• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

    Effective July 28, 2014, the parks are in Stage 2 fire restrictions. See link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »

  • Road Construction Delays on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    Expect occasional 15-minute to 1-hour delays in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks on weekdays only (times vary), 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, and your vehicle is longer than 22 feet (combined length), 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 »

Plan Your Winter Visit

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.

Trees in the mid-level conifer belt are superbly adapted to living with snow and ice.

Winter conditions can change suddenly. Call ahead for updates.

Winter here generally lasts from November until mid-April. Sequoia groves are covered in snow and it is a great time to explore lower elevations in the parks. A few campgrounds are open. The roads to Cedar Grove and Mineral King are closed. The Generals Highway is open year-round, but may close after winter storms for plowing - occasionally for weeks.

Winter conditions, including snow and ice, can exist throughout the parks, and chains may be required on any park road at any time. For information on tire chains and places near the parks to rent or buy them, please click here (English/Español).

Park dispatchers update road conditions as they change. Please call 559-565-3341 (24-hours, then press 1, 1) for current conditions.


Did You Know?

Sharp, rocky crest of the Sierra Nevada.

The Sierra Nevada is still growing today. The mountains gain height during earthquakes on the east side of the range. But the mountains are being shortened by erosion almost as quickly as they grow. This erosion has deposited sediments thousands of feet thick on the floor of the San Joaquin Valley.