Lush forests teeming with wildlife, glaciated granite domes, spectacular waterfalls, towering groves of Giant Sequoias, aquamarine pools, lakes, and tributaries, and two of California’s three renowned National Parks – Yosemite and Sequoia. Welcome to the western Sierra.

Few locations in the world rival the stunning beauty of this renowned section of the Sierra Nevada range. Its natural bounties provide a tremendous range of recreational opportunities with each changing season from backpacking, hiking, and camping, to kayaking, fishing, and white water rafting in the warmer months, to downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing in winter.

Along with breathtaking views from its rugged peaks, California’s western Sierra is known for its unique geological features and diverse cultural influences. From the earliest Native American inhabitants and Gold Rush pioneers — to today’s colorful residents and visitors who cherish the abundant beauty, adventure and serene peacefulness offered by this treasured California mountain region.

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