Riverside Public Library

State Parks Pass

Visit a local Riverside Public Library branch to get your pass and experience our beautiful outdoors.

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  • Use your Riverside Public Library Card to check out a State Parks Pass
  • With the CA state library park pass you are able to access State  Parks and State Beaches and parks for Free.
  • Each pass has access to over 200 California State Parks
  • You can have the park pass for 2 weeks with automatic renewals if there are no holds.
  • Passes can be requested and put on hold or you can come by your local branch and pick one up today.


  • Visit over 340 miles of coastline, 5,200 miles of trails, 3,195 historic buildings, and more than 11,000 know prehistoric archaeological sites…. there something for everyone.
  • This was made possible by the partnership of the CA State Parks and the California State Library.
  • Backpacks available with camping gear(binoculars, compass and trail maps) for 2 weeks checkout with you RPL card.
  • All the parks listed are no more than 2 hours away max.
  • For more information on CA State Park Pass programs click here https://www.parks.ca.gov/30806



Some of the local parks and beaches you can visit are:

Riverside County

Anza Borrego Desert SP- From exploring the deep trenches and washes of the desert scape to scowling the cliffs for bighorn sheep and camping under a star-filled night sky, Anza-Borrego is a natural paradise. https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638

Miles from Riverside 107

California Citrus State Park - California Citrus State Historic Park is an open-air museum in the state park system of California, located in Riverside. This park has various displays of  the historic cultural landscape of the citrus industry. In Riverside City https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=649

Chino Hills State Park - It is located in the Chino Hills, foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. This hilly open-space recreational area is a calm juxtaposition to many of the surrounding state parks and national forests, which often attract visitors for their foliage or rock formation. Chino Hills State Park, draws in visitors for its wide expansive views of the regional San Gabriel and Santa Ana Mountain ranges and Angeles National Forest, as well as its wildflower blooms in the spring. Miles from Riverside 21.1  https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=648

Indio Hills Palm Park- Native California fan palms thrive in many locations but rarely in such numbers as in the canyons of the Indio Hills. Here, along a line where the San Andreas fault captures groundwater that nurtures the palms, is a wild parkland which is part of the adjacent Coachella Valley Preserve. The park contains some fine palm groves that include Hidden, Pushawalla, Briska, Macomber and Horseshoe palms. The nearest groves are relatively easy to reach from the trailhead and parking area 4-miles north of Indio. Miles from Riverside 68

Lake Perris State Park - Visitors to the 8,200-acre Lake Perris State Recreation Area (SRA) can enjoy an abundance of recreational activities, including hiking, bicycling, fishing, swimming, picnicking, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding, and visiting the Ya'i Heki' Regional Indian Museum. Miles from Riverside 21

Mount San Jacinto State Park - The deeply weathered summit of Mount San Jacinto stands 10,804 feet above sea level, the highest point in the San Jacinto Range and second highest in Southern California. No more than a two hour drive from Riverside, the mountain's magnificent granite peaks, subalpine forests, and fern-bordered mountain meadows offer a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy a scenic, high-country wilderness area. Most of the park is a designated wilderness area enjoyed by hikers and backpackers. Visitors can also experience the Palm Springs Aerial Tram way.  The tram takes passengers from Valley Station at 2,643 feet elevation to Mountain Station on the edge of the wilderness, elevation 8,516 feet.  The tram operates year-round, except for a maintenance closure in August. Miles from Riverside 55

Salton Sea - Miles from Riverside 111


San Bernadino County

Chino Hills State Park is located in the Chino Hills, foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. It is a critical link in the Chino–Puente Hills wildlife corridor, and a major botanical habitat reserve for resident and migrating wildlife. Miles from Riverside 21 https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=648

Silverwood Lake- Nestled North ofSan Bernadino National Forest Silverwood Recreational Area is a popular destination. The recreation areas features a wide variety of activities to enjoy like fishing , hiking, swimming and paddle boarding. From barge tours to the lakes bald eagles population trails, Silverwood lake is a must see. Miles from Riverside 43


Orange County

Crystal Cove State Beach -One of the many exciting and beautiful things to do during your stay at Crystal Cove State Park it  has 3.2 miles of beach and 2,400 acres of undeveloped woodland. This is a big part of its enduring popularity as a leading California destination for camping, hiking, and horseback riding. Miles from Riverside 54

Bolsa Chica State Beach -volleyball, Camping 200 Fire rings - Miles from Riverside 54

Huntington State Beach – Huntington State Beach are favorites for surfing , fishing and swimming , sun bathing, volleyball , and socializing. RVs are welcomedas well. While you are here you can see professional surfers as the waves in this area are favorable for surfing all through the year. Miles from Riverside 51

San Clemente State Beach - The mile-long beach stretches between the curling ocean surf and the foot of a steep bluff. Midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the park attracts water sports enthusiasts and those seeking respite from the inland heat or an escape from nearby metropolitan areas. Activities include swimming, surfing, picnicking, fishing, hiking and diving. Miles from Riverside 60