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The Life and Times of Castle Rock State Park with Miles Standish

  • REI 400 El Paseo de Saratoga San Jose, CA, 95130 United States (map)

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Castle Rock State Park, but it has been a destination for tourists since the 19th century. Today, the park covers more than 5,000 acres and is a mecca for rock climbing, hiking and backpacking. Yet few know the land’s true history – its legendary origins; how it came to be closely associated with the Silicon Valley; how it nearly failed to become a state park; or that it is considered by many to be a semi-wilderness due its inaccessible backcountry. It also has a dark side – grim tales of suicides, murder and fatal falls. No one is better suited to tell the tale of Castle Rock State Park on its 50th birthday than Miles Standish, who has spent the last 29 years as a ranger at the park. Join Standish as he reveals the untold history of Castle Rock while describing what it is like for rangers to manage an area the size of a small city without the resources of a city.

About The Speaker: Miles Standish served as an interpreter and ranger in eight California state parks from 1967 to 2009. His last 29 years were as a ranger at Castle Rock State Park. He has six college degrees and is a member of the California Bar. He presently serves on the board of three non-profit foundations and volunteers his time giving interpretive hikes and talks in California State Parks.