Summer shuttle services let you sightsee as you travel from the San Joaquin Valley to these parks. They also reduce air pollution by reducing the number of cars on the road, and save you from a search for parking. All buses are wheelchair accessible.
Ride the Sequoia Shuttle on Highway 198 from Visalia and Three Rivers to Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest, or take the Big Trees Shuttle from Fresno or Sanger up Highway 180 to Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park. Shuttles run daily from late May into September. The round-trip ride costs $15 per person, and includes the park entrance fee.
When you arrive in the parks, transfer to free in-park shuttles that travel to visitor centers, lodges, campgrounds, and park features in each area. The shuttles do not connect within the parks.
Special Winter Holiday Shuttle
Hours of operation: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
During the Thanksgiving holidays, shuttles will run from Thursday, November 26 through Sunday November 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Stops include Wuksachi Lodge, Lodgepole Market, Wolverton snow play area, the accessible Sherman tree parking lot, and Giant Forest Museum. Note that the Sherman Tree parking area along the Generals Highway will be designated for disability placard parking only while shuttles are in service. Those without placards can park at other shuttle stops and ride the bus back to the tree.
Consider bringing your snowshoes or skis (if enough snow is present) and using the shuttle to do a one-way hike that connects back to your car or Wuksachi Lodge. Also note that the Moro Rock/Crescent Meadow Road is closed to personal vehicles but is open to foot traffic. Stop at Giant Forest Museum and talk with a ranger to help with your hike.
Sequoia Shuttle (Sequoia National Park)
This shuttle runs in summer.
Visalia Route - $15 round trip
In-park Shuttle - free
Giant Forest | Route 1 | Green
Free shuttles arrive approximately every 15 minutes from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow | Route 2 | Gray
Lodgepole/ Wuksachi | Route 3 | Purple
General Sherman Tree Trails | Route 4 | Orange
Potwisha to Giant Forest Museum | Route 5 | Red
Shuttle service to Potwisha Campground ended on Labor Day weekend (September 7). Service on this route will resume in 2016.
Big Trees Shuttle (Kings Canyon National Park)
Grant Grove Loop - free
Fresno/Sanger Route - $15 round trip
Tips for Shuttle Riders
Sequoia: Sherman Tree Parking and Trail, Wolverton, Lodgepole Campground Parking Area, Giant Forest Museum, or Wuksachi Lodge. It's best to avoid the Giant Forest Museum parking area on weekends and holidays.
Grant Grove: Big Stump Picnic area, General Grant Tree, John Muir Lodge, and Azalea, Cold Spring, or Sunset Campground. The Grant Tree parking and Grant Grove Village are very congested on weekends and holidays.
Before Leaving Your Vehicle
Walk and Ride