National Parks Around Costa Mesa

Alcatraz Island

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Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the history making 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock—gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.

Mugshot camera

Weather

The climate on Alcatraz is unpredictable and can change suddenly. Cold, foggy mornings may give way to sunny afternoons, which in turn can shift quickly back to more fog and blustery winds. The most pleasant weather usually occurs in spring and fall. Summers tend to be cool and foggy, winter is our rainy season. Temperatures on Alcatraz seldom rise above 75°F (24°C) or fall below 38°

Driving Directions

The Alcatraz Ferry Terminal is located on The Embarcadero near the intersection of Bay Street at Pier 33. More directions to Alcatraz Island.

Operating Hours

Access to Alcatraz Island is by commercial ferry service - see www.alcatrazcruises.com for more information. Tickets are sold by date and time. Once on the island you can stay as long as you wish up to the last ferry, which changes seasonally. Alcatraz is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Be aware that Alcatraz often sells out in advance. In summer and around holidays tickets can sell out a month or more in advance. Tickets go on sale 90 days in advance.

Monday: 8:45AM - 8:30PM
Tuesday: 8:45AM - 6:15PM
Wednesday: 8:45AM - 6:15PM
Thursday: 8:45AM - 8:30PM
Friday: 8:45AM - 8:30PM
Saturday: 8:45AM - 8:30PM
Sunday: 8:45AM - 8:30PM

Entrance Fees

Adult Day Ticket (Ferry plus audio-tour): A daily scheduled ferry to Alcatraz has a round-trip fee. Reservations are strongly recommended as we often sell out. See www.alcatrazcruises.com for reservations, and ticket types and pricing. Cost: $37.25

Adult Night Ticket (Ferry plus audio tour): A daily scheduled ferry to Alcatraz has a round-trip fee. Reservations are strongly recommended as we often sell out. See www.alcatrazcruises.com for reservations, and ticket types and pricing. Cost: $44.25

Contact

Mailing Address:
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco, CA 94123

Physical Address:
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco, CA 94122

Phone Number: 4155614900

Cabrillo

National Monument

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Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources. Join us and embark on your own Voyage of Discovery.

Tidepools at Cabrillo

Weather

Near Perfection Almost three million county residents can't be wrong: it's the weather. While many areas of the country are hibernating under blankets of snow or sweltering in muggy mid-summer humidity, San Diego's climate is generally sunny and mild year-round.

Driving Directions

FROM DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO Take Harbor Drive past the airport Turn left onto Rosecrans Street Turn right onto Canon Street Turn left onto Catalina Blvd. (also known as Cabrillo Memorial Drive) Follow Catalina Blvd. all the way to the end More directions to Cabrillo.

Operating Hours

The entire park is open from 9am until 5pm. The only exception are the tidepools which close at 4:30pm. Park passes are available at the Entrance Station until 4:20pm.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Cabrillo Entrance Fee - Per non commercial vehicle: The pass is valid for seven full days. Cost: $10

Cabrillo Entrance Fee - per motorcycle: The pass is valid for seven full days. Cost: $7

Cabrillo Entrance Fee - per walker or bicyclist: The pass is valid for seven full days. Cost: $5

Cabrillo Entrance Fee - per commercical vehicle 1-6 Passenger Capacity*: Cabrillo National Monument welcomes your commercial tour group. A "commercial tour" is defined as an organized tour that is booked and paid through a third party. Your group is welcome to come whenever it's convenient for you (no reservations are necessary), and we have plenty of bus parking available. "Passenger Capacity" is based on the number of seats on the vehicle, rather than number of actual passengers. The commercial pass is only valid for one visit. Cost: $30

Cabrillo Entrance Fee - per commercial vehicle 7-25 Passenger Capacity*: Cabrillo National Monument welcomes your commercial tour group. A "commercial tour" is defined as an organized tour that is booked and paid through a third party. Your group is welcome to come whenever it's convenient for you (no reservations are necessary), and we have plenty of bus parking available. "Passenger Capacity" is based on the number of seats on the vehicle, rather than number of actual passengers. The commercial pass is only valid for one visit. Cost: $45

Cabrillo Entrance Fee - per commercial vehicle 26+ Passenger Capacity*: Cabrillo National Monument welcomes your commercial tour group. A "commercial tour" is defined as an organized tour that is booked and paid through a third party. Your group is welcome to come whenever it's convenient for you (no reservations are necessary), and we have plenty of bus parking available. "Passenger Capacity" is based on the number of seats on the vehicle, rather than number of actual passengers. The commercial pass is only valid for one visit. Cost: $100

Contact

Mailing Address:
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

Physical Address:
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106

Phone Number: 6195575450

California

National Historic Trail

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Follow in the footsteps of over 250,000 emigrants who traveled to the gold fields and rich farmlands of California during the 1840s and 1850s-the greatest mass migration in American history. More than 1,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen across 10 states on the California National Historic Trail.

A white canvas wagon sits in front of a large rock buttress with mountains in the distance.

Weather

Due to the length of the California National Historic Trail, be sure to consult local weather sources for the region you'll be visiting. The trail passes through 10 states.

Driving Directions

Those portions of the California National Historic Trail authorized by Congress include nearly 2,000 miles of historic trail that was once the primary "road" taken by farmers, enterprising business managers, gold-seekers and fortune hunters who chose to make a new life on the California frontier. The route passes through ten states from Missouri to California. Please see our Directions page for more information on following the California National Historic Trail across the United States. More directions to California.

Operating Hours

The California National Historic Trail is not a clearly marked hiking trail. Instead it is a corridor that passes through communities as well as wild areas and through different states and land ownership. Each location varies as to the hours of operation and access. Please check individual locations along the trail to plan your visit.

Monday: unknown
Tuesday: unknown
Wednesday: unknown
Thursday: unknown
Friday: unknown
Saturday: unknown
Sunday: unknown

Entrance Fees

Entrance fees vary site by site: There are no user or entry fees for the California National Historic Trail. Fees may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities. Please visit Places To Go (http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm) for an interactive map and extensive list of places to visit by state or our Links and Resources page for useful trip planning websites. Contact information is available for each site to call and find out about fees.

Contact

Physical Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Mailing Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone Number: 8017411012

Castle Mountains

National Monument

Castle Mountains represents some of the most unique elements of the Mojave Desert. Nestled between the Nevada state line and Mojave National Preserve, the nearly 21,000 acres of Castle Mountains boasts Joshua tree forests, unbroken natural landscapes, rare desert grasslands, and rich human history. This intriguing area provides serenity and solitude from nearby metropolitan areas.

Red rocks frame a stand of Joshua trees and sage brush.

