Best Winter Campgrounds – California

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Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and other winter sports combined with a temperate winter keep California’s [TAG]state parks[/TAG] system busy through winter. The three parks that were iselected here offer unique opportunities in addition to the common winter sports found in other parks.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park , San Diego

Winter Attraction: Desert wildflowers – they start blooming in late February or early March. For a special wildflower recorded message, call (760) 767-4684. Or mail a self-addressed stamped postcard in an envelope to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, 200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004. The kind Anza-Borrego folks will mail the card back at just the right time.

Ano Nuevo State Reserve, San Mateo

Winter Attraction: This is the site of the world’s largest mainland breeding colony for the northern elephant seal. Every winter, visitors come to observe the males battle for mates on the beaches, the females giving birth to their pups on the dunes. If you visit during the breeding season (December through March), you can only access the park via guided tours.

Prairie Creek Redwood State Park, Orick

Winter attraction: The World’s tallest trees, the Redwoods, are just as majestic in winter. But during the winter, campers get the opportunity to view native Rooevelt elk. Watch for native Roosevelt elk in the prairie along the N.B. Drury Scenic Parkway and on spectacular Gold Bluffs Beach. Gray whale, rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, mink, otter, fox coyote, mountain lion, bobcat, and bear might also be spotted. Come back in the summer to meet the infamous banana slug, an important and welcome resident of the forest.

Time for a little State Park Trivia: "Ghost Lghts" at California's Anza-Borrego State Park

An exploration of the most famous of the mysterious "ghost lights" that inhabit California's Anza-Borrego State Park desert. From the Goat Canyon Trestle to the strange Mud Caves, Anza-Borrego is practically teeming with these bizarre phenomena. What do they mean, and what are they?

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