The California National Parks are great locations to visit and learn about the fantastic wildlife and natural life that exists in this great state. Many of our riders have taken up this challenge with camping gear on their bikes and have enjoyed visiting sites on weekends throughout the year. All agree that they learned a lot after visiting the National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites located within California!
California is home to about 35 National Parks (NP), Monuments (NM), Historic Sites (NHS), Historic Parks (NHP), Recreation Areas (NRA), and National Trails (NT).
SCMA has selected 25 of those National Parks for the CA Adventure Series, but requires you to only visit 24. You are given an option between Devil’s Postpile NM and Eugene O’Neill NHS. The reason for this option is due to the limited time accessibility.
The challenge is to ride to each park within a calendar year (Jan 1 – Dec 15) and document that visit with photograph and a stamp from the visitor center in your SCMA Passport.
Two national parks in California keep limited hours or have weather shortened seasons – the Eugene O’Neill NHS and the Devil’s Postpile. The Eugene O’Neil NHS consists principally of guided tours of the playwright’s former home. Visitors are not able to go directly to the home but must schedule a shuttle trip / tour with the NPS from the Museum of the San Ramon Valley.
The NPS does not keep to a fixed opening or closing calendar for the Devil’s Postpile National Monument. That calendar is driven by the weather. The Park generally opens sometime in June after the winter snows can be cleared but can close again, without notice, before the end of October.
To accommodate the partial schedule at these two parks, the California Adventure Series -National Parks requires the rider to obtain the Park stamp and photo certification from only one of these two parks. Satisfactory completion of this challenge then will have 24 validations; 23 of the other parks and then a 24th from either Devil’s Postpile NM OR the Eugene O’Neil NHS.
We highly suggest, before you visit any of the National Parks, that you look at each park’s website for additional information and call the visitor centers to confirm road condition and operating hours. That website can be found at www.NPS.gov
By the way, one of the CA Adventure Series also qualifies for one of three of the five Premier Events needed in qualifying for the Triple Crown Award.