Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park

  US National Parks

Sequoia National Park is home to some of the tallest and oldest trees on Earth. The park also has the tallest peak in the contiguous Unites States: Mount Whitney, who’s peak tops out at 14,494 ft. Much of this park’s terrain is accessible only by hiking trails like the John Muir Trail, which snakes all the way from Yosemite, through neighboring Kings Canyon then finally to Sequoia.

Places to Stay When Visiting Sequoia

There are plenty of places to stay within Sequoia’s boundary. Between this park and Kings Canyon (which is literally right next door), there are at least 5 options, mostly available for booking on VisitSequoia.com. This includes the Wuksachi and John Muir Lodges that are usually open year-round. The Grant Grove Cabins that have a little less amenities, but is also open year-round. And the Cedar Grove Lodge that is only open during the busy season (spring to fall).

Three Rivers, CA is the largest and closest (8 miles) outside town to Sequoia’s main Foothills entrance. Here are some other nearby towns that should have some lodging options available, but only if you book them in time!

  • Lemon Cove, CA (20 miles away)
  • Woodlake, CA (23 miles)
  • Exeter, CA (29 miles)

Park Details

Sequoia National Park was established on September 20, 1890, and has a total area of 404,064 acres (631 square miles, or 1,636 square kilometers).

Address Three Rivers, CA, 93271
Phone559-565-3341
HoursOpen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Entrance Fee$35 per vehicle, valid for 7 days. Includes access to Kings Canyon
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Sequoia National Park is the 72nd most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Sequoia National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Sequoia National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Sequoia National Park are May, June, September & October.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits36,02428,73763,34393,054119,816153,882193,633190,139144,639118,18759,50245,097
Precipitation6569481814720911192957
Avg Temp303035415161676660503930
Max Temp424146546371747268615243
Avg Temp141317212835434235271913
Min Temp-4-4-161420333122122-5
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Sequoia National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Sequoia National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Death Valley, Sherman Pass, Sequoia & Kings Canyon5458
Pinnacles, Sequoia, Kings Canyon to Santa Monica Mountains6638
Death Valley, Sequoia, Kings Canyon to Yosemite85810
Yosemite, Kings Canyon to Sequoia5439

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Sequoia National Park.

NameDistance
Kings Canyon National Park20 mi
Manzanar National Historic Site29 mi
Devils Postpile National Monument82 mi
César E. Chávez National Monument88 mi
Death Valley National Park100 mi
Yosemite National Park102 mi
Pinnacles National Park142 mi
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area166 mi
Channel Islands National Park178 mi
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument186 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Sequoia National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Cold Springs - Sequoia National ParkThree Rivers, CA more 4 miles
Atwell Mill - Sequoia National ParkGrant Grove, CA more 5 miles
Buckeye Flat - Sequoia National ParkThree Rivers, CA more 9 miles
Lodgepole - Sequoia National ParkGiant Forest, CA more 10 miles
Potwisha - Sequoia National ParkThree Rivers, CA more 11 miles
South Fork - Sequoia National ParkCA more 14 miles
Dorst Creek - Sequoia National ParkGiant Forest, CA more 15 miles
Upper Stony CreekDunlap, CA more 17 miles
Stony CreekWilsonia, CA more 17 miles
Hidden Falls - State ForestSpringville, CA more 17 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Sequoia National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Big Bear MountainBig Bear Lake, CA8,805 ft56%50 mi
Mammoth MountainMammoth Lakes, CA11,053 ft68%82 mi
June MountainJune Lake, CA10,090 ft66%91 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Sequoia National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Sequoia National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Los Angeles International AirportLAXLos Angeles, CA177 mi
Ontario International AirportONTOntario, CA178 mi
Norman Y. Mineta San José International AirportSJCSan Jose, CA193 mi
Harry Reid International AirportLASLas Vegas, NV194 mi
Oakland International AirportOAKOakland, CA216 mi
Reno–Tahoe International AirportRNOReno, NV216 mi
San Francisco International AirportSFOSan Francisco, CA222 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Sequoia National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Fresno Yosemite International AirportFATFresno, CA65 mi
Meadows FieldBFLBakersfield, CA78 mi
San Luis County Regional AirportSBPSan Luis Obispo, CA144 mi
Santa Maria Public Airport Captain G Allan Hancock FieldSMXSanta Maria, CA152 mi
Santa Barbara Municipal AirportSBASanta Barbara, CA159 mi
Hollywood Burbank AirportBURBurbank, CA160 mi
Monterey Peninsula AirportMRYMonterey, CA180 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from MeteoBlue. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.