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California Parks and Recreation Areas with Star Gazing

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There are 15 parks and recreation areas in this area with Star Gazing.
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Joshua Tree National Park - Twentynine Palms

For a first-time visitor the desert may appear bleak and drab. Viewed from the road, the desert only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals. A rich cultural history and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place.

Phone: 760-367-5500   Price Range: $5 - $10   Open Season: N/A   Camping: Yes
Nearest Popular City: Twentynine Palms   Nearest Lake or River: N/A   Park Type: National Park   Activities: Backpacking, Biking / Bicycling, Birding, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Rock Climbing, Auto Touring, Nature Walks, Interpretive Programs, Star Gazing   Details Provided By: Joshua Tree National Park

Mojave National Preserve - Barstow

Cool temperatures are moderating the wildflower bloom. If you are going to be in the park this weekend, try looking along Kelbaker Road between Baker and Kelso. Below are wildflower lists from some recent visits. -Kelbaker Road, at the lava beds about 15 miles south of Baker, on March 19: wild-heliotrope, red-stemmed filaree, brittlebush, Wallace's wooly daisy, globe mallow, Fremont pincushion. -Kelbaker Road, 10.5 miles south of Baker, on March 19: desert chicory, chia, brittlebush, red-stemmed filaree, desert dandelion, dodder, bladderpod, beavertail cactus are just beginning to bloom. -West of the Black Canyon Road-Cedar Canyon Road intersection, on March 13: evening primrose, desert rock pea, red-stemmed filaree, rock gilia. -Foshay Pass and Vulcan Mine, on March 13: chia, desert canterbury bell, Arizona lupine, desert rue, desert dandelion, brittlebush, desert marigold, desert sage. -Cima Road and Ivanpah Road - Joshua trees are just beginning to bloom. The wildflower season is also when desert tortoises are most active. Please keep your vehicle speed down and watch for tortoises on the roadway, especially after rains. Road Conditions The Mojave Road across Soda Dry Lake is impassable due to mud. Rangers ask that you avoid crossing Soda Lake until it has dried completely, as vehicles frequently become stuck when crossing during muddy conditions; crossing in the mud also causes extensive road damage. Ivanpah Road - high clearence recommended. Wild Horse Canyon Road south of Mid-Hills - high clearance recommended. Macedonia Canyon Road - may be impassable even with 4-wheel drive. Coliseum Mine Road - may be impassable even with 4-wheel drive. Caruthers Canyon - Last section of road into the canyon may be impassable even with 4-wheel drive. Park rangers recommend avoiding all dirt roads during and immediately after rains. If you are not sure about a certain road, call the Baker Desert Information Center, 760-733-4040.

Phone: (760)252-6100   Price Range: N/A   Open Season: N/A   Camping: Yes
Nearest Popular City: Barstow   Nearest Lake or River: N/A   Park Type: National Park   Activities: Backpacking, Biking / Bicycling, Birding, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hunting and Shooting, Rock Climbing, Wildlife Watching, Auto Touring, Nature Walks, Star Gazing   Details Provided By: Mojave National Preserve

Golden Gate National Recreation Area - San Francisco

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is one of the largest urban national parks in the world. Established in 1972, as part of a trend to make national park resources more accessible to urban populations and bring parks to the people, GGNRAs 75,398 acres of land and water extend north of the Golden Gate Bridge to Tomales Bay in Marin County and south to San Mateo County, encompassing 59 miles of bay and ocean shoreline. These lands represent one of the nations largest coastal preserves and attract 16 million visitors each year, making GGNRA one of the National Park Service most highly visited units.

Phone: (415) 561-4700   Price Range: N/A   Open Season: N/A   Camping: Yes
Nearest Popular City: San Francisco   Nearest Lake or River: N/A   Park Type: National Park   Activities: Biking / Bicycling, Birding, Boating and Watercraft, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Swimming, Wildlife Watching, Auto Touring, Nature Walks, Interpretive Programs, Star Gazing   Details Provided By: Golden Gate National Recreation Area

John Muir National Historic Site - Martinez

The Site preserves the 14 room mansion where the naturalist John Muir lived from 1890 to his death in 1914. While living in Martinez, Muir accomplished many things: he battled to prevent Yosemite National Park's Hetch Hetchy Valley from being dammed, served as the first president and one of the founders of the Sierra Club, played a prominent role in the creation of several national parks, and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and several books expounding on the virtues of conservation and the natural world. Muir's work laid the foundations for the creation of the National Park Service in 1916. The Muir house and historic Martinez adobe became part of the National Park Service in 1964. In 1992, Mt. Wanda was added to the Site. The 325 acre tract of oak woodland and grassland was historically owned by the Muir family.

