Is California’s state park system pricing out the public? That’s Chronicle outdoors columnist Tom Stienstra’s take, and it’s hard to argue with it. Ten years ago, it cost $2 to park and $12 to camp at state parks. It’s $10 to park and $35 and up to camp now. The result? Campsites normally filled during peak summer weekends are sitting empty as would-be visitors stay away.
The culprit: evaporating state funding since the long-gone days when California parks were the gold-standard among state parks nationally.