Weather

Weather at Castle Mountains changes with the seasons. Freezing temperatures are expected in winter, with occasional snow. Spring brings mild warm days and cooler nights. With enough rain, wildflowers can carpet the area, making for spectacular displays. Summer months are much hotter, with temperatures nearing 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Strong monsoonal storms in late summer may cause flash-flooding in low-lying areas and can create hazardous road conditions. Fall is a cooler respite after the heat of summer.

Driving Directions

You can approach Castle Mountains from Walking Box Ranch Road off of Nevada State Rd 164 (Nipton Road) or from several unnamed dirt roads off of Lanfair Road in Mojave National Preserve. More directions to Castle Mountains.

Operating Hours

Castle Mountains National Monument is open year-round. There are no facilities in the Monument. Visitor Centers in neighboring Mojave National Preserve provide information and orientation.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Castle Mountains Entrance Fee: There are no fees to enter Castle Mountains National Monument.

Contact

Mailing Address:
Castle Mountains National Monument
Barstow, CA 92311

Physical Address:
Castle Mountains National Monument
Barstow, CA 92311

Phone Number: 7602526100

César E. Chávez

National Monument

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Yes, we can! Widely recognized as the most important Latino leader in the United States during the twentieth century, César E. Chávez led farm workers and supporters in the establishment of the country's first permanent agricultural union. His leadership brought sustained international attention to the plight of U.S. farm workers, and secured for them higher wages and safer working conditions

A walkway with a fountain

Weather

The climate in this area is mild, with warm, dry summers and cool winters. Average temperatures in July, the warmest month, are in the mid-80s and hot days often reach into the 90s. In winter, frosty mornings are common and roads may be icy.

Driving Directions

The monument is located near the small town of Keene, California on Highway 58. From Highway 58, take exit 138 toward Keene, then turn right on Woodford-Tehachapi Road. César E. Chávez National Monument will be on your left. More directions to César E. Chávez.

Operating Hours

The monument is open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm except for the following holidays: Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Monday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Entrance Fees

No Entrance Fee: No entrance fees are charged at César E. Chávez National Monument.

Contact

Mailing Address:
PO Box 201
Keene, CA 93531

Physical Address:
29700 Woodford-Tehachapi Road
Keene, CA 93531

Phone Number: 6618236134

Channel Islands

National Park

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Channel Islands National Park encompasses five remarkable islands and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth and helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was.

Steep, rugged ocean cliffs extending in an island chain.

Weather

In general, the islands have a Mediterranean climate year-round. Temperatures are relatively stable, with highs averaging in the mid-60s (°F) and lows in the low-50s. However, there are seasonal differences that visitors should take into consideration when visiting the park. In addition, visitors also should be aware that ocean and weather conditions vary considerably from day-to-day and island-to-island. For more information visit: http://www.nps.gov/chis/planyourvisit/weather.htm

Driving Directions

While the mainland visitor center in Ventura is readily accessible by car or public transportation, the islands are only accessible by park concessionaire boats and planes or private boat. Advanced planning is highly recommended. More directions to Channel Islands.

Operating Hours

The park is open 24 hours a day. Services and facilities have separate hours. Please see descriptions of those facilities elsewhere.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Entrance: There is no entrance fee to visit the Channel Islands National Park.

Contact

Mailing Address:
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001

Physical Address:
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001

Phone Number: 8056585730

Death Valley

National Park

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In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.

Morning light on the badlands below Zabriskie Point.

Weather

AUTUMN arrives in late October, with warm but pleasant temperatures and generally clear skies. WINTER has cool days, chilly nights and rarely, rainstorms. With snow capping the high peaks and low angled winter light, this season is especially beautiful for exploring the valley. SPRINGTIME is the most popular time to visit Death Valley. Besides warm and sunny days, the possibility of spring wildflowers is a big attraction. SUMMER starts early in Death Valley. By May the valley is too hot for most visitors

Driving Directions

The main road transecting Death Valley National Park from east to west is California Highway 190. On the east in Nevada, U.S. Route 95 parallels the park from north to south with connecting highways at Scotty's Junction (State Route 267), Beatty (State Route 374), and Lathrop Wells (State Route 373). More directions to Death Valley.

Operating Hours

The park is open daily all year.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Death Valley Entrance Fee - per vehicle: This permit allows all persons traveling with the permit holder in one single private, non-commercial vehicle (car/truck/van) to leave and re-enter the park as many times as they wish during the 7-day period from the date of purchase. Cost: $20

Death Valley Entrance Fee - per individual: This permit allows a single individual traveling on foot, motorcycle, or bicycle to leave and re-enter the park as many times as they wish during the 7-day period from the date of purchase. If the motorcycle or bicycle has more than one rider, each rider is charged the $10 fee. Cost: $10

Contact

Physical Address:
PO Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328

Mailing Address:
PO Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328

Phone Number: 7607863200

Devils Postpile

National Monument

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Established in 1911 by presidential proclamation, Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, and pristine mountain scenery. The formation is a rare sight in the geologic world and ranks as one of the world's finest examples of columnar basalt. Its columns tower 60 feet high and display an unusual symmetry.

The Devils Postpile basalt formation resembles tall columns.

Weather

Devils Postpile National Monument is located at 7,560 feet above sea level just west of the Sierra Nevada crest. As such, it experiences typical summer weather in the Sierras. Afternoon thunderstorms are possible in July and August. Daytime temperatures can range from the mid-70s to to mid-80s (degrees Fahrenheit). Evening temperatures can drop into the low 40s (and even the low 30s in the months of September and October).

Driving Directions

Shuttle Bus: Most visitors must park at the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and use the mandatory shuttle. The shuttle bus operates from mid-June through the Wednesday after Labor Day. By car: From U.S. Highway 395, drive 10 miles west on S.R. 203 to Minaret Vista and then another 8 miles on a paved, steep mountain road. Please note that this road is single lane for approximately 3 miles. By plane: The closest commercial airport is the Mammoth Lakes/Yosemite Airport (MMH), located on U.S. Highway 395. More directions to Devils Postpile.

Operating Hours

In the operating season, Devils Postpile National Monument is open 24 hours a day.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Contact

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3999
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Physical Address:
Devils Postpile Access Road
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Phone Number: 7609342289

Eugene O'Neill

National Historic Site

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America's only Nobel Prize winning playwright, Eugene O'Neill, chose to live in Northern California at the height of his writing career. Isolated from the world and within the walls of his home, O'Neill wrote his final and most memorable plays; The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten.

Eugene O'Neill Home in Danville, California

Weather

The Mediterranean climate of Danville features hot, dry summers with lower temperatures near 60º F and upper temperatures near 100º F. The heat gives way to cool, rainy winters with lows near 45º F and highs near 75º F. Fall and spring can bring rain and temperatures from 55-80º F.

