Things to Do: California

Ansel Adams Wilderness Mountains from June Lake
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California’s spectacular wild lands offer year round wilderness outdoor activities across the state - from the forest to the coast to the desert.

From the quiet joy of watching wildlife in the desert to the rush of skiing powder in the forest, you can find an activity anywhere in the state all year round.

California’s Year Round Outdoor Activities

With its vast, diverse geography and often gentle climate, California offers world-class outdoor activities year-round. Choose from:

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Hiking and backpacking
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Climbing
  • Camping
  • Skiing and snowshoeing
  • Rafting
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Sightseeing and photography

See also:

Top activities

Experience the California Desert

Helpful links

  • Visit California Outdoor Recreation:

  • Sierra Nevada GeoTourism Map Guide:

  • California Deserts:

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