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Desert State Park
Located two hours east of San Diego, this is the largest park in the State Parks system, with 600,000 acres. The home of the endangered Peninsular bighorn sheep, the park has several campgrounds and 500 miles of unpaved roads for desert explorers. Go to website.
Cuyamaca Rancho
State Park
An hour away from San Diego and just south of the town of Julian, Cuyamaca includes family campgrounds as well as group and equestrian camps. The park is a treasure trove of historic and prehistoric sites, some of which may be reached via hiking trails in the cool elevations of the Peninsular Range. Go to website.
Palomar Mountain
State Park
A little over an hour from San Diego, this quiet park is a haven for hikers and family campers. In the midst of a thick coniferous forest, it features a small campground and group camp, historic apple orchards and a trout pond. Go to website.
Picacho State
Recreation Area
Located in the southeastern corner of California, 25 miles north of Yuma, Arizona, this park on the Colorado River features spectacular volcanic landscapes, boat-in camps and a small campground. Go to website.
Salton Sea State
Recreation Area
This park, located near the town of North Shore on the east side of the Salton Sea, is the lowest of all State Parks at 220 feet below sea level. Including several developed and primitive campgrounds, this is a popular spot for fishing and other water sports. Go to website.