California National Parks


Cabrillo NM
Park brochure for Cabrillo NM
Park Map
Synopsis: Monument to the first westerners on the west coast.
Stamp Location: Visitor center is located next to the parking area at the end of Catalina Blvd at Point Loma in San Diego.
Park stamp not obtained yet
California NHT
Park brochure not obtained yet
Park Map
Synopsis: Trail covers historic route of the largest land migration in the nations history.
Stamp Location: NPS site in California with the stamp: Lassen Volcanic NP. See also Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska for additional stamp locations.
Park stamp for California NHT
Channel Islands NP
Park brochure for Channel Islands NP
Park Map
Synopsis: Ecological preserve of islands off the coast of Los Angeles. Includes 145 species found no where else on the planet.
Stamp Location: Visitor centers on the mainland include Lagomarsino, 1900 Spinaker Dr in Ventura and Santa Barbara Island in Santa Barbara. The only visitor center on the islands is Anacapa Island, though each of the islands has a ranger contact station. Enquiry locally as to stamp availability.
Park stamp not obtained yet
Death Valley NP
Park brochure for Death valley NP
Park Map
Synopsis: The lowest point in North America is the main focal point of this park, as well as the history and culture of this region.
Stamp Location: Visitor center is located centrally within the park at Furnace Creek, just north of the junction of SR 190 and 178 on SR 190 west of Death Valley Junction and east of Lone Pine and at Scotty’s Castle. See also Nevada for an additional stamping location.
Park stamp for Death Valley NP
Devils Postpile NM
Park brochure for Devils Postpile NM
Park Map
Synopsis: Geological site preserves a 60′ wall of one of the worlds best examples of columnar-joint basalt and a 101′ waterfall (Rainbow Falls)
Stamp Location: Ranger station at the end of the road leading to the monument. To get to the monument, drive 10 miles west of US 395 on SR 203 and then 7 miles on a paved mountain road. Ranger station is only open in the summer.
Park stamp not obtained yet
Eugene O’Neill NHS
Park brochure for Eugene O'Neill NHS Synopsis: Historic site preserves the home of the only Nobel Prize winning playwright from the U.S. and the architect of modern American theater.
Stamp Location: Directions on the official site call for taking I-680 to Danville and that a reservation on a shuttle bus is necessary to get to the site. To make a reservation, call 925.838.0249. It is unclear if the Visitor center is located at the site or at the place where you meet the shuttle bus. The visitor center contains a bookstore that should have the stamp. The site is only open Wednesday – Sunday.
Park stamp not obtained yet
Fort Point NHS
Park brochure for Fort Point NHS
Park Map
Synopsis: Preserves historic fort under the Golden Gate Bridge, the only brick fort on the west caost.
Stamp Location: Stamp is located in the bookstore, just inside the fort at the end of Lincoln Blvd in San Francisco (inside the Presidio).
Park stamp for Fort Point NHS
Golden Gate NRA
Park brochure for Golden Gate NRA
Park Map
Synopsis: The area is the largest urban national park in the world, and protects undeveloped sites as well as historical ones.
Stamp Location: Multiple locations including the visitor center at Muir Woods NM, the Marin Headlands VC at Field & Bunker Rds (west after the Golden Gate Bridge), Cliff House at the western end of Point Lobos Ave, Fort Funston off of SR 35, Fort Pointe NHS & the William Penn Mott Jr VC in the Presidio (look for signs), park headquarters at Bay & Franklin Sts in San Francisco (near the SF Maritime NHP) and the Pacifica Visitor Center at 225 Rockaway Beach in Pacifica. The headquarters is also the western regional headquarters with park brochures and information about all parks in the region. Alcatraz also has a stamp, which is only reachable via boat from peir 41. Visit Blue & Gold Fleet for more specific information about visiting the island.
Park stamp for Golden Gate NRA
John Muir NHS
Park brochure for John Muir NHS Synopsis: Site preserves 14 room ornate mansion of naturalist whos work led to the creation of several national parks and even the National Park Service in 1916.
Stamp Location: The visitor center is located on the first floor of the home on Alhambra Ave, just off SR 4 in Martinez.
