California State Parks Closure List — Are Your Favorites Here?

by John Soares on May 30, 2009

Governor Schwarzenegger proposes closing 220 state parks, a misguided attempt to help close the budget deficit given that it will save only $213 million through the end of 2010.

Closing these parks would be a major blow for California hikers: Many of us spend a lot of time on these trails and they are very important to us.

I recently wrote that the California State Parks Foundation wants your help to help keep the parks open. I strongly encourage you to help them out and also contact the governor and your representatives in the state assembly and state senate and strongly voice your opinion about the closures of state parks.

Here’s the entire list of 220 California State Parks slated for closure, alphabetical by district name, from the California State Parks website.

DistrictName UnitName
Angeles District Leo Carrillo SP
Angeles District Los Angeles SHP
Angeles District Los Encinos SHP
Angeles District Malibu Creek SP
Angeles District Malibu Lagoon SB
Angeles District Pio Pico SHP
Angeles District Point Mugu SP
Angeles District Rio de Los Angeles SP
Angeles District Robert H. Meyer Memorial SB
Angeles District Santa Susana Pass SHP
Angeles District Topanga SP
Angeles District Verdugo Mountains
Angeles District Will Rogers SHP

Capital District California State Capitol Museum
Capital District Governor’s Mansion SHP
Capital District Leland Stanford Mansion SHP
Capital District Railtown 1897 SHP
Capital District State Indian Museum SHP
Capital District Sutter’s Fort SHP

Central Valley District Bethany Reservoir SRA
Central Valley District Calaveras Big Trees SP
Central Valley District California Mining & Mineral Museum
Central Valley District Caswell Memorial SP
Central Valley District Columbia SHP
Central Valley District George J. Hatfield SRA
Central Valley District Great Valley Grasslands SP
Central Valley District Indian Grinding Rock SHP
Central Valley District McConnell SRA

Channel Coast District Carpinteria SB
Channel Coast District Chumash Painted Cave SHP
Channel Coast District El Capitan SB
Channel Coast District Emma Wood SB
Channel Coast District Gaviota SP
Channel Coast District La Purisima Mission SHP
Channel Coast District McGrath SB
Channel Coast District Point Sal SB
Channel Coast District Refugio SB
Channel Coast District San Buenaventura SB

Colorado Desert District Anza-Borrego Desert SP
Colorado Desert District Cuyamaca Rancho SP
Colorado Desert District Indio Hills Palms
Colorado Desert District Palomar Mountain SP
Colorado Desert District Picacho SRA
Colorado Desert District Salton Sea SRA

Diablo Vista District Annadel SP
Diablo Vista District Bale Grist Mill SHP
Diablo Vista District Benicia Capitol SHP
Diablo Vista District Benicia SRA
Diablo Vista District Bothe-Napa Valley SP
Diablo Vista District Candlestick Point SRA
Diablo Vista District East Shore SP State Shoreline
Diablo Vista District Jack London SHP
Diablo Vista District John Marsh Home SHP
Diablo Vista District Mount Diablo SP
Diablo Vista District Petaluma Adobe SHP
Diablo Vista District Robert Louis Stevenson SP
Diablo Vista District Sonoma SHP
Diablo Vista District Sugarloaf Ridge SP

Gold Fields District Brannan Island SRA
Gold Fields District Delta Meadows
Gold Fields District Folsom Powerhouse SHP
Gold Fields District Franks Tract SRA
Gold Fields District Marshall Gold Discovery SHP
Gold Fields District Stone Lake

Inland Empire District California Citrus SHP
Inland Empire District Chino Hills SP
Inland Empire District Mount San Jacinto SP
Inland Empire District San Timoteo Canyon
Inland Empire District Wildwood Canyon

Marin District Angel Island SP
Marin District China Camp SP
Marin District Mount Tamalpais SP
Marin District Olompali SHP
Marin District Samuel P. Taylor SP
Marin District Tomales Bay SP

Mendocino District Caspar Headlands SB
Mendocino District Caspar Headlands SNR
Mendocino District Greenwood SB
Mendocino District Hendy Woods SP
Mendocino District Jug Handle SNR
Mendocino District MacKerricher SP
Mendocino District Mailliard Redwoods SNR
Mendocino District Manchester SP
Mendocino District Mendocino Headlands SP
Mendocino District Montgomery Woods SNR
Mendocino District Navarro River Redwoods SP
Mendocino District Point Cabrillo Light Station
Mendocino District Russian Gulch SP
Mendocino District Schooner Gulch SB
Mendocino District Van Damme SP
Mendocino District Westport-Union Landing SB