Driving Directions

Due to the nature of the The Eugene O'Neill NHS, visitors are not able to drive directly to the park site. Instead, reservations are required and we offer a free shuttle that will pick up the visitor in downtown Danville, CA. The shuttle meets at 205 Railroad Avenue in downtown Danville, just outside the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. Parking is available next to the museum. More information will be given once you call and make a reservation with the park staff. Danville, CA, is approximately 31 miles east More directions to Eugene O'Neill.

Operating Hours

Open all year, Wednesday through Sunday. Due to the nature of the The Eugene O'Neill NHS, visitors are not able to drive directly to the park site. Instead, reservations are required and we offer a free shuttle that will pick up the visitor in downtown Danville, CA. The shuttle meets at 205 Railroad Avenue in downtown Danville, just outside the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. Parking is available next to the museum. More information will be given once you call and make a reservation with the park staff.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site: There are no entrance fees for this site. Entrance is by reservation only.

Contact

Mailing Address:
Eugene O'Neill NHS
Danville, CA 94526

Physical Address:
205 Railroad Avenue
Danville, CA 94526

Phone Number: 9258380249

Fort Point

National Historic Site

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From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point defended the San Francisco Bay following California's Gold Rush through World War II. Its beautifully arched casemates display the art of 3rd system brick masonry and interacts gracefully with the Golden Gate Bridge.

Fort Point with visitors approaching on road in front and Golden Gate Bridge above.

Weather

Fort Point is typically cold and windy throughout the year. Fog is especially common in the summer months. Come prepared with layers and windbreakers for maximum comfort.

Driving Directions

Fort Point is located at the south anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge at the end of Marine Drive on the Presidio of San Francisco. By car take Highway 101 N or S, exit at the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza at south end of bridge. From S turn right at end of exit ramp, or from N go straight on Merchant Drive. Turn left onto Lincoln Boulevard. Take a left onto Long Avenue and follow onto Marine Drive. More directions to Fort Point.

Operating Hours

The days that Fort Point is open varies throughout the year. Fall through Spring the fort is generally open Friday through Sunday. The timing of the shift in days is not consistent from year to year, but generally occurs in October and May. During the summer season the fort is open 7 days a week. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm on open days. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Visit our web site for current open days.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Entry to Fort Point is FREE!: There is no charge to visit Fort Point.

Contact

Mailing Address:
Fort Point National Historic Site
San Francisco, CA 94123

Physical Address:
Fort Point National Historic Site
San Francisco, CA 94129

Phone Number: 4155042334

Golden Gate

National Recreation Area

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Experience a park so rich it supports 19 distinct ecosystems with over 2,000 plant and animal species. Go for a hike, enjoy a vista, have a picnic or learn about the centuries of overlapping history from California’s indigenous cultures, Spanish colonialism, the Mexican Republic, US military expansion and the growth of San Francisco. All of this and more awaits you, so get out and find your park.

Mori Point view north with yellow an blue flowers, the blue-green Pacific Ocean and Mt. Tamalpais.

Weather

Winter is characterized by sporadic rain and cool weather punctuated by brilliant sunshine. In winter the grass greens. Trees and flowers dormant through winter start blooming in late February or early March and last until May or June. By July, summer fog predominates in most coastal areas of the park. Grasses and plants have now turned to the golden brown and muted grays characteristic of California summer and fall. September and October skies are clear and sunshine is abundant everywhere in the park.

Driving Directions

Golden Gate National Recreation Area has many sites that span over 60 miles of mostly coastal areas north and south of San Francisco. Park areas can be reached by Highways 1, 101 and 280 from the north and south San Francisco Bay Area, and by Highway 80 from the East Bay. To access park headquarters at Fort Mason, please use the entrance at Franklin and Bay Streets in San Francisco. More directions to Golden Gate.

Operating Hours

Although this urban park is accessible 24 hours a day in most areas, most parking lots are open between sunrise to sunset.

Monday: Sunrise to Sunset
Tuesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Wednesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Thursday: Sunrise to Sunset
Friday: Sunrise to Sunset
Saturday: Sunrise to Sunset
Sunday: Sunrise to Sunset

Entrance Fees

Visiting Golden Gate is free except for Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument.: With the exception of the entrance fee for Muir Woods National Monument and the cost of the ferry to visit Alcatraz Island, there is no fee to visit lands of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Contact

Physical Address:
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, CA 94123-0022

Mailing Address:
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, CA 94123-0022

Phone Number: 4155614700

John Muir

National Historic Site

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John Muir played many roles in his life, all of which helped him succeed in his role as an advocate for Nature. As America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist, Muir fought to protect the wild places he loved, places we can still visit today. Muir’s writings convinced the U.S. government to protect Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as national parks.

John Muir Home at the John Muir National Historic Site

Weather

The Mediterranean climate of Martinez features hot, dry summers with lower temperatures near 60º F and upper temperatures near 100º F. The heat gives way to cool, rainy winters with lows near 45º F and highs near 75º F. Fall and spring can bring rain and temperatures from 55-80º F. March to April: wet/dry, 60-80º F May to September: very dry, 60-100º+ F October to November: dry/wet, 55-80º F December to February: wet, 45-75º F

Driving Directions

Please visit our main website for specific directions to our park. You may call the John Muir Visitor Center for additional information. More directions to John Muir.

Operating Hours

The main park site and visitor center hours of operation.

Monday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

John Muir National Historic Site: The John Muir National Historic Site and Mount Wanda are free to visit.

Contact

Mailing Address:
4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez, CA 94553

Physical Address:
4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez, CA 94553

Phone Number: 9252288860

Joshua Tree

National Park

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Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. Come explore for yourself.

hiker looks over Hidden Valley

Weather

Days are typically clear with less than 25% humidity. Temperatures are most comfortable in the spring and fall, with an average highs around 85°F (29°C) and average lows around 50°F (10°C) respectively. Winter brings cooler days, around 60°F (15°C), and freezing nights. It occasionally snows at higher elevations. Summers are hot, over 100°F (38°C) during the day and not cooling much below 75°F (24°C) at night.

Driving Directions

From I-10, take exit 117 for CA Hwy 62 toward 29 Palms/Yucca Valley. This will allow you to access the West Entrance, the North Entrance, Black Rock, and Indian Cove. Take exit 168 off I-10 to come in at the park's South Entrance. More directions to Joshua Tree.

