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Anza-Borrego Desert
Borrego Springs, California
Created in 1933
585,930 acres
Anza-Borrego State Park, with 600,000 acres, takes up one-fifth of San Diego County and is the second largest state park in the continental United States, after Adirondack Park in New York. The state park has 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 designated wilderness areas, and 110 miles of hiking trails which provide visitors endless opportunities to explore the wonders of the California Desert. The park features alluvial fans, rock formations, colorful badlands, vast arid landscapes, dramatic mountains, natural springs and oases, and desert washes. Wildflowers are plentiful in the park from February to April. Other flora in the park includes cacti, ocotillo, smoke trees, catclaw, oak trees, manzanitas, and velvet mesquite. Foxes, deer, coyotes, roadrunners, golden eagles, desert bighorn sheep, and black-tailed jackrabbits are among the types of fauna that can be found within the park. Anza-Borrego State Park has 60 species of mammals, 225 birds, and 60 reptiles and amphibians. The park has visitor center with information and maps, and interpretive displays. The park also has 194 campsites. 

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Humboldt Redwoods
Rio Dell, California
Created in 1921
51,651 acres
The third largest state park in California, Humboldt Redwoods State Park has 23,600 acres of old-growth forest, of which 17,000 acres are old-growth redwoods. The park is located off the scenic U.S. Route 101 in northern California. The park is famous for its Coastal Redwoods, and is home to 100 out of 137 of known trees over 300 feet, including the 4th tallest living Redwood in the world, the Stratosphere Giant (112.94 meters). The three tallest Redwoods in the world are located in the nearby Redwood National Park. Visitors to the park can experience the park's 100+ miles of trails by horse, foot, or bike, take the 32-mile Avenue of the Giants tour, and go fishing, boating, and swimming in the South Fork Eel River. The park has over 250 campsites in 3 different campgrounds, a visitor center which has a theater, displays, exhibits, and a bookstore. 

