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Sierra Nevada National Parks

Sierra Nevada National Parks Overview

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Sierra Nevada National Parks include Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, Manzanar and Devils Postpile. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses Grant signed into existence the world's first national park. Since then, hundreds more have been established. These parks are awe inspiring natural wonders and offer endless activities. California has several of these National Parks and Monuments. Visit world-renowned sites like Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point in Yosemite. See Giant Sequoia trees and explore underground caverns in Sequoia-Kings Canyon. Visit the site of a former WWII Japanese internment camp at Manzanar National Historic Site. Stand below a wall of hexagonal lava columns at Devils Postpile National Monument.

TIP: The National Park Service offers FEE FREE DAYS to some parks on select weekends through the Summer. Use this link to view available dates.

Sierra Nevada National Parks

Nevada and Vernal Falls

Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains between Fresno, Modesto and Lee Vining. Renowned as one of the world's natural wonders, Yosemite is an expansive playground of glacier-carved granite. Natural features include shear granite walls rising thousands of feet in elevation, waterfalls, meadows and many lakes and streams. Famous points of interest include Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Things to do in Yosemite include Yosemite camping, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, fishing, inner tubing, snow skiing and so much more. Yosemite lodging includes The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Big Trees Lodge, Yosemite Valley Lodge, Half Dome Village tent cabins, Tenaya Lodge and more. There is so much to see and do in Yosemite that we've dedicated an entire page to Yosemite. MORE DETAILS

Blog Check our Yosemite blog for more details.
Blog See our Yosemite Camping blog
Flickr photo album See our Yosemite photo album on Flickr.

Yosemite National Park
P.O.Box 577
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
(209) 372-0200

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The General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon Park

Kings Canyon National Park is located east of Fresno off Highway 180. This is a huge wilderness area with camping, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, caving and picnicking. Park features include Giant Sequoia trees, lakes, waterfalls and caverns. Visit General Grant Grove for a glimpse at some of the largest Sequoia trees in the world. Venture into Boyden Cavern for an underworld landscape of stalactites and stalagmites. Go for a horseback riding tour through the sequoia trees. Kings Canyon lodging includes rustic cabins at Montecito Sequoia Lodge, Cedar Lodge, John Muir Lodge and more.

Kings Canyon National Park
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271-9700
(559) 565-3341

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Sequoia National Park is located east of Visalia off Highway 198. This is a huge wilderness area with camping, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, caving and picnicking. Park features include Giant Sequoia trees, waterfalls and caverns. Visit the Giant Forest for a glimpse at the General Sherman tree, the largest Sequoia tree in the world. Venture into Crystal Cave Sequoia for an underworld landscape of stalactites and stalagmites. Go for a horseback riding tour through the sequoia trees. Stay at the upscale Wuksachi Lodge or be close to nature with Sequoia camping.

Sequoia National Park
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271-9700
(559) 565-3341

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Manzanar Internment Camp

Manzanar National Historic Site is located just outside the town of Independence off Highway 395. Manzanar Internment Camp is the site of a World War II relocation camp for citizens of Japanese descent. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the American government grew suspicious of Japanese-Americans and decided to place them in camps where their activities could be monitored. Little remains of the original Manzanar Internment Camp. A museum contains artifacts left behind, historical facts and documents about the camp.

NOTE: Farewell to Manzanar is a memoir of Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston who was a prisoner of Manzanar Internment Camp.

Manzanar National Historic Site
5001 Highway 395
Independence, California 93526
(760) 878-2932

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Devils Postpile photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Devils Postpile National Monument is located in the vicinity of Mammoth Mountain off Highway 395. The monument features one of the world's finest examples of columnar basalt. A wall of black, hexagonal columns rises 60-feet above the hiking trail. Access to this area can only be attained by shuttle from the Mammoth Mountain Ski Chalet. Devils Postpile is a short hike but we recommend continuing a few more miles to Rainbow Falls. You will not be disappointed. Fly fisherman hone their skills in the San Juaquin River located in the meadow directly behind the Visitor Center. Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls are sites you must see if you visit this region of the Sierra Nevada.

Devils Postpile National Monument
Mammoth Ski Chalet
1 Minaret Road
Mammoth Lakes, California 93546

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