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-minute to 1-hour delays in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks on weekdays only (times vary), 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 »
Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park are jointly administered by one Superintendent and administrative staff with headquarters located at Ash Mountain (near Three Rivers, CA). Within the administrative jurisdiction of these parks lie the heart of the rugged Sierra Nevada encompassing over 1,300 square miles of spectacular granite mountains, deep canyons and magnificent forests. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present a uniquely challenging work environment. These parks represent an extraordinary continuum of ecosystems (nearly 97% designated wilderness) arrayed along the greatest vertical relief (1,370 to 14,494 feet elevation) of any protected area in the lower 48 states. They are the highest, most rugged portion of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Please note: The Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains of California may pose human health problems due to air pollution. If you need detailed information on air pollution in this area, please contact the parks’ Air Resources Specialist at (559) 565-3777.
Dependent upon work location, employee housing may be available for rent. Temporary employee housing units are typically shared with other temporary staff, and may be rustic in nature. There is no temporary employee housing available for families and/or pets. Government rental housing units may be occasionally available for permanent employees on a bid system.
Sequoia National Park - Ash Mountain: The elevation is 1,700 feet and is the park headquarters. It is approximately 6 miles from the town of Three Rivers, CA. Snow is seldom encountered at this elevation as the spring, fall, and winter seasons are generally mild. Summers are hot and occasionally humid. Temperatures typically range in the summer from 80-115 degrees. Three Rivers has restaurants, groceries, gas stations, banking and a variety of services and includes a school from kindergarten through eighth grade. The nearest full service town is Visalia, 35 miles to the west.
Sequoia National Park – Mineral King: This is approximately 25 miles from the town of Three Rivers, CA. The road to Mineral King is rustic and some parts are gravel. The elevation is approximately 7500 ft. There is a small diner/market located in Silver City. Facilities are either solar or propane, electricity is very limited and may go out throughout the summer. Internet and network capabilities are slow and often an unreliable way of communication. There is no cell service available.
Kings Canyon National Park - Grant Grove: The elevation is 5,600 feet. It is located 30 miles north of Lodgepole and 55 miles east of Fresno, CA. The area includes employee housing, a visitor center, post office, market, concessions operated restaurant, three campgrounds and a maintenance area. There is limited cell service. Average summer temperatures range from 51° to 86°.
Kings Canyon National Park - Cedar Grove: This is a remote seasonal community at an elevation of 4,600 feet. There is a visitor center, four campgrounds, a snack bar, laundry facilities and a concession operated market. The nearest full service towns are Fresno, CA, and Visalia, CA, both located 87 miles to the west. Snow is seldom encountered in the summer and temperatures typically range from 70-100 degrees. There is no cell service available.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present a uniquely challenging work environment. These parks represent an extraordinary continuum of ecosystems (nearly 97% designated wilderness) arrayed along the greatest vertical relief (1,370 to 14,494 feet elevation) of any protected area in the lower 48 states. They are the highest, most rugged portion of the High Sierra Mountains. As such, these positions require expertise utilizing wilderness travel skills. Incumbents must be able to hike by foot in the wilderness at high altitude for extended periods of time while carrying backpacks, tools and supplies of at least 50 lbs, and be able to work alone or in crews camping in wilderness for several days to several weeks at a time.
Did You Know?
Nearly 300 buildings, a gas station, sewage treatment plant, hotel, two markets, and over 24 acres of asphalt were removed during the Giant Forest Restoration Project in Sequoia National Park.