• Giant Sequoia Trees

    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 »

Picnic Areas

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.


ATTENTION: CAMPFIRE AND BARBECUE RESTRICTIONS

In Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Check for current wood and charcoal barbeque fires, gas and propane stoves, and/or smoking restrictions: Fire Restrictions

NOTE: Individual picnic areas may be closed at particular times because of bears or other issues. Picnic areas are not plowed and may be inaccessible after snowfall.

For information on Sequoia and Kings Canyon advisories that may affect picnic areas check bulletin boards, call 559-565-3341, or visit: Current Conditions

 
Picnic table with bearbox near it for safely storing food away from bears
BEAR HABITAT! Store all food properly, never leave food on or around picnic tables unattended, and place all trash in bearproof garbage cans and dumpsters (close any latches that are present). Please use the bearbox near your table to store all food when not preparing or eating it.     NPS Photo
 
Map showing location of park picnic areas
You can find picnic areas throughout the parks and surrounding national forest. None are plowed in winter, however.
 

In Sequoia National Forest and Giant Forest National Monument: Check for current wood and charcoal barbeque fires, gas and propane stoves, and/or smoking restrictions visit: Fire Restrictions, or call Sequoia National Forest and Giant Forest National Monument at 559-784-1500.

 
Name Elev Grill Water Rest-room Remarks

Open/Close Dates

Big Stump 6,300' Y Y Y year-round
Cedar Grove 4,700' Y Y Y 4/24-11/14, 2014
Columbine 6,500' Y Y Y year-round
**Convict Flat 3,000' Y Y Y Sequoia National Forest
Crescent Meadow 6,700' N Y Y closes with snow
*Foothills 1,700' N Y Y restrooms across street in visitor center year-round
**Grizzly Falls 4,500' Y N Y Sequoia National Forest
Halstead Meadow 6,900' Y N Y closes with snow
*Hospital Rock 2,800' Y Y Y year-round
Lodgepole 6,700' N Y Y closes with snow
Mineral King 7,600' Y Y Y water and restrooms nearby 5/21-10/15, 2014
Pinewood 6,600' Y Y Y
**Powder Can 5,200' Y N Y Sequoia National Forest
**Sandy Cove 5,300' Y Y Y Sequoia National Forest
Wolverton 7,200' Y Y Y closes with snow
Zumwalt Meadow 5,000' N N Y 4/24-11/14, 2014

Did You Know?

Toppled sequoia tree.

Sequoias get so large because they grow fast over a long lifetime. They live so long because they are resistant to many insects and diseases, and because they can survive most fires. Sequoias do have a weakness — a shallow root system. The main cause of death among mature sequoias is toppling.