• 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 »

Scientific Research & Collection Permits

Please read important park alerts by clicking the red tab above before you come to the parks.

Prior approval in the form of a permit is required to conduct scientific research or collecting in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and Devils Postpile National Monument. This approval must be obtained annually.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and Devils Postpile National Monument have a long history of supporting scientific research, and that research has been important both to park management and to the general body of scientific knowledge. The parks would like to continue that tradition and provide the information below to help researchers navigate the permitting process. The research permit process is outlined below and described in detail in the attached documents.

SEKI Research Permit Cycle

Permit Program Coordinator Contact:
Koren R. Nydick, PhD
Science Coordinator/Ecologist
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Phone: 559-565-4292
FAX: 559-565-4207

Applying for a Permit

Wilderness Minimum Requirements Analysis (MRA)

Park-specific conditions: Each permit may have specific conditions attached to it. However, all permits have the following park-specific conditions:

Avoidance of White Nose Syndrome: requirements for cave researchers

If you encounter marijuana grow site

Accommodations for Researchers

If you encounter difficulty opening any of the linked documents contact the Permit Program Coordinator (above).

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.