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    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

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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, please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »

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    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 »

Ranger-led Programs

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.

Ranger leads park visitors in a hike in the foothills area of the park.
A ranger leads a group on a trail in the foothills. 
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Program schedules and types vary with the season and park region. We offer the widest variety and number of ranger-led programs from late June through August. When you arrive, check visitor centers and bulletin boards in each area for program details or schedule changes.

Programs are offered by both the National Park Service and the Sequoia Natural History Association.

Click on the "View Park Map" at the bottom of the main menu (inside the white box labeled "Park Tools") for specific locations. There is about a one-hour drive between each of the following areas: The Foothills, Giant Forest/Lodgepole, Grant Grove, and Cedar Grove. Mineral King is about a 1-1/2 hour drive from the turnoff at Hwy 198.

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In Sequoia National Park -
Current Foothills Ranger-led Programs Schedule for:
August 25 - September 1, 2014 (PDF, JPEG)
September 1-8, 2014 (PDF, JPEG)

The foothills area offers ranger-led programs year-round, although programs may
be limited in fall and winter. In late spring and summer a variety of programs are offered,including an investigation station and patio talks at the Foothills Visitor Center, ranger talks at Hospital Rock, and various ranger-led walks. Potwisha Campground evening programs are given on weekends and occasionally on weekdays in spring and summer. For more information, call 559-565-4212 or check this webpage for future updates.

Mineral King

Current Mineral King Ranger-led Programs Schedule for:

August 28-31, 2014 (PDF, JPEG)


Giant Forest and Lodgepole

Current Giant Forest and Lodgepole Ranger-led Programs Schedule for:

August 24-31, 2014 - (PDF, JPEG)
August 31 - September 6, 2014 (PDF, JPEG)

The Giant Forest and Lodgepole areas offer a variety of ranger-led programs year-round. In winter (January-March), rangers lead snowshoe walks during most weekends, snow-permitting. Reservations are required for snowshoe programs--call the Giant Forest Museum at 559-565-4480 to reserve a spot. Spring (March-May) and fall (September-October), ranger-led programs are less frequent and generally occur from Fridays-Sundays. Programs occur throughout the day every day from late-May through August, with the highest frequency and variety in July and August.

In Kings Canyon National Park -

Grant Grove

Current Grant Grove Ranger-led Programs Schedule for:

August 25 - September 1, 2014 (PDF, JPEG)

Grant Grove offers a variety of ranger programs including winter snowshoe walks and Giant Sequoia tree walks and talks. Daily programs occur throughout the day from early June through mid-August, with the highest frequency and variety in July and August. Summer programs include a daily Grant Tree walk, campfire programs and various ranger talks. Programs in the early spring and fall months are less frequent and occur most often on weekends or Thursday through Sunday. Winter programs (January through April) generally occur on the weekends and include ranger talks in the John Muir Lodge.

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Cedar Grove

Current Cedar Grove Ranger-led Programs Schedule for:

August 25 - September 1, 2014 (PDF, JPEG)

Cedar Grove offers a variety of ranger programs in the summer months - from June through September. From late May through early June, programs are often limited to Thursdays through Sundays. Ranger programs throughout the summer months include walks of Zumwalt Meadow, campfire programs, evening programs in the amphitheater, and occasional night sky talks. Visitors will generally find daily programs available in July and August. September programs usually occur from Fridays through Saturdays.


Naturalist-led Programs by the
Sequoia Natural History Association

Wuksachi Lodge - Lodgepole, Sequoia National Park

Current programs offered by the Sequoia Natural History Association:

August 2014 (PDF, JPEG)

John Muir Lodge - Grant Grove, Kings Canyon National Park

Current programs offered by the Sequoia Natural History Association:

August 2014 (PDF, JPEG)

To see the complete listing of all our programs, visit our website at:
Sequoia Natural History Association Calendar


Did You Know?

Black bear.

Not all American black bears are black! Colors also include chocolate, brown, cinnamon, and even blonde. When you see a brown-colored bear in Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks, you are seeing a black bear, not a grizzly. Although a grizzly is on the state flag, none remain in the wilds of California.