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Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark
Angeles National Forest
Butte Valley National Grassland
Cabrillo National Monument
Carrizo Plain National Monument
Channel Islands National Park
Cleveland National Forest
Death Valley National Park
Devils Postpile National Monument
Eldorado National Forest
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site
Fort Point National Historic Site
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Inyo National Forest
John Muir National Historic Site
Joshua Tree National Park
Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
Klamath National Forest
Lassen National Forest
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Los Padres National Forest
Manzanar National Historic Site
Mendocino National Forest
Modoc National Forest
Mojave National Preserve
Muir Woods National Monument
Pacific Crest Trail
Pinnacles National Monument
Plumas National Forest
Point Reyes National Seashore
Port Chicago National Memorial
Redwood National Park
San Bernardino National Forest
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park
Sequoia National Forest
Shasta-Trinity National Forests
Sierra National Forest
Six Rivers National Forest
Stanislaus National Forest
Tahoe National Forest
Toiyabe National Forest
Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area
Yosemite National Park

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Description - California's National Parks, Monuments and Forests cover lands from the Pacific Ocean to the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. These parks and forests include the lowest point in the western hemisphere, at Death Valley, and the highest point in the 48 contiguous states, at Mount Whitney.

Attractions - California encompasses such well known parks as Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Death Valley and Joshua Tree, as well as some lesser known parks like Lassen Volcanic, Redwood, and Lava Beds. The National Forests surround popular areas such as Lake Tahoe and the Big Sur coast. The forests encompass much of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges.

Recreation - California is an outdoor recreation paradise. The state's size and tremendous diversity create an array of outdoor recreation opportunities that may be unmatched in North America. Due to the temperate climate throughout much of the state, these activities are often available year round. Some of the most popular activities available include hiking, backpacking, fishing, swimming, surfing, windsurfing, boating, kayaking, rafting, sailing, surfing, mountain climbing, camping, scenic driving, mountain biking, riding motorcycles and ATVs, bird-watching, and wildlife viewing. Winter brings deep snow to the mountains and opportunities for world class downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

Climate - Thanks to California's generally mild climate, many recreation areas are accessible year round. Summer temperatures range from 100+ in the desert and Sacramento and Central Valleys, to a cool and often foggy 50 in San Francisco. The mildest weather statewide occurs in fall. Rain begins in late autumn and continues through winter in most areas. Much of the National Forest land lies at the higher elevations. Winter brings heavy snow at higher elevations, particularly in the Sierra Nevada and other mountain ranges. Desert areas remain warm and coastal areas often experience mild temperatures during winter months.

Location - California's National Forests and Parks are scattered throughout the state. Maps are available on the individual pages describing each park and activity.


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