Explore Bidwell Park
Bidwell Park was established July 20, 1905 through the donation by Annie Bidwell of approximately 2,500 acres of land to the City of Chico. Since that time, the City has purchased additional land, such as Cedar Grove in 1922, and 1,200 acres of land south of Big Chico Creek in Upper Park in 1995. Today, the total Park size is 3,670 acres (nearly 11 miles in length), making it one of the largest municipal parks in the United States.
- Star Gazing
- Disc Golf
- Horseback Riding
Historic Walking Tour
The Historic Walking Tour is an eleven-block walk that passes many of the locations which helped shape Downtown Chico’s history. Also included, for those with more time, are four possible detours to the Junction, Stansbury Home and St. John’s Catholic Church, CSU, Chico, and the Bidwell Mansion and Gateway Science Museum.
Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park
Honoring the memory of Chico founder John Bidwell, the highlight of this park is a three-story, 26-room Italianate mansion which was begun in 1865 and completed in 1868 in time for Bidwell’s marriage to Annie Ellicott Kennedy of Washington, D. C. When constructed, the house featured the most modern plumbing, gas lighting, and water systems available. It was visited by many famous people over the years, including President Rutherford B. Hayes, General William Tecumseh Sherman, Susan B. Anthony, Governor Stanford, and John Muir.
Tours are open to the public Saturday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and highlight the three-story, 26-room Italianate mansion which was begun in 1865 and completed in 1868. It’s truly a walk in history with ornate furniture of the Victorian era and insightful stories about the history of John and Annie Bidwell.