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State & National Parks in California

John Muir National Historic Site, California

4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez, CA 94553
Phone: (925) 228-8860
Description: John Muir played many roles in his life, all of which helped him succeed in his role as an advocate for Nature. As America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist, Muir fought to protect the wild places he loved, places we can still visit today. Muir’s writings convinced the U.S. government to protect Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as national parks.

State Parks

Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park

Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park is located in remote northeastern Shasta County and can only be reached by boat.
McArthur,CA 96056
Phone: (530) 335-2777
Description: Located in remote northeastern Shasta County and is only accessible to the public by boat.

Andrew Molera State Park

45500 CA-1
Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone: (831) 667-2315
Description: Andrew Molera State Park is a relatively undeveloped state park on the Big Sur coast of California

National Parks

Channel Islands National Park, California

1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001
Phone: (805) 658-5730
Description: While the mainland visitor centers in Ventura and Santa Barbara are readily accessible by car or public transportation, the islands are only accessible by park concessionaire boats and planes or private boat. Advanced planning is highly recommended.

Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada

15610 Vaughn Road
Death Valley, CA 92328
Phone: (760) 786-3200
Description: Hottest, Driest, and Lowest National Park, In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley. Website

Joshua Tree National Park, California

74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Phone: (760) 367-5500
Description: Straddling the border between San Bernardino County and Riverside County, the park includes parts of two deserts, each an ecosystem whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation: the higher Mojave Desert and the lower Colorado Desert. The Little San Bernardino Mountains traverse the southwest edge of the park.

Kings Canyon National Park, California

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
Phone: (559) 565-3341
Description: Kings Canyon National Park is an American national park in the southern Sierra Nevada, in Fresno and Tulare Counties, California.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063
Phone: (907) 644-3626
Description: Lassen Volcanic National Park is an American national park in northeastern California. The dominant feature of the park is Lassen Peak, the largest plug dome volcano in the world and the southernmost volcano in the Cascade Range

Pinnacles National Park, California

5000 Highway 146
Paicines, CA 95043
Phone: (831) 389-4538 - campground
Description: Pinnacles National Park is an American national park protecting a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley in Central California, about five miles east of Soledad and 80 miles southeast of San Jose.

Redwood National Park, California

1111 Second Street
Crescent City, CA 95043
Phone: (707) 464-6101
Description: The Redwood National and State Parks are a complex of several state and national parks located in the United States, along the coast of northern California.

Sequoia National Park, California

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
Phone: (559) 565-3341
Description: Sequoia National Park is an American national park in the southern Sierra Nevada east of Visalia, California. The park is notable for its giant sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, the largest tree on Earth.

Yosemite National Park, California

PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Phone: (209) 372-0200
Description: Yosemite is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, meadows, glaciers, and biological diversity.

Related State & National Parks News in California

Planning For The Future Of A Park Where The Trees Have One Name
Joshua Tree National Park is known for its iconic trees, but Joshua tree habitat is expected to shrink dramatically because of climate change.
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State Park News

Redwood poaching spreads to national forests

Redwood burl poaching spreads from national park to national forests
By Jeff Barnard, Associated Press Writer

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- The poaching of knobby growths on ancient redwood trees has spread to national forests in Northern California and Oregon.The growths, known as burls, appear at the base of redwood trees, where they send out sprouts. Their intricate grain is prized for furniture and decorations. Read more

State Parks Foundation

The America's State Parks Foundation is the Nationwide Voice for America's State Parks. Our state parks comprise 14 million acres of public open space and host over 720 million visits annually, generating over $20 billion in economic benefits to states and communities, conserving and protecting irreplaceable natural and cultural resources, and promoting healthy outdoor life styles and experiences for all Americans. The America's State Parks Foundation is the only national-level non-profit whose sole purpose is to advance the missions and purposes of America's State Parks.

The Mission of the America's State Parks Foundation is to promote the value of America's State Parks, for environmental stewardship, for health and well-being of Americans and for economic development; and to energize the State Park Movement working in collaboration with state park agencies, their non-profit partners and other allies and supporters of parks, conservation and preservation in America.

List of national parks of the United States

There are 398 official units of the National Park System

The United States has 58 protected areas known as national parks, which are operated by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior. National parks must be established by an act of the United States Congress.

27 states have national parks, as do the insular areas of American Samoa and the United States Virgin Islands. Alaska and California have the most, each with 8, followed by Utah with 5 and Colorado with 4. The largest national park is Wrangell–St. Elias, at over 8 million acres, followed by three more in Alaska; the smallest is Hot Springs, at less than 6 thousand acres. The total area protected by national parks is approximately 51.9 million acres, for an average of 895 thousand acres but a median of only 317 thousand acres. The most-visited national park is Great Smoky Mountains, followed by the Grand Canyon, with over four million. Fourteen national parks are designated World Heritage Sites.

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