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March 16, 2011
Find out about historic and scenic sites as well as programs, fees and directions to California's national parks, monuments and recreation areas: Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason, B201, San Francisco, CA 94123; (415) 561-4900 or (415) 981-7625 (tickets), or . Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106; (619) 557-5450, fax (619) 226-6311, . California National Historic Trail, 324 S. State St., Suite 200, Box 30, Salt Lake City, UT 84111; (801)
March 10, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
The partial government shutdown in October was largely to blame for a 3% drop in visitors to America's national parks in 2013, according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service. The country's 401 parks, historic sites and recreation areas drew 273.6 million visitors in 2013, about 9 million fewer than the previous year, according to the report. The 16-day government shutdown, sparked by a budget dispute in Washington, was responsible for reducing the visitation numbers by about 7.9 million, the report said.
November 7, 1997
Skiing/Snowboarding 1. Mt. Waterman 2. Ski Sunrise 3. Snowcrest at Kratka Ridge 4. Mountain High 5. Mt. Baldy 6. Snow Valley 7. Snow Summit 8. Bear Mountain Cross-country Skiing 1. Yosemite National Park 2. Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Area 3. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks 4. Montecito-Sequoia Nordic Ski Resort 5. Mt. Pinos 6. Rim Noric 7. Mt. San Jacinto Hunting 1. Los Padres National Forest 2. Fort Hunter Liggett 3. Kern National Wildlife Refuge 4. Tejon Ranch 5.
February 21, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
This is a very pleasant urban oasis in the midst of what is, for many Angelenos, a freeway flyover zone in South El Monte. This section of Whittier Narrows Recreation Area features several lakes, abundant waterfowl, picnic tables, public restrooms and well-tended walking and jogging trails. INTERACTIVE MAP: Whittier Narrows Recreation Area 1. Start at Parking Lot D, off Santa Anita Avenue, and head north in the county park, following the paved path with the lake on your left.
February 12, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Two California congressional members introduced legislation Tuesday to explore the possibility of more than doubling the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area by adding the ranges above the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo valleys, as well as the Arroyo Seco. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep.
Some of the most popular recreational destinations in the Los Padres National Forest are being closed to campers to protect rare animal species. The unusual action signals a shift in the management strategy of the forest, which encompasses most of the Ventura County back country and is visited by 11 million people every year.
October 24, 1988 | GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writer
Republican Sen. Pete Wilson was greeted with hearty applause Sunday when he told about 3,000 people at Paramount Ranch that land acquisition must be a "top priority" for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area. But some in the crowd were not persuaded. One of them, environmentalist Steve Hartman, head of the Santa Monica Mountains chapter of the California Native Plant Society, asked the senator: "Why has the Reagan Administration cut off funds for the Santa Monica Mountains?"
Crystal Lake campers used to trudge into Armand Denis' country store with their big fish stories, their sudden urge for a marshmallow, their wonder at the moon glow through a forest of cedar and pine. Now, five days a week, Crystal Lake recreation area is a virtual ghost town, and Denis must bide his time until the people arrive on the weekend.
David Burrows parked his RV, hitched up a sunshade and propped himself at Emma Wood State Beach to soak up some of the first rays of a promising weekend. "I'm just taking the weekend off," he said Friday, peering above the pages of his paperback. "It's the first time this year." As the thermometer rises along Ventura County beaches, so, apparently, will the weekend population.
The planning took about 15 years, but the long-delayed restoration of the Hansen Dam Recreation Area is finally complete, ready to open Saturday with a big splash. Two lakes--one for fishing, the other for swimming--will be inaugurated at the daylong party that is free to the public and will feature music, food, crafts and visits by area politicians.
August 1, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Most public lands and resorts in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas are welcoming visitors after a wildfire last month that forced widespread evacuations and fouled the air on the Strip. The Carpenter 1 blaze consumed more than 43 square miles of forest. Officials described it as a “mosaic” fire, meaning it burned in patches, often in remote, rugged terrain seldom accessed by day-trippers. Most of the pine-laced hiking trails and picnic areas in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area  were unscathed and have reopened.
