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 »
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.
Permit Program Coordinator Contact:
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
Accommodations for Researchers
If you encounter difficulty opening any of the linked documents contact the Permit Program Coordinator (above).
Did You Know?
When first set aside, what is now Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks were less than one-ninth of their present size. Over the last century, Congress has made seven major additions to the parks — the last being the Mineral King area in 1978.