Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Activities

Rae Lakes, high in the Kings Canyon backcountry. Photo by Cathy Purchis Activities vary according to season, but no matter the time of year, the best way to get into the park is to get out of the car. "Don't leave until you have seen it," advised 1920s park superintendent Col. John R. White, "and this you cannot do from an automobile."

In summer, rangers lead walks and talks in the foothills, the sequoia groves, and the highcountry. Take a tour of the exquisite Crystal Cave. There are rivers to enjoy -- carefully! Pack stations offer horseback riding. For more information, see copies of the park newspaper.

Come winter, cross-country skis or snowshoes can be rented to explore the sequoia groves beyond the roads. You can join a ranger-guided snowshoe walk. If you prefer warmer activities, trails in the foothills are almost always snow-free, and by February are graced with wildflowers. Check bulletin boards and visitor centers to find what activities are being offered.

Seminars offered by the Sequoia Natural History Association range from 1-7 days and cover many topics. Check www.sequoiahistory.org/sem_info.htm.

PET OWNERS:

Please keep in mind when planning your trip that dogs are not permitted on park trails, and must be leashed when in developed areas.

The park's mission is to preserve this amazing landscape "unimpaired for future generations." Please keep this in mind and join us in enjoying these parks without leaving a mark.

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