National Park Edition: Mystery Destination

It's National Park Week (April 19-27, 2014) so we'll feature one of our favorite national parks in this week's Mystery Destination. It's easy. Take a look at the photo, read the clues then comment below letting us know what national park you think we are describing. Then, if you're confident, you can forward this on to a friend to see if they know the answer too. Let's get started.

National Park Week

  • First protected in 1864, this National Park is known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and so much more.

  • Over 3.7 million people visit this park each year making it one of the busiest national parks. Most of those visitors spend their time in the seven square mile valley (with the same name as the park). Those who go further into the wilderness are rewarded with amazing views and recreation opportunities.

  • Thru-hikers know this park. This is the starting point for many backpackers headed south on a famous 210+ mile trail. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) also passes through this national park.

  • This park is also well-known for rock climbing. This park is one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the world because of its diverse range of climbing routes in addition to its year-round accessibility.

  • One popular spot in this park is a well-known granite dome. It is climbed by thousands of visitors each year. The dome was featured on a 1988 25-cent stamp, the 2010 State Quarter and is on the state's current drivers licenses. A similar shaped mountain is found on many brand logos including The North Face, Sierra Designs and Sierra Club.


National Park Photo by Jeff Gunn


Do you know the name of this national park? Have you ever visited it? Enter your guess in the comments below (and be sure to tell us when you last visited it).

Was this Mystery Destination pretty difficult or way too easy? Try some of our other recent Mystery Destinations:

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Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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