California has so many beautiful landscapes. From the high Sierra mountains to the impressive California 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, which is part of the Sequoia National Forest). Both granite locales are popular rock climbers destinations for the Southern Sierra Nevada mountains.
Recently, this park was added to the National Monument status:
In the year 2000, Giant Sequoia National Monument was honored w/ added protection
These California National Monuments have become National Parks:
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. Sure you've seen the signs on Hwy 395 for Devil's Postpile NM.