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    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Fire Restrictions

    Effective June 18, 2014, the parks are in Stage 1 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 »

Meadow Opening/Closing Updates

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

Each year, opening dates for grazing are established for the wilderness meadows of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Setting opening dates for the meadows allow the parks to protect biological and scenic resources from unacceptable impacts that may occur when the meadows are too wet.

As meadows are most susceptible to damage from stock when ground moisture levels are high, opening dates are established based on the amount of precipitation that the wilderness receives over the winter.

Recognizing that commercial outfitters, recreational users, and park operations need to be able to plan trips in advance, we issue bulletins two times during the spring season as a service to keep all stock users informed.The bulletins update current conditions and anticipated opening dates. All bulletins are advisory only, the actual opening dates of specific meadows will be determined in the field. For final opening dates call the Wilderness Office prior to your trip at 559-565-3766.

Opening dates are anticipated based on snowpack in the wilderness.The snowpack is the best indicator we have of the amount of moisture the meadows received.The park has a series of snow courses that are measured periodically through the winter, with the late April snowpack measurements giving the latest and last estimate of conditions. We are providing this bulletin as tentative information based on late April/early May conditions.

Click the following link to view the 2014 original meadow opening dates:

2014 May Grazing Advisory Bulletin

According to the amount of moisture in the snowpack, we categorize the year as one of the following:

1) Dry (less than 50% of average snowpack)

2) Normal (51% to 150% of the average snowpack)

3) Wet (more than 150% of the average snowpack)

Opening dates in wet years are later than dry years.

2014 is categorized as a dry year.

If you are planning a trip on or near the opening date for a particular area it is your responsibility to contact the parks' Wilderness Office at 559-565-3766 for the latest update on conditions.For more information, also visit www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/wilderness.htm. Note that the opening dates only restrict grazing, pack trips prior to the opening dates are permitted as long as all feed is packed in and stock remain tied up at all times. For a complete list of meadows, please see the 2014 Stock Users Guide.

Your cooperation in managing stock use in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is appreciated.Together we can continue to protect the natural diversity and beauty of the Sierra wilderness.

South Fork San Joaquin River - Kings Canyon National Park
Kings River Drainage - Kings Canyon National Park
Kern River Drainage - Sequoia National Park
Kaweah River Drainage - Sequoia National Park

 

South Fork San Joaquin River - Kings Canyon National Park
The table below shows changes to the 2014 opening dates for "dry" years, the name of the meadow area, and the travel zone. Changes in opening dates may be made as the season progresses depending on actual conditions.

Opening Date

Travel Zone

Meadow Area

No Updates; Refer to the 2014 Grazing Advisory link above.
 

Kings River Drainage - Kings Canyon National Park
The table below shows changes to the 2014 opening dates for "dry" years, the name of the meadow area, and the travel zone. Changes in opening dates may be made as the season progresses depending on actual conditions.

Opening Date

Travel Zone

Meadow Area

6/20/2014

51-1

Simpson Meadow

6/27/2014 65-4 Upper Bubbs Creek
6/10/2014 72-8

Sugarloaf Meadow

 

Kern River Drainage - Sequoia National Park
The table below shows changes to the 2014 opening dates for "dry" years, the name of the meadow area, and the travel zone. Changes in opening dates may be made as the season progresses depending on actual conditions.

Opening Date

Travel Zone

Meadow Area

No Updates; Refer to the 2014 Grazing Advisory link above.

 

Kaweah River Drainage - Sequoia National Park
The table below shows changes to the 2014 opening dates for "dry" years, the name of the meadow area, and the travel zone. Changes in opening dates may be made as the season progresses depending on actual conditions.

Opening Date

Travel Zone

Meadow Area

6/17/2014

90

Hockett Plateau



Did You Know?

Sequoia cross-section shows evidence of much fire damage and recovery

Sequoia tree rings tell a fascinating story of survival and adaptation. Many sequoia cross-sections do not show a neat set of concentric growth rings. Among the rings are many scars — indicating repeated fire damage — and as many curved rings, the growth that eventually covered over the scars.