Operating Hours

Joshua Tree National Park is open 24 hours a day and may be visited at any time of the year. Visitation increases as temperatures moderate in the fall, peaks during the spring wildflower season, and diminishes during the heat of summer. Some areas of the park are designated for day use only. Visitor centers keep separate hours; please see descriptions.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fee: 7-day vehicle permit, admitting the passengers of a single, non-commercial vehicle on the day of purchase and for the next six days. Cost: $25

Motorcycle or Bicycle Entrance Fee: 7-day entrance permit, per motorcycle or bicycle. Cost: $12

Walk-in Entrance Fee: 7-day entrance fee, per person on foot. Cost: $12

Non-commercial Groups - Per Person: Per-person fee charged to non-commercial groups entering in a vehicle with a capacity of 16 passengers or more. Cost: $12

Contact

Physical Address:
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597

Mailing Address:
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597

Phone Number: 7603675500

Juan Bautista de Anza

National Historic Trail

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"¡Vayan Subiendo!"("Everyone mount up!") was the rousing call from Juan Bautista de Anza. In 1775-76, he led some 240 men, women, and children on an epic journey to establish the first non-Native settlement at San Francisco Bay. Today, the 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail connects history, culture, and outdoor recreation from Nogales, Arizona, to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Anza Trail Logo

Weather

The 1,200-mile Anza Trail connects historic, cultural, and recreation sites from Nogales, AZ, to the San Francisco Bay Area that reveal the legacy of our Spanish colonial heritage. To learn more, visit http://www.nps.gov/juba. Each site along the Anza Trail is managed independently. Contact individual sites for hours, directions, and other details.

Driving Directions

Details listed are for the San Francisco administrative office of the Anza Trail. The 1,200-mile Anza Trail connects historic, cultural, and recreation sites from Nogales, AZ, to the San Francisco Bay Area that reveal the legacy of our Spanish colonial heritage. To learn more, visit http://www.nps.gov/juba. Each site along the Anza Trail is managed independently. Contact individual sites for hours, directions, and other details. More directions to Juan Bautista de Anza.

Operating Hours

Hours listed are for the San Francisco administrative office of the Anza Trail. The 1,200-mile Anza Trail connects historic, cultural, and recreation sites from Nogales, AZ, to the San Francisco Bay Area that reveal the legacy of our Spanish colonial heritage. To learn more, visit http://www.nps.gov/juba. Each site along the Anza Trail is managed independently. Contact individual sites for hours, directions, and other details.

Monday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Entrance Fees

Fees Vary: The 1,200-mile Anza Trail connects historic, cultural, and recreation sites from Nogales, AZ, to the San Francisco Bay Area that reveal the legacy of our Spanish colonial heritage. To learn more, visit http://www.nps.gov/juba. Each site along the Anza Trail is managed independently. Contact individual sites for hours, directions, fees, and other details.

Contact

Mailing Address:
333 Bush Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104

Physical Address:
333 Bush Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone Number: 415-623-2344

Lassen Volcanic

National Park

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Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to steaming fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and numerous volcanoes. Jagged peaks tell the story of its eruptive past while hot water continues to shape the land. Lassen Volcanic offers opportunities to discover the wonder and mysteries of volcanoes and hot water for visitors willing to explore the undiscovered.

A frozen lake below snow-covered trees and peak

Weather

Weather at Lassen can vary dramatically throughout the year. Learn more about Lassen's weather. The nearby town of Susanville has a humid continental climate, with cold winters and very warm, mostly dry summers. Average January temperatures are a high of 40.4 °F (4.7 °C) and a low of 20.8 °F (-6.2 °C). Average July temperatures are a high of 88.4 °F and a low of 49.8 °F. Temperatures reach 90 °F or higher on an average of 36.9 days, and drop to 32 ° or lower on an average of 164 days days annually.

Driving Directions

From Interstate 5, take Hwy 44 - 48 miles east to the junction of Hwy 89. Follow Hwy 89 south 1 mile to the north entrance of the park or take Hwy 36 E - 51 miles east to the junction of Hwy 89. Follow Hwy 89 north 6 miles to south entrance of the park. More directions to Lassen Volcanic.

Operating Hours

The park is always open. Road access is limited during the winter season, approximately November to May, due to snow.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Winter Pass: Valid for 1-7 days at Lassen Volcanic National Park between December 1 and April 15. Cost: $10

Vehicle Pass: Valid for 1-7 days at Lassen Volcanic National Park between April 16 and November 30 Cost: $20

Motorcycle Pass: Valid for one motorcycle regardless of the amount of passengers. Valid for 7 days at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Cost: $15

Individual Entrance Pass: Per person entrance fee for a visitor traveling on foot, bicycle, or for individuals traveling together in a vehicle as a non-commercial, organized group.Valid for 7 days at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Cost: $10

Contact

Physical Address:
38050 Hwy 36 E
Mineral, CA 96063

Mailing Address:
PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063

Phone Number: 5305954480

Lava Beds

National Monument

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Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. More than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and a high desert wilderness experience await you!

Paintbrush along park trail

Weather

Park elevations range from 4,000 to 5,700 feet. Cold weather is possible any time of year, and snow has been recorded in all months. Winter day­time highs average 40°F; lows average 20°F. Morning fog is frequent from autumn through spring. Summer daytime highs average 75° to 80°F; lows average 50°F. Occasional thunderstorms occur in summer.

Driving Directions

Lava Beds is a truly remote park, in a corner of California most people never visit. Most roads into this area wind through mountains, and along rivers, and travel may take longer than expected. Services are few and far between and winter driving conditions can be encountered anytime between fall and spring. More directions to Lava Beds.

Operating Hours

While you can visit the park 24 hours a day, the visitor center in December, January and February is only open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. March, April, May and September, October, and November, the visitor center is open from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. June, July, and August the visitor center is open 9:00 am - 5:30 pm.

Monday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Entrance Fees

Lava Beds Entrance Fee: The entrance fee is good for 7 days and can be paid for with cash, check, or credit card. Entrance fee is per vehicle. Cost: $15

Contact

Physical Address:
1 Indian Well HQ
Tulelake, CA 96134

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1240
Tulelake, CA 96134

Phone Number: 5306678113

Manzanar

National Historic Site

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In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were incarcerated during World War II.

People walk to barracks framed by mountain peaks.

Weather

Manzanar is located in the Owens Valley at 4,000' elevation, at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada. We get little precipitation but we do have four distinct seasons. Summer temperatures can soar over 100 degrees. Winter highs are usually in the 40's. Nighttime temperatures year round are 30 to 40 degrees less than daytime highs. High winds are common in any season.

Driving Directions

Manzanar is located on the west side of U.S. Highway 395, 9 miles north of Lone Pine, California and 6 miles south of Independence, CA. More directions to Manzanar.

Operating Hours

Open Daily: Hours, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Closed December 25

Monday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fees: There is no fee to enter Manzanar National Historic Site. Enjoy your visit! If you plan to visit other parks with an entrance fee, learn more about the America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass series and fee-free days in the national parks. National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass - The interagency recreation pass system replaces the National Parks Pass, Golden Eagle, Golden Age and Golden Access Passports.

