It’s hard to accept, but summer is winding down. That doesn’t mean it’s too late to have an adventure, though. So why not take a convenient and relaxing shuttle ride to Sequoia National Park?
Recently I created a list of cool activities to do in Sequoia National Park. Although the park is located fairly close to the Fresno/Visalia area, there are some who might not be able or willing to drive to it. And that’s why the Sequoia Shuttle exists.
Sit Back and Relax On the Sequoia Shuttle
The Sequoia Shuttle is a summer service that’s in operation until September 4. It’s a 16-person vehicle that picks people up from various locations in Visalia, Exeter, Lemon Cove, and Three Rivers, and drops them off in Sequoia National Park (don’t worry—it will also take you back down the mountain when your adventures have ended).
The Sequoia Shuttle has luggage space for your backpack, and also features a movie during the trip.
It’s wheelchair accessible, and a map of wheelchair accessible trails in the park can be found here. There’s also free wheelchair rentals at the Visitor Centers within the park.
How Shuttle Service Works
Riding the shuttle is simple, but you do need to plan ahead. You can pick your date and time and reserve your spot online here.
If you’re unable to drive from Fresno to a pick-up location in Visalia, you can take the V-Line bus. The V-Line departs from places like Chukchansi Park and Fresno State at 4 or 6 a.m. The V-Line makes six trips a day, seven days a week and costs $10 each way (check out more details here). If you decide instead to drive to Visalia, there are day and overnight parking options for your car at the shuttle stops.
Once inside the park, the in-park shuttles run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are ticketless, so you can just hop on whenever you want.
How Much Does it Cost?
Cost for individuals is $15 for a round trip shuttle ride. This includes park admission, which usually costs $30 if you take your own car. If you include park entrance fees and factor in the tank of gas it would take to get there, this is a very frugal way to enjoy Sequoia National Park.
There is also a group rate of $12 per person for six or more passengers.
To book your trip or to find out where shuttle stops are within the park, visit the Sequoia Shuttle website here. You can also call 1-800-BUS-HIKE to speak with a representative.
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