• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Fire Restrictions

    Effective June 18, 2014, the parks are in Stage 1 fire restrictions, see link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »

  • Road Construction Delays Begin on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    Expect occasional 15-minute to 1-hour delays at various locations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks beginning Monday, June 2, weekdays only, between 5 a.m.-3 p.m., including delays to/from the General Sherman Tree, Crystal Cave, and Grant Grove. More »

  • Vehicle Length Limits in Sequoia National Park (if Entering/Exiting Hwy 198)

    Planning to see the "Big Trees" in Sequoia National Park? If you enter/exit via Hwy. 198, please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »

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    We are experiencing technical problems receiving incoming phone calls. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please send us an email to SEKI_Interpretation@nps.gov or check the "More" link for trip-planning information. More »

Before and After Photos

Before and after view of a cabin area in the Giant Forest. The before view shows cabins. The after view shows restored forest with the trees minus the cabins.

Before and after views of a cabin area in Giant Forest.

NPS photos by Athena Demetry

Before-and-after photographs taken from the same location dramatically reveal the restored natural landscape that was obscured by buildings, roads, and parking lots. Click on a red dot on the map below to view before and after photos from that location.

In areas where plantings were done to restore vegetation, seedlings are visible in the photographs. In areas where natural regeneration was the sole means of restoring vegetation, recovery is slower: Tiny tree and shrub seedlings are present in many locations but not highly visible in the photos. These sites will be re-photographed from permanent photo points for at least 10 years after restoration to visually record their recovery.

It may take a moment for the interactive map to load in the space below—especially if you have a slow dial-up connection (the SWF file is 981kb in size). For quicker access, you can view all photos side by side on a single page, with no interactivity.

 
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Did You Know?

Black bear.

Not all American black bears are black! Colors also include chocolate, brown, cinnamon, and even blonde. When you see a brown-colored bear in Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks, you are seeing a black bear, not a grizzly. Although a grizzly is on the state flag, none remain in the wilds of California.