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 »
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 »
A total of 77 mammal species are known occur in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. An additional 13 species, such as the wolverine, Sierra Nevada red fox, and black-tailed hare may also be present but exist in such low densities that their status is unconfirmed. Commonly observed species include yellow-bellied marmots, mule deer, pika, and several species of squirrels, such as California ground squirrels, Douglas squirrels, golden-mantled ground squirrels, and Western gray squirrels. Most mammals however, are secretive and nocturnal and they are rarely seen by park visitors. Examples include ringtails, spotted skunks, short-tailed weasels, and mountain lions. You can help the parks learn more about such species by obtaining a wildlife observation card at any visitor center and describing the species you observe during your visit.
Finally, the mammalian fauna of these parks is not as complete as it once was. The wolverine may no longer be present, but occasionally visitors report seeing them. However, there has been no verifiable evidence of them in many decades. The same is true for the elusive Sierra Nevada red fox. One species that we know for certain has been lost is the grizzly bear. Although grizzly bears were once abundant throughout California, they were exterminated by the 1920's. According to one account, the last grizzly bear seen in California was in 1924 in Sequoia National Park.
Did You Know?
The General Grant Tree is the only living thing designated by Congress as a national shrine. This sequoia is a living memorial to the men and women of the United States who have given their lives in service to their country.