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Pacheco State Park
Location Merced County / Santa Clara County, California
Nearest city Los Banos
Coordinates 37°2′39″N 121°11′54″W / 37.04417°N 121.19833°W / 37.04417; -121.19833Coordinates: 37°2′39″N 121°11′54″W / 37.04417°N 121.19833°W / 37.04417; -121.19833
Area 6,890 acres (2,790 ha)
Established 1997
Governing body California Department of Parks & Recreation

Pacheco State Park is a state park located mostly in western Merced County, California but extending into southeastern Santa Clara County. The park contains 6,890 acres (2,790 ha) though only 2,600 acres (1,100 ha) to the west are open to the public. The eastern two-thirds of the park are closed due to an underdeveloped trail system and safety concerns over the numerous wind turbines in the area.

The park was created from Rancho San Luis Gonzaga in 1997, five years after it was bequeathed to the state by Paula M. Fatjo. Fatjo was the great-great granddaughter of Mexican ranchero Francisco Pacheco, for whom both the park and the nearby Pacheco Pass are named. The rancho had been in the Pacheco family since 1843.

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