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.

  • 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. 

  • The Honorable Doc Hastings, Chairman
    U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources
    1324 Longworth House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
     
    The Honorable Peter DeFazio, Ranking Member
    U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources
    1324 Longworth House Building
    Washington, DC 20515
     
    Dear Chairman Hastings, Ranking Member DeFazio and Members of the Committee:
     
  • These comments were submitted by The Wilderness Society and our partners on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the TransWest Express Transmission Line. The proposed TransWest Express Transmission Project would deliver renewable energy produced in Wyoming to the Desert Southwest region, and would traverse Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada along its 725-mile route.