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California State Parks

How to Talk Yourself Out of Loving Mendocino

Kari Haugeto | Posted 10.29.2013 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

We're moving to Mendocino. No wait -- we're not! Will somebody stop us, please? We visited the Northern California coast with our family and were immediately taken with its cool climate, dramatic cliffs, too-charming fishing villages and no-nonsense residents.

PHOTOS: We Love California!

Aaron Sankin | Posted 06.14.2013 | San Francisco

"Our state's scenic landscapes have always been a source of pride and pleasure," said California Governor Jerry Brown in a recent statement proclaimin...

Bad News For Local Parks

Merced Sun-Star | Joshua Emerson Smith | Posted 05.26.2013 | San Francisco

Despite having received enough money to remain open until next summer, McConnell and Hatfield state recreation areas continue to face uncertainty. "W...

Report Uncovers Shocking Information About California's Parks System

AP | JULIET WILLIAMS and JUDY LIN | Posted 03.06.2013 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Officials at the highest levels of the California Department of Parks and Recreation helped keep millions of dollars secret...

Bad News For State Parks

San Jose Mercury News | Paul Rogers | Posted 02.21.2013 | San Francisco

A new audit Friday revealed millions of dollars in unspent donations and other financial irregularities at California's state parks department, six mo...

5 Hikes in Malibu Creek State Park (PHOTOS)

Seth Smigelski | Posted 01.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Seth Smigelski

Malibu might be known for its beaches, but you should trade your wet suit for hiking boots to enjoy Malibu Creek State Park. A variety of short and long hikes within the park lead to pools, peaks, lake views, and even famous film sets.

California State Parks: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future

David Vassar | Posted 10.03.2012 | San Francisco
David Vassar

It is critical right now for Californians to reconnect with their state parks; appreciate their value; embrace them as part of California's future and ensure that they are preserved for generations to come.

State Parks Face A Murky Future

AP | By JASON DEAREN | Posted 08.29.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- While California found ways to keep open most of the state parks earmarked for closure due to budget cuts, the long-term future of it...

SAVED! (For Now)

AP | JASON DEAREN | Posted 08.28.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — With a busy Fourth of July week looming, California parks officials announced Thursday that 65 of the 70 state parks once slated...

Aaron Sankin

HOORAY: Most State Parks Slated For Closure Will Be Saved

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 06.22.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- When the state's Department of Parks and Recreation announced last year it would be closing a quarter of its parks due to budget cuts...

Aaron Sankin

Did We Just Find A Way To Save State Parks?

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 05.09.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- With only weeks to go before a full quarter of California state parks are scheduled to shut their gates due to budget cuts, a pair of...

Another Obstacle To Closing State Parks

AP | By JASON DEAREN and TRACIE CONE | Posted 06.08.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Shuttering dozens of California state parks to trim millions from the state budget will take more than simply hanging a "Closed" sign...

Aaron Sankin

Should Private Owners Be Allowed To Take Over California State Parks?

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 03.09.2012 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Transferring many of California's state parks to private operation was among a number of suggestions, according to a recent Californi...

Bay Area State Parks Fight To Stay Open

Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.05.2011 | San Francisco

Next summer, nearly 70 of California's almost 300 state parks will be forced to shut their gates due to budget cuts. However, two of the parks tar...

My Gray Whale

John Bourne | Posted 12.27.2011 | San Francisco
John Bourne

Only 15 miles from downtown SF, Gray Whale Cove is a fiercely wild place devoid of cars, crowds and development. Next year it will be one of 70 California State Parks slated to close its doors due to budgetary shortfalls.

WATCH: Lone Resident Of Abandoned Shrimping Village Faces Eviction

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Posted 10.24.2011 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Joanna Lin Frank Quan is 85 years old, and he has lived nearly his entire life in one ...

State Parks Closure Presents Unique Dilemma

AP | By JASON DEAREN | Posted 09.16.2011 | San Francisco

CHINA CAMP STATE PARK, Calif. -- Floating in the bay just outside 85-year-old Frank Quan's house, a replica Chinese junk named after his mother rocks ...

To Balance Budget, Brown To Close 70 State Parks

Los Angeles Times | Posted 07.13.2011 | Los Angeles

Gov. Jerry Brown's administration announced plans Friday to close 70 state parks in an effort to balance the deficit-plagued state budget. The park...

PHOTOS: 9 Places To Spot California Sea Lions And Seals

2010-12-10-overhead_Trazzler.jpg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

By Megan Cytron With a population of 238,000, there are enough California sea lions to populate a slippery city the size of Scottsdale, Arizona. Cali...

Without Prop. 21, State Parks Continue To Face Closures

Sacramento Bee | Matt Weiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The defeat of Proposition 21 on Tuesday means California State Parks will continue to experience partial closures, reduced maintenance and dwindling r...

169 Ways To Tackle California's State Parks

Trazzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

While America's national parks get the full Ken-Burns treatment, state parks protect vast swaths of the country's natural and historic treasures witho...

California Parks Could Be Seized By Feds

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California officials said Wednesday they are trying to avert the federal government's threat to seize six parks that could ...