Explore California State Parks

California State Parks provides access to a wealth of cultural and natural resources that invite visitors to explore California. Whether digital classroom resources, summer programs for kids, or tours guided by the parks’ knowledgeable and dedicated interpreters, the department’s programs create meaningful experiences that educate and inspire Californians of all backgrounds, ages, education levels, and abilities.

California is world renowned for its biological diversity and its unique plant and animal species. Approximately 40 of the state’s 770 native wildlife species and about 2,100 of its 6,300 plant species are found nowhere else. The state is one of the world’s 25 biological hot spots, places of greatest biodiversity, and greatest threat.

Managing historical and archaeological sites in California’s state parks require many skills and specialties. The diverse resources entrusted to us are of many types (archaeological sites, historic structures, fragile artifacts, rare boats, and unique features, for example). The department is fortunate to have highly skilled and dedicated people assigned to the task of identifying, evaluating, recording, and protecting this non-renewable resource base.

The Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division provides leadership statewide in the area of off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation. It acquires, develops, and operates state-owned vehicular recreation areas; and it provides for a statewide system of managed OHV recreational opportunities through funding to other public agencies. The OHMVR Division works to ensure quality recreational opportunities remain available for future generations by providing for education, conservation, and enforcement efforts that balance OHV recreation impacts with programs that conserve and protect cultural and natural resources.