Plan your visit to
Sequoia National Park
Rich with History for You to Explore
National parks throughout North America are places that are protected from development and therefore they allow you to look into the past before roads and huge buildings became a part of our everyday lives. There are few places on earth that maintain their natural setting and one of the most spectacular examples of nature is found in Sequoia National Park. This park has been attracting more than a million visitors per year since its opening in 1980 and is hailed as one of the most visited national parks in the national park registry. Sequoia National Park encompasses an area of 404,064 acres and shares one of its borders with Kings Canyon National Park. You will often see these two parks put together as one entity because they are managed by the same rangers.
When to go
April – May – June – July – August – September – October
Hiking – Family – Scenic Drives – Biking – Winter Sports – Swimming – Fishing – Wildlife – Bird-Watching – Horseback Riding
General Sherman Tree
I am sure that you have witnessed trees that you thought could be the biggest trees in the world, but it is likely that you have never actually seen the largest tree in the world unless you have visited Sequoia National Park. The tree is known as General Sherman Tree and is in the Giant Forest within the park. When visiting Sequoia National Park, you should not have any trouble finding the tree. It is marked by a foot path and a rather large marker telling where the tree is. The base of the General Sherman Tree is 102.6 feet with a height of just under 275 feet so it is quite a site to be seen.
Enjoy the Snow
If you are lucky enough to be visiting Sequoia National Park in winter, you will be greatly rewarded. The park is at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and therefore snow fall is quite common in winter. Since snow activities are so inviting to families, the park staff have designated two snow play areas for visitors to enjoy. The first is Wolveton, just north of the General Sherman Tree. Elevation in this snow play area is over 7,000 feet and snow fall can get quite deep. The other area is known as Grant Grove and is 6,600 feet in elevation. Caution along with fun is advised at both of these areas. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the snow, but wear the proper attire to avoid hypothermia. Snow gear rental is available at Wuksachi Lodge.
Not everyone has their very own horse, but in Sequoia National Park you can bring your own horse or rent one from Grant Grove Stables and Cedar Grove Pack Station. Horses make for easy and fun travel throughout the park and if you are a bit unsure of your ability to control the animal or just want an expert to help you, ranger let horseback tours are available. Rates for renting horses are $40 for one hour or for two hours it is only $70. You can hike through Sequoia National Park or take a horse, but either way you are sure to see some amazing sights.
Every national park seems to have places that seemed to be made for taking photographs. At Sequoia, National Park that place is known as Moro Rock. The climb up Moro Rock is very easy with the stone and concrete stairway leading to the top. One you reach the top of Moro Rock you are awarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding areas. Although it is not the highest part of the park, it is one of the famous places to get that perfect shot to remember your travels by.
Things to Know
Sequoia National Park is one of the national parks that charge an entrance fee, but the entrance fee is only for anyone over 15 years of age. The fees are $30 for a passenger vehicle, $20 for motorcycles, and $15 for anyone arriving on foot or non-motorized transportation. The pass is good for a full 7 days so it makes for a pretty inexpensive family outing.
Camping is available throughout Sequoia National Park and there are quite a few campgrounds to choose from. Camping rates start around $22 per night and go up depending on whether you choose to camp primitively or with an RV. Wilderness is also an option for anyone looking to really get into the spirit of nature, but permits are required so they know who is camping in the park. The permits are free and can be acquired the visitor’s center. Be sure that if you are camping, use the storage boxes provided at your campsite to keep the bears from getting into your food.
Another word of caution for anyone walking along the rivers or even attempting to swim in them. The number one cause of death within Sequoia National Park is drowning. Rocks are slippery and the current of the rivers is very strong. Take precautions always when around the water’s edge.
Download a Sequoia National Park Map
Planning a Sequoia National Park? Be sure to download the official Sequoia National Park map, below, or use our interactive maps to find restaurants, hotels, or activities along the route of your choosing in and around the park. Either way, don’t leave home without a map of Sequoia National Park. This free Sequoia National Park map shows park roads, attractions, and more.
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Official Sequoia National Park Map – Click on the Map to download