- The Park is famous for its giant trees. Within the park boundaries you'll find 5 out of the 10 largest trees in the world.
- This National Park is the second-oldest national park in the United States. It was created by Congress on September 25, 1890. Only Yellowstone National Park, created in 1872, is older.
- The park elevation varies by nearly 13,000 feet and includes the highest point in the contiguous 48 United States.
- There is a giant granite dome located within the park. The Civilian Conservation Corps cut a 400 step staircase into the rock in the 1930s. This staircase is listed on the national register of historic places. (Hint: this is not Half Dome)
- Thru-hikers pass though this national park while hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail or the John Muir Trail.
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