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  • California State Parks from the State of California website
  • Online reservations for the California Department of Parks and Recreation that manages more than 270 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California.
  • California National Forests from the USDA Forest Service website
  • California Department of Fish & Game from the State of California website
    Outdoor California, official magazine of the California Department of Fish and Game
  • Bureau of Land Management for California recreational opportunities on State Lands
  • National Wildlife Refuges in California
  • California State Parks Foundation is dedicated to preserving every leaf, blade of grass, and grain of sand from the shores of Año Nuevo to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada.
  • California Travel & Tourism Travel information from the State of California website
  • California State Visiting Guide from the State of California website
  • CalTrans, California road conditions
  • YosemiteConservancy.org - Yosemite Association
  • YosemitePark.Net (Half-Dome Cam)
  • Yosemite.com Yosemite Area Traveler Information
  • Map of National Parks in California from ParkNet
  • USDA Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and manages public lands in national forests and grasslands, which encompass 193 million acres.
  • National Park Foundation strengthening the enduring connection between the American people and their national parks
  • Ducks Unlimited, world leader in wetland and waterfowl conservation
  • Recreation.gov - Recreational opportinities on Federal Lands; online reservations
  • USGS.gov, national mapping information from the U.S. Geological Survey web site
  • USA.gov, the first-ever government website to provide the public with easy, one-stop access to all online U.S. Federal Government resources
  • National Recreation Reservation Service for Federal Recreational Areas/Facilities
  • ReserveAmerica.com - Campsite reservations in North America (owned and operated by Ticketmaster)
  • National Geographic’s Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide, divided into four areas: Northern Sierra Cascade, Southern Sierra, Tahoe Emigrant Corridor, and Yosemite Gateway.
  • Thousand Trails, campground search for California (and other states)
  • American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who, for nearly 100 years, have joined together to share knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs
  • Kampgrounds of America is a franchise chain of about 450 campgrounds throughout North America. Most campgrounds are located in wooded and other natural areas and offer full-hookup pull through RV sites, convenient tent sites, kamping kabins, kamping lodges and kamping kottages, hot showers and clean bathrooms, laundry facilities, campground stores, pet friendly camping environment, and friendly staff.
  • Discover the Outdoors, dto.com is dedicated to providing valuable information designed to promote and encourage outdoor involvement such as hunting, fishing, wildlife watching and many others
  • DiscovertheForest.org, inspiring tweens (aged 8-12) and their parents to re-connect with nature
  • Sports Recreation weather forecast, Fishing, Hunting, Ski, Camping, Golf, at weather.com
  • Hilltromper, Santa Cruz, the nature-worshiping, fun-loving adventurer’s guide
  • Weekend Sherpa is a free weekly e-mail newsletter giving you insider’s recomendations on the best outdoor pursuits exclusive to Northern California. Check out their list of great local hikes
  • Total Escape is an all inclusive California web site offering outdoor activities, destination, small town listings, tons of photographs & articles.
  • CampingTips.org Your source for good camping tips, camping tent reviews, camping supply reviews and a whole lot more. Be prepared & have fun!
  • Wilderness Volunteers organizes service trips in cooperation with public land agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, National Forest Service and the US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • VirtualParks.org, Visit some of the world’s great wilderness scenes with panoramic photography by eric goetze. Each panorama captures a full 360 degrees of scenery and is built from 10-18 individual images. Locations range from parks in California, Oregon, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Canada to the Swiss, French, and Italian Alps.
  • The Swimming Holes of California features 105 natural plunges all over the Golden State and the hikes to them. The author describes only pristine favorites with no man-made structures within sight. Many of the maps are free, others require membership.
  • American Hiking Society, national organization dedicated to serving hikers and protecting the nation’s hiking trails
  • Trails.com Trails Finder, features 20,000 hiking, biking, paddling & skiing trails across US & Canada.
  • North Country Trail, a premier footpath that one day will stretch more than 4,000 miles to link communities and wilderness areas across seven northern states (currently 1,600 miles from Montana to New York
  • Apalachian Trail Conference, responsible since 1925 for coordinating the volunteer-based development, protection, and management of the Appalachian Trail — 2,167 miles from Maine to Georgia
  • Continental Divide Trail Coalition, a group of dedicated outdoor enthusiasts, committed to seeing the Continental Divide Trail (3,100 miles from Canada to Mexico thru Montana to New Mexico) through to its full completion, to its last charted mile, and to the continued care of this great natural wonder for future generations
  • American Discovery Trail stretches across more than 6,800 miles and 15 states, from Point Reyes National Seashore California to Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware. The only coast-to-coast, non-motorized recreational trail, allowing people to bike, hike or ride horses across the country.
  • Pacific Crest Trail Association, to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, spanning 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through three western states
  • John Muir Trail, is 211 miles long and runs from Yosemite Valley to Mt Whitney
  • Tahoe Rim Trail Association, dedicated to building promoting and maintaining a rim trail system providing access to the beauty of the Lake Tahoe Region
  • California Coastal Trail Expedition is the result of creative vision and ongoing effort to build a network of publicly accessible trails for walkers, bikers, equestrians, wheelchair riders and other users along California’s coastline.
  • San Francisco Bay Trail, The Bay Trail is a planned recreational corridor that, when complete, will encircle San Francisco and San Pablo Bays with a continuous 400-mile network of bicycling and hiking trails. It will connect the shoreline of all nine Bay Area counties, link 47 cities, and cross the major toll bridges in the region.
  • Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Association, an outdoor trail activity organization that conducts hikes and builds and maintains trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
  • TrailMonkey Virtual Trail Guide for California
  • Santa Cruz State Parks offer something for everyone: from redwoods to tidepools, Ohlone culture to Rancho history.
  • Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1976 to support the interpretive programs of coastal state parks in Santa Cruz County.
  • Santa Cruz County Parks
  • Peninsula & South Bay Hikes from Bay Area Hiker, exploring the diverse and wonderful spectrum of hiking in the San Francisco bay area
  • Mountain Parks Foundation assists California State Parks in funding educational and interpretive activities that enrich the experience of visitors to Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks.
  • Trailworkers.org preserving and enhancing public trails in Santa Cruz County.
  • The Wildlands Restoration Team is a volunteer based organization dedicated to preserving the rich biological diversity of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
  • Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is a regional shoreline trail running eventually from Elkhorn Slough Estuarian Research Reserve through Castroville, past the Salinas River Wildlife Refuge and through Fort Ord State Beach to Point Lobos State Reserve mantained by the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District.
  • Monterey County Parks dedicated to providing quality recreational facilities for everyone that visits our parks
  • Monterey County, California?s greatest meeting of land and sea offering world-renowned Monterey attractions along with sports and recreational events.
  • Pt. Sur State Historic Park Pt. Sur and its supporting lightstation buildings, stand atop a dramatic volcanic rock just off-shore in Big Sur, California. Pt. Sur can be visited by guided walking tours year round.
  • Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District A regional greenbelt system in the Santa Cruz mountains between San Francisco and San Jose.
  • Redwood Hikes in California, a guide to old-growth coast redwood trails
  • Bay Area Hiker was created to fully explore the diverse and wonderful spectrum of hiking in the San Francisco bay area.
  • Bay Area Backcountry A growing repository information about some nice places to camp and hike around the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • SFGate-Outdoors Articles on current outdoor activities in Northern California
  • Bay Nature An exploration of nature in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Tom Stienstra on outdoor activities in Northern California
  • Santa Clara County Parks consists of 45,000 acres of regional parklands, trails, and open spaces in 28 parks located throughout Santa Clara County. You can also make online reservations at GoOutsideandPlay.org
  • Trail Center and its volunteers give back to the land much needed care and maintenance of trails.
  • De LaVeaga Disc Golf course in Santa Cruz is one of the most highly rated disc golf courses in the world. It is famous for its inspiring natural setting, as well as for its uncompromising challenge.