Monterey District Andrew Molera SP
Monterey District Carmel River SB
Monterey District Fort Ord Dunes SP
Monterey District Fremont Peak SP
Monterey District Garrapata SP
Monterey District Hatton Canyon
Monterey District Henry W. Coe SP
Monterey District John Little SNR
Monterey District Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
Monterey District Marina SB
Monterey District Monterey SB
Monterey District Monterey SHP
Monterey District Moss Landing SB
Monterey District Pfeiffer Big Sur SP
Monterey District Point Lobos Ranch
Monterey District Point Lobos SNR
Monterey District Point Sur SHP
Monterey District Salinas River SB
Monterey District San Juan Bautista SHP
Monterey District Zmudowski SB

North Coast Redwoods District Admiral William Standley SRA
North Coast Redwoods District Azalea SNR
North Coast Redwoods District Benbow Lake SRA
North Coast Redwoods District Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP
North Coast Redwoods District Fort Humboldt SHP
North Coast Redwoods District Grizzly Creek Redwoods SP
North Coast Redwoods District Harry A. Merlo SRA
North Coast Redwoods District Humboldt Lagoons SP
North Coast Redwoods District Humboldt Redwoods SP
North Coast Redwoods District Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP
North Coast Redwoods District John B. Dewitt Redwoods SNR
North Coast Redwoods District Little River SB
North Coast Redwoods District Patrick’s Point SP
North Coast Redwoods District Pelican SB
North Coast Redwoods District Prairie Creek Redwoods SP
North Coast Redwoods District Reynolds WC
North Coast Redwoods District Richardson Grove SP
North Coast Redwoods District Sinkyone Wilderness SP
North Coast Redwoods District Smithe Redwoods SNR
North Coast Redwoods District Standish-Hickey SRA
North Coast Redwoods District Tolowa Dunes SP
North Coast Redwoods District Trinidad SB

Northern Buttes District Ahjumawi Lava Springs SP
Northern Buttes District Anderson Marsh SHP
Northern Buttes District Bidwell Mansion SHP
Northern Buttes District Bidwell-Sacramento River SP
Northern Buttes District Castle Crags SP
Northern Buttes District Colusa-Sacramento River SRA
Northern Buttes District McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial SP
Northern Buttes District Shasta SHP
Northern Buttes District Weaverville Joss House SHP
Northern Buttes District William B. Ide Adobe SHP
Northern Buttes District Woodson Bridge SRA
Oceano Dunes District Pismo SB

Russian River District Armstrong Redwoods SNR
Russian River District Austin Creek SRA
Russian River District Fort Ross SHP
Russian River District Kruse Rhododendron SNR
Russian River District Salt Point SP
Russian River District Sonoma Coast SP

San Diego Coast District Border Field SP
San Diego Coast District Carlsbad SB
San Diego Coast District San Pasqual Battlefield SHP
San Diego Coast District Silver Strand SB
San Diego Coast District Torrey Pines SB
San Diego Coast District Torrey Pines SNR

San Luis Obispo Coast District Estero Bluffs SP
San Luis Obispo Coast District Hearst San Simeon SP
San Luis Obispo Coast District Limekiln SP
San Luis Obispo Coast District Los Osos Oaks SNR
San Luis Obispo Coast District Montaña de Oro SP
San Luis Obispo Coast District Morro Bay SP
San Luis Obispo Coast District Morro Strand SB
San Luis Obispo Coast District William Randolph Hearst Memorial SB

Santa Cruz District Año Nuevo SNR
Santa Cruz District Año Nuevo SP
Santa Cruz District Bean Hollow SB
Santa Cruz District Big Basin Redwoods SP
Santa Cruz District Burleigh H. Murray Ranch
Santa Cruz District Butano SP
Santa Cruz District Castle Rock SP
Santa Cruz District Castro Adobe (Rancho San Andres)
Santa Cruz District Gray Whale Cove SB
Santa Cruz District Half Moon Bay SB
Santa Cruz District Henry Cowell Redwoods SP
Santa Cruz District Lighthouse Field SB
Santa Cruz District Manresa SB
Santa Cruz District Montara SB
Santa Cruz District Natural Bridges SB
Santa Cruz District New Brighton SB
Santa Cruz District Pescadero SB
Santa Cruz District Point Montara Light Station
Santa Cruz District Pomponio SB
Santa Cruz District Portola Redwoods SP
Santa Cruz District San Gregorio SB
Santa Cruz District Santa Cruz Mission SHP
Santa Cruz District Seacliff SB
Santa Cruz District Sunset SB
Santa Cruz District The Forest of Nisene Marks SP
Santa Cruz District Thornton SB
Santa Cruz District Twin Lakes SB
Santa Cruz District Wilder Ranch SP

