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 »
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New Visitor Facilities
NPS photo Steve Collector
Several of the long-term goals defined in the 1980 Development Concept Plan (DCP) approved for Giant Forest related to redefining visitor use and improving visitor experience. Giant Forest would become a day-use area only, with food service and overnight facilities relocated outside the grove. Access to Giant Forest’s best-known features would be limited to shuttle service or walking. No private automobiles would be allowed to park in the grove, and visitor parking would be consolidated into a single parking structure at the Wolverton corrals. Dispersed, non-vehicular exploration of Giant Forest would be encouraged in order to provide visitors with significant opportunities to interact with giant sequoias on foot rather than from vehicles.
Parking would be retained within the grove primarily in three reconstructed parking lots in Upper and Lower Kaweah and the Wolverton service yard. Small parking areas accessible to visitors with disabilities would be constructed near the Giant Forest museum, the Round Meadow area, and the Sherman Tree. A shuttle system would be implemented to allow overnight visitors at Wuksachi Village and Lodgepole to visit Giant Forest without bringing their vehicles to the grove, and to allow day users parked at Wolverton or the Museum to connect to other features of the grove. The trail system throughout the grove would be improved and tied in to new patterns of parking.
Did You Know?
Although California's state flag has a grizzly bear on it, no grizzlies live in California anymore. The last known grizzly in the state was shot in 1922 just outside what is now Kings Canyon National Park. The remaining bears are all black bears -- no matter what color they are.