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.

Explore the Soundscapes of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. September 6, 2019 – A new way to experience the great outdoors is here for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.  An innovative project dedicated to capturing the sounds of the parks, at different elevations and ecosystems, has been completed and is now making them accessible to those near [...]

Bumpass Hell Trail to Re-Open September 13

Lassen Volcanic National Park Multi Year Rehabilitation Project at Bumpass Hell Ready For Unveiling MINERAL, CA – Lassen Volcanic National Park plans to re-open the Bumpass Hell Trail September 13, following the partial completion of a multi-year trail rehabilitation project.  “We look forward to welcoming hikers on the newly rehabilitated Bumpass Hell Trail,” said Superintendent Jim [...]

Lassen Volcanic Continues to Monitor Red Fire

Small Wilderness Fire in Lassen will not affect Labor Day Weekend Plans MINERAL, CA – Lassen Volcanic National Park continues to monitor the lightning-ignited, 15-acre, Red Fire. A fire lookout on Mt. Harkness detected a small amount of smoke in the park at approximately 10 a.m. on August 14. Air surveillance and ground crews confirmed [...]

Yosemite National Park Designates Wildlife Protection Zones Throughout the Park

Speed enforcement will be in effect to help protect bears and other wildlife- Traffic slow downs Expected for Holiday Weekend August 30, 2019 - Yosemite National Park - In preparation for a busy Labor Day Weekend, Yosemite National Park has designated several new Wildlife Protection Zones located on stretches of roadway throughout the Park where [...]

Enjoy Free Entrance To All NPS Sites On August 25 In Celebration Of The NPS’s 103rd Birthday

National Park Service Anniversary Saturday August 25th in sierra National Parks Looking for one last Summer adventure with the kids back in school and before the sports schedules go into overdrive? National Parks service will be celebrating their 103rd birthday this weekend with Free entrance days to all National Parks on Saturday August 25th, 2019. [...]

Backpacking Off Trail in Yosemite National Parks Cathedral Range

Adventure Review of 3 day backpacking adventure to Nelson, Matthes, Echo and Cathedral Lakes in Yosemite National Park Going off trail on any adventure can be exciting for many explorers. But going off trail in Yosemite National Park brings an euphoria of emotions. Ok so I don't want to over do it on emotions for [...]

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Institute Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in Effect August 5, 2019

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. August 1, 2019– Due to decreasing fuel moistures, increase in temperatures, and increased fuel loading due to late season rains in the Kaweah River drainage, along with current moderate-high fire danger and entering into the hottest part of the year, fire danger is even more of a concern. Therefore, Stage [...]

Yosemite National Park Debuts New App That Helps Visitors Explore the Park

A new app by Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Conservancy makes it easier to plan a visit and explore Yosemite National Park. “This app features incredible content about what to see and do in Yosemite in different areas of the park during all seasons,” said Yosemite National Park Superintendent Michael Reynolds. “It’s a great tool intended to enrich visitors’ [...]

Hiking Lyell Canyon And The JMT Out Of Tuolumne Meadows

Yosemite National Park - I recently posted a list of the top 10 Day hikes off Tioga Pass and in reviewing that list I realized I had never hiked one of the most famed sections of trail in the Upper East Yosemite corridor, Lyell Canyon and the John Muir Trail (JMT) section to Donahue Pass. [...]

Military Aircraft Crash in Death Valley Closes Popular Vista

Father Crowley Vista Point parking area is closed. Death Valley NPS - July 31, 2019 - Father Crowley Vista Point parking area is closed due to a military aircraft crash. Expect delays on Highway 190, and avoid the area so emergency responders can conduct their work safely. According to Navy Report a F/A-18E Super Hornet [...]

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