Our Mission

To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

Reexamining our past

California State Parks continues to address interpretive programs and exhibits in California’s State Park System that fall short of fully contextualizing the state’s history. The department is working with Native American Tribal Nations, community partners, universities, and the public to ensure that educational programs and exhibits support public educational standards and are grounded in contemporary research methodology.

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Increasing Access and Relevance Increasing Access and Relevance To expand outdoor recreation offerings and better serve the diverse and growing population. LEARN MORE
Planning for a Changing Landscape Planning for a Changing Landscape Wildfires, drought, and the effects of climate change on state parks are intractable challenges that call for sustainable and resilient solutions. LEARN MORE
Travel Ideas Travel Ideas Plan your next adventure with comprehensive resources, including park information, reservations, passes, Apps and more. LEARN MORE
Grants Grants Grants cover a diverse range of projects, such as the renovation and expansion of local parks. LEARN MORE
OuterSptialApp OuterSpatial App A mobile app making it easier to connect with nature and enhance access for all to the nation’s largest state park system. LEARN MORE
Dogs at Parks Dogs at Parks Our park units have many great open spaces for you and your dog to enjoy. LEARN MORE

Start booking your next adventure with us on ReserveCalifornia

Our new reservation system improves service delivery to our visitors online and in our park units. You’ll be able to explore California’s outdoor recreational opportunities in a more modern way via interactive maps and other online tools. Go invent your adventure! View the FAQs.

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Buy your annual pass now

Are you a frequent visitor to a favorite state park, or love to sample the beauty of the state from north to south? A California State Parks Annual Pass may be for you. Our Annual Passes offer something for everyone, and make great gifts throughout the year! Please visit our passes page for additional information.


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Reservations and Fees

Feel the breeze through the pines, smell an aromatic campfire, hear the waves gently lap the shoreline.

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Online Store

Operated by PRIDE Industries, this site sells California State Parks passes, apparel, and publications to the public.

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Find a Park

We have an easier way to Find a Park by simply choosing the first letter of the name, by activities or facilities, by a region within the State or by a specific city.

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Stay up to date on the latest news and announcements from California State Parks.

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Accessible Parks

Making sure that everyone - including visitors with disabilities - has access to the natural and cultural wonders that make up California State Parks.

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See what is happening at a park near you.