The hidden history of California’s parks

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July 4th has come and gone, which means that summer is officially here. Given any thought yet to where you might go on vacation?

We’re looking at some of California’s less well-known state and national parks—going beyond the superstars like Yosemite, Sequoia, and Joshua Tree to some of the places that tend to get passed by. Some of them, you can cover in a few hours. Others might take a whole day—or maybe even two or three. But for various reasons, we feel they all qualify as “Hidden Gems”.

Channel Islands National Park

San Miguel's surrounding offshore rocks include Castle Rock. (Photo: NPS)
San Miguel’s surrounding offshore rocks include Castle Rock. (Photo: NPS) (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

Yvonne Menard, public information officer for Channel Islands National Park, says the park is sometimes thought of as the North American version of the Galapagos.