Buck Rock Lookout Labor Day Weekend Open House and Native Blessing

Release Date: Aug 22, 2019

Buck Rock Lookout Labor Day Weekend Open House and Native Blessing

PORTERVILLE, August 22, 2019 – The Buck Rock Foundation is hosting a Labor Day Weekend Open House at Buck Rock Lookout in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, Sequoia National Forest. The event will take place on Sunday September 1, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the base of the lookout.

A Native American blessing will kick-off the event, honoring a 16-year-old tradition started by Wuksachi elder Eddie Tupishna Sartuche. Booths featuring local history and wildlife, children’s activities, forest and fire information and lookout memorabilia will be on display. Visitors are invited to climb the 172 steps to the top of the historic fire lookout, while fire-watchers will be on hand to explain the workings of this still active post.

Smokey Bear, the U.S. Forest Service symbol of wildland fire prevention, turned 75 this year. The iconic fire prevention bear, famous around the world, will be attending the Buck Rock Open House. Bring the family and wish Smokey Bear a happy birthday in person.

Buck Rock is located in the Big Meadows area, at a cooler elevation of 8,500 feet. Buck Rock Lookout is a popular destination for people from all over the world. Perched 300 feet above the ground on a granite dome, visitors will have grand views of the High Sierra featuring the Great Western Divide, Kings Canyon and surrounding beauty. 

Eagles, falcons and other magnificent birds of prey are often spotted soaring the skies around the Lookout.  After many years of being shuttered, Buck Rock Lookout reopened in 2000. This annual celebration marks that event.

Entrance to the event is free, however there is an entrance fee when entering the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. For more information please contact the Buck Rock Foundation at (559)-901- 8151.