T he city of Clovis in Central California is a brilliant blend: It is a vibrant modern town that retains an authentic Western theme. Clovis is a real hidden gem. It is amazing what you'll find in Clovis ̶ and in the surrounding area.

A genuinely American town with a unique community culture affectionately referred to by the locals as the Clovis Way of Life, Clovis is noted for its warm and friendly people, its charming atmosphere, its time-honored and hospitable traditions, its excellent schools. A thriving, safe and clean community, the City of Clovis is well-loved and cherished by both local people and out-of-town visitors.

The Clovis Old Town Trail
The Clovis Old Town Trail is a part of a 13 mile pedestrian and bike
path open to the public daily. The Clovis Old Town Trail is the first
"Rails to Trail" conversion in the Central Valley. Free access.

Walking for Fitness Class
Tuesday & Thursday, March 16 - May 6, 2010
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. -- Fee: $65
Location: Alta Sierra's track
For registration, call Clovis Adult Education Center -- CAE at 327-2876 or visit

Family Canoe Days at Owl Hollow
$10 per person. Easy 1 hour sessions at Owl Hollow especially for families with children ages 6 and up.
For more details and reservation, call 559-248-8480

Calm-water Canoeing Adventures for families who have children younger than 10 years of age.
$15 per person for 90-minute canoeing tour. Pre-registration required. For more details and reservation, call 559-248-8480 ext. 13

Y osemite National Park
South entrance 40 miles from Clovis on Highway 41.
Sightseeing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, climbing, skiing, etc.
Open daily. Fees: $20 per vehicle, $40 annual pass
For more details, visit

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
The world's largest trees, Mt. Whitney, Crystal Cave, deep canyons, rugged foothills, wildlife, and much more. For Visitor Information, call (559) 565-3341. For Wilderness Travel Information, call (559) 565-3766 Official website:

Zephyr Whitewater Rafting on the Kings River near Kings Canyon
& Sequoia National Park
Family rafting trips from 1/2 day up to streamlined & full service 1 and
2 days. Camping and lodging on base camp.
For more details, call 209-532-6249 or 800-431-3636 800-431-3636 or visit

B oating or water skiing Pine Flat Lake
30 miles east of Fresno, on the Kings River . Day use facilities only. Boating, fishing, water skiing, sailing year round.
For more details, call 559-787-2589 559-787-2589

Trout fishing in the Upper and Lower Kings River
20 mile stretch of the upper Kings river above Pine Flat is special regulation trophy trout water.
For more details and permits, visit

Fishing at Friant Cove
The corner of Friant Expressway and Road 206. Open 7 days a week, and provides a Park and Ride, hand-carried canoe launch, fishing, picnic tables, and restroom.
For more details, call 559- 822-2332

Fishing, canoeing, picnicking, walking trails, seeing wildlife at Sycamore Island
39664 Avenue 7 1/2, Madera, CA
Open February 1 through October 26, Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays from 6:00 a.m. to dusk, and Fridays from noon to dusk.
Entry fee -- $9.00 per car and $5.00 per boat (no gas powered motors allowed). For more details, call Falcontail Enterprises at 559 696-9170

Culinary Farm Tours at Squaw Valley Herb Garden
30 miles east of Fresno - northeast of Visalia - 20 miles west of Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks.
For more details, call (800) 579-8043 or (559) 332-2909

D&F Pack Station in the Sierra
G uided horseback and trail rides. Fees: $25-$195
For more details, call summer (559) 893-3220 winter (559) 284-0854

Fun Activities for Family

Cal Skate Clovis Roller/Inline Skating Rink
2881 Peach Avenue, Clovis, between Gettysburg and Ashland.
Hours and Fees are varied. Private and group lessons are available.
For more details, call Tuesday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
at (559) 291-0242

Lions Den Skate Park
4650 N. Marks Ave. Hours: Daily, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Free
Phone: 559-488-1034

Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Daily, 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m., 894 W. Belmont Ave., Fresno
$7 adults, $3.50 seniors and ages 2-11, free to ages 1 and younger.
For more details, call 559-498-5910