Sierra District Bodie SHP
Sierra District Burton Creek SP
Sierra District D. L. Bliss SP
Sierra District Donner Memorial SP
Sierra District Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point SP
Sierra District Emerald Bay SP
Sierra District Empire Mine SHP
Sierra District Grover Hot Springs SP
Sierra District Kings Beach SRA
Sierra District Lake Valley SRA
Sierra District Malakoff Diggins SHP
Sierra District Mono Lake Tufa SNR
Sierra District Plumas-Eureka SP
Sierra District South Yuba River SP
Sierra District Tahoe SRA
Sierra District Ward Creek
Sierra District Washoe Meadows SP

Tehachapi District Antelope Valley CA Poppy Reserve (SNR)
Tehachapi District Antelope Valley Indian Museum
Tehachapi District Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland SP
Tehachapi District Colonel Allensworth SHP
Tehachapi District Fort Tejon SHP
Tehachapi District Providence Mountains SRA
Tehachapi District Red Rock Canyon SP
Tehachapi District Saddleback Butte SP
Tehachapi District Tomo-Kahni SHP
Tehachapi District Tule Elk SNR

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Loes Hiking June 8, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Its time for the governor to get out of his hummer….and take a hike.


Karen Shepard June 16, 2009 at 1:01 am

This is unbelieveable. What is wrong with our governor? I do not understand why the state department thinks that closing these parks is going to help California’s budget problems. Well, guess what? Closing these parks is going to hurt us. For example: Closing the Burney Falls State Park is going to stop tourism which will devestate the small town of Burney. Tourism is the main source of money next to the two small lumber mills. Also, Shasta Lake and Lake Britton (Burney Falls) will be closed to not only to visitors but to the locals as well. All of these parks should always be available to the public for so many reasons. Closing these parks because the state has over-spent and mishandled the states tax money is not our fault. This problem is the governor’s and he should have figured a better way to correct Their/His problem. Now the people of California is really going to hurt. So much is being taken away from all of us, jobs, homes, now our places for peace and serenity. I truly believe the people in California and throughout the US needs to step up and stop all of the b.s. our government has caused, causing and will cause.


Karen Shepard June 16, 2009 at 1:08 am

I was trying to keep my reaction clean. But I so shocked at the thought of all of these parks being closed. Believe me, we really need to voice our opinions about this crap and put a stop to all of this nonsense. I don’t mean just via the web either. We really need to speak real loud. Get the media involved more. I just feel that we really need to do something. I am going to speak very loudly about this.


John Soares June 16, 2009 at 7:02 am

Karen, I certainly understand your feelings. Burney Falls is definitely one of my favorite state parks and I’ve been there many times.

You can take action through the California State Parks Foundation. Visit:


Justine July 25, 2009 at 12:52 pm

If we are trying to close a gap of 26 billion, the ~150 million we save by closing these parks is definitely not worth it. They talk about putting up gates as well as maintaining and patrolling these parks to keep people out — how much is that going to cost? A lot of these parks are self-maintaining as well as popular — why close so many, especially the ones that make more money than the overhead is to keep them open? Sounds like a load of BS to me, and that the deficit is a front.


Tom Vullo September 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Closing the state parks will be devasting to those who enjoy them and those in the local communities who derive income from them and pay taxes!. The proposed savings by closing the parks does not consider the econimic disaster that will result in the local communities, the loss of tax revenue, and the increased costs of unemployment and other government paid services.


casimir pulaski May 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

don’t blame the governor he is the puppet for the big corporation if you don’t know by now it dose not matter who is in office it will turn out the same there is nothing wrong with the system except greedy corporation that run them. people do not put governor in office corporation do they are making slaves out of us with our owen tax money thats why they can charge what they want hell motel six is now cheaper than state parks to stay at it,s time that the people start govern the state parks dmv and using alt fuel but they won’t let us.


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