'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.
Planning Your Stock-Supported Wilderness Trip
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.