Be Safe & Come Prepared! Snow Chains/Cables May Be Required to See the "Big Trees" + Icy Sled Conditions
---Public Service Announcement--
Are you planning to sled at Sequoia or Kings Canyon national parks soon? If so, please use extreme caution! The conditions for sledding are very poor in both parks--including some extremely icy areas. Rangers have aided several people with serious injuries, including fractures and head injuries. Stop at park visitor centers for updates upon arrival to the parks. For example, sled hills at the Wolverton Snowplay Area in Sequoia National Park, and Big Stump Snowplay Area in Kings Canyon National Park are temporarily closed and will remain closed until conditions improve for the safe enjoyment of park visitors.
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
Come Prepared and Be Safe! Snow Chains or Cables May Be Required to See the "Big Trees" from Early Fall through Late Spring.
Due to constantly changing conditions, please call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1) for current, 24-hour road status and advisories.
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.
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: