Veterans Day in Sequoia National Park, CA

There are no special celebrations for Veterans Day at Sequoia National Park, but Veterans and their families are admitted free on Nov. 11. The state of California offers free admission to all its state parks, as well as national parks like Sequoia to honor those that have served the nation in the military.

November is well into fall, and often this is about when the first snowfall hits the park. Rangers at the park say it is one of the best times of the year to visit. The crowds are gone, and it is possible to see more wildlife at this time of year than any other time. Some roads are closed if there is a lot of snow.

The Sequoia National Park is in a fairly remote area in the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range near Visalia, Calif. The park has 404,000 acres of natural areas, and mountain peaks that reach 13,000 feet. Mount Whitney is the highest mountain in the continental United States at 14,500 feet and is part of the park. The park is south of, and next to Kings Canyon National Park, and one admission is good for either park. The park is best known for its giant sequoia trees. The General Sherman Tree is one of the largest trees in the world. The park itself contains five of the 10 largest trees in the world. There are 202,000 acres in both parks that are considered "old growth," meaning they have never been tampered with. There are cabin rentals, hotels and restaurants around and inside the parks, but much of the area is back country type area, accessible by foot or horseback only.

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