Tourism and Recreation

Eastern Sierra Mountains

Eastern Sierra, Dan Gunn Photography


Welcome to the Sierra! California’s beloved “Range of Light” has been a destination for generations of visitors, providing recreation, fun, challenge, and inspiration for families and individuals.  Once you visit the Sierra Nevada, you are linked in and begin to call it your own… special places are visited over and over again… you spread your wings and discover more each time you visit.

North or south… east or west… the Sierra is 25 million acres big – California’s “backbone”… full of deep forests, soaring granite peaks, cold clear flowing waters, abundant plants and wildlife, and friendly rural communities. It’s all here for you!

Since 2009, The Sierra Nevada Conservancy has worked with local contributors and communities to help promote sustainable recreation and tourism in the region. Through partnerships with the National Geographic Society and the Sierra Business Council we are proud to share an array of products to connect visitors to the Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada Geo tourism Logo


Visit the online Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide 2.0 to explore the unique small towns, activities, flavors, and uncommon beauty of this extraordinary 25 million acre region of California. With it you can map your favorite itineraries, find a day long adventure, and discover rural communities.





Stack of printed map guides




Pick up a copy of the Printed MapGuide to get a sampling of what’s contained on the website! Available at California Welcome Centers throughout the State.



Sierra Nevada website on a mobile phone


Once you log onto the website with your mobile phone you will have access to a user-friendly platform that guides you through breathtaking landscapes to unique Sierra-only places to eat, stay, play, and explore  experiences that create your best and most unforgettable vacations in the American West.

Get off the beaten path and find your favorite places by visiting several themed Exploration Tracks. Narrow down your destination search by using regional maps: Northern Sierra Cascade, Southern Sierra, Tahoe Emigrant Corridor, and Yosemite Gateway.

The Sierra Nevada Region offers world-class recreational opportunities for everyone. You can challenge yourself with physical activities such as hiking, biking, mountain climbing, and river rafting, or enjoy more tranquil opportunities such as sight seeing, picnicking, or visiting charming mountain communities.  

The links below may assist you with your recreation search of the Sierra Nevada Region.  

Sierra Nevada Conservancy does not endorse or monitor these sites.  When you follow the link you will be leaving the Sierra Nevada Conservancy website.  

Thank you for visiting us and enjoy your discovery of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Region and all that awaits you.


Visit California

CA Outdoors – California Travel and Recreational Information

California State Parks

United States Forest Service

National Parks Service – California Region

Links to Counties in the Sierra Nevada Region