Contact

Physical Address:
Manzanar National Historic Site
Independence, CA 93526

Mailing Address:
Manzanar National Historic Site
Independence, CA 93526

Phone Number: 7608782194

Mojave

National Preserve

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Singing sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million acre park. A visit to its canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts. Located between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Mojave provides serenity and solitude from major metropolitan areas.

Spring wildflowers carpeting the desert floor

Weather

Mojave Desert experiences change with the seasons. In winter, freezing temperatures and strong winds can be expected, with rain and snow in the mountains. With enough moisture, spring wildflowers may carpet the desert floor with vivid colors. Summers are hot, and temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit are typical. In summer, adventurers head for the higher elevations such as Mid-Hills and the New York Mountains. The cooler temperatures of fall mark hunting season.

Driving Directions

Park headquarters in Barstow, California is 60 miles from the Preserve, and offers maps, a bookstore and information. Our main visitor center, Kelso Depot, is located inside the Preserve, 95 miles north of Barstow, and 90 miles south of Las Vegas, at the intersection of Kelso-Cima and Kelbaker Roads. More directions to Mojave.

Operating Hours

Mojave National Preserve is always open.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Mojave Entrance Fee: Mojave National Preserve does not charge a fee to enter the park

Contact

Mailing Address:
2701 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311

Physical Address:
2701 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311

Phone Number: 7602526100

Muir Woods

National Monument

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Walk among old growth coast redwoods, cooling their roots in the fresh water of Redwood Creek and lifting their crowns to reach the sun and fog. Federally protected as a National Monument since 1908, this primeval forest is both refuge and laboratory, revealing our relationship with the living landscape. What will you discover in Muir Woods?

A wooden bridge crosses Redwood Creek in the redwood forest

Weather

The coast redwood forest is cool most times of the year with temperatures ranging from 40 - 70 degrees F or 4 - 21 degrees C. From late October to early May expect rain. Summer months (June-August) can be warmer but it is generally cool and dry. Expect heavy fog in the morning, burning off in the afternoon. Some say fall (August-October) is the best weather of the year. But, don't let the weather stop you from having fun. If you're dressed for the elements and wearing sturdy shoes, you will enjoy your walk.

Driving Directions

From San Francisco Muir Woods is located 11 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge Take Hwy 101 North Then the Mill Valley/Highway 1/ Stinson Beach Exit Follow the signs to Hwy 1 Follow the signs to Muir Woods From the East Bay Take Hwy 580/Richmond/San Rafael Bridge West Then Hwy 101 South Take the Stinson Beach/Mill Valley Exit Follow the signs to Highway 1 Follow the signs to Muir Woods Vehicles over 35 feet long are prohibited. There are no RV parking facilities. More directions to Muir Woods.

Operating Hours

Muir Woods is open every day of the year from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The Visitor Center is open everyday at 9:00 a.m. The Muir Woods Trading Company and Cafe open at 9:00 a.m. and close about an hour before the park closes.

Monday: 8:00AM - Sunset
Tuesday: 8:00AM - Sunset
Wednesday: 8:00AM - Sunset
Thursday: 8:00AM - Sunset
Friday: 8:00AM - Sunset
Saturday: 8:00AM - Sunset
Sunday: 8:00AM - Sunset

Entrance Fees

Muir Woods Entrance Fee: The entry fee to Muir Woods is $10 a person, ages 16 and over. Children are free. Cost: $10

Contact

Mailing Address:
Muir Woods National Monument
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Physical Address:
Muir Woods National Monument
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Phone Number: 4155612850

Old Spanish

National Historic Trail

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Follow the routes of mule pack trains across the Southwest on the Old Spanish National Historic Trail between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, California. New Mexican traders moved locally produced merchandise across what are now six states to exchange for mules and horses.

crumbling adobe structure with blue sky

Weather

Due to the length of Old Spanish National Historic Trail, be sure to consult local weather sources for the region you'll be visiting. Here's a link to the South Central US: www.accuweather.com/en/us/south-central/weather-radar

Driving Directions

Old Spanish Trail includes a wide variety of sites and organizations across Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, or Utah. Plane: Fly into a number of airports, including Santa Fe, New Mexico; Alamosa and Durango, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; St. George, Utah; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Los Angeles, California. Look for site-specific directions organized by state on the Passport Program web page. www.nps.gov/olsp/planyourvisit/passport-program.htm More directions to Old Spanish.

Operating Hours

OPERATING HOURS VARY FROM SITE TO SITE. There are many historic sites, museums, and parks (federal, state, and local) along the Old Spanish National Historic Trail in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California for you to visit. Please contact individual sites for more information by going to the Passport Program web page, where sites are listed by state, and there is an interactive map to search for site. www.nps.gov/olsp/planyourvisit/passport-program.htm

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

General Entrance Fee Information: There are NO USER OR ENTRY FEES fees for the Old Spanish National Historic Trail. NOMINAL FEES may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities. Please visit Plan Your Visit / Passport Program for an interactive map and a list of places to visit by state. Contact information is available for each site to call and find out about fees.www.nps.gov/olsp/planyourvisit/passport-program.htm

Contact

Physical Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Mailing Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone Number: 5059886098

Pinnacles

National Park

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Some 23 million years ago multiple volcanoes erupted, flowed, and slid to form what would become Pinnacles National Park. What remains is a unique landscape. Travelers journey through chaparral, oak woodlands, and canyon bottoms. Hikers enter rare talus caves and emerge to towering rock spires teeming with life: prairie and peregrine falcons, golden eagles, and the inspiring California condor.

Boulders in the Balconies Cave.

Weather

Pinnacles National Park has a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers, and mild winters with moderate precipitation. The park is several miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. A wider variation in seasonal temperatures can be expected in the local area. On July or August day, daytime temperatures over 100° F are not uncommon, but a bright sunny day can turn into a very cold night.

Driving Directions

Pinnacles National Park is accessible through highway 101 for the West entrance, and highway 25 for the East entrance. From highway 101 you must pass through the City of Soledad to find highway 146 which will lead to West side of Pinnacles. To enter East Pinnacles you must find highway 25 through the City of Hollister coming from the North, and King City through Bitter Water Road (G-13) when coming from the South. More directions to Pinnacles.

Operating Hours

Entrance to the east side of Pinnacles National Park is always open.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Private, Non-Commercial Vehicles (including motorcycles): Valid for 7 days Cost: $15

Individual, Hike / Bicycle: Valid for 7 days Cost: $10

Organized, Non-Commercial Groups: Visitors 16 years and older (i.e. service organizations, scouts, church groups, and college/school clubs) in buses and vehicles with 16 passenger capacity or more. Valid for 7 days Cost: $10

Commercial Vehicle, 1 to 6 passenger capacity: 7 days for original manifest Cost: $25

Commercial Vehicle, 7 to 25 passenger capacity: 7 days for original manifest Cost: $40

Commercial Tour Bus or Motorcoach, 26 or more passenger capacity: 7 days for original manifest Cost: $100

Contact

Physical Address:
5000 Highway 146
Paicines, CA 95043

Mailing Address:
5000 Highway 146
Paicines, CA 95043

Phone Number: 8313894486

Point Reyes

National Seashore

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From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, the Seashore preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people. Point Reyes awaits your exploration.

