Things To Do

A wide range of activities in diverse settings awaits you at these parks. Whether you prefer an short stroll or a week in the wilderness, a quiet sunset or a roaring river, adventure awaits you here.

Whatever activities you choose, come prepared. Weather varies widely at different elevations, and storms can happen at any time of year. Read safety information before you visit.

People along a trail are dwarfed by a giant sequoia

Day Hiking

Get out and explore! Hundreds of miles of trails offer opportunities to wander through sequoia groves, look deep into wilderness, or experience wildlife. Choose trails from easy to strenuous, including paved trails good for wheelchairs and strollers.

Men hike along a trail through alpine peaks

Overnight Wilderness Trips

The designated wilderness in these parks offers a chance to immerse yourself in the natural world. Plan your trip today!

A ranger points as she walks with a group

Ranger-led Programs

Interested in learning more about the parks? Join a ranger for a free walk, talk, or evening program. Our partner, the Sequoia Natural History Association, also offers interpretive programs.

giant forest museum

Visitor Centers & Museums

Stop by our visitor centers to browse exhibits, get help with trip-planning at the information desk, or browse park bookstores.

An outdoor exhibit at Amphitheater Point

Drives & Viewpoints

The Generals Highway and the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway pass through an impressive range of elevations. Stop at overlooks to see roadside exhibits along the highway and learn more about these parks.

Crystal Cave's spiderweb gate

Cave Tours

Explore the underground world of Sequoia! A Crystal Cave tour takes you deep into a marble cave with stalactites, curtains, and other formations. Purchase tickets at Lodgepole or Foothills visitor centers before traveling to the cave. Bring a jacket! Offered from spring to fall.

A child carries a sledding tube up a snowy hill


When snow falls, bring your kids to one of our three snowplay areas, but be safe! Snowplay injuries are common in these parks.

A woman skis near the trunk of a giant sequoia

Skiing & Snowshoeing

During snowy winters, explore our ski and snowshoe trails. Bring your own equipment or rent it at park lodges.

Two kids work on junior ranger activities

Junior Ranger Program

Kids of all ages (and even adults) can earn a badge by completing activities in our junior ranger book! Ask for a free activity book at any visitor center.

A picnic table shelter at Big Stump Picnic Area


Look for picnic areas throughout the parks. Protect bears and other wildlife by storing food safely.

Two women travel through the forest on horseback

Horseback Riding

Whether you bring your own horses or use one of the pack stations in these parks, a trip on horseback is a great way to see the parks.

A calm section of the Kings River


The rivers in these parks are powerful and cold, and drowning is the most frequent cause of death here. Learn more about river safety.

A climber clings to a steep granite face

Rock Climbing

Granite cliffs and domes provide excellent opportunities for climbing in these parks. Climb on!

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