Desert National Parks Overview
California Desert National Parks include Death Valley, Joshua Tree and Manzanar National Historic Site. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses Grant signed into existence the world's first national park. Since then, hundreds more have been established. These parks are awe inspiring natural wonders and offer endless activities. California has several of these National Parks and Monuments. Walk on a dry lake bed at the lowest point in North America in Death Valley. Climb boulders in a picturesque, ancient landscape at Joshua Tree. Visit the site of a former WWII Japanese internment camp at Manzanar National Historic Site.
TIP: The National Park Service offers FEE FREE DAYS to some parks on select weekends through the Summer. Use this link to view available dates.