• 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 »

Stock Use

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


Riders in backcountry
NPS Photo

Stock use refers to travel with horses, mules, burros, and llamas. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the specific regulations and restrictions which apply to the use of these animals in the wilderness. The following documents are provided to assist you with preparing and planning for your stock-supported wilderness trip. The Wilderness Office is also available to assist you. For information regarding commercial stock use, please contact the Commercial Services Office at 559-565-4217 or e-mail us.


Planning Your Stock-Supported Wilderness Trip

  1. Familiarize yourself with the 2014 Minimum Impact Restrictions.
  2. Review site-specific regulations and restrictions listed by individual meadows within their respective river drainage in 2013 Kings Canyon and 2013 Sequoia Stock Use and Grazing Regulations.
  3. Obtain a wilderness permit for overnight camping.
  4. Check the Meadow Opening/Closure Updates for current meadow information.



Stock Users Guide
Includes descriptions of forage areas as well as the site-specific regulations. Download 2013 Stock Users Guide

Stock Use and Grazing Regulations
Site-specific regulations & restrictions listed by individual meadows within their respective river drainage. Download the 2013 Kings Canyon and 2013 Sequoia Stock Use and Grazing Regulations.

Minimum Impact Restrictions
Basic practices to minimize the impact on the land. Download 2014 Minimum Impact Restrictions.

Velvet Grass in the Kern Canyon
Special grazing restrictions for Kern Ranger Station Pastures, Lower Funston Meadow, and Upper Funston Meadow. , 444 KB Download 2013 pdf

Anticipated 2014 Meadow Opening Dates
Expected dates for grazing in meadows based on "dry" year conditions.


Contact the Wilderness Office


(559) 565-3766


(559) 565-4239



Did You Know?

Large rockfall.

The road to Cedar Grove is closed from November to April because of rockfall, not snow. Erosion can bring rocks tumbling at any time of year, but the threat is greatest in winter. This is when the freeze-thaw action in the rocks tend to start rockslides. More...