Summer Fun

  • Mariah Wilderness Expeditions provides whitewater rafting trips in California and Costa Rica. Specialty trips for Families, Women, Wine Tasters, and Music Lovers. Professionals since 1982.
  • WhitewaterExcitement.com has been river rafting California through our American or Merced River white water rafting adventures since 1978.
  • AmericanWhitewater.com American (River) Whitewater Expeditions
  • CacheCanyon.com Cache Canyon Whitewater River Trips
  • Whitewater-Adv.com Whitewater Adventures on Upper Cache Creek
  • Rogue Klamath River Adventures offers guided whitewater rafting and fishing tours throughout Southern Oregon and Northern California.
  • Echo River Trips has 35 years experience of running whitewater river trips in California, Oregon and Idaho
  • OARS.com Outdoor Adventure River Specialists, Their California section offers trips on the American River, Klamath River, Merced River, Cherry Creek (Upper Tuolumne), Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Cal Salmon in Trinity Alps, and the Kern River
  • All-Outdoors Whitewater Rafting All Outdoors offer half-day, one, two and three day rafting adventures on twelve Premier California Rivers; from the Upper Klamath near the Oregon border to the Kaweah River near Fresno.
  • White Water Voyages offers white water rafting trips on 18 rivers from Bakersfield to the Oregon Border. They also offer Summer Camps, Guide schools, Kayak schools, and Corporate Teambuilding Workshops.
  • Trinity River Rafting located Hwy 299W., Big Flat, CA 96010 on the Trinity River. We offer Whitewater Rafting trips on the Trinity River, Burnt Ranch Gorge, Klamath, Upper Sacramento, Cal Salmon and South Fork Trinity, and have an Inflatable Kayak School. 1-800-30-RIVER
  • Yosemite Trails Pack Station, Inc. offers horseback riding into the south entrance of Yosemite

Winter Fun

Northern California
Southern California

Other Fun

  • T.A.G. Paintball The oldest, since 1985, and still the BEST in Northern California, or your money back guaranteed! 10+ Fields of Tournament.
  • Sequoia Airsoft is the Bay Area’s premier outdoor airsoft field. Sequoia boasts a huge, fully shaded outdoor field in the redwoods with bunkers and other obstacles. We use various props for multiple missions throughout the day.
  • Adventure Sports Unlimited is an aquatics fun center, in Santa Cruz, that has been teaching people to play in the water, through the sports of skin & SCUBA diving, kayaking, and swimming for over 27 years.
  • Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, California, is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering opportunities to learn outdoor skills in a safe, encouraging and supportive environment. Instruction is given in a one, two or three-day workshop with valuable hands-on experiences.
  • Salmon Protection and Watershed Network SPAWN’s watershed naturalists lead public tours to observe the spawning salmon in their colorful mating rituals, mid-November through mid-January.
  • Take Me Fishing, for information on fishing, boating and caring for the water.
  • The High Sierra Fishing Report, conceived in 1997 as a source of fishing information on the Eastern Sierra’s, focusing mainly on the northern Mono County area, reporting on lakes, rivers and streams from Bridgeport north.
  • NorCalFishReports.com, Northern California's best source for regional sportfishing information, including the latest fishing conditions, charter boat information.
  • Search the Outdoors is a directory of outdoor related websites providing people with outdoor interests a portal to outdoor related websites.
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