Experience California

With 25 National Park units, 18 national forests and more than 15 million acres of Bureau of Land Management lands, California is a dream come true for outdoor recreationists.

Whether you want to see favorite tourist places like Yosemite or get off the beaten track and explore the mysteries of the desert, you will never run out of recreation options in California.

Things to do

California offers every outdoor activity you can dream up, from bird watching to rock climbing. Organize your trip by matching your activity to the best wild lands. 

Where to go

California is big, so you may want to limit your trip to just one region. Then match your favorite outdoor activities to the best locations.

When to go

California’s terrain and weather is diverse, so you'll want to plan accordingly. For example, Death Valley hiking is great in December but unthinkable in August.

  • Testimony delivered by The Wilderness Society's Chase Huntley to the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

  • A letter to Members of the House of Representatives urging them to oppose HR 4899, a bill that would undermine important wildland protections and force drilling in pristine areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

  • Every year, a coalition of conservation and environmental groups produce a report to help Congress as it debates the federal budget for the year. This report, has typically been to referred to as the "Green Budget." This year, it is titled "Green Investments," and it illustrates the importance of reinvesting in conservation and natural resources programs for Fiscal Year 2015 by looking at some of the effects of recent budget cuts.