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?
Hernando de Soto brought the first herd of pigs to Florida in 1539 to provide food for his expedition. Many pigs escaped and flourished in the wild. Their descendents cause havoc in yards, golf courses, and fields in many parts of the state. Visit De Soto National Memorial, Bradenton, Florida. More...