State Parks in the Desert
California State Parks in the Desert include plant and wildlife reserves, recreation areas, ghost towns and off-highway vehicle parks. Below you'll find a list of popular CA State Parks and ones we personally recommend from Red Rock Canyon north of Mojave to Anza-Borrego east of San Diego. Camping in California is a popular activity with most campgrounds offering conveniences like flush toilets, running water and firewood.
An entry fee is required at almost all California State Parks. It may be beneficial to purchase a yearly California State Park Pass if planning to make multiple visits to CA State Parks. Several discounts are available including passes for Day Use, Veterans, Handicapped, Surfing, Seniors and more.