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California has so many beautiful landscapes, no wonder it's the most crowded state in the nation. From the High Sierra granite mountain peaks to the impressive rugged coastline, there is always somewhere new to visit & enjoy. Pack a picnic, grab your hiking boots & make an overnight trip of it. Several areas are designated National Monuments, some of which have become National Parks.
The photo below is taken from the massive granite dome called 'Dome Rock', near the Needles, on the Western Divide Highway (inside the new Giant Sequoia NM. Both granite locations are popular rock climbers destinations for the Southern Sierra Nevada mountains.
In the year 2000, Giant Sequoia National Monument was honored w/ added protection, which covers sections of the Sequoia National Forest - in between the Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon, and also covers groves along Western Divide Hwy, further south in the Sierra Nevada range.
In 1994, Joshua Tree National Monument was declared Joshua Tree National Park
In 1994, Death Valley National Monument was declared Death Valley National Park
This spectacular geologic feature is hidden behind Mammoth Mountain. You've seen the signs on Hwy 395 for the Devil's Postpile National Monument.
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