Gov't Shutdown: Can't Visit a National Park? Try These 30 CA State Parks

Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. | Photo: rachel in wonderland/Flickr/Creative Commons License

During this government shutdown, it's easy to have to focus on the closure of national parks (and to a degree, some limits to national forests). But in California, we have close to 300 state parks, many of them deserving of national status. And many of them also are near national parks, where vacationers are currently being forced to find alternatives.

Luckily, the people at California State Parks have complied a comprehensive list of nearby options up and down the state. Here's what they recommend:

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Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks


Joshua Tree National Park


Eastern Sierra (Death Valley NP to Devils Postpile National Monument and eastside of Yosemite)


Golden Gate National Recreation Area


Point Reyes National Seashore


Redwood National Park


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