• 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 »

Operating Hours & Seasons


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

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.

The parks are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, weather permitting. Our highest visitation is in July and August. Campsites may be difficult to obtain on summer weekends and holidays, as well as off-season holidays.

Because of the extreme elevation range in the parks, weather conditions vary greatly from area to area and day to day. Please see the links below for more information on the season that corresponds to the time when you will visit the parks.

Redbuds and Moro Rock
SPRING: approximately April to June
Sequoia groves are often still snowy. Rivers and creeks become especially swift, cold, and dangerous. Spring brings warm weather and abundant wildflowers to the foothills. Crystal Cave opens in May. For more info visit cave tours. Read Plan Your Spring Visit...
Bullfrog Lake

SUMMER: approximately July to mid-September
Snow has usually melted from High Sierra passes. Most facilities are open and many free ranger programs are offered. The foothills are hot and dry, which makes the dangerous rivers tempting - be careful! Sequoia groves offer comfortable temperatures. Read Plan Your Summer Visit...

Fall aspens

FALL: approximately mid-September to November
Sequoia groves get chilly at night; light snows that melt quickly may begin in late October. Facilities begin to reduce hours or close, and fewer ranger programs take place. Crystal Cave closes in late November. For more info visit cave tours. The foothills cool down and rains may start by November. Read Plan Your Fall Visit...

Winter at Hockett Meadow Ranger Station

WINTER: approximately November to April
Sequoia groves are snowy, peaceful, and cold, and rangers offer free outdoor activities. Foothills are cool, green, and decked with wildflowers starting as early as January. Solitude is abundant. Read Plan Your Winter Visit...

Did You Know?

Trail sign.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks offer more than 850 miles of maintained wilderness trails. Over 723,000 of the parks' acres are officially designated as Wilderness. More...