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Weather

The moderating influence of the Pacific Ocean creates a climate with no great extremes of heat or cold. Any season can bring interesting weather during your visit to Point Reyes National Seashore. Come prepared!

Driving Directions

Point Reyes is located along the west coast of California approximately 30 miles (50 km) north of San Francisco. Travelers may approach the park from the winding scenic Highway 1, either from the north or the south. Visitors can also reach the park via Sir Francis Drake Boulevard or the Point Reyes/Petaluma Road. More directions to Point Reyes.

Operating Hours

The park is open to visitors every day of the year. All areas in the park are closed to visitor vehicle parking between midnight and 6 am, with the exception that visitors holding backcountry camping permits may park at established trailheads and authorized visitors staying overnight at the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, the Point Reyes Hostel, and the Lifeboat Station may park at those locations. Any other overnight parking and use must be approved by the Chief Ranger’s office.

Monday: Opens at 6:00AM
Tuesday: Opens at 6:00AM
Wednesday: Opens at 6:00AM
Thursday: Opens at 6:00AM
Friday: Opens at 6:00AM
Saturday: Opens at 6:00AM
Sunday: Opens at 6:00AM

Entrance Fees

Point Reyes National Seashore Entrance Fee: There is no entrance fee to visit Point Reyes National Seashore.

Contact

Mailing Address:
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Physical Address:
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Phone Number: 4154645100

Pony Express

National Historic Trail

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It is hard to believe that young men once rode horses to carry mail from Missouri to California in the unprecedented time of only 10 days. This relay system along the Pony Express National Historic Trail in eight states was the most direct and practical means of east-west communications before the telegraph.

A tall rock buttress with a cleft in the center sits behind a sagebrush covered valley.

Weather

Due to the length of the Pony Express National Historic Trail, be sure to consult local weather sources for the region you'll be visiting. The trail passes through seven states.

Driving Directions

Young men once rode horses to carry mail from Missouri to California along the Pony Express National Historic Trail across eight states. Please see our Directions page for more information on following the Pony Express National Historic Trail across the United States. More directions to Pony Express.

Operating Hours

The Pony Express National Historic Trail is not a clearly marked hiking trail. Instead it is a route that passes through communities as well as wild areas and through different states and land ownership. Each location varies as to the hours of operation and access. Please check individual locations along the trail to plan your visit.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Entrance fees vary site by site: There are no user or entry fees for the Pony Express National Historic Trail. Fees may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities. Please visit Places To Go (http://www.nps.gov/poex/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm) for an interactive map and extensive list of places to visit by state or our Links and Resources page for useful trip planning websites. Contact information is available for each site to call and find out about fees.

Contact

Physical Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Mailing Address:
National Trails Intermountain Region
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Phone Number: 8017411012

Port Chicago Naval Magazine

National Memorial

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On the evening of July 17, 1944, residents in the San Francisco east bay area were jolted awake by a massive explosion that cracked windows and lit up the night sky. At Port Chicago Naval Magazine, 320 men were instantly killed when two ships being loaded with ammunition for the Pacific theater troops blew up. It was WWII's worst home front disaster.

Port Chicago Memorial

Weather

The Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial is on a base and sits on the waterfront. There is no shelter at the memorial, aside from the shuttle. It can be windy and cold during any season. Many people prefer to at least bring a light jacket during the summer, or coat during the other seasons.

Driving Directions

The Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial is on an active military base, so it is only accessible by reservation. The shuttle picks up visitors with reservations at the John Muir National Historic Site. Please know that all visitors for the memorial must have a reservation. Please visit our website for information on how to obtain reservations. More directions to Port Chicago Naval Magazine.

Operating Hours

The Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial is located on Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO) and is an active base. Due to its location, tours are only available with reservations on a ranger-guided tour. Public access to the memorial is through a two-week advance reservation process and only on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays. Allow for 1.5 hours beginning at 12:45 PM. No access Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and during Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO) operations.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial: Reservations are free. No park fee required.

Contact

Mailing Address:
4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez, CA 94553

Physical Address:
4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez, CA 94553

Phone Number: 9252288860

Presidio of San Francisco

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For 218 years, the Presidio served as an army post for three nations. World and local events, from military campaigns to World Fairs and earthquakes, left their mark. Come enjoy the history and the natural beauty of the Presidio. Explore centuries of architecture. Reflect in a national cemetery. Walk along an historic airfield, through forests or to beaches, and admire spectacular vistas.

Rows of grave markers in the green grass of the cemetery as light shafts through misty trees.

Weather

The weather at the Presidio is typically cool and quite variable from location to location. The summer is often foggy and cool, so a light coat or sweater is appropriate year-round.

Driving Directions

The Presidio lies at the north end of San Francisco at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge. It can be reached from the north by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and taking the first exit from Highways 1 and 101; from the east by way of Lombard Street (Highway 101); and from the south via Highway 1 and exiting just before the bridge. More directions to Presidio of San Francisco.

Operating Hours

The Presidio is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Presidio of San Francisco: There is not entry fee.

Contact

Physical Address:
Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129

Mailing Address:
Fort Mason, Bldg. 201
San Francisco, CA 94123

Phone Number: 4155614323

Redwood

National and State Parks

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Most people know Redwood as home to the tallest trees on Earth. The parks also protect vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways, and nearly 40 miles of rugged coastline. For thousands of years people have lived in this verdant landscape. Together, the National Park Service and California State Parks manage these lands for the inspiration, enjoyment, and education of all.

Redwood tree bark and canopy

Weather

Visitors should be prepared for cooler and damp weather. Dress in layers and expect to get wet. Year-round temperatures along California's redwood coast: mid-40s°F (7°C) to mid-60s°F (18°C). Summer can be foggy, with highs occasionally reaching low 70s°F (20°C). Winters are cooler with considerable rain. October through April averages 60-80 inches of rain over the region.

Driving Directions

Redwood National and State Parks is located in northernmost coastal California - almost on the Oregon border. The parks are about 60-miles long, with four visitor centers from north to south. We are a six to seven-hour drive (325 miles) north of San Francisco, a six-hour drive (330 miles) south of Portland, OR and a four-hour drive (170 miles) west of Redding, CA. More directions to Redwood.

