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SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK

Set under one of the most stunning natural canopies in the world, Sequoia National Park offers a unique outdoor experience amidst groves of giant sequoia trees. Naturally growing along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, most of the largest sequoias in the world are found in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. The allure of the trees is just one reason visitors from around the globe come to the parks. These parks also boast one of the deepest canyons in North America, the highest peak in the continental U.S., spectacular views of the Great Western Divide, and so much more.

The park caters to visitors of all ages, ensuring that everyone can experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the sequoia groves. From solo travelers to multigenerational families traveling together, the wonders of the sequoias is a "must-have" experience .

Along with marveling at the park’s truly majestic trees, visitors can hike, climb, bike, fly-fish, swim and explore caves. From hikes to Tokopah Falls, to a stroll around Crescent Meadow, to a tour of Crystal Cave, there is so much to explore and experience.  Outdoor enthusiasts looking for high adventure will find hundreds of miles of hiking trails into the Sierra Nevada back country and more than 270 caves. 

Crystal Cave, a visitor favorite, is lined with marble and filled with a dizzying display of stalactites and stalagmites. Along with regular tours, Wild Cave tours for kids and adults are available, taking adventure seekers deep into the cave for an unforgettable experience. 

At the cave, Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) and American Sign Language are available to the deaf and hard of hearing guests through the Sequoia Parks Conservancy Field Institute. (Note that advance reservations are required for all tours of Crystal Cave.) 

The Sequoia Shuttle offers seasonal transportation from Visalia to the Giant Forest Museum in Sequoia National Park with pick up at most Visalia hotels. There are many departure times each day, seven days a week for the trip up into the park. From Giant Forest Museum, visitors connect to the free in-park shuttles that go to all the major sites like, the famous General Sherman tree – the largest tree in the world – and Moro Rock. 

Whether you snowshoe in the park in the winter or stargaze through the treetops in the summer, Sequoia National Park is the 
ideal destination for your next outdoor adventure. As you explore these amazing parks, these suggested sites are worth the visit. 

Top 10 Things to See

  1. General Sherman Tree – hangout with the largest tree in the world. Standing 275 feet tall and over 36 feet in diameter, General Sherman is a site to behold.  After all, it is the largest living thing on the planet! Wander the nearby trails to Giant Forest sequoia grove or simply look in awe at this natural wonder.

  2. Moro Rock – this can’t miss site (literally) can be seen right as you drive into Sequoia National Park. The climb up the 350 or so stairs to the top of Moro Rock is a challenge but you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the great western divide and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

  3. Tunnel Log – in 1938 this fallen sequoia tree was turned into a place visitors can walk (and even drive) under. Tunnel Log is located along the Crescent Meadow Road in Giant Forest.

  4. Crystal Cave - a visitor favorite, wander the half mile loop through this marble cavern filled with a dizzying display of stalactites and stalagmites. Plan on spending half your day traveling to the cave and exploring what’s inside. Guided tours are offered spring-fall and reservations are required with Sequoia Parks Conservancy.

  5. Hospital Rock – visitors will enjoy picnicking at Hospital Rock picnic area or following a short trail leading to a nearby waterfall. Here you will find Native American pictographs as well as bedrock mortar sites, evidence of the Potwisha Native Americans that once inhabited this area.

  6. Mineral King – this glacial valley of Sequoia National Park is most popular with backpackers and hikers. From open meadows to granite peaks waterfalls and lakes, this slice of nature is an explorer’s dream. Camp overnight at one of two Mineral King campgrounds or just stay for the day.

  7. Giant Forest Museum – stop in to learn more about these great beauties and the history of Sequoia National Park. Then, take a self-guided trail leading from the museum to Round Meadow and Hazelwood

  8. Beetle Rock - offers a view down to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park without a strenuous hike.
     
  9. Tokopah Falls - find the trail head in the back parking lot at Lodgepole Visitors Center and enjoy this hike along the river to Tokopah Falls, a 1,200 foot cascading water fall. 
  10. Crescent Meadow - this easy walk on a paved path leads visitors around the beautiful meadow. For a bit longer of a hike, head to Tharp's Log for a quirky bit of national park history.


More time saving and trip enhancing tips:

In today's digital world, specialized apps can make your journey much easier. From getting your park entrance pass ahead of time to using a GPS-based app to navigate trails and top sites, apps are a travelers best resource. The learn more about the apps and digital tools we recommend to make the most of your trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, click here.

Save time at the entry gate when you purchase your park entry pass ahead of time online and download it to your phone. 
Buy your pass at Recreation.gov/pass

Even more to explore:

If you are looking to explore more of California as part of your Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks vacation, follow the Natural Wonders Road Trip suggested by Visit California. From the California coast in Santa Cruz through Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, natural wonders can be discovered and explored.

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