Free Park Admission on June 21 Kicks Off a Summer Filled with Barbecues, Star-Gazing and Plenty of Outdoor Adventure
Sequoia National Park, CA – June 2011 – Summertime, and the livin’ is – at Wuksachi Lodge! Nestled in the heart of Sequoia National Park, the rustic retreat serves as the perfect base camp for summer travelers. The season kicks into high gear June 21 when admission to Sequoia National Park is free, and beckons visitors to enjoy an abundance of warm-weather activities.

Visitors can take advantage of more than 800 miles of hiking trails by leaving straight from their room at Wuksachi Lodge on a leisurely stroll through the surrounding forest, or embarking on more challenging excursions such as a hike up Alta Peak. At 11,204 feet, the Alta Peak trail ends at a summit providing jaw-dropping views of the Great Western Divide of the High Sierras and, on a clear day, Mt. Whitney.

Hungry appetites will appreciate capping off a day of hiking with the all-you-can-eat Wolverton BBQ Dinner in Wolverton Meadow. Nightly from June 18 through Sept. 4 diners can enjoy presentations from Living History storytellers and chow down on summer favorites such as pork ribs, chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs as well as homemade desserts.

On Wednesday and Friday nights, visitors can enjoy a free tour of the night sky through the eyes of one of Sequoia’s ‘sky rangers.’ By the end of the program, participants will understand the basics of star-gazing and have heard ancient and cultural stories about the constellations. 

Hosted by the Sequoia Field Institute, the Women in the Park series invites women to tap into their inner explorer on a day-long journey. Led by field guides and a local naturalist expert, participants will forge new friendships and wilderness safety skills, learn of early pioneer women, tour the forest’s fauna and flora, and enjoy traditional campfire activities.

And no summer trip to Sequoia is complete without stopping by General Sherman – the world’s largest tree by mass – and experiencing Moro Rock and Crystal Cave. Taking a quarter-mile trail to the Moro Rock site, visitors can climb nearly 400 stone steps to the top of the barren rock ending at a breathtaking elevation of 6,725 feet. Formed of marble and crystal, Crystal Cave provides thrill-seekers a front row seat to Mother Nature’s artistry. The Sequoia Natural History Association offers 45-minute guided tours daily every half hour between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. from mid-June to early September.

To make reservations for Women in the Park, call 559-565-4251. Dinner packages for the Wolverton BBQ are available through Wuksachi Lodge and include overnight accommodations and two tickets to the dinner. Rates start at $239.50; individual dinner tickets are also available. For more information, call 866-449-4902 or visitVisitSequoia.com.
About the Wuksachi Lodge 
Located in the heart of Sequoia National Park on the western slope of the Central Sierra, the 102-room Wuksachi Lodge features a panoramic mountain setting, full-service restaurant, cocktail lounge, retail shop, and 1,320 square feet of dedicated meeting space. Furnishings reflect an upscale, natural decor highlighting native granite rock, oak, cedar, and hickory woods as well as modern guest amenities such as Internet access. The Wuksachi Lodge (www.VisitSequoia.com/Lodging.aspx) is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, one of the nation’s leading hospitality management companies, under contract with the National Park Service.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts 
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a leading hospitality provider in Special Places(SM), with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel; and soon, LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.ExperienceDNC.com. To learn more about Delaware North Parks & Resorts, visit www.DelawareNorth.com/Parks-and-Resorts.aspx.
About Delaware North Companies 
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.


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for Sequoia National Park 
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