High Sierras, California

California High Sierra Visitor Information

California Camping & RVing Information | High Sierra

The High Sierra region runs from Lake Almanor in the north, down to Tehachapi in the south, from the Nevada border west to the Gold Country. Home to the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountain range, the highest on the continent, it is an outdoor-adventure seeker's paradise.

Notable features of the region include Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America; Mount Whitney at 14,505 feet, the highest point in the contiguous United States; and Yosemite Valley sculpted by glaciers out of 100-million-year-old granite. The Sierra is home to three national parks, 20 wilderness areas, and two national monuments. These areas include Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks.

One of the highlights of the Sierra is several world-class ski resorts, with a vertical drop of 1,300 meters, there are snow areas for all types of skiers, from beginners to experts. A climber’s paradise, the High Sierra has almost everything a climber desires: rugged peaks, glaciers, and splendid, isolated chunks of granite. This region has many whitewater rafting locations with plenty of professional guide services. From the class V+ Cherry Creek, considered one of the most technical stretches of whitewater in the country, to the Merced River that pours down from Yosemite's high country, the area offers whitewater experiences for any skill level.

Wildlife and dramatic views abound in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mule deer, beaver, river otter, marmot, bobcats, mountain lions, coyotes, black bear, and hundreds of bird species may catch your eye. The High Sierra is not only home to wilderness areas with pines and giant sequoias, spectacular falls, tranquil valleys and meadowlands, but also home to resorts, historic Old West towns, cultural festivals, fine dining, golf courses and night life of the human kind.

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