“During the pandemic, public lands provided an incredible sanctuary for humans around the world. Californians visited our iconic state parks in large numbers, with many visiting the outdoors for the first time,” said California State Parks Director Armando Quintero. “We’re excited that many people discovered the benefits of the outdoors. With the OuterSpatial-powered app, new and avid outdoor enthusiasts will be more prepared for their outdoor experiences by being able to view real-time updates, such as trail closures or parking restrictions, at home or while exploring the outdoors.”
Below are some of the things visitors can do with the new app:
- Get transit, biking, walking and driving directions to their favorite state park and trails.
- Navigate safely while on trails by knowing which trails are suitable for hikers, bikers, equestrians and their furry friends.
- Locate parking, restrooms, picnic areas and other park amenities.
- Access information about natural, cultural and historical points of interest.
- Share experiences and photos and connect with others who love the outdoors using a social feature.
- Engage with park staff to show their appreciation and letting them know about maintenance and other issues.
- Discover other regional, state and national outdoor public spaces nearby.
As a reminder, it is always helpful for visitors to have a solid understanding of the terrain prior to visiting, and it is even more helpful when that knowledge is augmented by tools to help keep them oriented and safe. A physical map, compass, GPS-enabled device or phone with plenty of battery life and previously loaded with apps and maps is essential to navigation in the remote parts of California.
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