Yosemite was California’s first state park before it became a national park. If you love Yosemite, you will love our state parks too. Stop to explore these six state parks that are nearby.
Did you know that California has 280 state parks? From deserts, beaches and mountains to redwoods, you can see the best of California in these parks. There’s even a hot springs inside Grover Hot Springs State Park on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada. Read more below about these hot springs and other fantastic things you can do in these six state parks.
Grover Hot Springs State Park
North of Yosemite
Soak in the natural hot spring pools in Grover Hot Springs State Park on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada in Markleeville, Calif. These hot springs have an unusual greenish-yellow color to them caused by the mineral deposits at the bottom of the pool and the oxidation reaction between them and the park’s sanitizing agent, Bromine.
Admission fees for the hot springs increased in May 2016. The hot springs entry fee for adults is $10 and for infants to 16-year-olds, it is $5. The pools are generally open every day from Memorial Day through Labor Day. But off-season, the pools hours and days of operation are dependent on state funding for the year. Call ahead to make sure the pools are open at 530-694-2249.
To get to these hot springs and the state park, head four miles west of Markleeville Calif., and you will arrive at the park at the end of Hot Springs Road. (www.visitgroverhotsprings.org)
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Northwest of Yosemite
Marvel at the giant sequoias.
Northeast of Stockton California, four miles northeast of Arnold on Highway 4.
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
West of Yosemite
From the Gold Rush to Hollywood, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown, Calif., gives you a fascinating glimpse into steam train history and the film industry. Read more about Railtown 1897 State Historic Park.
Columbia State Historic Park
West of Yosemite
If you ever wanted to find out what it was like to live during the Gold-Rush era, head to Columbia State Historic Park in Columbia. Experience what life was like in the Wild West during the Gold Rush. Read more about Columbia State Historic Park.
California State Mining and Mineral Museum
Southwest of Yosemite
Learn about the history of the Gold Rush.
Mariposa County Fairgrounds, 1.8 miles south of Mariposa California on historic Highway 49.
Bodie State Historic Park
East of Yosemite
Visit a genuine gold-mining ghost town 13 miles east of Highway 395 on Bodie Road, seven miles south of Bridgeport California. Read more about Bodie State Historic Park.