Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
Effective July 28, 2014, the parks are in Stage 2 fire restrictions. See link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »
Road Construction Delays on Park Roads for 2014 Season
Expect occasional 15-min. to 1-hour delays in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks beginning Monday, June 2, weekdays only, between 5:30 a.m.-4:30 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 »
You May Have Trouble Calling Us
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 »
Planning and the Public
Throughout most of the decades from 1930-1960, the voice of the park concessioner, Sequoia and General Grant National Parks Company, grew stronger. During this time, there was little or no increase in power among those pushing to restore the Giant Forest. With the coming of the Yosemite Report, Hartesveldt’s work, and the Leopold Report, all this changed. The restoration movement was gaining strength and it was about to officially gain a most powerful ally: the public.
Finally, in 1980, the NPS Western Regional Director authorized the final DCP, which called for removal of nearly all development in the grove and set forth management objectives for future use of the Giant Forest. After detailed analysis of several locations, including Wolverton ski area and Lodgepole, the DCP settled on the Clover Creek area for a replacement lodging facility, later named "Wuksachi Village." Nearly two decades were to elapse before large-scale removal of development from Giant Forest was initiated. During this time, the NPS was gathering funds, developing new overnight accommodations at Wuksachi Village, and fine-tuning plans for the restoration of Giant Forest. For information on planning after 1980, see the New Visitor Facilities section.
Did You Know?
The small gravity-defying cave formations found in Sequoia and Kings Canyon caves are known as helictites. They form due to the capillary action of acidic solutions and are composed of the minerals calcite and aragonite.