Gateway Ice Center for ice skating, figure skating, and ice hockey classes
2473 N. Marks Ave., Fresno,
7:30-10:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
1:00-4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
For more details, call 559-277-2233

Roeding Park, Rotary Storyland and Playland
890 W. Belmont, Fresno.
Daily, 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., $5 per vehicle entry fee to Roeding Park. StoryLand admission: $4.50, $4 seniors, $3.50 children.
For more details, call Roeding Park at 559 -621-2900 and StoryLand
at 486-2124

San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation
Trails are in place and accessible to the public for biking, walking, jogging, horse riding, etc. Trailhead parking begins within Woodward Park, 7775 Friant Road, Fresno .
The park entrance fee is $3 for vehicles for Fresno residents and $5 for non-residents. For more details, call 559-433-319-, ext. 3 or visit

Woodward Park,
7775 Friant Road, Fresno
The park includes a uthentic Japanese Garden, fenced dog park, two mile equestrian trail, exercise par course, three children's playgrounds, a lake, 3 small ponds, 7 picnic areas (with barbecues, electricity and water fountains) and five miles of multipurpose trails that are part of the San Joaquin River Parkway's Lewis S. Eaton Trail
The park is open April through October, 6am to 10pm and November through March, 6am to 7pm. ADMISSION per vehicle is $3 for Fresno Residents (must present Driver's License to verify) and $5 for Non-Residents. For more details, call (559) 621-2900

Wonder Valley Ranch
6450 Elwood Road, Sanger, CA
Open daily for horseback riding, sailing, fishing, canoe rides, boating or swimming, and more. Reservation required. For more details, call (559) 787-2551 or (800) 821-2801

Sequoia National Forest

Get Wet, Get Wild, See Big Trees, Explore…

Plan your visit to camp on the Sequoia National Forest! The Sequoia takes its name from the giant sequoia, the world's largest tree, which grows in more than 33 groves on the forest's lower slopes. The Sequoia's landscape is as spectacular as its trees. Soaring granite monoliths, glacier-torn canyons, roaring whitewater, and more await your discovery at the Sierra Nevada's southern end. Elevations range from 1,000 feet in the foothill region to peaks over 12,000 feet in the rugged high country, providing visitors with some of the most spectacular views of mountainous landscape in the entire west. Reservations can be made at: or call (877) 444-6777.

* Visitor Guide

SEE BIG TREES… In their natural range, old sequoias tower above the forest's canopy, where their conical crowns easily reach heights of 250 feet or more. Sequoia's massive trunks grow to an average of 15 feet across, shielded by thick, cinnamon-colored bark. These giants owe their colossal size to a rapid growth rate that lasts their entire life long – a span that ranges from 2,000 to 3,000 years or more. Where its rock'n: Bearskin Grove, Converse Basin Grove, Belknap Grove, Trail of 100 Giants, Freeman Creek Grove.

* Giant Sequoia Adventures

GET WET… White water paradise awaits you! Our wild and scenic rivers offer miles of excitement for rafts and kayaks. Commercial raft companies have trips available from easy to advanced. Canoes and inner tubes are not recommended. Also check out Lake Isabella for fishing and boating. Be safe! Where its rock'n: Kern River – North and South Forks, Kings River – Main and South Forks, Tule River.

* Rivers
o Wild and Scenic Rivers
o Whitewater Boating
o Book a River Rafting Tour
o Kern River flow rates
o Fishing/Fly Fishing – Find a wide variety of fishing opportunities ranging from large rivers, small creeks, to Lake Isabella. In all, the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument have miles of fishable streams. Outfitters are available for fly-fishing lessons. Anglers 16+ must have a fishing license (except for Free Fishing Days). Pencil in Lake Isabella Fishing Derby for big wins!
+ Fishing and Hunting
* Lakes

GET WILD… and back to basics in our six wilderness areas. Find peace, solitude and natural beauty. No motorized vehicles, bicycles, wheeled deer carriers are permitted. Camping is not allowed within 100 feet of streams or lake to protect habitat. Travel only on foot or horseback.

