• 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 »

  • 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 »

Current Fires

Information on all significant fires occurring in the parks is available on the InciWeb website. This link takes you away from the park webpages; use your web browsers "Back" button to return to this site.

To read additional information on recent fire activity in the parks, click on park News Releases

Additional maps and information will be posted to this page as fires occur and they become available.

 
Bear Hill Prescribed Fire in Sequoia National Park

Bear Hill Prescribed Fire Ignitions Completed June 2, 2014 News Release (PDF, JPEG)
Trail Status: All of the trails that were closed in the vicinity of the Bear Hill Prescribed Fire are now open to the public except for a small segment of the Alta Trail. Hikers are advised to stay on trails due to continued burning of logs and other fuels on the forest floor. Limited smoke impacts should be expected. See the fire update news release from June 30th (PDF, JPG) and the associated trail closure map (PDF, JPG) for more information.


 
A sequoia seedling that sprouted the spring after a prescribed fire

This sequoia sapling emerged in the spring after a prescribed fire. Fire creates the ideal conditions for sequoia regeneration: it opens the cones to release the seeds, creates gaps in the canopy for this sun-loving species, and forms nutrient-rich soil for the seeds.



Giant Sequoia regeneration following a prescribed fire.

Did You Know?

1890 map of Sequoia National Park.

Sequoia National Park is the second-oldest national park in the United States. It was created by Congress on September 25, 1890. General Grant National Park (the area now called Grant Grove), was designated soon after. Only Yellowstone National Park, created in 1872, is older. More...