National Parks in California

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National Parks in California

Spectacular California National Parks

The state of California has its share of spectacular national parks. These great national parks are nationally and internationally recognized. They offer beauty much beauty and recreation.

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite National Park is both a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Clear streams and waterfalls wind through huge granite cliffs and giant sequoia groves. The park is huge, with nearly 1,200 square acres of lakes, ponds and hiking trails. A very old park, Yosemite is a park with a history. In 1864, Abraham Lincoln signed a bill that gave the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias to the state.

Also located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon are adjacent national parks. Although technically two parks, one entrance fee allows access to both parks. Sequoia is named so in honor of the beautiful groves of giant sequoias, and Kings Canyon is named for the Kings River’s deep valley. Some of the most popular points of interest in the park include Grants Grove, Crystal Cave, Moro Rock, Tunnel Log and Auto Log.

Redwood National Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is home to trees that are more than 2000 years old. The flora and fauna in the park are very diverse because of the meeting of the land and sea here. Visitors can see black bears and marine animals all in one day. There is no lodging or campsites at Redwood National Parks. However, there are several surrounding state parks that do.

Joshua Tree National Park gets its name from the unique Joshua trees that grow here. They are a type of tall-growing Yucca. The park is almost 800,000 acres of land split between the Mohave and Colorado Deserts. It features wildlife from two separate desert ecosystems at different altitudes. There are plenty of campgrounds and hiking trails. Rock climbing is also popular here.

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