The Sierra National Parks

The Sierra are blessed with one of the highest concentrations of wilderness and national park areas in the United States. With four National Parks and twenty-two Wilderness Areas in the Sierra recreation is abundant and locations to enjoy a numerous.

From the volcanic and strange landscapes in Lassen Volcanic National Park in the north to the iconic granite features of Yosemite National Park and the majestic trees and water features of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National parks to the south, visitors and residents alike have unbelievable access to the beauty, thrills and challenges of these beautiful creations.

Explore your National Parks in the Sierra: Day Trips, Backcountry Backpacking Trips, Weekend Getaways, Family Traditions all are readily available in the Sierra National Parks.

These Links and Pages will help you explore new places, plan a next trip, find your new favorite place in the Sierra National Parks, or start a family tradition.

Discover The Relaxing Adventures of Lassen and St. Bernard Lodge

My Relaxing Adventure In Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lassen NF Recreation Area Sierra Rec Magazine Destination Review - 2017 - |  It happened almost immediately, as I appeared over the last ridge before Lake Almanor off HWY 36. That evident slowing of the pulse and...

Yosemite National Park Implements Road and Campground Improvements

Improvements underway along Northside Drive and Camp 4 Campground Yosemite National Park is working to implement several roadway and campground improvements within Yosemite Valley. Extensive work is being conducted on Northside Drive, the road leading from Yosemite...

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Lift 2017 Fire Restrictions

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. October 11, 2017 – Effective October 16, 2017 at 8:00 a.m., Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are lifting fire restrictions inside the parks. Shorter and cooler days have reduced fire danger. Even with restrictions...

The Reds Meadow Road and Devils Postpile National Monument to Open Friday July 21

The Inyo National Forest and Devils Postpile National Monument announce that the Reds Meadow Valley Road will open on Friday, July 21 at 8:00 am. Sierra Rec Magazine - Sierra Access Updates- July 20, 2017 - The Road to Devils Postpile, Rainbow Falls and Reds Meadow...

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park Will Open Thursday, June 29th, 2017 with Limited Services

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park Open to All Vehicular Traffic Thursday, June 29, 2017 Tioga Road will open for Bicycle and Pedestrian Use on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Sierra Rec Magazine - Breaking News - June 27, 2017 - The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park...

Breaking News: Cables For Half Dome Will Not Be Up For Memorial Day Weekend

Winter 2017 Takes Its Toll On Yet Another Annual Summer Ritual Sierra Rec Magazine, May 25, 2017  - Yosemite Announced today that Due to lingering snow, the installation of the Half Dome cables will be delayed until at least June 2 this year (instead of May 26). If...

20 Cant Miss Places To Explore For National Parks Week In The Sierra

National Parks Week Is a Great Time to Explore Some Place New With The Family April 2017- National Park Week is the time to discover national parks and the wonders found inside national parks, National Park Week is April 15 to 23, 2017. The Sierra is blessed with four...

Presidents Day Weekend in the Sierra – What to do?

Time to play in the Mountains? February 19, 2017 -  What to do over a three-day weekend in the Sierra? Ok I know, dumb question, most will grab their ski's pray for clear weather and drop in on some great new powder on the various slopes. That is always the right...

Lassen Volcanic National Parks Plans Ski Celebration Weekend

Lassen Volcanic NationalPark Celebrates President Day Weekend with Free Ski Celebration Event Lassen Ca -  Celebrate winter sports at Lassen Volcanic National Park. Share stories over a cup of coffee or bowl of chili at an outdoor fire pit and enjoy ski films in the...

Lassen Volcanic National Park Welcomes Acting Park Superintendent Martha Crusius

Lassen Volcanic National Park Welcomes Acting Park Superintendent MINERAL, CA , January 31, 2017 – Lassen Volcanic National Park welcomes Acting Park Superintendent, Martha Crusius, on February 6. Martha comes to Lassen with a wealth of experience she has gained over...

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Located in the Northern Sierra. It cradles the exit of the Cascade Mountains and MT. Shasta with the rise of the Great Sierra Granite Mountains. The Volcanic formations, high mountain lakes and lush mountain meadows are a true treasure in our national park system. The least visited of the four national parks in the Sierra. Lassen is recognized as Dark Sky Destination and annually holds the Dark Sky Festival in August each summer.

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Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Yosemite National Park

The most popular National Park in the Sierra and one of the most recognized parks in the United States. Over 3 million people search out information on Yosemite online every month of the year. From scenic views that will capture your imaginations, to Backpacking and day hike adventures that will fill your family story time for generations to come. The wild outdoors and adventure opportunities that exist for the average public are some of the top in the world. Waterfalls, Granite formations, Incredible hikes and Wildlife are some of the worlds favorite features.IMG_0415

Kings Canyon National Park & Sequoia National Park

A Land of Giants
This landscape testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity – huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks lie side-by-side in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. Visitor activities vary by season and elevation (1,370 to 14,494 feet). The true treasures of these National Parks are often found with a little effort and adventure. However the world-famous Redwood Giant trees are on parade for the whole world with easy access. Recreation Ideas for Kings Canyongeneral-grant-lower-big

Important dates to add to your calendar!
By Recreation.gov

Yosemite National Park offers 13 campgrounds. Five of these are first-come, first-served but you can reserve eight of the most popular (plus acquire Cables on Half-Dome permits) in advance on Recreation.gov. The reservable campsites are in extremely high demand—campers will typically book all of the sites within 20 minutes after they go on sale.

Yosemite National Park differs from most of the campsites on Recreation.gov because the park releases a block of reservations monthly. Yosemite’s reservable campsites are available up to five months in advance on the 15th of each month at 7:00 AM Pacific or 10:00 AM Eastern.

Remember to adjust your clock accurately, start the reservation process and be ready to “Book These Dates” the moment the on-sale begins!

If you book on: You can make Yosemite reservations for arrival dates between:
January 15th – January 16th and June 14th
February 15th – February 16th and July 14th
March 15th – March 16th and August 14th
April 15th – April 16th and September 14th
May 15th – May 16th and October 14th
June 15th – June 16th and November 14th
July 15th – July 16th and December 14th
August 15th – August 16th and January 14th
September 15th – September 16th and February 14th
October 15th – October 16th and March 14th
November 15th – November 16th and April 14th
December 15th- December 16th and May 14th