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Sequoia National Park
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Sequoia National Park

See some of the largest and oldest living organisms on earth in parkland filled with trees, mountains, caves and beautiful views. 

California’s Sequoia National Park provides dual attractions of gigantic trees and fascinating geological features. View wide trunks of giant sequoias and tip your head far back to see their tops high in the sky.

Gather friends to determine how many people are needed to make a circle around a sequoia. For a different perspective, drive your car through “Tunnel Log,” a fallen sequoia on Crescent Meadow Road. Stop for a quiet picnic amid colorful wildflowers.

Visit Giant Forest Museum for information about the biology and history of the sequoias. From the museum, walk along the Big Trees Trail, an interpretive 0.6-mile (1-kilometer) paved loop through a sequoia grove. The statistics on sequoias are impressive. Some trees are 3,000 years old. These evergreens grow to 300 feet (90 meters) in height and 40 feet (12 meters) in diameter. Look for General Sherman, the largest known sequoia in the United States.

Find challenging hikes throughout the park. The Foothills section parallels the Kaweah River. Mineral King, once mined for silver, offers great backpacking up a steep valley. Along the lengthy and scenic Little Five Lakes Trail you’ll see peaks over 12,000 feet (3,600 meters) tall. In winter, snowshoe or cross-country ski on over 40 miles (60 kilometers) of marked trails. For views of Mt. Whitney, make the strenuous day hike to 11,200-foot (3,400-meter) Alta Peak.

Lodgepole Village near the park’s western entrance has a market and visitors center. Purchase tickets here to tour Crystal Cave, a 10,000-year-old formation carved by an underground river. Take advantage of ranger-led tours and talks. Learn how forest fires support preservation of these long-lived tree species.

Sequoia National Park and nearby Kings Canyon National Park are located in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains and are open year-round. Purchase a daily pass that allows entry to both parks or buy an annual interagency pass for access to all U.S. national parks.

Forward-thinking leaders created Sequoia National Park in 1890 to ensure preservation of these amazing specimens for future generations. Come appreciate trees that were already giants when your grandparents visited the country’s second established national park.

Wuksachi Lodge
Wuksachi Lodge
2.5 out of 5
64740 Wuksachi Way Wuksachi Vi, Sequoia National Park, CA
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Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Tokopah Falls, General Sherman Tree, and The Congress Trail. Big Trees Trail and Giant Forest ...
4/5Very Good! (989 reviews)
"The two nights we spent at Wuksachi Lodge enabled us to spend quality time in Sequoia National Park. It was wonderful not to have to drive into the park each day from another location. In addition to the location being very convenient, the entire staff was customer-oriented and made our stay ..."

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Wuksachi Lodge
Comfort Inn & Suites Sequoia/Kings Canyon
Comfort Inn & Suites Sequoia/Kings Canyon
2.5 out of 5
40820 Sierra Dr, Three Rivers, CA
The price is CA $171 per night from May 10 to May 10
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Our Place Playground and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Sequoia National ...
4/5Very Good! (1,024 reviews)
"Clean place."

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Comfort Inn & Suites Sequoia/Kings Canyon
Montecito Sequoia Lodge
Montecito Sequoia Lodge
2.5 out of 5
63410 General's Hwy, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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The price is CA $269 per night from May 9 to May 9
Located on a lake, this Kings Canyon National Park hotel offering ski-in/ski-out access is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Buena Vista Peak and within 12 mi (20 km) of ...
4.1/5Very Good! (748 reviews)
"I liked how cleaned the room are, and how fun the activities are"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Montecito Sequoia Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Historic Stansfield Cabin Sleeps 2, NO Cleaning Fee, Easy Self-checkin
Historic Stansfield Cabin Sleeps 2, NO Cleaning Fee, Easy Self-checkin
Miramonte, CA
The price is CA $193 per night from May 24 to May 24
Situated in Miramonte, this historic cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Kings Canyon National Park Big Stump Entrance, ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (135 reviews)
The place is so nice, perfect location
"We have a good time, only two issues, the spare bed was not good, so it was hard to sleep on it, there was a bat flying inside the house, we trayed to take it out but we couldn't do it. Recommend to provide a better spare bed."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Historic Stansfield Cabin Sleeps 2, NO Cleaning Fee, Easy Self-checkin
Sequoia Riverfront Cabins
Sequoia Riverfront Cabins
2.5 out of 5
Kaweah Genral Store, 40462 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA
Located in the heart of Three Rivers, this cabin is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Our Place Playground and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Sequoia ...
2.9/5 (444 reviews)
"The cabin was clean and comfortable. Outside, the property looks less attractive. However, the inside is in much better shape. The river is a too far away to really enjoy. The light floods into the cabin at daylight, so you should prepare accordingly. We enjoyed our stay, and would stay there ..."

Reviewed on Mar. 31, 2021

Sequoia Riverfront Cabins
Large Affordable Retreat Near Kings Canyon/sequoia Ntnl Parks
Large Affordable Retreat Near Kings Canyon/sequoia Ntnl Parks
Badger, CA
Situated in Badger, this vacation home is within 20 mi (32 km) of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Kings Canyon National Park Big Stump Entrance, and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (56 reviews)
Great property
"Beautiful property. Lots of room for kids to play. Very clean."

Reviewed on Apr. 10, 2021

Large Affordable Retreat Near Kings Canyon/sequoia Ntnl Parks
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Mar 2, 2020

More time needed to see and visit. Foothills Information centre staff could have been more welcoming. They were rushing us off as they were closing for the day. We had one question...but they were closing at 4pm

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Apr 16, 2019

The National Park is wonderful. The accommodations need to be updated or the price needs to be adjusted somewhat.

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