* Wilderness Map
* Wilderness
* Wilderness Trip Planning
* Horseback Riding and Pack Stations – Miles of trails are available for horse travel. Bring your horse or hire a backcountry outfitter. The forest has horse camps and trailheads located in many areas. Where it's rock'n: Trailheads: Blackrock, Forks of the Kern, Jerky Meadow, Big Meadows & Clicks Creek. Horse Camps: Shake, Lewis & Horse Corral.

CAMP OUT… Get out and about at in our campgrounds, recreation rental cabins and fire lookouts.

* Visitor Guide
* Campgrounds
o Campground Reservations
* Rental Cabins and Fire lookouts
* Fire lookouts to visit include Buck Rock and Needles
* Camps and Resorts
* Group Campgrounds
* Picnic and Day Use Areas
* Bear boxes

EXPLORE… your National Forest. Opportunities for scenic enjoyment abound. The Kings Canyon Scenic Byway is a 50-mile route climbs through a giant sequoia forest and descends into one of North America's deepest canyons along State Highway 180. Where's it rock'n: Kings Canyon Scenic Byway , Western Divide Highway , Kern River Gorge , Hume Lake .

* Scenic Drives/Photography
* Nature/History Trails/Birding – Where its rock'n: Converse Basin, Bearskin Grove, Boole Tree Trail, Chicago Stump Trail, Hume Lake Trails, Indian Basin Trail, Trail of 100 Giants .
* Caves and Caving – Explore a magnificent cavern with many varieties of natural speleotherms, including rare “shield” formations. 45-minute tour available daily and suitable for the entire family. Where it's rock'n: Boyden Cavern , Church Cave (By appointment with guide only.)
* Rock Climbing – Great granite without the crowds! The Needles ROCK!
* Golf
o Kern Valley Golf Course - Kernville
o Juniper Hills Country Club - Bodfish
* Things To Do and See
* Nuui Cunni Native American Center in Lake Isabella
* Giant Sequoia Groves
* Picnic and Day Use Areas

HIT THE TRAILS… There are hundreds of power-packing non-wilderness trails open to cycle use with some restrictions. Trail difficulties vary, check with Ranger District offices prior to riding.

* Hiking
o National Trails
o Forest Trails and Trailheads
* Mountain Biking
* Horseback Riding and Pack Stations
* Interpretive Trails
* OHV/OSV Information
* Cyrus Canyon OHV Track

LET IT SNOW… Winter is one of the best times to visit the Monument. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and showmobiling are popular activities. Snowmobiling is limited to road in the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

* Winter Recreation
* Downhill Skiing
* Cross Country Skiing

Family Campgrounds

St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center
Main Location:
38526 Dunlap Rd.
Squaw Valley, 93675

Wonder Valley Family Camp
Main Location:
6450 Elwood Rd.
Sanger, 93657

Wonder Valley Ranch Resort & Conference Center
Main Location:
6450 Elwood Road
Sanger, 93657 800-821-2801

Parks & Gardens

Clovis Botanical Garden
Main Location:
945 N. Clovis Ave.
Clovis, 93611

Forestiere Underground Gardens
Main Location:
5021 W. Shaw Ave.
Fresno, 93722

Kearney Park
Main Location:
7160 W.Kearney Blvd.
Fresno, 93706 559-488-3004

Squaw Valley Herb Gardens
Main Location:
31765 East Kings Canyon Road
Squaw Valley, 93675

Wonder Valley Ranch Resort & Conference Center
Main Location:
6450 Elwood Road
Sanger, 93657 800-821-2801

Woodward Park
Main Location:
7775 Friant Rd.
Fresno, 93720

Amusement & Water Parks
Blackbeard's Family Fun Center
Main Location:
4055 N. Chestnut Ave.
Fresno, 93726

Main Location:
7354 N. Abby St.
Fresno, 93720

Roeding Park
Main Location:
890 W. Belmont Ave.
Fresno, 93728

Rotary Storyland and Playland
Main Location:
890 W. Belmont Ave.
Fresno, 93728

The Island Water Park
Main Location:
6099 W. Barstow Ave.
Fresno, 93723 559-277-6800

Wild Water Adventure Park
Main Location:
11413 E. Shaw Ave.
Clovis, 93619 559-299-WILD (9453)