Changes to Some Opening/Closing Dates for Services and Facilities – Check Back for Updates
Some of the opening/closing dates for facilities and visitor services in the parks have changed due to weather and/or other circumstances. See link for details and match to locations on the park map (under "Park Tools," bottom left, this page). More »
Road Conditions (Entire Park) and Road Construction Delays (if Entering/Exiting Hwy. 198)
Expect 20-minute to 1-hour construction delays on main road through parks (Generals Hwy) until Memorial Day weekend (7 a.m.-6 p.m.). See link for schedule. Call for 24-hour road conditions info: 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1, 1). More »
Vehicle Length Limits Have Changed in Sequoia NP (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 new vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »
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Traffic & Travel Tips
Please read important park alerts by clicking the red tab above before you come to the parks.
DOWNSHIFT - When going downhill, put the gearshift in 1, 2, or L. The engine gets louder as it slows you down, but it will save your brakes from burning out.
LET OTHERS PASS - Slower vehicles MUST use paved turnouts to let traffic pass.
PREVENT CAR FIRES - Hot brakes and mufflers start fires in dry grass. Don't stop in grassy areas. Use paved turnouts only.
NEW! Vehicles Entering/Exiting Sequoia National Park via Generals Highway (the Main Road through the Parks) and Hwy 198
Vehicles longer than the recommendations listed below will likely cross the double yellow line. Drivers will be held responsible for any hazardous conditions caused by their actions. Follow the recommendations below for your safety and the safety of others:
The section of the Generals Highway leading to and from the "Big Trees" in Giant Forest was built from 1921-1926. As a result, the road was not constructed to accommodate longer vehicles.
AN ALTERNATE ROUTE: For vehicles longer than the recommendations above - take Highway 180 from Fresno to the Big Stump Entrance in Kings Canyon National Park. Turn south on the Generals Highway to visit Sequoia National Park. Be sure to turn around at the Giant Forest Museum and exit the park at Hwy 180 to avoid the vehicle length advisory.
Find road construction updates on our News page. Use this information to plan your visit carefully to maximize your fun and minimize your waiting time.
MOTORCYCLES - Slow down and drive carefully through construction zones where loose materials can be slippery and hazardous. Avoid the oil buildup in the middle of uphill lanes.
STAY ON PAVEMENT - Park and travel on pavement only.
GAS UP OUTSIDE THE PARKS - Gasoline is not sold within park boundaries. Be sure to fill up in one of the towns near the park entrance OR at one of three locations in the national forest bordering part of the park: year-round at Hume Lake (near Grant Grove), and late spring into fall at Stony Creek (between Giant Forest and Grant Grove) or Kings Canyon Lodge (between Grant Grove and Cedar Grove).
BICYCLES - Ride only on roads (not trails), single file with traffic, and wear light colors after dark. People under 18 must wear a helmet.
CELL PHONES - Service is poor to non-existent because of the great distance to cell towers and the rugged terrain. Note where pay phones are available or ask a ranger.
MORE INFORMATION - Call the park for the latest on road conditions: 1-559-565-3341, then press 1,1, 1.
Did You Know?
Not all American black bears are black! Colors also include chocolate, brown, cinnamon, and even blonde. When you see a brown-colored bear in Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks, you are seeing a black bear, not a grizzly. Although a grizzly is on the state flag, none remain in the wilds of California.