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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Activities

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park nestled in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains is an outdoor paradise. The area gained notoriety through vintage post cards of auto tours through the park. The best way to experience the rugged beauty of the park first-hand is while hiking, camping, horseback riding, rock climbing, or snow sports.

A great first stop is at one of the visitor centers. Foothills Visitor Center feature exhibits on the biological diverse Sierran foothills and the famous groves of sequoias. For in-depth information about the conifer zone and the area's bears, Lodgepole Visitor Center provides exhibits and a short video. Kings Canyon Visitor Center has displays and a video about the mountains, canyons, and giant sequoias.

Hiking trails range from easy to strenuous backcountry adventures. Day hikes from Grant Grove Village are some of the most popular since they are an easy walk through the giant sequoias. The following areas have hiking trails: Foothills, Giant Forest & Lodgepole, Cedar Grove, and Mineral King. Crystal Cave has tours for visitors willing to brave the 1 ½ Hour strenuous hike from the parking lot.

Auto tours are the main attraction to the park. The roads of 50-mile Kings Canyon Scenic Byway wind through one of America's deepest canyons. The park's shuttle service with four routes is recommended for visitors who want to sit back and enjoy the view.

There are 14 campgrounds located in five unique areas in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park however only three are open year-round. Campsites come with a fire ring with grill, a metal bear box for food storage, and a picnic table.

Horseback rides are available at Grant Grove Stables, Cedar Grove Pack Station, Horse Corral Pack Station, and Rock Creek Pack Station. Riding tours range from one hour to multiple days.

The park has a designated area for snow skiing, snowshoeing, or playing in the snow. Skis and snowshoes can be rented at Grant Grove Village or Wuksachi Village. The park service has a snowshoe tour starting from Wuksachi Lodge or Grant Grove. The two hour tour can be strenuous and is not recommended for small children.