Plan Your Visit
Snow chains or cables may be required to drive on park roads. State law requires ALL vehicles (including 4-wheel/all-wheel drive) to carry chains in chain-control areas. Call for 24-hour road conditions info: 559-565-3341. If needed, rent or buy chains before entering the parks.
Welcome to the Land of Giants
You expect giant trees and huge canyons--and you won't be disappointed. Within these parks, you can experience a spectacular range in elevation from warm foothills to cold alpine peaks. The largest and finest groves of giant sequoias grow here, along with extraordinarily diverse plants and animals living in extremely varied conditions.
For an overview of the parks, download the Visitor Guide newspaper for the season you plan to visit. See options for eating and sleeping, operating hours and seasons, fees and passes, and things to do. Be prepared to store your food and scented items to protect them from bears, especially if you plan to stay overnight. Check current conditions for details about weather and roads. Looking for more details to help plan your trip? Check our Basic Information page.