Operating Hours & Seasons
Operating HoursThe Visitor Center is open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Park grounds are open dawn to dusk, but the parking lot gates close at 5:00 p.m. Vehicles left within the parking lot after 5:00 p.m. will remain there overnight and may be ticketed. There is no overnight camping in the park.
De Soto National Memorial is closed on New Years Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The park may be closed during hurricane season if the arrival of a hurricane is imminent.
Camp Uzita is open and staffed with rangers providing living history programs during the winter season. To confirm that Camp Uzita is open, please call (941)792-0458.
Did You Know?
The crossbow was such a fearsome weapon that in 1139 Pope Innocent II outlawed its use among Christians. However, no restriction was placed on its use against non-Christians, including the Native Americans that Hernando de Soto met on his 1539 Expedition to Florida. Visit De Soto National Memorial. More...