Sequoia: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

The Sequoia Forest is one of the most beautiful places in California and is a must-see for nature lovers everywhere. We already learned some amazing facts about the place in part one of this article, and now we’re back to tell you some more with part two.

Number Eight: Endangered Species, And Then Some

The national park boasts an extensive variety of wildlife, including five types of fish unique to the area, 200 different bird species, and 26 different types of reptiles. There are some endangered species as well including the California Condor, the Bald Eagle, and the Bighorn Sheep.

Number Seven: The Straight and Narrow of Sequoia

One of the factors that contributes to these trees being so resistant to fire and living such fantastically long lives is the way they grow. While other trees bend or curve, sequoias grow up perfectly vertical.

Number Six: Native American Settlements

It’s been proven that Native Americans such as the Western Mono settled in areas of the park every so often, using the mountains as trade routes. We know this because there have been artifacts and pictographs found throughout the park.

Number Five: Volcanic Rock

The beautiful landscape of this park was created by quite violent means. Deep volcanic rock was forced above the ground by a subduction zone, which created the iconic peaks admired by so many in the modern day.

Number Three: Complex Road Systems

More than 1,500 miles of intricate road systems exist within this park and are meticulously maintained. There are also about 1,000 miles of abandoned roads in the area, and 850 dedicated to horseback riding and driving ATVs.

Number Two: John Muir’s Contributions

The famed naturalist writer, John Muir, helped the park gain recognition through his talent and written works. He knew that the park was ecologically significant, and aided its development.

Number One: The First National Park Founded to Protect a Species

Sequoia National Park was formed with the intention of protecting a living organism, which is quite unique in the world of national parks. We hope you found part two of our list of interesting facts about this park interesting, and thanks for reading.