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?
The men of Hernando de Soto's 1539 expedition to La Florida learned the hard way that Native American warriors could load and fire their long bows with deadly accuracy nearly a dozen times in the period required to load and fire the clumsy arquebus musket once. Visit De Soto National Memorial. More...