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California Escapes: September 2008 Features

Ritchey Creek landscape Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

Be sure to visit this Napa Valley wonder that offers hiking, picnicking and even a swimming pool. Read More

Allensworth library
Allensworth Centennial: 100 Years of the California Dream


California State Parks celebrated the 100th anniversary of the town of Allensworth, known as Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park since 1974. Founded in 1908, Allensworth is California’s only town that was founded and governed by African Americans. Read More

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Shop Green at the E-Store

Want to remember your trip to a California State Park?  The California State Parks e-store offers a wide array of souvenirs, including new “green” products that are environmentally friendly. There is also artwork by artist Michael Schwab. Read More

Gary Strachan Ranger
Up Close and Personal with Ranger Gary Strachan

Ranger Gary Strachan has had a varied and inspiring 30 year career with California State Parks with a wide range of memorable and exciting experiences.  Read More


Hungry Valley SVRA
Reaching Out to the Next Generation
at Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area

Youth programs at Hungry Valley State Recreation Area encourage young people to develop an appreciation of the natural world and respect for each other.  Read More