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Life In Chico & Local Environs

Chico is a wonderful place to visit and live. With a vibrant arts and cultural community, supported by an ever-growing economy and the California State University (located in Downtown Chico), we think you'll be pleased to discover new things to do in Chico with each visit.

Bidwell Park: Bidwell Park in Chico California is ranked as one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. Comprised of over 3670 acres of land with many pristine trails and activities for locals and visitors to enjoy, it stretches nearly 11 miles!

Paradise/Stirling City - Nestled in the pine trees of the Sierra Nevada and between two rivers - the air is pure and water clear - just up Butte Creek Canyon.

Oroville - Home to Lake Oroville, the Feather River Fish Hatchery, the Oroville Salmon Festival and incredible trails. This city is like stepping back in time with a beautiful downtown of original brick buildings.

Gridley - Anchoring the south end of Butte County, Gridley is home to the Butte County Fair, historic farms and a quaint downtown.

The Foothills - Beautiful and full of wildlife, the foothills to the Sierra Nevada are the backdrop to Butte County. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation, a sanctuary for lions, tigers, bears and other wild animals is located in center of the county.

Durham -  Durham was founded by the Durham Family. It is named for W.W. Durham, a member of the California State Assembly. The Durham House still stands today as a reminder of what Durham was like in its early years. 

The Arts

A vibrant, expressive life begins with arts, culture and heritage. Chico is a city that offers not only its natural beauty but opportunities to experience world-class cultural experiences in small intimate settings. Explore our town against a rich cultural backdrop.

CHICO PUBLIC ART: Oftentimes, what is left of a civilization is its public art and architecture. Public art helps define a community's identity and reveal the unique character of a specific neighborhood. It is a unifying force. In other words, art has power. Chico's public art program is young compared to many cities but it is vibrant. Take a walking tour of the beautiful art benches located in downtown or hop on a bike and visit each public art piece in Chico. Here is a listing. Learn more about the Chico's Public Art Program