• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • The Generals Highway "Road Between the Parks" is OPEN

    The section of road between Lodgepole (Sequoia) and Grant Grove (Kings Canyon) is open. Call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1) for 24-hour road updates.

  • Be Prepared! Tire Chains or Cables May Be Required in the Parks at Any Time

    All vehicles must carry chains or cables when entering a chain-restricted area. It's the law (CA Vehicle Code, Section 605, Sections 27450-27503). Road conditions may change often. For road conditions, call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1). 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 »

  • 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 »

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?

Walter Fry in NPS uniform

After spending five days with five men cutting down a single sequoia, Walter Fry counted the growth rings on the fallen giant. The answer shocked him into changing careers. In just a few days they had ended 3266 years of growth. Fry later became a park ranger and, in 1912, the parks' superintendent.