California has nine national parks each with its own unique appeal.
These include Yosemite National Park Joshua Tree National Park Redwood National and State Parks Death Valley National Park Kings Canyon National Park Sequoia National Park Lassen Volcanic National Park Channel Islands National Park and Devils Postpile National Monument.
Yosemite National Park
The crown jewel of California’s national parks Yosemite National Park is a must-see for any nature enthusiast.
Located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range this vast park is home to the iconic Half Dome and El Capitan rock formations iconic waterfalls and lush meadows.
Take a hike or a backpacking trip to explore the park’s incredible scenery and observe the diverse wildlife.
Whether you want to climb the sheer granite walls splash in a river or simply relax and take in the views Yosemite National Park will not disappoint.
Joshua Tree National Park
Venture out to the Mojave Desert to explore Joshua Tree National Park.
This park is best known for its namesake Joshua Trees which are found in abundance here.
The park is also known for its unique geology made up of rugged rock formations such as the iconic “Keys View” overlook.
There are plenty of outdoor activities including hiking camping rock climbing and bird watching.
Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen as the desert heat can be intense.
Redwood National and State Parks
Experience the beauty of the world’s tallest trees at Redwood National and State Parks.
This park is home to the world’s tallest living trees the famous Redwood Trees.
Witness the scale of these majestic giants as you hike among them or take a drive along the coast to see the forest from a different perspective.
There are also plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing fishing and beachcombing.
Death Valley National Park
The largest national park in the contiguous United States Death Valley National Park is an incredible desert landscape.
From the salt flats of Badwater Basin to the sand dunes of Mesquite Flat this park offers a wide range of activities and stunning views.
Whether you come to stargaze explore the canyons and hills or take a drive along the Artists Drive you’ll be sure to find something to enjoy in Death Valley National Park.
Kings Canyon National Park
Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains Kings Canyon National Park is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in California.
From the deep river canyons and granite cliffs of the Kings Canyon to the lush meadows and giant sequoia groves of Grant Grove this park has something for everyone.
Whether you come to hike camp or just take in the views Kings Canyon National Park will not disappoint.
Sequoia National Park
Adjacent to Kings Canyon National Park is Sequoia National Park home to the world’s largest living tree species the Giant Sequoias.
Take a walk through the park to marvel at these incredible trees and experience the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Here you’ll also find a variety of activities from hiking camping and horseback riding to whitewater rafting and rock climbing.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Explore the wonders of volcanic activity at Lassen Volcanic National Park.
This park is home to the Lassen Peak the largest plug dome volcano in the world.
Explore bubbling mudpots steaming fumaroles and the park’s many lakes and meadows.
There are plenty of outdoor activities including hiking camping and bird watching.
Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen as the park is located in the desert.
Channel Islands National Park
Visit the Channel Islands National Park to explore its unique ecosystem.
Located off the coast of Southern California this park is home to five of the eight Channel Islands which span an area of more than 250 square miles.
Here discover a variety of wildlife such as whales sea lions and seals.
Enjoy kayaking snorkeling and camping or take a boat tour to explore the islands and observe the diverse marine life.
Devils Postpile National Monument
Explore the unique geology of Devils Postpile National Monument.
This park is home to the famous Devils Postpile formation a 60-foot tall columnar basalt formation.
Take a hike to explore the area and witness the other incredible geological features of the park such as the Rainbow Falls.
Enjoy a variety of activities from fishing camping and rock climbing to simply taking in the views.
From the granite walls of Yosemite National Park to the lush meadows of Kings Canyon National Park and the volcanic activity of Lassen Volcanic National Park California’s nine national parks are all unique and offer a range of activities and incredible scenery.
Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure or just want to take in the views there’s something for everyone in California’s national parks.