Buck Rock Lookout Open House and Barbeque

The Buck Rock Foundation hosts an Open House and Barbeque at the historic Buck Rock Fire Lookout in the Giant Sequoia National Monument.  This annual event, which is scheduled to take place on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, commemorates the re-opening of the lookout in 2000, after years of closure. 

The open house begins with Native American elder, Eddie Tupishna Sartuche, leading a traditional ceremonial "blessing of the rock." At the base of the lookout, an outdoor barbeque is fired up with all the fixings, and drinks and other goodies are available for people to purchase.  Booths featuring local history and wildlife, children’s activities, merchandise, and lookout memorabilia are displayed. Local artisans show their wares while Smokey Bear appears throughout the day.

Fire watchers are on hand to explain the workings of this active and historic fire lookout and lead tours to the top of the rock. Built in 1923 by the Forest Service, Buck Rock Lookout is one of the oldest remaining fire towers in the country.  Uniquely perched on top of a granite dome at 8,502' high above the forest below, a visit to Buck Rock offers fresh mountain air, a glimpse into the past and spectacular views of Kings Canyon and the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

Buck Rock is located in the Big Meadows area 8 miles south of Grant Grove, a short drive off the General's Highway between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.  For the dates, times, directions and additional information, please check the Buck Rock Foundation website at www.buckrock.org.


Latitude: 36.740535 Longitude: -118.86589 Elevation: 7516 ft
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Admission Fee (if any)

The event is free; however there is a $20 admission fee to get into Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP.

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All ages.

ADA Accessibility Notes

The fire tower is not ADA accessible.

Pet Friendly Notes

Well-behaved, people-friendly pets on a leash are allowed.


We will be there!! Good times at Buck Rock!

Stacy and Jeff Hannel, 8/23/2011

We were there and it was a most wonderful experience! My wife climbed to the tower and I was blessed by Elder Sartuche,a truly moving moment in my life.

Paul and Patty Little, 9/10/2011

This is something we haven’t done before, and we weren’t aware of public access to the Buck Rock Fire Lookout tower. This is an event that's fun for the entire family. We enjoyed the "Blessing of the Rock" by the Native American Elder Sartuche. We also stood in line to be blessed. I also attempted to climb up to the lookout tower, but fear won...someday I will!!

Bob & Birdie Morones, 9/17/2011

FYI - Your Lat/Long under map doesn't match google maps. Google satellite shows 36.737264, -118.860645. We are headed up for the first time next week, but will return for the event!

Dee, 7/19/2018

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