Operating Hours

The national and state parks are always open to enjoy. Roads, trails and public access remain open year round. Some facilities are closed in the winter season (November-May)

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Redwood National Park Entrance Fee: There are no entrance stations in the National Park. The only entrance fee is to the Gold Bluffs Beach section of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

Gold Bluffs Beach - Day Use Entrance Fee: For vehicle access to Fern Canyon and Gold Bluffs Beach Campground. Currently, this is the only entrance fee in Redwood National and State Parks. Cost: $8

Entrance Fees: There are no entrance stations or fee booths as you drive the highways and scenic parkways through the parks. The only entrance fee is to Gold Bluffs Beach / Fern canyon.

Entrance Fees: There are no entrance fees into Redwood National Park. There are no fees to drive The Newton B. Drury Scenic parkway, or Howland Hill Road in the state parks.

Redwood State and National Park Entrance Fee: There are no entrance fees to drive the scenic drives or highway in the parks.

Contact

Physical Address:
1111 Second Street
Crescent City, CA 95531

Mailing Address:
1111 Second Street
Crescent City, CA 95531

Phone Number: 7074657335

Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front

National Historical Park

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Explore and honor the efforts and sacrifices of American civilians on the World War II home front. Find out how they lived, worked and got along. Many faces, many stories, many truths weave a complex tapestry of myths and realities from this time of opportunity and loss.

Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center

Weather

Weather typical for San Francisco Bay Area. Can be cold and windy year round. Fog in the summer.

Driving Directions

Please visit the "Directions and Transportation" link on the main website at http://www.nps.gov/rori/planyourvisit/directions.htm More directions to Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front.

Operating Hours

Hours Of Operation: The Visitor Center is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm, seven days per week, excluding three holidays. Holidays Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Monday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Visitor Education Center Entrance: Entrance is free to the Visitor Education Center. No park passes are needed or sold.

Contact

Mailing Address:
1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000
Richmond, CA 94804

Physical Address:
1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000
Richmond, CA 94804

Phone Number: 5102325050

San Francisco Maritime

National Historical Park

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Located in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers visitors the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history. The Park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, a Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and Aquatic Park Historic District.

The bow and masts of a 19th century sailing ship.

Weather

San Francisco is located in a Mediterranean climate. The rainy season usually lasts from November to March. The warmest months are usually September and October. The famous San Francisco fog begins rolling in through the Golden Gate in the spring and can persist throughout the summer months. That said, the city can be foggy and windy any time of the year, so if your visit to “sunny California” includes a stop in San Francisco, bring some warm clothing. The average annual temperature is 62.5°F (16.9°C).

Driving Directions

The park is located within the city limits of San Francisco, in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay. More directions to San Francisco Maritime.

Operating Hours

The pier is open seven days a week from 9:30am to 5pm. However, a ticket to board the historic ships is not sold after 4:30pm. The pier is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days.

Monday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:30PM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fee to Board the Historic Vessels: Per person fee to board the historic ships at Hyde Street Pier. Good for seven days. Children 15 and younger are free. Cost: $10

Contact

Physical Address:
2905 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Mailing Address:
2 Marina Boulevard, Building E, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94123

Phone Number: 4155617000

Santa Monica Mountains

National Recreation Area

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Hidden in plain sight from Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Mountains offer easy access to surprisingly wild places. Experience the famous beaches of Malibu or explore more than 500 miles of trails. The park abounds with historical and cultural sites, from old movie ranches to Native American centers. What will you and your family discover?

Clouds between the mountains

Weather

Summers are hot and dry while winters are cool and wet.

Driving Directions

There are multiple trailheads around the park, so there is not one main entrance. You can begin your visit at the visitor center, located off Mulholland Highway in Calabasas. The Santa Monica Mountains are traversed by the 405 Freeway on the east side; crowned by the 101 Freeway on the north and west side; and Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), on the southern ocean border. More directions to Santa Monica Mountains.

Operating Hours

The park sites are open year-round. Our parking lots are open from 8 am to sunset.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fee: Entrance to the park (visitor center and all trailheads) is free.

Contact

Physical Address:
26876 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302

Mailing Address:
26876 Mulholland Highway
Calabasas, CA 91302

Phone Number: 8053702301

Sequoia & Kings Canyon

National Parks

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This dramatic landscape testifies to nature's size, beauty, and diversity--huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world's largest trees. These two parks lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada east of the San Joaquin Valley. Weather varies a lot by season and elevation, which ranges from 1,370' to 14,494'.

A deep canyon with a forested floor and steep granite cliffs

Weather

Because of the extreme elevation range in these parks, weather conditions vary widely between areas. In summer, the sequoia groves have comfortable temperatures and the foothills are hot and dry. Snow lingers on high-mountain passes well into summer. In fall, some areas close or reduce their hours. Winter brings snow to sequoia groves and rain to the foothills. Be prepared for tire chain requirements. Spring is a great time to hike in the foothills and snow begins to melt at higher elevations.

Driving Directions

Two highways enter the parks. Hwy 180 from Fresno leads east to Kings Canyon National Park, then continues 30 miles east to Cedar Grove. Hwy 198 from Visalia leads east to Sequoia National Park via Three Rivers. Inside the parks, Highway 198 becomes the Generals Highway, which connects 198 to 180. Vehicles over 22-feet long should enter the parks via Highway 180. In winter, the Generals Highway between the parks often closes. Chains may be required on park roads. No roads cross these parks east to west. More directions to Sequoia & Kings Canyon.

Operating Hours

These parks are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Rarely, extreme weather conditions may cause roads into the parks to be closed.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Vehicle Pass: This pass is valid for 1-7 days and includes everyone traveling in a single vehicle for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and Hume Lake District of Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument. You can purchase this pass in advance at www.yourpassnow.com Cost: $30

Individual Entry Pass: This entry fee is for a single person traveling on foot or by bicycle. It is valid for 1-7 days in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and Hume Lake District of Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument. Cost: $15

Non-Commercial Group: Groups traveling in a bus or vehicle with a capacity of 16 persons or more are charged per person. People 15 years old or younger, drivers hired for transportation only, or anyone with a pass that may be used for park entry is exempt from paying the entrance fee. Cost: $15

Commercial Group, 1-6 Passenger Capacity: This entrance fee is for commercial tours of one or more people traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure or recreational purposes by an organization that realizes financial gain through the provision of the service. This fee is based on the seating capacity of the vehicle and not the actual number of passengers. Passenger ages or entrance passes do not affect the price. The charge for vehicles with a seating capacity of 1-6 passengers is $25 plus $10 per person. Cost: $25

Commercial Group, 7-15 Passenger Capacity: This entrance fee is for commercial tours of vehicles with a seating capacity of 7-15 people. Cost: $75

Commercial Group, 16-25 Passenger Capacity: This entrance fee is for commercial tours of vehicles with a seating capacity of 16-25 people. Cost: $100

Commercial group, 26+ Passenger Capacity: This entrance fee is for commercial tours of vehicles with a seating capacity of 26 or more people. Cost: $200

Motorcycle Pass: This pass is valid for 1-7 days and includes everyone traveling on a motorcycle, scooter, or similar motorized vehicle for Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and Hume Lake District of Sequoia National Forest/Giant Sequoia National Monument. You can purchase this pass in advance at www.yourpassnow.com. Cost: $25

Contact

Physical Address:
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Mailing Address:
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone Number: 5595653341

Tule Lake Unit

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The Tule Lake Unit, WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument includes both the the Tule Lake Segregation Center, the largest and most controversial of the sites where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during World War II, and Camp Tulelake, which was first a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, then an additional facility to detain Japanese Americans, and finally a prisoner of war camp.

