On September 25, 1890, 133 years ago today, the U.S. Congress established Sequoia National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Sequoia National Park is the second-oldest national park in the U.S.

Sequoia National Park was established to protect giant sequoia trees, the largest living trees by volume on Earth.

The protected area has grown to include the nearby King’s Canyon National Park, Giant Sequoia National Monument, and Sequoia National Forest, protecting a total of 404,064 acres (631 sq. miles) and at least 8,000 sequoia specimens.

On October 26, 1976, UNESCO designated Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks as an International Biosphere Reserve as the best example of “South Sierran oak woodlands, chaparral, mixed conifer forests, sub-alpine and alpine environments.”

This page was last updated on 2023.09.26