SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Parks Forward today announced that new and innovative “camping cabin” designs aimed at attracting non-traditional campers to California State Parks are making their debut at this year’s California State Fair. State Parks currently provides cabins for visitors at various state parks in the system.

Some of the state parks include Burney, Samuel P. Taylor, Boothe Napa, Mt Tamalpias, Crystal Cove, Cuyamaca, and Anza Borrego. The prototype on display at the State Fair will eventually be placed in a State Park to be enjoyed by Park visitors.

Architecture students from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona designed the cabins as part of efforts by the Parks Forward Commission, the independent initiative designed to address the cultural, financial, and operational challenges facing California State Parks. Fair-goers are able to see four designs, including a full-scale prototype built by Phoenix-based Cavco Industries, and vote for their favorite cabin.

The design challenge asked students to balance issues of culture, sustainability, mobility, and construction. The cabins are designed to be inventive, low-cost, eco-friendly alternatives to traditional lodging.

For more information on the project, visit More information on Parks Forward is available at

For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the best of California. The Fair runs until July 27 at Cal Expo. Tickets to the State Fair are $12 for adults, $8 for children and $10 for seniors. Information on tickets and special packages is available at or by calling 916-263-FAIR (3247).