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Grover Hot Springs State Park
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Grover Hot Springs State Park
Description - Crystal-clear high country lakes, hot springs and giant sequoias typify the High Sierra. The High Sierra Region features Lake Tahoe, eight state parks, two state historic parks, three state recreational areas, and a state reserve. The region's state park sites include a large Gold Rush town, a state historic park used for Native American ceremonies and a 60-square-mile, salty alkaline lake with stark towers of tufa.

Recreation - Activities at the state park sites in this area include: camping, hiking, picnicking, biking, fishing, swimming, boating, wind surfing, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and viewing the spectacular mountain scenery.

Climate - The High Sierra generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. A snowpack from 5-10 feet or more is usually present from December to May at elevations above 6,500 feet. Winter temperatures below zero and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce spectacular thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - The High Sierra Region, located in east-central California, encompasses the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It stretches westward from the Nevada border, from the Lake Tahoe area, south to Kernville. The main highways accessing this region are 50 running east/west and 395 running north/south.

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California Department of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 942896 , Sacramento, CA, 94296-0001, Phone: 916-653-6995, Fax: 530-525-3380

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California State Parks, Beaches and Historic Parks - California has 265 state parks which cover 1.3 million diverse acres. The huge variety of state parks offers tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities.
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