February 23, 2013
The stats Distance: 1.1 miles (for the loop around the lake) Duration: 40 minutes Difficulty: 1 (on a scale of 1 to 5) Details: No dogs allowed. Wheelchair accessible. Bus: Routes 164, 236 and Woodley Station on Metro Orange Line.
December 29, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
"There's no there there" is how Gertrude Stein famously summed up and put down Oakland, her old hometown. For the Music Center, which manages much of the prime cultural real estate in downtown Los Angeles, the problem has long been the opposite: There's too much "there" there. To the public, by and large, the glamorous hilltop place known as the Music Center overshadows the identically named but ill-defined organization that's been in charge of venue logistics since it opened as the city's performing arts hub 48 years ago. The glory at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre and REDCAT accrues mainly to the impresarios who put on the shows.
July 9, 2012 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Atop his chocolate mare JJ, Rene Herrera follows a dirt path from Gabrielino Equestrian Park on the eastern end of Hansen Dam Recreation Area to a nearby creek shaded by cottonwoods. Families with coolers and bags of food have beaten Herrera and two other horse riders there, seeking refuge in the wooded waterside from temperatures in the 90s. While a dozen children splash around in a swimming hole, the adults kick back in hammocks and camp chairs, eating grilled chicken and shooting the breeze.
June 30, 2012 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - California officials said Friday that only one park will be closed come Sunday, revising plans announced a day earlier to cease operations at five parks. Providence Mountains State Recreation Area, in a remote part of San Bernardino County, has been shut down since earlier this year and will remain so. But the revised plan means four sites expected to close on Sunday - Benicia State Recreation Area, the California Mining and Mineral Museum, Gray Whale Cove State Beach and Zmudowski State Beach - will keep operating for the time being.
June 29, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
After Margot Feuer moved to the hills of Malibu in 1965, she was "catapulted into community action" by the threat of development in the surrounding Santa Monica Mountains. The terrifying proposals included building a nuclear power plant in an isolated canyon and a freeway through Malibu Canyon. "I looked around at what I was in the middle of," she later said, "and I figured, gosh, the idea of a park is a beautiful idea. " Hundreds would join her in the movement to create a national park in Los Angeles, but only Feuer and two other activists would be recognized as "the founding mothers" of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which won federal approval in 1978.
Faced with opposition from Ojai Valley residents, the Casitas Municipal Water District has rejected a proposal to build a 300-acre recreation area on the Teague Memorial Watershed near Lake Casitas. In a unanimous decision, the district's board members turned down Recreation Management Associates' request that the board study a development proposal that included a 27-hole golf course, an equestrian center with 30 horses and two dozen rental cottages.
December 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Starting Jan. 1, the city will begin cleaning up a piece of public land that has served as a de facto dump for years, with the hope of turning it into a prime public recreation area. Once slated to be a municipal landfill, Oregon Gulch is filled with used tires, household garbage and unwanted appliances. The gulch is a popular spot for dirt biking, which has eroded the hillsides and caused silt to slide into the Sacramento River.
May 21, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SALTON SEA STATE RECREATION AREA - During the heyday of the Salton Sea, when the Hollywood crowd and others came to play in large numbers, this strip of beaches, campsites and fishing spots along the sea's northern shore was one of California's most popular parks. But that was years ago. The popularity of the recreation area has plummeted in recent decades, and now the area is on a list of parks to be closed because of the state's financial woes. Unlike other parks slated for closure, this one may never come back, park officials said.
June 18, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Rough and rocky, Johnson Valley is considered the perfect place to test the mettle of men and their machines. An estimated 200,000 people a year flock to the desert valley for recreational pursuits: hiking, camping, rock-hounding, star-gazing and a new sport called "geocaching," a treasure hunt using GPS technology. Moviemakers use the desert floor for chase scenes. But the valley has gained its greatest acclaim in recent years as an untamed, unregulated venue for off-road vehicles.
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