset and sunrise casting their colors across the Santa Clara and San Lorenzo mountains. And what’s a campsite without a campfire? With your financial support, volunteers recently cleared trails and created 17 ADA-approved fire rings at the Castle Rock Trail Camp, making the park accessible for all who want to camp. Plan a visit soon!
MONO LAKE TUFA STATE NATURAL RESERVE
The future looks bright for this ancient lake, thanks to you. GPS technology, funded by CSPF grants, will reveal insights about the critical wetland habitats, bird nesting areas, effects of climate change and more. These valuable insights will be used to create plans for the restoration and preservation of the park’s treasures for generations to come.
Thank you for making these investments possible!