California State Parks Week

“From the redwood forests on the north coast to the sunny beaches in Southern California, 280 park units preserve and protect the best of California’s natural and cultural history, from natural features and ecosystems to historic structures and cultural resources.”

Before heading to your outdoors destination, California State Parks wants to remind visitors to recreate responsibly with a few safety tips.

  • Know Before You Go: Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find current park information.
  • Plan and Prepare: Permits/reservations may be required such as for entry, camping, certain recreational activities, or transportation. Also, having and knowing how to use the appropriate gear for your activity could make or break your experience. Have a back-up plan in case your destination or activity is unavailable.
  • Play It Safe: State parks are meant to be enjoyed in many ways, but to play it safe, err on the side of caution. Make sure you do not underestimate temperatures or hiking distances. Learn more at
  • Leave No Trace: Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or take plants.

Download the OuterSpatial and what3words apps to help ensure safety and enhance your park experience.