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Castle Mountains National Monument, California

2701 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311
Phone: (760) 252-6100
Description: Castle Mountains represents some of the most unique elements of the Mojave Desert. Nestled between the Nevada state line and Mojave National Preserve, the nearly 21,000 acres of Castle Mountains boasts Joshua tree forests, unbroken natural landscapes, rare desert grasslands, and rich human history.
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Devils Postpile National Monument, California

Devils Postpile Access Road
Board the Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile Shuttle Bus at any stop in the Reds Meadow Valley.
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone: (760) 934-2289
Description: Devils Postpile National Monument is only open during the summer months.
Established in 1911 by presidential proclamation, Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, and pristine mountain scenery. The formation is a rare sight in the geologic world and ranks as one of the world's finest examples of columnar basalt. Its columns tower 60 feet high and display an unusual symmetry.
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Kern River, California Kings River, California

Kings Canyon National Park
Three Rivers, CA 93271
Phone: (559) 565-3341
Description: The Kings River is a 133 mile river draining the Sierra Nevada mountain range in central California in the United States. Its headwaters originate along the Sierra Crest in and around Kings Canyon National Park and form the eponymous Kings Canyon
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Lava Beds National Monument, California

1 Indian Well HQ
Tulelake, CA 96134
Phone: (530) 667-8113
Description: Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. More than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and a high desert wilderness experience await you!
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Point Reyes National Seashore, California

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Phone: (415) 464-5100
Description: From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people. Point Reyes awaits your exploration.
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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California

26876 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 65738
Phone: (805) 370-2301
Description: Hidden in plain sight from Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Mountains offer easy access to surprisingly wild places. Experience the famous beaches of Malibu or explore more than 500 miles of trails. The park abounds with historical and cultural sites, from old movie ranches to Native American centers. What will you and your family discover?
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Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, California

14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Whiskeytown, CA 96095
Phone: (530) 242-3400
Description: Whiskeytown Lake’s beautiful crystal-clear waters, surrounded by mountain peaks, are perhaps the most prominent feature of the park. However, water-based recreation is only a small part of what the park has to offer. The 39,000 acres surrounding the lake hold four waterfalls, pristine mountain creeks, 70 miles of trails, and opportunities to explore the history of the California Gold Rush.
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