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Mount Tamalpais
Mill Valley, California
Created in 1963
6,300 acres
Located north of the Bay Area, Mount Tamalpais State Park contains redwood groves and oak woodlands, with the namesake 2,500-foot mountain covering 25,000 acres. The state park surrounds Muir Woods National Mounument, famous for its tall Coastal Redwood trees. The view from the summit of Mount Tamalpais is a spectacular one-- on a clear day one can see the entire Bay Area, Marin County, the Farallon Islands, and sometimes even the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which are 150 miles away. The park has about 60 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, a railroad museum, visitor center, and the Crushing Memorial Amphitheatre, which was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. There are 16 campsites and 10 cabins in the park. 
Other State Parks in California
Admiral William Standley State Recreation Area
Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park
Albany State Marine Reserve
Anderson Marsh State Historic Park
Andrew Molera State Park
Angel Island State Park
Annadel State Park
Año Nuevo State Park
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland State Park
Asilomar State Beach
Auburn State Recreation Area
Austin Creek State Recreation Area
Azalea State Natural Reserve
Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park
Bean Hollow State Beach
Benbow Lake State Recreation Area
Benicia Capitol State Historic Park
Benicia State Recreation Area
Bethany Reservoir State Recreation Area
Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park
Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Bodie State Historic Park
Bolsa Chica State Beach
Border Field State Park
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Brannan Island State Recreation Area
Burleigh H. Murray Ranch
Burton Creek State Park
Butano State Park
Butte City Project
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
California Citrus State Historic Park
California State Capitol Museum
California State Mining and Mineral Museum
California State Railroad Museum
Candlestick Point State Recreation Area
Cardiff State Beach
Carlsbad State Beach
Carmel River State Beach
Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area
Carpinteria State Beach
Caspar Headlands State Beach
Caspar Headlands State Natural Reserve
Castaic Lake State Recreation Area
Castle Crags State Park
Castle Rock State Park
Castro Adobe
Caswell Memorial State Park
Cayucos State Beach
China Camp State Park
Chino Hills State Park
Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park
Clay Pit State Vehicular Recreation Area
Clear Lake State Park
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
Columbia State Historic Park
Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area
Corona del Mar State Beach
Cowell Ranch/John Marsh State Historic Park
Crystal Cove State Park
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
D. L. Bliss State Park
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
Delta Meadows
Dockweiler State Beach
Doheny State Beach
Donner Memorial State Park
Eastshore State Park
Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park
El Capitán State Beach
El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park
Emerald Bay State Park
Emeryville Crescent State Marine Reserve
Emma Wood State Beach
Empire Mine State Historic Park
Estero Bluffs State Park
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
Fort Ord Dunes State Park
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Fort Tejon State Historic Park
Franks Tract State Recreation Area
Fremont Peak State Park
Garrapata State Park
Gaviota State Park
George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area
Governor's Mansion State Historic Park
Gray Whale Cove State Beach
Great Valley Grasslands State Park
Greenwood State Beach
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
Grover Hot Springs State Park
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Harmony Headlands State Park
Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area
Hatton Canyon
Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument
Hearst San Simeon State Park
Heber Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area
Hendy Woods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Henry W. Coe State Park
Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area
Humboldt Lagoons State Park
Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area
Huntington State Beach
Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park
Indio Hills Palms
Jack London State Historic Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
John B. Dewitt Redwoods State Natural Reserve
John Little State Natural Reserve
Jug Handle State Natural Reserve
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Kings Beach State Recreation Area
Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve
La Purísima Mission State Historic Park
Lake Del Valle State Recreation Area
Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
Lake Valley State Recreation Area
Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
Leo Carrillo State Park
Leucadia State Beach
Lighthouse Field State Beach
Limekiln State Park
Little River State Beach
Los Angeles State Historic Park
Los Encinos State Historic Park
Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve
MacKerricher State Park
Mailliard Woods State Natural Reserve
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
Malibu Creek State Park
Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Manchester State Park
Mandalay State Beach
Manresa State Beach
Marconi Conference Center State Historic Park
Marina State Beach
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Martial Cottle Park State Recreation Area
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
McConnell State Recreation Area
McGrath State Beach
Mendocino Headlands State Park
Mendocino Woodlands State Park
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Montaña de Oro State Park
Montara State Beach
Monterey State Historic Park
Monterey State Beach
Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve
Moonlight State Beach
Morro Bay State Park
Morro Strand State Beach
Moss Landing State Beach
Mount Diablo State Park
Mount San Jacinto State Park
Natural Bridges State Beach
Navarro River Redwoods State Park
New Brighton State Beach
Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area
Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area
Old Sacramento State Historic Park
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
Olompali State Historic Park
Pacheco State Park
Pacifica State Beach
Palomar Mountain State Park
Patrick's Point State Park
Pelican State Beach
Pescadero State Beach
Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Picacho State Recreation Area
Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park
Pío Pico State Historic Park
Pismo State Beach
Placerita Canyon State Park
Plumas-Eureka State Park
Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park
Point Dume State Beach
Point Lobos Ranch
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
Point Montara Light Station
Point Mugu State Park
Point Sal State Beach
Point Sur State Historic Park
Pomponio State Beach
Portola Redwoods State Park
Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Providence Mountains State Recreation Area
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
Red Rock Canyon State Park
Refugio State Beach
Reynolds Wayside Campground
Richardson Grove State Park
Rio de Los Angeles State Park
Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach
Russian Gulch State Park
Saddleback Butte State Park
Salinas River State Beach
Salt Point State Park
Salton Sea State Recreation Area
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
San Bruno Mountain State Park
San Buenaventura State Beach
San Clemente State Beach
San Elijo State Beach
San Gregorio State Beach
San Juan Bautista State Historic Park
San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area
San Onofre State Beach
San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park
San Timoteo Canyon
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Seacliff State Beach
Shasta State Historic Park
Silver Strand State Beach
Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
Smithe Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Sonoma State Historic Park
Sonoma Coast State Park
South Carlsbad State Beach
South Yuba River State Park
Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area
State Indian Museum
Stone Lake
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sunset State Beach
Sutter Buttes State Park
Sutter's Fort State Historic Park
Tahoe State Recreation Area
Thornton State Beach
Tijuana Estuary
Tolowa Dunes State Park
Tomales Bay State Park
Tomo-Kahni State Historic Park
Topanga State Park
Torrey Pines State Beach
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Trinidad State Beach
Tule Elk State Natural Reserve
Turlock Lake State Recreation Area
Twin Lakes State Beach
Van Damme State Park
Verdugo Mountains
Ward Creek Project
Washoe Meadows State Park
Wassama Round House State Historic Park
Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State Historic Park
Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park
Westport-Union Landing State Beach
Wilder Ranch State Park
Wildwood Canyon
Will Rogers State Beach
Will Rogers State Historic Park
William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park
Woodland Opera House State Historic Park
Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area

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