Get Outside: Explore the Wonders of CA State Parks

Start the New Year by exploring California State Parks, opens a new window with a pass from your San Mateo County Libraries community library for free. The pass, tucked inside our Explore Our Parks Pack, covers day-use parking fees so you can visit multiple sites over the three-week checkout period. Choose destinations in San Mateo County or farther away in California. 

Close to home, you can hike under giant coastal redwoods at Butano, opens a new window or Big Basin, opens a new window. If you prefer the beach, see the elephant seals at Año Nuevo, opens a new window (if you want to visit these fascinating mammals before April 1, don’t forget to also reserve your spot on the park’s required guided tour, opens a new window!). At low tide, discover sea slugs, anemones, crabs and more mysterious sea life when tide pooling at one of the state beaches like Pescadero, opens a new window or Bean Hollow, opens a new window

The possibilities to discover California’s natural beauty are endless and free with a State Parks Pass from your community library. We have San Mateo County Parks, opens a new window passes to borrow too, inside our County Parks Pack!

Do you have a favorite state park? Let us know in the comments!