Things To Do

These parks offer a wide range of activities in diverse landscapes in any season. 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.

A snowy path to the General Sherman Tree. Photo by Kirke Wrench.

Winter Activities

Snow brings huge changes to these parks, including roads, facilities, and activities.

People read an exhibit at a snowy viewpoint. Photo by Kirke Wrench.

Winter Drives & Viewpoints

Even if you don't plan to leave the comfort of your car, you can still visit these parks in winter.

A birdwatcher peers through binoculars. Photo by Kirke Wrench.

Foothills Hikes

Winter is an excellent time to hike in the foothills. Hillsides are vibrant and green, and wildflowers often bloom as early as January.

People walk along snowy paths in a sequoia grove. Photo by Kirke Wrench.

Winter in Giant Forest and Grant Grove

Take in the deep snowy silence of the Giant Forest in winter. Trails are not plowed.Check at visitor centers for conditions.

A stream flows past granite rocks and golden fall color of trees and shrubs.

Exploring Soundscapes

Learn more about how scientists study park soundscapes to characterize biodiversity.

A woman skis near giant sequoias.

Skiing and Snowshoeing

Ski and snowshoe trails offer a way to travel through Giant Forest and Grant Grove in winter.

A family group with young children and a stroller travel down a paved path lined with sequoias.


We offer recreational opportunities suited for a wide range of abilities, including exhibits, walking, camping, and shuttle transportation.

A man installs chains on his vehicle. Photo by Kirke Wrench.

Winter Driving & Tire Chains

Be prepared for snowy mountain roads! Chains may be required at any time.

A family plays in the snow. Photo by Alison Taggart-Barone.


Serious snowplay-related injuries happen weekly in winter months. Learn more about how to avoid accidents.

A young girl with a white cat hat and white coat smiles. Photo by Alison Taggart Barone


Picnic areas are available in both parks, year-round. Be sure to store food safely to protect yourself, personal belongings, and wildlife.

People hike through a snowy forest. Photo by Alison Taggart-Barone.

Winter Ranger Programs

Ranger programs are offered year-round in these parks. All are free and open to the public.

Exhibits in Giant Forest Museum

Visitor Centers

Stop by our visitor centers and museums to explore exhibits, get trip-planning information, and shop in our park stores.

Two small children sit, enjoying the view. Photo by Tharwa Rabah.

Junior Ranger Program

Kids of all ages can earn a badge by completing activities in our Junior Ranger book! Ask for a free book at any visitor center.

A hiker carries a tot in a backpack. Photo by Katie Kenig.

Day Hiking

Get out and explore! Wander through sequoia groves, look deep into wilderness, or experience wildlife.

Hikers climb an alpine trail toward Franklin Lakes

Overnight Backpacking

Experience the solitude and challenge of the Sierra Nevada's wild landscapes.

A mule deer, standing in a field of grass and flowers, looks at the camera

Watching Wildlife

Keep yourself and park animals safe with these tips for watching wildlife.


Summer Activities

While these activities may not be available in winter, find information here to plan your summer visit.
People under a starry sky. Photo by Alison Taggart-Barone.

Dark Sky Festival

Share your passion for the night sky! Join us for the Dark Sky Festival, hosted in partnership with the Sequoia Parks Conservancy.

A woman on a horse in a high Sierra canyon

Horseback Riding

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

A climber ascends a steep wall. Photo by Daniel Jeffcoach.

Rock Climbing

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

Steps carved into rock and a handrail are pictured right, with mountain viewsheds in left background

Climb Moro Rock

A stone stairway ends at the top of Moro Rock's granite dome. Enjoy views of the surrounding mountains and wilderness to the east.

A group of people in a cave room near a stream. Photo by Alison Taggart-Barone.

Crystal Cave

Explore underground! Tickets for Crystal Cave Tours are sold by our partner, the Sequoia Parks Conservancy.

A picnic table, fire ring, and metal food-storage box in a forest


Check here for details to help you plan your camping trip.

Last updated: November 12, 2021

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