Friday, May 29, 2009

New threat to California camping: budget cuts?

I'm planning to hit the road this summer with my Coleman stove, REI tent, and a flannel sleeping bag so well used the label has torn off. Camping in the redwoods maybe, or by a pine-fringed lake.

THEN, I just saw a Twitter report on that says that California's budget woes could mean "closing down 220 state parks, including scenic attractions that draw millions of visitors." Yikes! That could be a disaster for family camping vacations (though a park spokesperson admitted that the plan is a "worst case scenario").

Still, I'm going. My plans are inspired by Sunset Magazine's May issue and its epic story on the West's best camping spots (plus, full disclosure, I helped a little bit with the story). So where can we happy campers and our families go?

For a list of 94 Cailfornia state parks that allow camping, like Jedediah Smith Redwoods (shown above), and take reservations, click here. Several of my fave parks show up on the supposed hit list, including Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay and Humboldt Redwoods State Park, along with non-camping parks like Will Rogers' Southern California ranch and Bodie State Historic Park (which is a beautifully preserved ghost town and a photographer's dream-shown at right; no camping here). Best advice? Call your park and check before setting out.

Details: For complete camping info in the state parks, call 800-444-PARK (7275) or click here.

PHOTO CREDIT: Both Courtesy of California State Parks, 2009.

1 comment:

Get A Trip said...

Thanks for the great links and the heads up for camping in Northern California. It is exactly the kind of trip I wanted to do with my daughter. Probably should have booked a space months ago, but here it is!

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