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NATIONAL PARKSequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks In central California, stretching northward from 35 miles east of Visalia to 55 miles east of Fresno, and from the foothills of the San Joaquin Valley to the crest of the High Sierra, these two parks abut one another and are managed together. Sequoia is the second-oldest national park, behind Yellowstone National Park.
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NATIONAL PARKJoshua Tree National Park North of I-10 and east of Desert Hot Springs with entrances at Cottonwood Spring, Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree National Park covers more than 800,000 acres. This California desert country contains striking granite formations and mountain ranges rising from flat valleys about 1,800 feet above sea level to elevations of more than 5,000 feet. At various trailheads and road pullouts there are informational signs about that particular area. However, trails leading off the roadways are not paved, and for a good part of the year the climate makes these trails inhospitable for many persons.
NATIONAL PARKSequoia National ForestSequoia National Forest lies in Central California at the southern end of the Sierra Nevadas, extending from Kings River southward to the Kern River and Piute Mountains, and westward from the Sierra Nevada summit to the brush-covered foothills of the San Joaquin Valley.
NATIONAL PARKDeath Valley National Park Mankind's marks on the desert are limited. The park boundaries encompass the route of the Jayhawkers Trail taken from Utah's Great Salt Lake in 1849; the route taken by the Darwin-French party in 1860; the first mine worked in the region; several beehive charcoal kilns; and the ghost town site of Skidoo.
NATIONAL PARKMojave National PreserveSeveral paved roads and hundreds of miles of gravel and dirt roads lace the area. Vehicles must stay on designated roads; there are no off-road vehicle areas. Because gasoline availability is unpredictable, you should fill your tank at Needles, Ludlow or Baker before entering the region and check ahead for weather and road conditions.
NATIONAL PARKLake Mead National Recreation Area This 1.5 million-acre recreation area, established in 1964, was created around Lake Mead, the massive Colorado River reservoir resulting from the construction of Hoover Dam. Exit wild river rapids. Enter motorboating, water skiing and fishing on a placid lake. Further downstream, the completion of Davis Dam in 1951 impounded Lake Mohave, another popular spot with the boat and Jet Ski set. In all, the recreation area extends about 140 miles along the Colorado River from the west end of Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., down to Bullhead City, Ariz., and its neighbor across the river, Laughlin, Nev.
NATIONAL PARKChannel Islands National Park Access to the Channel Islands can be arranged at locations in Oxnard, Ventura and Santa Barbara. Of the eight islands in Southern California's Channel Islands group, Anacapa, San Miguel, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa constitute Channel Islands National Park. The ocean waters up to 6 miles offshore surrounding these five islands are protected as Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. San Miguel Island was an active bombing range from World War II through the 1970s.
ARTICLEHistoric SceneryIt would be unfortunate indeed if your stay in San Diego had to be a short one, but at least you won't have to choose between visiting the city's most important historic sites and photographing its most picturesque. History and scenic beauty conveniently come together in California's second largest city; just travel out to Point Loma to see for yourself.
NATIONAL PARKSanta Monica Mountains National Recreation AreaStretching west from Griffith Park in Los Angeles past the Ventura County line, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area embraces 153,000 acres of rugged mountains, steep canyons, rolling woodlands and 50 miles of beach. Within its boundaries are 75,000 acres of city, county, state and federal parklands. Major state parks include Leo Carrillo, Malibu Creek, Point Mugu, Topanga Canyon and Will Rogers; in addition there are state and county beaches and parks from Point Mugu to Santa Monica.
NATIONAL PARKAngeles National ForestRising above the northern rim of the Los Angeles Basin, the Angeles National Forest covers more than 650,000 acres of the rugged San Gabriel Mountains, which in 1894 famed naturalist John Muir described as “one vast bee-pasture, a rolling wilderness of honey-bloom…” The forest encompasses terrain ranging from rugged, arid desert on the north slope to heavily timbered high mountain ridges and meadows.