• 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

Tree Hazard Management

Truck with a large extension arm lifts a park forester to the top of a dead tree

Trees that have died near park developed areas must be removed when they pose a risk to visitors. This truck has a large extension arm that enables workers to get up to the branches of trees to limb them prior to cutting the tree down.

NPS Photo

Developed areas within these parks, including campgrounds, roadways, visitor centers, and administrative sites are managed to provide recreational opportunities for visitors and as an operation base for park management in as natural a setting as possible. The overall goal of managing vegetation in these areas is to restore and/or maintain a healthy, vigorous vegetative community that approximates the "natural" state, given the constraints of past and present human intervention, while providing a safe environment for human use and enjoyment. Because trees often contain structural defects that contribute to their failure and constitute a hazard to adjacent human use, the preservation of these trees must be sensitively balanced with the need to provide for visitor safety. As part of the tree hazard management program, foresters evaluate trees in developed areas for structural soundness and determine whether they pose a significant risk to people or buildings. In such cases, a specially trained crew of tree workers removes those trees or parts of trees that are likely to fail and cause harm to life or property.

Did You Know?

Woodcuts from park newspaper symbolizing three special areas in the parks.

The park newspaper (The Guide) comes out five times a year. It covers Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, and the Hume Lake area of Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument. Planning a trip? See the most recent issue for the season you expect to be here and see what to expect. More...