Leave No Trace
Take Only Photographs, Leave Only Paw Prints
De Soto National Memorial was founded in 1948 to tell the story of the 1539 De Soto Expedition and the Native Americans encountered. Over the years the park has become much, much more. The park provides a rare oasis of solace and repose for humans and wildlife among a sea of rapid development.
You can help support the park by following these simple rules:
With your help De Soto National Memorial will continue to be a sanctuary for wildlife and for humans for centuries to come.
Did You Know?
Tourists visiting De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton, Florida, sent the leaves of the sea grape through the mail as postcards until the U.S. Post Office stopped delivering them in the 1970s. The sea grape leaf was used as writing paper by explorers and early settlers. More...