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, and your vehicle is longer than 22 feet (combined length), 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 »
At Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, we are committed to a continuing effort to improve the accessibility of our trails and facilities so they can be enjoyed by all. If you have questions or suggestions about accessibility, please email us at SEKI_Interpretation@nps.gov or call us at (559)565-3341.
For people with mobility impairments:
Wheelchairs may be borrowed at no cost at Kings Canyon Visitor Center, Lodgepole Visitor Center, and Giant Forest Museum. They can be used anywhere in the parks but must be returned by the end of the day, before each visitor center closes. Ask at information desks, and be prepared to provide your address and phone number.
Campgrounds with sites that are most accessible for wheelchair users are Moraine, Sunset, Sentinel, and Canyon View in Kings Canyon National Park, and Buckeye, Potwisha, and Lodgepole in Sequoia National Park. Moraine has five accessible sites clustered together, and Canyon View has accessible sites for both large and medium groups.
A shuttle also runs between Visalia and the Giant Forest in summer; reservations are required. For more information, visit www.sequoiashuttle.com or call 877-BUS-HIKE (877-287-4453).
Road construction may cause driving delays in these parks, especially in summer. For a schedule and map of road construction projects, visit our road construction web page.
Trails and Park Features
Some trails are paved but have running or cross slopes that are slightly steeper, but may be accessible depending on individual abilities:
If you do not have a placard for accessible parking but need to walk the shortest trail to the Sherman Tree or to other park features, temporary accessibility placards are available at park visitor centers for use within the Giant Forest area. In summer, you can also ride the free shuttle to the accessible Sherman Tree Trail.
Many park features are easily visible from the highway and can be enjoyed while driving. Some of these include:
Touring on horseback is offered at Cedar Grove and Grant Grove in summer. Hourly rides, spot trips, and guided trips are available. Check the park newspaper for seasonal availability, costs, and contact information.
For people with hearing and vision impairments:
Assistive listening devices and open captioning are available for films shown in park visitor center auditoriums, and most of these films are also audio-described. Ask for receivers and earphones at Kings Canyon Visitor Center (Grant Grove) and Lodgepole Visitor Center. You may also bring your own earphones to use with our receivers. Assistive listing devices are available at most campground amphitheaters for use during evening programs.
Cell phone service is not available in most areas of these parks. Depending on your carrier, you may be able to get service in Grant Grove and at Foothills Visitor Center. Wireless internet access is available in the lobby of Wuksachi Lodge.
Braille transcriptions of the park map and guide are available for loan from park visitor centers.
Did You Know?
The large black areas at the base of many sequoia trees are fire scars. Even though fire may eat into the very heart of a sequoia tree, the tree can survive so long as the fire doesn't kill the living tissue all the way around the tree. Over time, the fire scars gradually heal over and disappear.