Basic Information

The climate in this area is mild, with warm, dry summers and cool winters. Average temperatures in July, the warmest month, are in the mid-80s and hot days often reach into the 90s. In winter, frosty mornings are common and roads may be icy.

Entrance Fees:

No Entrance Fee - $0.00

No entrance fees are charged at César E. Chávez National Monument.

César E. Chávez National Monument Visitor Center

Explore the history of César E. Chávez and the farmworker movement through photographs, artifacts, and sites dedicated to his legacy. In the Memorial Garden, you will find his gravesite and a fountain honoring the memory of five workers. Roses in bloom year-round, including a variety named for Chávez, grace the garden. In the visitor center, watch films about his life, contemplate his unchanged office, and see exhibits and artwork. A bookstore offers additional information.


César E. Chávez National Monument is in the very small town of Keene, approximately 30 miles southeast of Bakersfield via Highway 58. The monument is part of a property known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, the home and workplace of the Chávez family and farmworker-movement organizations.

Visitors are welcome at the visitor center, the Memorial Garden in which César Chávez is buried, and the small Desert Garden planted nearby, all within La Paz.
Within the visitor center, the Chavez Foundation operates a bookstore where books and other items related to Cear Chavez and the farmworker movement are available for purchase. These items can also be purchased through the Chavez Foundation's online store.

Other parts of the area are closed to visitation, as it continues to serve as a home and workplace for his cause. Please respect the privacy of the organizations and residents who remain here. You can explore the site online, though, through our virtual tour.

This new national park is "a work in progress." More exhibits are under development and, in coming years, you will see more visitor and educational programs and services.

Cacti and desert plants grow among rocks
The desert garden at César E. Chávez National Monument features plants that grew at his birthplace in Yuma, Arizona.

Last updated: July 18, 2018

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 201
Keene, CA 93531


(661) 823-6134

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