Park stamp not obtained yet
Joshua Tree NP
Park brochure for Joshua Tree NP
Park Map
Synopsis: Park preserves 800,000 acres of desert and its special ecosystems.
Stamp Location: The park has two visitor centers: Oasis VC on SR 62 in Twentynine Palms, and the Cottonwood VC on SR 195 near Chiriaco Summit on the southern end of the park. The stamp is also available at the Black Rock Canyon ranger station, just south of SR 62 and Yucca Valley. The stamp can also be obtained at the Indian Cove and Blackrock ranger stations.
Park stamp not obtained yet
Juan Bautista de Anza NHT
Park brochure not obtained yet Synopsis: Trail commemorates the route followed by Anza in 1775-76 when he led a contingent of 30 soldiers and their families from near Nogales, AZ to found a presidio and mission on the San Francisco Bay.
Stamp Location: Stamp is available in California at the Santa Monica Mountains NRA VC, the Presidio VC and Fort Point NHS of the Golden Gate NRA, John Muir NHS, Channel Islands NP VCs and Anza Borrego State Park. It may also be obtained at the trails headquarters located at 1111 Jackson Street #700 in Oakland.See also Arizona for additional stamp locations.
Park stamp for Juan Bautista de Anza NHT
Kings Canyon NP
Park brochure used for Kings Canyon NP
Park Map
Synopsis: Massive Canyon and wilderness area are the center peices of this park. Very mountainous road leads into the park and the canyon. Managed as one park with Sequoia NP (see separate listing).
Stamp Location: Stamp may be obtained at either the Grant Grove VC or the Cedar Grove ranger station, both along SR 180 west of Fresno.
Park stamp for Kings Canyon NP
Lassen Volcanic NP
Park brochure for Lassen Volcanic NP
Park Map
Synopsis: Geological park contains all four types of volcanoes in the world. Very scenic.
Stamp Location: The parks information center is located at Southwest, near Lassen Chalet on SR 89. Ranger stations are also located at Summit Lake North and next to the Loomis Museum on Manzanita Lake by the northwest entrance. Stamps are known to be at the parks entrances and at the headquarters 8 miles south of the park in Mineral and at the Loomis Museum.
Park stamp for Lassen Volcanic NP
Lava Beds NM
Park brochure for Lava Beds NM
Park Map
Synopsis: Park preserves volcanically created landscape of cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones, lava tube caves and pit craters.
Stamp Location: The park visitor center is located in the southern end of the park on the park road which runs from SR 139 south of Tulelake.
Park stamp for Lava Beds NM
Manzanar NHS
Park brochure not obtained yet
Park Map
Synopsis: Site preserves one of ten camps at which Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II.
Stamp Location: Stamp is available at the site on SR 395 and the Dueal VC near Independence.
Park stamp not obtained yet
Mojave NPres
Park brochure not obtained yet
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Synopsis: Park preserves 1.6 million acres of mountains, jumble rocks, desert washes, and dry lakes. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the opportunity for solitude here not easily found at other southern California parks.
Stamp Location: Stamp may be obtained at the Baker Desert Information Center at 72157 Baker Blvd (just off SR 127) in Baker, the Hole-in-the-Wall Ranger Station on Black Canyon Rd (well within the park and only open weekends as staffing allows and then only 10-14:00) and at the park headquarters at 222 E Main St, Suite 202 in Barstow.
Park stamp not obtained yet
Muir Woods NM
Park brochure for Muir Woods NM
Park Map
Synopsis: Park protects almost 300 acres of old growth redwood forest just north of San Francisco. Paved trails allow for easy access to through the popular woods.
Stamp Location: The stamp is located in the visitor center at the end of the parking lot, 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge via US 101 and SR 1 in Mill Valley.
Park stamp for Muir Woods NM
Pinnacles NM
Park brochure for Pinnacles NM
Park Maps
Synopsis: Park features the remains of an ancient volcano with massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement.
Stamp Location: The Bear Gulch VC located at the end of SR 146, 2 miles from entrance near Piacines and the Chaparral Ranger Station.
