Stock Use

Riders in backcountry

NPS Photo


'Stock use' refers to travel with horses, mules, burros, and llamas. Since the U.S. Army Calvary protected the Park in the early 1890s, using stock to build roads, trails, and bridges, stock use has been an important element of Park operations and management. Not to mention the many visitors that benefit from stock-supported trips each year.

However, stock use has impacts on wilderness environments, and as such, must be carefully planned and conducted. If you would like to travel with stock in wilderness, be sure you are familiar with the specific regulations that apply to stock-supported trips.

The Wilderness Office is available to assist you. For information regarding commercial stock use, please contact the Commercial Services Office at 559-565-4235 or e-mail us.


Planning Your Stock-Supported Wilderness Trip

  1. Familiarize yourself with the 2016 Minimum Impact Restrictions.
  2. Review site-specific regulations and restrictions listed by individual meadows within their respective river drainages: 2015 Kings Canyon and 2015 Sequoia.
  3. Obtain a wilderness permit for overnight camping.
  4. Check the Meadow Opening and Closing Updates for current meadow information.
  5. Wilderness Stewardship Plan notable changes for 2016.


Velvet Grass in Kern River Canyon

Velvet grass, an invasive species, was discovered along the floor of the Kern River Canyon in 2006. To prevent its spread, temporary grazing restrictions are in place for Kern Ranger Station Pastures, Lower Funston Meadow, and Upper Funston Meadow.


Contact the Wilderness Office

Phone: (559) 565-3766
Fax: (559) 565-4239
E-mail: SEKI Wilderness Office

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