Interested in a national park “born of fire”? We’ve got just the right one for you. The mesmerizing geologic structures in the park were formed millions of years ago by lava flows. The rounded and sculpted formations tower above you, especially when you head to one of the canyon bottoms. Journey through chaparral and oak woodlands as you seek out a chance encounter with one of the 48 known mammalian species located within the park, including bobcat, grey fox, badger, bats and wild pig. This 26,000 acre park is on the smaller side and most of it is designated wilderness for obvious reasons. P.S. The San Andreas Fault Zone lies just east of the park.