California’s 280 state parks showcase a dynamic collection of natural treasures, fascinating historic sites, and one-of-a-kind destinations. You’ll find wild beaches, Gold Rush mines, lush forests, booming waterfalls, and pristine deserts. The biggest, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, offers unparalleled stargazing within a short drive from San Diego. The oldest, Big Basin Redwood State Park, features some of the most magnificent trees you will ever see. The strangest, Bodie State Historic Park, showcases an eerie ghost town that time seems to have forgotten.