Four Seasons of Beauty at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
There is no question that Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are full of beauty and wonder. But did you know that each season offers something new and different to visitors? Reserve a room at one of the nearby Fresno hotels so you can rest up before setting off on a trip to the parks. No matter what season you choose to visit the parks, you will not be disappointed. And notice that the seasons are a little different than what you read on your calendar!
If you plan to visit in the spring, approximately April through June, you are ready to be dazzled. The warm spring weather brings a feast for the eyes with abundant, colorful wildflowers covering the landscape. During this part of the year, the groves of Sequoia are still covered in beautiful snow. During spring, the park’s rivers and streams run very fast and are particularly dangerous, so be careful.
Summer is a hot and glorious time at Kings Canyon Park. From July to mid-September, the snow has melted on the High Sierra steps and most of the facilities are open. Although you may be tempted to jump into a river, be very careful as they run very fast. During this time, you can check out a ranger-led nature program or a tour of Crystal Cave.
Fall, from mid-September to November, is a great time to visit the park. The foothills have cooled down and the rains begin towards the end of this season. Even light snowfall can fall in late October, although the flakes melt fairly quickly. During this season, facilities begin to reduce their hours or close completely and there are fewer ranger programs.
If you visit the park in winter, you won’t be disappointed. This season runs from November to April and gives you the opportunity to see the redwood forests at their snowiest and most peaceful time. It is a moment of serenity and solitude in the park. You can take a free snowshoe hike with a ranger if you’re the adventurous type.
No matter when you decide to visit Kings Canyon National Park, the best way to enjoy the scenery is to book a pleasant hotel in Fresno, CA, so you have a place to relax and rejuvenate after a long day in the beauty of nature.