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Few people know the treasures – what I call Sparks” – inside all 280 of California’s State Parks.

Here’s a chance to discover them.

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California holds some of the world’s most incredible places – landscapes of wonder, amazing beauty, diverse unique wildlife, culture and history, and sheer, natural fun. From warm sandy beaches to cold alpine lakes, from misty deep forests to hot-dried desert plains, there’s a reason people love to spend so much time outdoors here.

For most, the only way we’ll actually get to see and enjoy any of these places, this other, wilder California, is to visit them inside our 280 California State Parks. That’s something to consider. In a sea of off-limits private property, the Parks protect and preserve irreplaceable treasures of California, and keep them accessible to the public to enjoy, generation after generation.

Here’s a chance to discover some of those Sparks – and some encouragement to explore and see them in person on your own. Nothing on this site can compare with actually experiencing these places with your own five senses. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to show the Parks some love. Because without our support, they won’t be here.

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Every photograph on this site was taken in, or of, a California State Park.

CALIFORNIA HAS 279 STATE PARKS San Francisco Bay Area, Eastshore SP Photo: Jeff Swanson with 1,693 MILES OF WATERFRONT Big Sur, Garrapata SP Photo: Mark Pillsbury 1.6 MILLION ACRES OF LANDSCAPES Sonoma Coast SP Photo: Tom Moyer 2,700 YEAR OLD NATIVES Sierras, Calaveras Big Trees SP Photo: Stephen Nett more than 30 KEY WATERSHEDS Modoc Plateau, McArthur-Burney Falls SP Photo: Andrew Wagner PROTECTING 1000s OF LIVING SPECIES 10 UNIQUE ECOLOGICAL REGIONS PREHISTORIC, HISTORIC AND CULTURAL TREASURES THREATENED HABITATS AND WILDLIFE Central Valley, Antelope Poppy Preserve Photo: DM Weber for the PUBLIC for the FUTURE IF WE SUPPORT THEM Central Coast, Los Osos Oaks SNR Photo: Donald Quintana Marin, Tamalpais SP Scroll Down To Meet Us Photo: Tom Moyer