• 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 »

Planning References

Planning and compliance efforts are guided by a variety of official National Park Service documents as well as scientific research, design guidelines and supporting legislation. These references are provided to assist with public participation.

Federal Laws & Legislation
National Park Service Organic Act of 1916
Sequoia and Kings Canyon Enabling Legislation

Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
Wild and Scenic River Act 1968 (pdf, 107 KB)
Wild and Scenic Rivers web site

Wilderness Act Information
Wilderness Act of 1964
Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (John Krebs Wilderness) (pdf, 1.3 MB)
California Wilderness Act of 1984 (pdf, 417 KB)
Wilderness.net

National Environmental Policy Act and Other Environmental Policies
NEPA Policy
Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

National Park Service Directives
Directors Orders (DO) | Reference Manual (RM)
Director's Orders
DO #2 - Park Planning. Note this Order is now superseded by Chapter 2 of Management Policies 2006.
DO #12 - Conservation Planning, Environmental Impact Analysis, and Decision-making
Handbook for Environmental Impact Analysis (pdf, 567 KB)
DO #28 and Reference Manual #28 - Cultural Resources
NPS 28 - Cultural Resources Management Guideline
DO #41 - Wilderness Management (pdf, 193 KB)
RM #41 - Wilderness Management
DO #75A - Civic Engagement and Public Involvement (pdf, 828 KB)
NPS 75 - Natural Resources Inventory and Monitoring (pdf, 167 KB)
DO #77 & RM #77: Natural Resources

Sequoia and Kings Canyon Plans & Policies
General Management Plan
Superintendent's Compendium (pdf, 1.5MB)
Natural Resources Management Plan (pdf, 1MB)

National Park Service Policies
Management Policies 2006
Includes chapters on natural, cultural and Wilderness resources. Chapter 2 on Park System Planning is especially useful. (pdf, 2.5 MB)

Historic Preservation Information
These programs, acts and guidelines inform park planners when preserving historic buildings and grounds:
Heritage Documentation Programs (HABS/HAER/HALS/CRGIS) National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA)
Preservation Standards and Guidelines
Historic Sites Act of 1935
Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
The Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (ARPA)

Did You Know?

Black bear on tree trunk.

Picnic areas are a major source of problem bears. Bears quickly lose their fear of humans when allowed access to our food. They wind up dead, hit by cars or shot because they threaten people. Store all food immediately on arrival, stay close to food at tables, and put all trash in bearproof cans!