NATIONAL PARKS IN CALIFORNIA
Since Yellowstone became a park in 1872, the list of National Park Service units has grown to more than 400. Here is a list of the park service units in California. To see more parks in the West, go to www.nps.gov.
Alcatraz Island, access using Alcatraz Cruises at Pier 33, Embarcadero, San Francisco; (415) 561-4900 or (415) 981-7625 (tickets), www.nps.gov/alca and www.alcatrazcruises.com Cabrillo National Monument, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive , San Diego; (619) 557-5450, www.nps.gov/cabr California National Historic Trail, National Trails Intermountain Region, www.nps.gov/cali. To see the seven trails and routes, most in Northern California, go to www.lat.ms/califtrail. Mailing address for info: 324 S. State St., Suite 200, Salt Lake City, 84111; (801) 741-1012, Ext. 119. Trails also in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. Castle Mountains National
Monument, 2701 Barstow Road, Barstow; (760) 252-6100,
www.nps.gov/camo. Closest visitor center: Kelso Depot Visitor Center, 90942 Kelso-Cima Road, Kelso. César E. Chávez National Monument, 29700 Woodford-Tehachapi Road, Keene; (661) 823-6134, www.nps.gov/cech Channel Islands National Park, visitor center at 1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura; (805) 658-5730, www.nps.gov/chis Death Valley National Park,
(760) 786-3200, www.nps.gov/ deva. Furnace Creek Visitor Center is off California 190 in the Furnace Creek Resort, about 30 miles from Death Valley Junction and 24 miles from Stovepipe Wells Village. Devils Postpile National Monument, Devils Postpile Access Road, Mammoth Lakes; (760) 934-2289, www.nps.gov/depo. Open mid-June to mid-October. Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, 205 Railroad Ave., Danville; (925) 838-0249, www.nps.gov/euon. Visitors cannot drive to the site, and reservations are required for free shuttle from Danville. Ft. Point National Historic Site, under the South Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge at the end of Marine Drive on the Presidio, San Francisco; (415) 556-1693, www.nps.gov/fopo Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Ft. Mason, B201, San Francisco; (415) 561-4700,
www.nps.gov/goga. Includes Crissy Field, Ocean Beach, Sweeney Ridge, Rancho Corral de Tierra, Marin Headlands, Phleger Estate, Ft. Funston, Alcatraz and the Presidio. John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez; (925) 228-8860, www.nps.gov/jomu Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree Visitor Center (west entrance), south of the junction of California 62 and Park Boulevard in Joshua Tree; (760) 367-5500, www.nps.gov/jotr Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez (trail is in California and Arizona); (415) 6232343, www.nps.gov/juba Lassen Volcanic National Park, Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center (southwest entrance), 21820 Lassen Peak Highway; (530) 595-4480, www.nps.gov/lavo Lava Beds National Monument, Visitor Center (south end), 1 Indian Well (near Cave Loop Road), Tulelake; (530) 667-8113, www.nps.gov/labe Manzanar National Historic Site, 5001 U.S. 395, Independence; (760) 878-2194, Ext. 3310, www.nps.gov/manz Mojave National Preserve, Kelso Depot Visitor Center, 90942 Kelso-Cima Road, Kelso; (760)
252-6100, www.nps.gov/moja Muir Woods National Monument, 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley; (415) 388-2595, www.nps.gov/muwo Old Spanish National Historic Trail. (Also in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.) www.nps.gov/olsp Pinnacles National Park, West Visitor Center, 5000 California 146, Paicines; (831) 389-4485, www.nps.gov/pinn Point Reyes National Seashore, Bear Valley Visitor Center, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station; (415) 464-5100, Ext. 2; camping reservations: (877) 444-6777, www.nps.gov/pore Pony Express National Historic Trail. Trail also in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. B.F. Hastings Building, 1000 Second St. near the Pony Express statue, 2nd and J streets, Sacramento. (Managed by the National Trails Intermountain Region, 324 S. State St., Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111; (801) 741-1012, Ext. 119 and (916) 440-4263, www.nps.gov/poex Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, c/o John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez; (925) 228-8860 (Ext. 6520 for reservations), www.nps.gov/poch. Reservations two weeks in advance are required. Open only to U.S. citizens. Presidio of San Francisco, visitor center at 210 Lincoln Blvd., San Francisco; (415) 561-4323, www.nps.gov/prsf Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City Info Center, 1111 2nd St., Crescent City; (707) 465-7335, www.nps.gov/redw Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical
Park, Visitor Education Center in the historic Ford Building complex, 1414 Harbour Way S., Suite 3000, Richmond; (510) 232-5050, Ext. 0, www.nps.gov/rori San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, 900 Beach St. plus historic ships at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco; (415) 447-5000 (visitor center) and (415) 561-7100 (Maritime Museum), www.nps.gov/safr Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Interagency Visitor Center, 26876 Mulholland Drive, Calabasas; (805) 370-2301, www.nps.gov/samo Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Foothills Visitor Center, 47050 Generals Highway, Three Rivers; (559) 565-3341, www.nps.gov/seki Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Tulelake Fairgrounds Museum, 800 Main St., Tulelake; (530) 260-0537, www.nps.gov/tule Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, 11412 Kennedy Memorial Drive (at California 299), Whiskeytown; (530) 246-1225, www.nps.gov/whis Yosemite National Park, (209) 372-0200, www.nps.gov/yose. Five main entrances: Wawona Road (off Highway 41), El Portal Road (off Highway 140), Big Oak Flat (off Highway 120), Tioga Pass (from the opposite direction on Highway 120; currently closed, check for snow) and Hetch Hetchy (by way of Evergreen and Hetch Hetchy Roads), Yosemite National Park.
FORMER fort and prison Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.