National and State Parks Kern County’s National and State Parks offer plenty of year-round excitement for the outdoorsman, explorer or naturalist.
The region is home to an incredible selection of geography: ranging from the wide-open Central Valley to the peaceful Sierra Nevada Mountains to the striking terrain of the Mojave Desert.
These parks also offer something for the history buff. Some protect significant paleontological sites, while another landmark preserves the original fort headquarters of the United States Army Camel Corps.
Visit breathtaking Sequoias at the Giant Sequoia National Monument or Trail of 100 Giants. Activities abound in the Los Padres National Forest and peaceful retreats found in the surrounding mountain communities. In the Southern San Joaquin Valley see where rare Tule Elk continue to flourish. Don’t miss the Mojave’s magnificent and scenic cliffs, buttes and spectacular rock formations. Enjoy the best of California, and it’s all right here in Kern County.