Sequoia National Park: Facts & Information

Sequoia National Park is one of the most unique national parks in America. This park is full of its famous giant redwood trees, which defy your belief of what you know a tree to be.

Sequoia National Park is one of the oldest national parks. It was founded on September 25, 1890.

The park is absolutely massive; it spans over 400,000 acres, or over 600 sq mi, with the vast majority of the park being considered “Wilderness.” Certain areas are only accessible either by foot or on horseback.

Sequoia National Park is often referred to as Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. This is because those two parks are so close to one another, that some people and organizations find it easier to group them together.

If you visit Sequoia National Park, be sure to bring your camera and backpack so you can spend some time exploring the park.

Activities and Things to Do in Sequoia National Park

Day Hiking: There are plenty of trails to hike throughout Sequoia National Park. There are plenty of day hikes available, in varying degrees of difficulty, that will take you to the base of giant sequoias, and through sun splashed meadows.

Trail maps are strongly recommended for longer or unpaved trails throughout the park. Luckily, The Sequoia National History Association offers park trail maps at each of the park visitor centers, or you may purchase them ahead of time online and support another non-profit organization while you’re at it.

Horseback Riding: Guided horseback rides are available to the public in the summer at two horseback riding stables. Please find their rates and information below:

Rates: $40 for one-hour/$70 for 2-hour rides. Please call the stable you plan to visit for additional information, and to make a reservation. Reservations are strongly encouraged as riding horses through this beautiful park is very popular.

Grant Grove Stables, Kings Canyon National Park

Early June to September

(559) 335-9292 (summer)

(559) 799-7247 (off-season)

Cedar Grove Pack Station, Kings Canyon National Park

May to mid-October

(559) 565-3464 (summer)

(559) 337-2413 (off season)

Backpacking: There are over 800,000 acres of Wilderness and over 800 miles of maintained trails in both the Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks. These parks offer you endless possibilities to camp, explore, and create new memories with your loved ones.

Before you go backpacking or camping, please see this Wilderness Trip Planner.

Mt. Whitney: Think you can climb Mt. Whitney? This is no small task, the tallest mountain in the lower 48 is nothing to be trifled with for the unprepared.

Mt. Whitney is 14,505 ft (4,421 m). Due to its impressive height, ice axes and crampons are usually needed in the spring and early summer.

When you visit Mt. Whitney, be sure to take with you enough supplies and the proper attire for your planned activities.

A permit is required for all overnight stays in Sequoia National Park, and for day use in the Mt. Whitney Zone. You can find more information about these recreational permits here.

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Weather in Sequoia National Park

Temperatures vary by elevation/location. Always be prepared with the right clothing, hiking, and camping equipment.

The Mineral King Valley & Cedar Grove areas close in the winter. They reopen in late May and are open through October, weather permitting, of course.

The Sierra foothills are between 1,000 to 4,000 feet in elevation, are usually characterized by mild, wet winters, and hot, dry summers.

Due to constantly changing road conditions within Sequoia National Park, please call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1) for current, 24-hour road status and advisories.

 

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