August 25, 2015
Grant Grove Area in Kings Canyon National Park Open with Limited Services
The Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park is open, including the General Grant Tree, Panoramic Point, trails, John Muir Lodge, Grant Grove Cabins, restaurant, market, and gift shop. However, all campgrounds in Kings Canyon National Park are closed until further notice.
August 25, 2015
Introducing an Online Park Atlas for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Anyone can use a new interactive “park atlas” created by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to explore the dramatic geography of these parks and create custom maps. Its public availability coincides with the 99th anniversary of the National Park Service on August 25, 2015. People can find the atlas for Sequoia and Kings Canyon at go.nps.gov/SEKIatlas, by clicking the link found on the homepage of the main park website—www.nps.gov/seki, or by scanning a QR code.
August 23, 2015
Reopening of Grant Grove and Wilsonia Areas of Kings Canyon National Park
The Grant Grove and Wilsonia areas of
Kings Canyon National Park will reopen in stages over the next two days starting on Monday, August 24, 2015.
August 21, 2015
Temporary Closure of Grant Grove Area in Kings Canyon National Park
The Grant Grove and Wilsonia areas of Kings Canyon National Park will be temporarily closed to visitors until further notice starting at 6 a.m. on August 22, 2015, due to ongoing fire activity in the area and related smoke impacts. There are no direct fire threats to Grant Grove, Wilsonia, or Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park at this time.
August 20, 2015
Overnight Facilities Close Temporarily at Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park
Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 21, until further notice, the John Muir Lodge, Grant Grove Cabins, and all campgrounds will be temporarily closed in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park.
August 15, 2015
Rough Fire Notification
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. August 15, 2015 – At the recommendation of the
Rough Fire Incident Management Team, the Park is notifying visitors and the public in Cedar
Grove that the Rough Fire has necessitated closing Highway 180. The Rough Fire has not
crossed the South Fork of the Kings River, however it is approaching the river below Highway
August 13, 2015
FIRE RELATED TRAVEL ADVISORY Kings Canyon National Park
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. August 13, 2015 – In response to the current conditions on the Rough Fire in Sierra National Forest and Sequoia National Forest, the National Park Service is issuing a travel advisory for visitors traveling to Grant Grove, Cedar Grove, and along the California Highway180 corridor between them. Visitors should be aware of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles traveling throughout the park.
August 04, 2015
Rough Fire Sends Smoke into Kings Canyon
HUME LAKE RANGER DISTRICT & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. August 4, 2015 – With multiple fires currently burning in the southern Sierra Nevada, state and federal agencies are working together to monitor and address smoke from local fires.
July 05, 2015
National Parks Respond to Several Lightning Caused Fires
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. July 5, 2015 – Since lightning storms came through the parks starting July 1, the parks have eight new lightning-caused fires. Afternoon monsoonal weather has caused additional lightning strikes with new fires being discovered everyday by park firefighters and staff. Lightning-caused fires can take days or weeks to detect because vegetation has to dry out enough to create smoke or visible flames after the storm passes over.
June 24, 2015
Rangers and Firefighters Remind Visitors Fireworks are Prohibited in National Parks
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. June 24, 2015 – With another year of continued unprecedented drought, rangers and firefighters would like to remind visitors that fireworks are prohibited in all areas of national parks – including campgrounds, lodges, and other areas within the parks.
June 17, 2015
Bear Incident at Sequoia National Park and Bear Safety Tips
On Wednesday, June 17, at 7:30 a.m., a park visitor stopped at the Ash Mountain Entrance Station in Sequoia National Park to report an incident involving a bear and a camper at Potwisha Campground. (Potwisha Campground is located 4 miles from the primary entrance to Sequoia National Park along the Generals Highway.) According to reports, a bear nudged a man in a sleeping bag at a campsite in Potwisha Campground at approximately 6:30 a.m. The man woke up. The bear stepped on the man, who ran away from the bear. The bear followed him, then turned around to grab the man’s sleeping bag and drag it to the edge of the campsite. Other campers stated that they banged pots and pans to scare the bear away. The man, a 25-year-old from Santa Cruz, CA, sustained minor injuries—lacerations to his back and a puncture wound. The individual refused further medical care by park staff. Currently, park staff is trying to locate the bear. Notices have been posted and campers contacted at Potwisha and Buckeye Flat campgrounds. Campground patrols have been increased. The incident is under investigation.
