California has more state parks than any other state — 280 to be exact. California’s state parks also outnumber its national parks by about 30 to one, spanning 1.5 million acres of land and 320 miles of the West Coast. That means there’s a lot to see within the California Department of Parks and Recreation. But that also means it’s hard to know where to start.
To help you plan your next trip to the great outdoors, check out the list below of the most scenic, historic, and naturally beautiful state parks in California, from the Sonoran Desert to the Shasta Cascades.