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.

Saline Valley Warm Springs Recreational Management Plan Finalized In Death Valley

Sierra Rec Magazine - NPS News Release - May 10 , 2019 - DEATH VALLEY, CA – The National Park Service announced on May 10 that it has finalized the Saline Valley Warm Springs Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (plan/EIS). The document outlines the agency’s plan for managing visitor use, natural resources, cultural resources, [...]

National Park Service Releases Serious Accident Investigation and Corrective Action Plan in Arrowhead Hotshot Brian Hughes Fatality

Sierra Rec Magazine - NPS Release - The National Park Service released the findings and follow-up corrective action plan in the July 2018 death of National Park Service (NPS) Arrowhead Hotshot, Captain Brian Hughes. Hughes, age 33, and his crew were working on the Ferguson fire on the Sierra National Forest near Yosemite National Park [...]

Threatened California Red-Legged Frogs Making a Comeback in Yosemite National Park After a 50-Year Absence

Cooperative Effort by the National Park Service, Yosemite Conservancy, San Francisco Zoo & Gardens, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and NatureBridge Sierra Rec Magazine - Yosemite National Park New Release - May 2019 ~ Federally threatened California red-legged frogs are showing signs of a return to Yosemite Valley in [...]

Yosemite National Park Announces Public Meeting to Provide Updates on the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center and the Tuolumne Meadows Parking Relocation Projects

Sierra Rec Magazine - Yosemite National Park New Release - May, 8 2019 - Yosemite National Park is hosting a public meeting on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Groveland Community Hall (18720 Highway 120, Groveland, CA) to provide an update on two upcoming projects: the Big Oak Flat Welcome Center and the Tuolumne Meadows [...]

Lassen Volcanic National Park Seeks Public Comment on Replace Drakesbad Wasterwater Disposal Field Environmental Assessment

Could The Drakesbad Guest Ranch Be in Danger of Closing to the Public? MINERAL, CA – Lassen Volcanic National Park Superintendent Jim Richardson invites comment during a 30-day public review period of the Replace Drakesbad Wastewater Disposal Field Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA analyzes the impacts of two alternatives—a no action alternative and the park’s proposed/preferred alternative [...]

National Junior Ranger Day Kicks Off National Park Week Saturday

We treasure our National Parks in the Sierra and the Western Region, and creating a future generation of care takers and enthusiast is a project that we at Sierra Rec enjoy promoting. Saturday, April 20, 2109 National Parks around the country including Yosemite, Lassen, Death Valley, and Seqouia and Kings Canyon will kick off this [...]

What To Do At Lassen Volcanic National Park in April And May

As snow removal operations begin in Lassen, here is a list of activities to consider in early spring visit to the park. Lassen Volcanic National Park always receives a good amount of snow each year. But in 2019, the heavy snow-pack has left the park with 133% of average in the early weeks of April. [...]

Yosemite National Park Announces the Launch of a Pilot Daily Lottery for Camp 4 Campground

Camp 4 daily lottery to go into effect beginning on Tuesday, May 21, 2019  Sierra REC Magazine - Nps New Release - Yosemite National Park announces that a new pilot lottery program for Camp 4 Campground will launch on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. This daily lottery system will be operated through Recreation.gov and will help improve the [...]

National Park Waste Reduction Efforts Receive $2.1 Million Donation from 2018 Subaru Share the Love® Event

NOW IN ITS 11TH YEAR, AUTOMAKER’S ANNUAL PHILANTHROPIC EVENT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR CRITICAL SUPPORT ACROSS THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM INCLUDING YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK WASHINGTON—The National Park Foundation announced Tuesday April 9, that Subaru raised $2.1 million for national parks through its 2018 Subaru Share the Love® Event. This donation enables the National Park Foundation to [...]

Scotty’s Castle Projects Pass Environmental Assessment

Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park to Remain Closed Until 2020. DEATH VALLEY, CA – The National Park Service (NPS) has completed its final environmental reviews of proposed projects to repair flood damage at Scotty’s Castle. Meanwhile, work has already started on projects approved earlier. The popular historic site could be partially open by [...]

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

Young Lakes – Yosemite National Park

Young Lakes – Yosemite National Park

Vernal Falls and the Mist Trail

Vernal Falls and the Mist Trail

May Lake Yosemite National Park

May Lake Yosemite National Park

May Lake & Mt. Hoffmann- Yosemite National Park

May Lake & Mt. Hoffmann- Yosemite National Park

A Great Day Hike To North Dome In Yosemite National Park

A Great Day Hike To North Dome In Yosemite National Park

Mariposa Grove Re-Opens May 2018

Mariposa Grove Re-Opens May 2018

Glacier Point To Yosemite Valley Day Hike

Yosemite Valley Loop Trail Day Hike

Yosemite Valley Loop Trail Day Hike

Wapama Falls Yosemite National Park

Wapama Falls Yosemite National Park

Elizabeth Lake – Tuolumne Meadows Day Hike

Elizabeth Lake – Tuolumne Meadows Day Hike

Glen Aulin Day Hike – Yosemite National Park

Glen Aulin Day Hike – Yosemite National Park

Hetch Hetchy & Wapama Falls

Hetch Hetchy & Wapama Falls

Nevada Falls | Yosemite National Park

Nevada Falls | Yosemite National Park