Sequoia Cultural Attractions
From the Mono to Muir
Tip: visit Hospital Rock at the south end of Sequoia for a look at Native American pictographs and mortar holes!
Steeped in rich and diverse culture, the history of Sequoia is a living story with chapters written by the Western Mono Native Americans, the westward expansion, the gold rush, and the birth of a National Park movement.
Explore the depth of this complex heritage in our museums and other attractions, filled with culturally significant objects and points of interest that reflect periods of park history from the Native Americans to the present day.
Native American Cultural Sites
Between Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, 265 Native American sites have been discovered and preserved. There are 69 additional sites that chronicle the history and culture of the area that are open to park visitors, and are popular Kings Canyon and Sequoia attractions.
Outdoor exhibits at Hospital Rock provide a glimpse back into Native American life at the site where members of the Mono tribe once settled. Explore remarkably well-preserved pictographs and other artifacts for an evocative look back in time.
Shown to Hale Tharp by the Mono Native Americans, Moro Rock is an unmistakable fixture in the landscape of Sequoia National Park. Ingenious feats of engineering, both past and present, allow visitors to take a staircase to the top, where sweeping views of the valley continue to inspire the spirit of Sequoia.
Pioneer Cultural Attractions
One of the earliest European settlers to the area, Hale Tharp’s home in a fallen sequoia represents some of the earliest non-Native cultural attractions in the park. Explore this centuries-old cattle ranching outpost and its reflection of life in the unsettled west.
Muir’s Legacy: National Parks
You don’t have to look far to see the remnants of early western visitors to Sequoia, from gold miners to loggers, the landscape and its resources faced many threats as the westward expansion accelerated. Thanks to efforts from naturalist John Muir and others, by the end of the 19th century, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks had been created. Together they protect over 864,000 acres of wilderness, and the immeasurable historic and cultural significance within.
The best way to learn about Sequoia cultural attractions and traditions is to visit! Plan your stay today, or contact us for more information about things to do in Sequoia. We look forward to hearing from you!