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 »
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 »
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.
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, 1) for current conditions.
Did You Know?
The mid-elevation Sierra coniferous forest supports a remarkable diversity of tree species. Here ponderosa pine, incense-cedar, white fir, sugar pine, and scattered groves of giant sequoia intermix, forming one of the most extensive stands of old-growth coniferous forest remaining in the world. More...