May 29, 2015
National Park Service Completes Final Wilderness Stewardship Plan for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
This news release provides information about a new Wilderness Stewardship Plan for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
May 22, 2015
Updated Trip-planning Information Available for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CALIFORNIA – Are you planning a future trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks? If so, you will want to check recent updates to the “Plan Your Visit” section (link top left on webpage) of the parks’ website at www.nps.gov/seki.
May 20, 2015
Public Welcome to Comment on Proposed Kern River Rainbow Trout Project for Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. May 20, 2015 – The public is welcome to comment on a project proposed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to collect genetically pure Kern River rainbow trout (KRRT) from three populations located in the wilderness of Sequoia National Park. The State of California, through its Heritage and Wild Trout Program proposes to restore the naturally indigenous Kern River rainbow trout to their original California source watersheds. In 2013, CDFW determined that Sequoia National Park supports the best populations of KRRT for conservation and native source watershed restoration.
May 07, 2015
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Announce Release of a Prospectus Soliciting Proposals to Provide Hospitality Services in Sequoia National Park
The National Park Service has issued a prospectus soliciting proposals in response to a business opportunity to operate overnight accommodations, food and beverage, retail, and other related services within Sequoia National Park. For the prospectus, visit http://concessions.nps.gov/seki004-16.htm.
May 04, 2015
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in Effect May 20, 2015
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. May 4, 2015– The past four years have seen an unprecedented drought not only in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks but the entire Sierra Nevada Range.
April 02, 2015
New Chief Ranger at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Edward (Ned) Kelleher has been hired as the new chief ranger at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. As chief ranger, Ned will be responsible for overseeing 180 staff performing wilderness management, wildland and structural fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, search and rescue, fee collection, and visitor management.
April 02, 2015
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Joins National Find Your Park Movement
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. Launched this week by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.
April 01, 2015
National Park Service to Release Final Wilderness Stewardship Plan for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
The Environmental Protection Agency’s notice of availability for the Wilderness Stewardship Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement (WSP/FEIS) for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will be published in the Federal Register on Friday, April 3, 2015. The National Park Service (NPS) will issue a Record of Decision 30 days or more after the Federal Register notice of the WSP/FEIS. The WSP/FEIS and additional information is available on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/sekiwild or by calling Nancy Hendricks, environmental protection specialist, at
March 30, 2015
Endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Restored to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks
A multiagency operation was recently concluded that returned two herds of endangered bighorn sheep to locations in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks, Inyo National Forest, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, worked together on the complex operation in the Sierra Nevada.
January 28, 2015
Public Welcome to Comment on Proposed Hazard Tree Mitigation Project
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CA – The public is welcome to comment on a proposed project by the National Park Service (NPS) to mitigate tree hazards by (primarily) removing dead and dying trees that pose a risk to public safety in the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park. A total of 1,126 trees, mostly ponderosa pine and white fir (no giant sequoias), are currently identified as hazards and recommended for mitigation in Cedar Grove due to drought and bark beetle mortality. For more information or to make electronic comments, visit the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/seki. If you have specific questions or concerns related to this project, contact Nancy Hendricks at 559-565-3102. A 30-day public comment period starts on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. All written comments about this project must be transmitted, postmarked, or hand-delivered by February 27, 2015. For more information, please visit the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/seki.
January 16, 2015
Celebrate Anniversaries of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CA – In 2015, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ will commemorate Sequoia’s 125th Anniversary and Kings Canyon’s 75th Anniversary. The anniversary theme--“Celebrate. Timeless. Memories."--is highlighted as part of a logo created and donated by artist David Williams. Events are being planned both inside and outside of the parks to honor a combined two centuries of preserving and protecting giant sequoias and the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada for the benefit of the American people. For more information about the anniversaries, including a current list of events, visit www.nps.gov/seki/parknews/index.htm.
January 16, 2015
Public Welcome to Comment on Environmental Remediation Effort Proposed at Historic Dump Site within Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CA – The public is welcome to comment on an environmental remediation effort being considered by the National Park Service (NPS), in coordination with Environmental Cost Management, Inc. (ECM), at the former Lower Kaweah dump site within the Giant Forest area of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI), in Tulare County, California.
January 08, 2015
National Park Service Invites Public to Day of Volunteer Service and Education
The National Park Service invites the public to participate in a day of volunteer service and education at Sequoia National Park on Monday, January 19, 2015, on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. This event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Foothills Visitor Center at 47050 Generals Highway, Three Rivers, CA 93271.