Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Stage 2 Fire Restrictions
Effective July 28, 2014, the parks are in Stage 2 fire restrictions. See link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »
Road Construction Delays Begin on Park Roads for 2014 Season
Expect occasional 15-minute to 1-hour delays at various locations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks beginning Monday, June 2, weekdays only, between 5 a.m.-3 p.m., 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, 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 »
Spring Drives and Viewpoints
NOTE: Spring weather is unpredictable. Snow can fall suddenly at any time of year on park roads in higher elevations. Be prepared with tire chains, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, water, and emergency food in case you need to wait for the road to be plowed. Check the Current Advisories page for the latest road conditions.
Drive #1: Generals Hwy—Ash Mountain to Lodgepole
(Note: Drives #1 & #2 can be combined to form a loop through the parks. But we hope you will get out of the car and see some of the many treasures visible only by foot.)
Drive #1: Generals Highway from Ash Mountain to Lodgepole
Drive #2: Generals Highway from Lodgepole to Grant Grove.
Drive #3: Hwy 180 Grant Grove to Hume Lake
Optional Loop Return: Once it opens in late spring, consider taking the road from Hume Lake to Quail Flat and then return to Grant Grove via the Generals Highway. (Allow an extra 30-40 minutes if you decide to take this more winding route)
Drive #4: Hwy 180 Hume Lake to the Kings Canyon (Kings Canyon Scenic Byway)
Drive #5: Mineral King Road
Did You Know?
The small gravity-defying cave formations found in Sequoia and Kings Canyon caves are known as helictites. They form due to the capillary action of acidic solutions and are composed of the minerals calcite and aragonite.