By Aaron Wolf |Staff Writer|
It’s summer time and let’s face it, there is not enough money in your budget for a dream vacation to Hawaii.
Enter the California State and Regional Park system.
San Bernardino County is home to several national, regional and state parks.
The parks are easily accessible and everyone is welcome.
San Bernardino County is home to a variety of activities available to you at a limited cost and drive time.
Glen Helen Recreation Area is the closest Regional Park to the CSUSB campus.
According to the San Bernardino County’s Regional Parks webpage, “located at the base of the chaparral covered hills of the Cajon Pass with scenic views of both the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains, Glen Helen Regional Park offers 1,340 acres of recreational activities from the relaxing to the rugged.”
The webpage also states, “Glen Helen offers two lakes for fishing, a swim complex with pool, sandy area, dual water slides, zero depth water play park, large group shelter picnic areas accommodating up to 300 persons – ideal for that company picnic, large family gathering or group event. There are several picnic areas under shady trees with amazing views throughout the park.”
Fishing is offered year-round at Glen Helen Regional Park.
According to their website, everything you need is offered on site.
“Regional Parks invites you to participate in their award winning and nationally recognized Fishing Workshops,” according to the San Bernardino County’s Regional Parks webpage.
“Participants begin the morning by traveling through stations lead by volunteer fishing specialists to learn the basic fundamentals of lake shore fishing. These stations include knot tying, casting, cleaning, cooking and more. Immediately following the educational stations participants can choose to partake in a two hour open fishing session where all tackle and equipment is provided,” according to Glen Helen’s webpage.
“As the dog days of summer come to an end and the regular summer swim season closes, San Bernardino County Parks hosts its annual Doggie Pool-ooza event at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario,” according to the Guasti Regional Park webpage.
“During this event owners can bring their four legged pals who have had to endure the summer heat in a fur coat, for a last dip in the cool pool. The event also boasts a Doggie Swimsuit Competition, a Dog/Owner look-a-like contest, Top Dog Talent Show, and Lil’ Dog Races,” continued the Guasti Regional Park statement.
In addition to the state parks, the San Bernardino National Forest is a short distance from campus as well.
With such destinations as Barton Flats, San Jacinto, Santa Rosa and Mill Creek all readily accessible from the campus, the national forest offers a variety of destinations.
According to the forest service website the San Bernardino National Forest website, “the San Bernardino National Forest serves as southern California’s outdoor year-around recreation destination, as well as providing valuable watershed protection.”
Their website goes on to offer visitors a chance to “drive the scenic Rim of the World Scenic Byway and Palms to Pines Scenic Byways to discover your local national forest.”
Do not feel like you have to travel to Hawaii to find something interesting to do.
Southern California is home to a variety of vacation spots from the beach to the desert to the mountains and everything in between.
Call in advanced to be sure of park hours.