• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

    Effective July 28, 2014, the parks are in Stage 2 fire restrictions. See link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »

  • Road Construction Delays on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    Expect occasional 15-min. to 1-hour delays in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks beginning Monday, June 2, weekdays only, between 5:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 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, please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. 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 »

Stock Use

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MEADOW OPENING/CLOSING UPDATES

 
Riders in backcountry
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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 2014 Kings Canyon and 2014 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 USE REGULATIONS & 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

Phone

(559) 565-3766

Fax

(559) 565-4239

E-mail

SEKI_Wilderness_Office@nps.gov





Did You Know?

Toppled sequoia tree.

Sequoias get so large because they grow fast over a long lifetime. They live so long because they are resistant to many insects and diseases, and because they can survive most fires. Sequoias do have a weakness — a shallow root system. The main cause of death among mature sequoias is toppling.