UCI in partnership with the Crystal Cove Alliance supports the Crystal Cove research facility for use in small-scale and low-impact scientific research. Crystal Cove State Park is one of the most popular parks in the California State Park System and is located in the Newport Coast area less than 10 miles from the UCI campus. The park has over 3 miles of sandy beaches and rocky tide pools, an 1,100 acre underwater park and marine Conservation Area, 400 acres of coastal bluffs, 2,400 acres of hillside canyons, and some of the most spectacular land and scenery in Southern California. The park is designated as both a National Natural Landmark and a California Natural Landmark. The park also contains the Crystal Cove Historic District, a National Register of Historic Places site, with forty six seaside beach cottages that are being preserved and renovated for approved uses including public lodging rentals, educational visitor centers, beachfront dining, and park operational support. Cottages supporting education include a visitor center, cultural center, exhibit facility, outdoor commons area, house museum, and the Park and Marine Research Facility.