National Parks of California

There is currently twenty-eight National Park Service Site in California and four associated sites.

Official National Parks of California

  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • Castle Mountains National Monument
  • César E. Chávez National Monument
  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Devils Postpile National Monument
  • Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site
  • Fort Point National Historic Site
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area
    • Alcatraz Island
  • John Muir National Historic Site
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Lava Beds National Monument
  • Manzanar National Historic Site
  • Mojave National Preserve
  • Muir Woods National Monument
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
  • Redwood National Park and State Parks
  • Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Tule Lake National Monument
  • Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area
  • Yosemite National Park

Associated sites of California

  • California National Historic Trail
  • Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
  • Old Spanish National Historic Trail
  • Pony Express National Historic Trail
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California National Parks

Cabrillo National Monument

Castle Mountains National Monument

César E. Chávez National Monument

Channel Islands National Park

Death Valley National Park

Devils Postpile National Monument

Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site

Fort Point National Historic Site

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Alcatraz Island

John Muir National Historic Site

Joshua Tree National Park

Kings Canyon National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lava Beds National Monument

Manzanar National Historic Site

Mojave National Preserve

Muir Woods National Monument

Pinnacles National Park

Point Reyes National Seashore

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

Redwood National Park and State Parks

Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Sequoia National Park

Tule Lake National Monument

Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area

Yosemite National Park

California National Historic Trail

The California National Historic Trail is a massive 5,000 mile trail and runs thru 10 different states.  This trail retraces the overland routes over 250,000 emigrants took to reach the fertile farmlands and famed gold fields of California in the 1840’s and 1850’s.

Unlike some of the other trails of the National Trails System, the California Trail isn’t a single hiking trail. It is a disconnected series of hiking trails, roads, and sites.  Many of the US highways follow the wagon trail the settlers created as they rushed to California.  Emigrants had a choice of routes across the United States.  These trails start in Missouri and Nebraska. The then run thru Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming before splitting into Idaho and Utah.  They go thru Nevada and into California and Oregon.

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Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

Old Spanish National Historic Trail

Pony Express National Historic Trail

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