Skip to Main Content
A group of visitors snowshoeing near the base of a giant sequoia tree

Seasonal Activities

Adventure is calling

From hiking and fishing to rock climbing and wildlife viewing, opportunities for amazing activities are endless in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Here, you can explore some of America’s most beautiful scenery.

The warm season

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks come alive during the warm season, late spring through early fall. Explore over 800 miles of trails bursting with wildflowers, or try horseback riding, fishing, and stargazing under endless summer skies. This natural wonderland offers unforgettable adventures for all levels, from easy hikes to thrilling spelunking. Pack layers for the cool nights and plan your escape today!

A peaceful sequoia grove in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

The cold season

Sequoia & Kings Canyon make for a magical winter wonderland under the snowy boughs and branches of big trees. Hidden beneath their winter “coat,” dusty summer trails disappear and hiking boots give way to skis and snowshoes on well-marked cross-country trails. Sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snow play at Wolverton Meadow and Grant Grove reward the well-bundled visitor. Head over to the Big Stump snow-play area and build snowpeople with the kids.

Snow covered trees in Sequoia National Park


Naturalists from the Sequoia Parks Conservancy offer guided snowshoe walks on Saturdays and Sundays. Park rangers may also offer snowshoe nature walks, naturalist, and evening programs. See our page on ranger and naturalist programs in Sequoia & Kings Canyon for details.

A group of Sequoia visitors snowshoeing next to a giant sequoia tree



Winter in Sequoia & Kings Canyon offers a variety of exciting activities, including sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snow play at locations like Wolverton Meadow and Grant Grove. Guided snowshoe walks led by naturalists from the Sequoia Parks Conservancy are also available on weekends, along with ranger-led nature walks and evening programs.

Enjoy the cozy accommodations of Wuksachi Lodge® in Sequoia and John Muir Lodge in Kings Canyon, which serve as ideal base camps for exploring the parks during the start of winter. Warm up by the fireplace in the Great Room lobby of John Muir Lodge after a day of outdoor adventures. The parks also host special holiday events, providing a nostalgic and festive atmosphere for families and loved ones.

Exterior view of Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park under a dramatic sunset sky


A variety of places to stay inside the park keep you close to the majestic giant sequoia trees, deep canyons and soaring cliffs that make Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks famous.

Two guests at Wuksachi Lodge on the outdoor dining deck


Indulge in High Sierra dining options inside Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, from lodge dining to café counter service.