Tule Lake Segregation Center Jail with Castle Rock in the back ground

Weather

Summer daytime highs average 75° to 80°F; lows average 50°F. Occasional thunderstorms occur in summer. Winter daytime highs average 40°F; lows average 20°F. Morning fog is frequent from autumn through spring.

Driving Directions

The visitor center is located at the Tulelake - Butte Valley Fairgrounds at 800 Main St. Tulelake, CA 96134 More directions to Tule Lake Unit.

Operating Hours

Rangers are the visitor center during the summer 7 days a week. The rest of the year, you can view the fairgrounds museum Monday - Friday, when fair staff is there.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Tulelake - Butte Valley Fairgrounds Museum Fee: While there is no fee for the Tule Lake Unit, the Tulelake - Butte Valley Fairgrounds does charge a fee to visit their museum. Cost: $3

Contact

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1240
Tulelake, CA 96134

Physical Address:
800 Main St
Tuelake, CA 96134

Phone Number: 5302600537or5306678113

Whiskeytown

National Recreation Area

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Whiskeytown Lake’s beautiful crystal-clear waters, surrounded by mountain peaks, are perhaps the most prominent feature of the park. However, water-based recreation is only a small part of what the park has to offer. The 39,000 acres surrounding the lake hold four waterfalls, pristine mountain creeks, 70 miles of trails, and opportunities to explore the history of the California Gold Rush.

Being on the Top of Shasta Bally

Weather

Whiskeytown NRA is in a Mediterranean climate, which means hot, dry summers followed by cool, wet winters. Summer temperatures often reach the upper 90's to lower 100 degrees Fahrenheit, as well as the occasional thunderstorm. Winter brings snow to the upper elevations (only occasionally down to the lake level of 1,200'), and rain and ice.

Driving Directions

Car From Interstate 5, take the Highway 44 West exit toward Downtown Redding and Eureka. From Downtown Redding, follow Highway 299 west toward Eureka for approximately 8 miles to reach the Visitor Center. Plane Commercial air service is available to Redding California located approximately 16 miles from Whiskeytown. Rental vehicles are available. More directions to Whiskeytown.

Operating Hours

Hours The Visitor Center is open daily except on Wednesday, November 21st the Visitor Center will close at at 1 p.m. In addition to November 25th and 26th for Thanksgiving, December 10 from 11:30 to 2:30, December 24th and 25th for Christmas, December 31st and January 1st for New Years Day. •Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seasons The park is open year-round, 24 hours a day.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Seven Day Entrance Pass: This pass gives access to the park for one vehicle. It is valid for seven days and can be applied towards an Annual pass until two weeks after purchase. Cost: $10

Whiskeytown Annual Pass: This pass is good for one year after purchase, it covers one vehicle and is valid at Lassen National Park. Cost: $40

Contact

Physical Address:
14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Whiskeytown, CA 96095

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 188
Whiskeytown, CA 96095

Phone Number: 5302423400

World War II Valor in the Pacific

National Monument

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At World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, home of the USS Arizona Memorial, learn about one of the most pivotal moments in US history: the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. The monument preserves and interprets the stories of the Pacific War, from the internment of Japanese Americans to the battles in the Aleutians.

The USS Arizona Memorial in front of the USS Missouri.

Weather

Hawaii has two seasons – winter (ho'oilo) and summer (kau wela) – and temperatures don't change drastically the way they do in the mainland United States. During the day, expect temperatures in the mid-70s to the mid-80s all year around. Expect lows in the winter months (November to March) to be around 60 degrees. The Hawaiian winter is also considered the rainy season, and flash floods are not uncommon. You can expect to see lots of rainbows as the rain clears.

Driving Directions

Please input our address rather than just "Pearl Harbor," as this will take you to the active military base, not the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. More directions to World War II Valor in the Pacific.

Operating Hours

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Entrance Fees

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument: It is free to visit the USS Arizona Memorial and the Pearl Harbor museums.

Contact

Physical Address:
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
Honolulu, HI 96818

Mailing Address:
National Park Service
Honolulu, HI 96818

Phone Number: 8084223399

Yosemite

National Park

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Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.

A mountain reflecting in a lake.

Weather

Yosemite National Park covers nearly 1,200 square miles (3,100 square km) in the Sierra Nevada, with elevations ranging from about 2,000 feet (600 m) to 13,000 ft (4,000 m). Yosemite receives 95% of its precipitation between October and May (and over 75% between November and March). Most of Yosemite is blanketed in snow from about November through May. (Yosemite Valley can be rainy or snowy in any given winter storm.)

Driving Directions

You can drive to Yosemite all year and enter via Highways 41, 140, and 120 from the west. Tioga Pass Entrance (via Highway 120 from the east) is closed from around November through late May or June. Hetch Hetchy is open all year but may close intermittently due to snow. Please note that GPS units do not always provide accurate directions to or within Yosemite. More directions to Yosemite.

Operating Hours

Yosemite National Park is always open. Reservations are not available or required to enter the park. However, during summer, it's best to arrive by mid-morning to avoid traffic.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Non-commercial car, pickup truck, RV, or van with 15 or fewer passenger seats: This fee is valid for seven days. Cost: $30

Motorcycle: The fee is valid for seven days. Cost is per motorcycle (not per person). Cost: $25

Foot, bicycle, horse, or non-commercial bus or van with more than 15 passenger seats: This fee is valid for seven days. People 15 years and younger are free. Cost: $15

Commercial Tour (sedan up to six seats): The fee is $25 plus $15 per person. Cost: $25

Commercial Tour (van, 7-15 seats, regardless of occupancy): Cost: $125

Commercial Tour (mini bus, 16-25 seats, regardless of occupancy): Cost: $200

Commercial Tour (motor coach, 26 or more seats, regardless of occupancy): Cost: $300

Contact

Physical Address:
Northside Drive
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Mailing Address:
PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Phone Number: 2093720200