Park stamp not obtained yet
Point Reyes NS
Park brochure for Point Reyes NS
Park Map
Synopsis: Seashore protects rocky shores and open grassy plains with a diverse ecology.
Stamp Location: Stamp may be obtained at the Bear Valley VC on Bear Valley Rd off SR 1 in Olema, at the Lighthouse VC at the end of Sir Francis Drake Blvd at Point Reyes and the Kenneth C. Patrick VC n Drakes Beach off Sir Frances Drake Blvd.
Park stamp not obtained yet
Port Chicago Naval Magazine NM
Park brochure not obtained yet Synopsis: Site honors the courage and commitment of the 320 Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Merchant Mariners, and workers killed and injured there during World War II.
Stamp Location: Available by appointment only at the site. Call 925.838.0249 to make one to visit the memorial on the Conord Naval Weapons Station. Stamp is kept and is available at the Eugene O’Neil NHS.
Park stamp not obtained yet
Redwood NP & SP
Park brochure for Redwood NP & SP
Park Map
Synopsis: Park, along with several state parks, protects 45% of the states old growth redwood forests.
Stamp Location: Stamp locations include the Redwood Information Center off US 101 west of Orick, the park headquarters and information center at 2nd and K Sts in Crescent City and the Hiouchi Information Center along US 199 in Hiouchi.
Park stamp for Redwood NP & SP
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front NHP
Park brochure not obtained yet Synopsis: Park commemorates the efforts by millions of women during WWII and their impact on the home front during the war.
Stamp Location: Stamp is available at Richmond City Hall, 1401 Marina Way South.
Park stamp not obtained yet
San Francisco Maritime NHP
Park brochure for San Francisco Maritime NHP
Park Map
Synopsis: Park protects historic ships and offers museums and hands on participation.
Stamp Location: The stamp is available at the parks visitor center located at 499 Jefferson St, the Maritime Museum at the intersection of Polk and Beach Sts, next to Ghirardelli Square, two locations on Hyde Street Pier (the store & kiosk) & Fort Mason (see Golden Gate NRA for more information).
Park stamp not obtained yet
Santa Monica Mountains NRA
Park brochure for Santa Monica Mountains NRA
Park Map
Synopsis: Park works to preserve ecological and historical resources of mountain range the rises above Los Angeles. Protects ocean fron areas as well as mountains in a mix of local, state, and federal partnerships.
Stamp Location: Park headquarters and visitor center is located at 401 W Hillcrest Dr in Thousand Oaks. From Ventura Freeway (US 101) to Lynn Rd turn north on Lynn road turn east (right) on Hillcrest Drive left onto McCloud Ave. First driveway on the right.
Park stamp not obtained yet
Sequoia NP
Park brochure used for Sequoia NP
Park Map
Synopsis: Park protects groves of giant trees and alpine areas including Mt Whitney at 14,494′ the highest point in the state. Managed as one park with Kings Canyon NP (see separate listing).
Stamp Location: Stamp may be obtained at the Foot Hills VC and park headquarters on SR 198, three miles from Three Rivers and just inside the park, the Lodgepole VC at Giant Forest in the middle of the park and at the Mineral King Ranger Station.
Park stamp for Sequoia NP
Whiskeytown NRA
Park brochure for Whiskeytown NRA
Park Map
Synopsis: Recreation area with mountainous terrain and large lake as its center piece. Park is one of the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity NRA, but only Whiskeytown is administered by the NPS.
Stamp Location: The parks visitor center is located right off SR 299 just west of Shasta on Whiskytown Lake.
Park stamp for Whiskeytown NRA
Yosemite NP
Park brochure for Yosemite NP
Park Map
Synopsis: Park preserves spectacular mountain scenery including Yosemite Valley, water falls (some among the highest in the world) and Tuolumne Meadows, an awesome sub-alpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks.
Stamp Location: Stamp may be obtained at the Wawona Information Station (summer only) just past the south entrance on SR 41, the Valley VC located in Yosemite Village, the Information Station along SR 120 and at the Tuolumne Meadows VC along SR 120 in Tuolumne Meadows.
Park stamp for Yosemite NP