• 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 »

Picnic Areas

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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.


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 4/26/13-10/15/13
Columbine 6,500' Y Y Y year-round
**Convict Flat 3,000' Y Y Y Sequoia National Forest 4/26/13-10/15/13
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 4/26/13-10/15/13
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 5/22/13-10/15/13
Pinewood 6,600' Y Y Y 5/17/13-10/22/13
**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 4/26/13-10/15/13

Did You Know?

Low fire burns through a grove during a prescribed burn.

Fire is an essential part of Sierra forest ecology. Plants and animals have adapted to the periodic, low-intensity fires that naturally occur here. In fact, sequoias need fire to open their cones and release the seeds, and to leave cleared beds of ash where they sprout and grow best.