Where to stay in Sequoia: Wuksachi Lodge review

We love national park lodges! Our favorites offer incredible scenery, rustic ambiance, and a quiet, intimate feel, but also offer a few modern conveniences. Where to stay in Sequoia National Park? The winner for us is Wuksachi Lodge.

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Located in the heart of Sequoia National Park at the Wuksachi Village, the lodge is the only lodging in the immediate area. In fact, you won’t even find a convenience store, gift shop, or visitors center adjacent. What this means: lower crowds year round. You’ll have what you need: the lodge offers a nice gift shop of its own, and families who bring snacks and groceries can use the mini-fridge in their room. The lodge offers a fantastic dining room for nicer meals, and hiking trails are abundant.

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While at Wuksachi, you’re only a few minutes by car or shuttle to all the main Sequoia National Park attractions, including the Giant Forest, Giant Forest Museum, and Moro Rock. You’re only 25 minutes or so from Kings Canyon National Park. Certainly, Wuksachi can be a base camp for both parks.

Lodging:

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Wuksachi’s main lodge houses The Peaks dining room and a cozy lobby, plus classrooms used by the national park service and ranger programs downstairs. In the winter season, this is where you’d come for nordic ski or snowshoe rentals as well. Guest rooms are located a very short walking distance away (everything is connected by foot paths) in additional buildings situated in the woods. Room categories include Standard, Deluxe, and Superior, sleeping four, five, and six respectively. My Superior room included sleeping for four in the main room, plus an alcove with sitting area and pull out sofa to sleep two more. With six in the room, it would have been cozy, but do-able. Bathrooms include tubs, and coffee service and mini-fridges are standard. Wifi is free throughout the resort.

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Rates:

Rates vary widely by season, but start at $157 for a standard room in the off-season (at the time of publishing). We recommend a bed-and-breakfast package, because you won’t want to miss the lodge breakfast! Find reservation information for Wusachi Lodge (and many other Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite lodging options). 

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Dining:

The Peaks is a beautiful dining venue in the main lodge, overlooking fir and pine forest through wide windows. The Peaks’ head chef lived in Alaska for a decade: order salmon! Dinner is an upscale event (families wanting something very casual will need to eat at the nearby Lodgepole Village and visitor center in peak season). Breakfast includes menu items as well as a wonderful buffet breakfast. I recommend filling up on the buffet before heading out for the adventures of the day! Box lunches are also available to lodge guests.

Read a full review of what to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. If you’re looking for more casual lodging in the parks, we suggest John Muir Lodge in Kings Canyon National Park.

Directions:

Access Wuksachi Lodge via the General’s Highway through Sequoia National Park, using the Highway 198 entrance. From the park entrance, the lodge is approximately 30 minutes by car (due to winding roads).

As I disclose whenever applicable, I stayed at Wuksachi Lodge as a guest of the resort, for the purpose of review. All opinions and tips are my own.

About the author

Amy Whitley AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly as a family travel expert at Go Green Travel Green and Practical Travel Gear, and contributes to Outdoors NW as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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