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California Citrus State Historic Park- This unique 400-acre historic park recaptures the time when "Citrus was King" in California, recognizing the importance of the citrus industry in southern California.
Chino Hills State Park- Nestled in the hills north of Santa Ana Canyon and in the middle of urban southern California, Chino Hills State Park offers trails for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
Lake Perris State Recreation Area- Formed by Perris Dam, Lake Perris offers a variety of water recreation, including swimming, fishing (shore, pier and boat), boating, sailing, water-skiing, and a special area for scuba diving.
Mount San Jacinto State Park- Most of Mount San Jacinto State Park is wilderness, containing three mountain peaks, higher than 10,000 feet in elevation. The mountains high points offer spectacular views of nearby desert and mountain ranges.
Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area- Silverwood Lake was formed by the 249-foot Cedar Springs Dam. At 3,350 feet, it is the highest reservoir in the State Water Project.

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Mount San Jacinto State Park
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Mount San Jacinto State Park
Description - The San Bernardino Mountains are the major attraction of the Inland Empire. The skyline is dominated by several major peaks more than 10,000 feet high. The Inland Empire features two state parks, two state recreations areas, and one state historic park. Mount San Jacinto State Park covers 13,500 acres and boasts three mountain peaks over 10,000 feet. Miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails wind through the state park sites in this region.

Recreation - Activities at the state park sites in this region include: hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, water skiing, windsurfing and viewing the mountain scenery.

Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is generally hot in the summer and mild in the winter. During the summer, valley temperatures can soar above 100 degrees while remaining pleasant in the mountains. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. During the winter months higher elevations experience snow and freezing temperatures.

Location - The Inland Empire, located inland from the coast in southern California, 30 miles east of Los Angeles and 20 miles west of Palm Springs. It surrounds the communities of Ontario, San Bernardino, Riverside and Idyllwild. The main highways accessing this region are Interstate 15 running north/south and Interstate 10 running east/west.


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

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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.
Inland Empire Region - The Inland Empire lies between the coast and the deserts of Southern California. The Inland Empire offers soaring mountains, alpine lakes, historic sites, lush vineyards and colorful entertainment.

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