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California National Parks provide stunning contrasts and colors as seen in the Fine Arts images above from famed Photographer Timothy Wolcott. Left to right clockwise: Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park and Sequoia National Park. 


California National Parks ( are entities operated under a national land management system. Their diversity both geographically and in offerings are striking. Some are located on the Pacific Ocean with others situated in California's arid deserts. The National Park Service maintains a total of 23 different units in California including nine National Parks. National Park Service areas offer visitors a wide variety of adventures from historical and cultural experiences to natural wonders seen nowhere else on earth. Not to be confused with the 278 California State Parks ( operated by a division of the State of California, the National Parks have their own set of regulations for parking, camping and fee structure.

California State Parks

278  parks in the California State Park System in 23 districts, include five in the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. With a total of 1.5 million acres of land are owned by California State Parks (CSP), the area makes up nearly 1.5% of the total area of California.


Over 6.7 million feet of waterfront are owned by CSP. This includes 3.4 million feet of lakefront, 1.6 million feet (295 miles) of ocean front, and 1.7 million feet of river front. 􀂙 CSP provides the public with: over 13,800 individual and group camp sites, 662 overnight facilities, nearly 7,000 picnic sites, and 3,800 miles of non-motorized trails. 􀂙 Over 77 million people visited California State Parks in a fiscal year.


Top Ten State Parks: 1. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park 2. Huntington State Beach 3. Sonoma Coast State Beach 4. Seacliff State Beach 5. Bolsa Chica State Beach 6. San Onofre State Beach 7. Doheny State Beach 8. Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area 9. New Brighton State Beach 10. Malibu Lagoon State Beach.


Top Attendance by Unit Type: State Historic Park–Old Town San Diego; State Beach – Huntington State Park – Morro Bay State Vehicular Recreation Area – Oceano Dunes State Recreation Area – Lake Oroville State Reserve – Armstrong Redwoods; State Historic Monument – Hearst San Simeon SHM 

Ten California State Parks were named to the Top 100 Family Campgrounds in the U.S. in a survey conducted by Reserve America: Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Brannan Island State Recreation Area, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, MacKerricher State Park, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, Mount Diablo State Park, Patrick’s Point State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park,  Salt Point State Park.


A significant portion of California’s natural and cultural resources are protected by California State Parks:  94% of the 1.5 million acres of the State Park System is managed for natural resource values. 􀂃 California State Parks is responsible for documentation, preservation and care of 10,000 known prehistoric and historic archeological sites, 3,000 historic buildings, and more than 6 million museum objects, archival documents and specimens.

About the artist: Timothy Wolcott is a fine art/landscape photographer who became one of the youngest members of the prestigious Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) at the age of 23. The culmination of Ansel Adams' lifelong goal to attain pigment printing for photography was achieved by Wolcott, who helped pioneer a unique color pigment printing system that allows photographers to produce truly archival color photographs with the saturation and tonal brilliance that until recently, has never been achieved. Wolcott's ambition to push the limits has yielded significant contributions in the fine arts field.  He invented special papers and coatings to produce the finest archival photographs in existence. Collectors of Timothy Wolcott fine art photographs include the Guggenheim and Smithsonian.


Wolcott's work is shown in numerous art galleries, at Fortune 500 corporate offices and is sold as signed collector art, perfect for your home, office or to give as a gift. We are proud to endorse and represent Timothy Wolcott's art, a real value for collectors.  Wolcott prints are available in a variety of sizes typically sold in these formats: 11 X 14", 14 X 18", 20 X 24", 24 X 30", 32 X 40" and 40 X 50". The cost of his signed photographs range from $310 +shipping to around $2000.


Mention BEACHCALIFORNIA.COM website when calling to obtain pricing on images seen on this site. You'll receive a special gift when placing your order.  Call the Timothy Wolcott Gallery: 951-741-1674 or 909-878-9214. Visit the Gallery in Big Bear Lake, California; at 40700 Village Drive. Or send an email to: Tim Wolcott





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