from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Shasta State Historic Park
Two wildfires are causing heavy potential impacts for visitors traveling to several state parks in the Cascade region. The Lava Fire located near Mt. Shasta, north of Castle Crags State Park continues to burn, potentially causing increased community evacuations and bad air quality. The Salt Fire, south of Castle Crags and just north of Lake Shasta continues to spread, causing intermittent closures of Interstate 5. Both fires have the potential to cause park closures at any time. These Interstate 5 closures will create extensive travel delays to both Castle Crags State Park and McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park as Highway 89 become the only detour for all north and south Interstate traffic. Please also be aware of poor air quality at these state parks and others in the cascade region including Shasta State Historic Park, and Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park.
For the latest information on Caltrans road closures, go to: https://roads.dot.ca.gov/
For the latest information on the wildfires:
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
Be COVID-19 Safe– State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
- Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings.For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
- Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
In an effort to protect public health and the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff as the state responds to the continued threat of COVID-19, California State Parks is temporarily closing the museum at Shasta State Historic Park. While we are not directly affected by COVID-19, we are monitoring the situation carefully and are committed to being responsive and following California Governor’s updated policy on social gatherings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The park will remain open for all other activities such as day use and hiking. We recognize the importance of visiting Shasta State Historic Park represents an opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy fresh air with family and friends and escape from our daily routines. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause your visit. We thank you for your patience, trust and continued support. We’d also like to thank our volunteers and staff for their commitment and dedication as public servants through these challenging circumstances. For the most up-to-date information, please follow our park webpage at www.parks.ca.gov.
Six miles west of Redding a row of old, half-ruined, brick buildings remind passing motorists that Shasta City, the lusty "Queen City" of California’s northern mining district, once stood on this site. These ruins and some of the nearby roads, cottages, and cemeteries are all silent but eloquent vestiges of the intense activity that was centered here during the California gold rush.
Iron shutters still swing on massive, old, iron hinges before the doors and windows of grass-filled, roofless buildings that once were crowded with merchandise, and alive with the human sounds of business, trade, and social endeavor.
The County Courthouse is restored to its 1861 appearance, the year when it was converted from commercial uses to become the Shasta County Courthouse. Today the building is filled with historical exhibits, and an unparalleled collection of historic California Artwork that make it the central figure of Shasta State Historic Park.
Shasta State Historic Park
15312 Highway 299 West
Shasta, CA 96087
The park is six miles west of downtown Redding. Highway 299 passes through the town’s main street.
Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.