• 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 »

Getting Around

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

Two main roads take you through these parks:

  • The Generals Highway (connecting CA 198 to CA 180) enters the southwest boundary of Sequoia National Park at Ash Mountain and meets CA 180 in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park to the north.
  • The Kings Canyon Highway (CA 180) enters Kings Canyon National Park at Grant Grove, descends into the Kings Canyon, and stops at Roads End.
  • A free shuttle service operates in the Giant Forest area, in summer, and for a limited winter holiday schedule.

    For a small fee you can ride the Sequoia Shuttle from the city of Visalia to the Giant Forest Museum (summer only). Once at the museum explore the Giant Forest area on the free in-park shuttles.


Distances and Travel Times Within the Parks:

Starting Location Ending Location


Travel Time

Foothills Visitor Center

Giant Forest/Lodgepole


1 hr

Giant Forest Grant Grove


1 hr 15 min

Foothills Visitor Center Mineral King


1 hr 20 min


Driving Mountain Roads
Many roads within the parks are winding, steep and narrow. Be prepared for mountain conditions and road hazards. Read more about driving mountain roads...

Map showing roads in and around Sequoia and Kings Canyon Naitonal Parks
Only the western side of these parks has roads. No roads cross the parks from east to west.

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.