• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • 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 »

Current Conditions

Please read important park alerts by clicking the red tab above before you come to the parks.


Some of the opening/closing dates for facilities and visitor services in the parks may change due to weather and/or other circumstances. Please call 559-565-3341 BEFORE you plan to visit.

 

Check the Weather Forecast for the Area(s) you Plan to Visit, BEFORE Leaving Home.

Temperatures and weather patterns can be drastically different throughout the parks at any given time. Daytime temperatures can vary 20-30 degrees depending on your location. While shorts and sandals may be appropriate in the foothills in the spring and early summer, it may not be in the higher elevations where there may be several feet of snow on the ground.

Weather Forecasts - Sequoia National Park

Weather Forecasts - Kings Canyon National Park

  • Grant Grove Village (6,589 ft. elevation).
  • Cedar Grove Village (4,635 ft. elevation; Closed in winter. Open late May through mid-October, weather permitting).

    * For wilderness travel, click on the area where you will start your hike, then click on the map for specific areas/elevations.

Seasonal Information

 

Come Prepared and Be Safe! Snow Chains or Cables May Be Required to See the "Big Trees" from Early Fall through Late Spring.

Why do I have to use tire chains here? You can't see the Big Trees without them and you may not be safe without them.
Download the Tire Chain Advisory and list of nearby sales/rental locations: English (PDF; JPEG) or Spanish (PDF; JPEG)

Visitors heading into the mountains to see the "Big Trees" in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Giant Forest, Grant Grove, etc.) and other areas of the parks and adjacent forest will likely be required to carry tire chains or cables due to snowfall/storms at any time between early fall through late spring/early summer. State law (CA Vehicle Code, Section 605, Sections 27450-27503) requires ALL vehicles (including 4-wheel/all-wheel drive) to carry tire chains or cables when entering chain-control areas.

Upon entering these chain-restricted areas, visitors need to have proper fitting chains in good repair. Ensure that chains fit and practice installing them prior to entering the parks. Weather and chain control designations can change rapidly, often multiple times per day.

Be Prepared! Avoid the Disappointment and Delays Associated with being Turned Away Upon Arrival:

  • Be safe. Avoid the worse-case scenarios of having a traffic accident, becoming stuck, needing a tow, etc.
  • Vehicles can easily slide off our steep and windy roads in snowy/icy conditions. Tire chains provide much needed traction in this environment. In many cases visitors with chains can get themselves back on the road without the added expense of calling a towing service for help.
  • Be informed of the current road conditions in the parks by calling our 24-hour hotline just prior to your visit at 559-565-3341. For roads outside the park boundaries visit the CalTrans website at www.dot.ca.gov for current road status, or call 800-427-7623.
  • Check the parks' current weather forecasts just prior to your visit. See links above.
  • If needed, purchase or rent tire chains or cables before your arrival.
    Download the Tire Chain Advisory and list of nearby sales/rental locations: English (PDF; JPEG) or Spanish
    (PDF; JPEG).
    Many car rental contracts do not allow for the installation of tire chains or cables. Be sure you understand the limitations of your contract. Renting a 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle may save you from having to install chains, even when you must carry them.
  • For more information on tire chains and safety watch our short Snow Chains and Cables video which demonstrates how and when to install them.
 

Did You Know?

Fairy lantern wildflowers.

The unusual diversity of climates and ecosystems in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks led to its designation as an International Biosphere Reserve. There are 580 reserves in 114 countries that hold this honor world-wide.