• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • The Generals Highway "Road Between the Parks" is OPEN

    The section of road between Lodgepole (Sequoia) and Grant Grove (Kings Canyon) is open. Call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1) for 24-hour road updates.

  • Be Prepared! Tire Chains or Cables May Be Required in the Parks at Any Time

    All vehicles must carry chains or cables when entering a chain-restricted area. It's the law (CA Vehicle Code, Section 605, Sections 27450-27503). Road conditions may change often. For road conditions, call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1). 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 »

  • 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 »

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?

Copper Creek Valley.

The mid-elevation Sierra coniferous forest supports a remarkable diversity of tree species. Here ponderosa pine, incense-cedar, white fir, sugar pine, and scattered groves of giant sequoia intermix, forming one of the most extensive stands of old-growth coniferous forest remaining in the world. More...