Changes to Some Opening/Closing Dates for Services and Facilities – Check Back for Updates
Some of the opening/closing dates for facilities and visitor services in the parks have changed due to weather and/or other circumstances. See link for details and match to locations on the park map (under "Park Tools," bottom left, this page). More »
Road Conditions (Entire Park) and Road Construction Delays (if Entering/Exiting Hwy. 198)
Expect 20-minute to 1-hour construction delays on main road through parks (Generals Hwy) until Memorial Day weekend (7 a.m.-6 p.m.). See link for schedule. Call for 24-hour road conditions info: 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1, 1). More »
Vehicle Length Limits Have Changed in Sequoia NP (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 new vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »
You May Have Trouble Calling Us. Use the "Contact Us" Link (Bottom Left) to Send an E-mail.
We are experiencing technical problems receiving some incoming phone calls at the parks. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please keep trying to reach us or check this website for frequently-asked questions. The search box (top, right) may be helpful.
Prescribed Fires Planned at Ash Mountain/Sequoia National Park (Parks' South Entrance)
Fire crews will be working on hazard fuel reduction project at Ash Mountain (south entrance) starting May 23. There are nine small burn segments near the south entrance. The fire may be visible from the road and will produce smoke for very short periods.
John Krebs Wilderness Dedication
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks has proudly dedicated the newly designated John Krebs Wilderness. The ceremony took place on Saturday, July 25, 2009, at the end of the road in Mineral King Valley.
This event celebrated this addition to the park's designated wilderness, “where earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man.”
“This day is the culmination of efforts to conserve forever the wildness of this beautiful valley,” said Park Superintendent Craig C. Axtell. “Efforts began in the 1970s to transfer lands to the National Park Service, preventing commercial development of the valley for a ski area. On this day, we celebrate this spectacular valley by designating it as wilderness, the highest level of protection we can provide.”
President Barack Obama signed into law the John Krebs Wilderness on March 30, 2009, designating 39,740 acres of spectacular sub-alpine and alpine environments in the Sierra Nevada ecosystem as federally protected wilderness. The area is named for the former congressman who is recognized for the legislation that incorporated Mineral King into Sequoia National Park in 1978.
Congressman Krebs served two terms in the U.S. Congress representing California’s 20th District, beginning in 1974. His dedication to the preservation of wild lands remains undiminished, as he made clear during the ceremony.
In addition to Congressman Krebs, taking part in the dedication were The Honorable Jim Costa, the congressman who currently represents the 20th District; Tom Bohigian, California State Director for Senator Barbara Boxer; and William Tweed, Chairman of Sequoia Natural History Association. Over 250 other interested citizens were also in attendance.
Most of the John Krebs Wilderness was included in Sequoia National Park by the enabling legislations that created the park in 1890. In 1980, following passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964, the National Park Service determined that lands in the Mineral King Addition above 8,000 feet in elevation had characteristics that made them eligible for wilderness designation. In the mid-2000s, Senator Barbara Boxer developed a bill to designate the area as the John Krebs Wilderness. With the support of congressmen Costa and Devin Nunes (the latter currently represents California’s 21st District), this bill became the vehicle for establishing the John Krebs Wilderness.
Did You Know?
Crystal Cave, a marble cavern, is a complex maze more than 3 miles long. Parts of it are open via tours. Many varieties of beautiful speleothems decorate the cave, including rarely formed "shields" and "raft cones." A number of unique species of animals live in the cave and its stream. More...