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    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • 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, and your vehicle is longer than 22 feet (combined length), 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 »

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 drainages: 2014 Kings Canyon and 2014 Sequoia.
  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 2014 Stock Users Guide

Stock Use and Grazing Regulations
Site-specific regulations & restrictions listed by individual meadows within their respective river drainage. Download the 2014 Kings Canyon and 2014 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. Download 2014 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?

California flag with a grizzly bear on it.

Although California's state flag has a grizzly bear on it, no grizzlies live in California anymore. The last known grizzly in the state was shot in 1922 just outside what is now Kings Canyon National Park. The remaining bears are all black bears -- no matter what color they are.