Phone: (925)228-8860   Price Range: $0 - $3   Open Season: N/A   Camping: No
Nearest Popular City: Martinez   Nearest Lake or River: N/A   Park Type: National Historic Site   Activities: Birding, Hiking, Wildlife Watching, Nature Walks, Star Gazing   Details Provided By: John Muir National Historic Site

Kings Canyon National Park - Three Rivers

Phone: 1-559-565-3341   Price Range: $0 - $5   Open Season: N/A   Camping: Yes
Nearest Popular City: Three Rivers   Nearest Lake or River: N/A   Park Type: National Park   Activities: Backpacking, Birding, Cross Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Rock Climbing, Wildlife Watching, Auto Touring, Nature Walks, Interpretive Programs, Snowshoeing, Star Gazing, Tours   Details Provided By: Kings Canyon National Park

Devils Postpile - Mammoth Lakes

The Devils Postpile formation is a rare sight in the geologic world and ranks as one of the world's finest examples of columnar basalt. Its columns tower 60-feet high and display an unusual symmetry. Another wonder is in store just downstream from the Postpile at Rainbow Falls, once called “a gem unique and worthy of its name. When the sun is overhead, a bright rainbow highlights the spectacular Falls.

Phone: 760-934-2289   Price Range: $4 - $7   Open Season: N/A   Camping: Yes
Nearest Popular City: Mammoth Lakes   Nearest Lake or River: N/A   Park Type: National Monument   Activities: Backpacking, Birding, Cross Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Wildlife Watching, Nature Walks, Interpretive Programs, Snowshoeing, Star Gazing   Details Provided By: Devils Postpile

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area - Whiskeytown

Lake based recreational opportunities are Whiskeytowns primary focus during the hot and dry summer months. Whiskeytown Lake provides 36 miles of shoreline and 3,200 surface acres of water, and is excellent for most water-related activities including swimming, boating, water skiing, fishing and scuba diving. Personal Watercraft are prohibited on Whiskeytown lake, but are still allowed on Shasta and Trinity Lakes. Whiskeytown Lake has become a popular area for kayaking, long distance swimming and rowing. Ranger guided programs are offered during the summer months and include free kayak tours! Year round activities include picnicking, hiking, mountain bike riding, horseback riding, trail running, photography, bird watching and wildlife viewing on and near the lake, as well as in the mountainous back country. California 1849 Gold Rush history and remains are also found at Whiskeytown.

Phone: 530 242-3400   Price Range: $0 - $5   Open Season: N/A   Camping: Yes
Nearest Popular City: Whiskeytown   Nearest Lake or River: N/A   Park Type: National Park   Activities: Backpacking, Biking / Bicycling, Birding, Boating and Watercraft, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Hunting and Shooting, Kayaking, Swimming, Wildlife Watching, Auto Touring, Nature Walks, Interpretive Programs, Star Gazing   Details Provided By: Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Lava Beds National Monument - Tulelake

Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano created an incredibly rugged landscape punctuated by cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones, lava tube caves and pit craters. These lava tube caves, of which there are more than 500 in the Monument, are a favorite underground destination for visitors to explore.

Phone: 530-667-8104   Price Range: $5 - $10   Open Season: N/A   Camping: Yes
Nearest Popular City: Tulelake   Nearest Lake or River: N/A   Park Type: National Monument   Activities: Backpacking, Biking / Bicycling, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Wildlife Watching, Auto Touring, Snowshoeing, Star Gazing   Details Provided By: Lava Beds National Monument

Manzanar National Historic Site - Independence

Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps at which Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. Located at the foot of the imposing Sierra Nevada in eastern California's Owens Valley, Manzanar has been identified as the best preserved of these camps.

Phone: (760) 878-2932   Price Range: N/A   Open Season: N/A   Camping: No
Nearest Popular City: Independence   Nearest Lake or River: N/A   Park Type: National Historic Site   Activities: Birding, Auto Touring, Nature Walks, Interpretive Programs, Star Gazing   Details Provided By: Manzanar National Historic Site

Yosemite National Park - Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park embraces a spectacular tract of mountain-and-valley scenery in the Sierra Nevada, which was set aside as a national park in 1890. The park harbors a grand collection of waterfalls, meadows, and forests that include groves of giant sequoias, the world's largest living things. Highlights of the park include Yosemite Valley, and its high cliffs and waterfalls; Wawona's history center and historic hotel; the Mariposa Grove, which contains hundreds of ancient giant sequoias; Glacier Point's (summer-fall) spectacular view of Yosemite Valley and the high country; Tuolumne Meadows (summer-fall), a large subalpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks; and Hetch Hetchy, a reservoir in a valley considered a twin of Yosemite Valley.

Phone: 209-372-0200   Price Range: $0 - $10   Open Season: N/A   Camping: No
Nearest Popular City: Yosemite National Park   Nearest Lake or River: N/A   Park Type: National Park   Activities: Backpacking, Biking / Bicycling, Birding, Boating and Watercraft, Cross Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Swimming, Wildlife Watching, Auto Touring, Nature Walks, Interpretive Programs, Snowshoeing, Star Gazing   Details Provided By: Yosemite National Park

There are 15 parks and recreation areas in this area with Star Gazing.
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