California Escapes: June 2011 Features

Lake Perris Regional Indian Museum

Visit the Renewed Lake Perris Regional Indian Museum

An architectural marvel sits on a rocky hillside with a commanding view of hills & homes, and Lake Perris State Recreation Area.  Eight foot tall windows look down the roadway atop Perris Dam, to the east is majestic San Jacinto Peak, highest point in the California State Park system. To read more click here.

California State Parks Ranger Tyson Butzke

Up Close and Personal with State Parks Supervising Ranger Tyson Butzke

Ranger Tyson Butzke is an 11 year veteran with California State Parks and supervises Gaviota State Park, El Capitan State Beach and Refugio State Beach along the beautiful California Central Coast. This enthusiastic ranger is eager to assist park visitors while protecting the natural and cultural resources of these magnificent parks. To read more click here.

Archaeological Excavations at Los Angeles SHP

19th Century Southern Pacific Rail Yard discovered at Los Angeles State Historic Park

Archaeologists completed archaeological excavations in Los Angeles State Historic Park in summer 2008, spring and fall 2009, and spring 2010.  The relatively new park represents the former site of the 19th century Southern Pacific rail yard, maintenance shops, and depot known as River Station. River Station served as the rail hub for all of Southern California from 1875 to 1904. To read more click here.

Help Farmer John, Help State Beaches.

Farmer John Signs on to Help State Parks

Farmer John Hot Dogs entered into a great partnership with State Parks to provide new outdoor cooking grills at some of Southern California’s best beaches. Consumers helped support the cause by buying select Farmer John products at Ralphs and Vons grocery stores. Learn about the Farmer John Local Legend Contest by visiting or to read more click here

Click here to check out the new Park Visitor website.

New Park Visitor Website

Ever wondered what other park visitors think about parks?  Ever wish you had an “insider tip” about where to go and what to do?  Now there is a site that allows you to connect with the park lover community and share your thoughts as well.  To check it out click here.