Having national parks so near to where we live is special, and we in Clovis (and in nearby valley cities) need to take advantage of the opportunity to visit these wonderful places! We are lucky to have such beautiful, natural nationally-preserved parks a mere few hours away and it is not something that should be taken for granted, so get out there and let the irreplaceable beauty of nature engulf you.
From conventional tent camping to luxurious resort style accommodations, Yosemite has a way to stay overnight for just about anyone. Our near-and-dear Yosemite is a world renown natural icon, and only less than two hours away from our beloved Old Town Clovis- how truly lucky we are! When someone says Yosemite, the next thought that comes to mind is usually Half Dome or El Capitan, and although these are absolutely awe-inspiring sights, there is so much more to enjoy in Yosemite National Park than just that. Some things to do in Yosemite include; biking, camping, backpacking, golfing, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, fishing, water rafting, picnicking, photography, bird watching and more! People travel from all over the world to visit Yosemite, a place for those of us in the valley, is merely a couple hours away! Yosemite National Park is a place that anyone will love and value.
This type of nature experience is a part of our primitive core as humans (and as inhabitants of Central California), and exploring Yosemite is the essence of what it means to get back to those primitive roots; so why not? Now is the time to explore, travel, breathe and experience Yosemite.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
If you’re looking to explore a national park with a lot of biodiversity, Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park might just be the place for you. From gigantic trees, to cavernous canyons, to sky-high mountain peaks; these two national parks are certainly a sight for sore eyes. These parks are mentioned together because their history and future is intricately intertwined due to their close proximity to one another and the fact that Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks began to be jointly administered in 1943.
Together, these two adjoining parks are 66 miles long and 36 miles wide at their farthest extent. Within this vast amount of space there are many awesome sights to be seen, one of which is Mount Whitney, standing at 14,494 feet high, it is one of the highest mountain peaks in the U.S. and the west slope of this mountain just so happens to reside in our very own Sequoia National Park.
Perhaps Mount Whitney a little too high of an altitude for your liking? Fret not, Sequoia National Park has something below in store for you; if you’d rather explore a cave instead of hike a mountain, the Crystal Cave of Sequoia National Park is the place to be! Take a tour through a cave filled with some of nature’s jewels like marble, stalactites and stalagmites!
If you happen to find yourself drawn towards what Kings Canyon National Park has to offer, you will not be disappointed- especially if you head over to Cedar Grove. Cedar Grove is home to absolutely incredible waterfalls such as Roaring River Falls, Mist Falls and Grizzly Falls. And not only does Cedar Grove house amazing waterfalls, but also South Fork Canyon, the deepest canyon in the United States at a depth of about 8,200 feet! Last but definitely not least of what Cedar Grove has to offer is Zumwalt Meadows which had a scenic 1.5 mile self-guided gentle trail that encircles the great views of tall granite walls, lush meadows and the ever-flowing Kings River.
So, if you find yourself yearning for nature’s beauty, take a trip to Sequoia and/or Kings Canyon National Park where you can; drive, camp, hike, explore caves, go rock climbing, horseback ride, enjoy the rivers or even just stand in awe surrounded by the world-renown giant sequoias.