• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

Visitor Centers and Facilities

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Kings Canyon Visitor Center in Grant Grove
 

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon have a variety of visitor centers, ranger stations, and wilderness permit stations. Not all are open year-round. They are listed below in the order in which you would encounter them as you travel from south to north on the Generals Highway (main road through the parks) from the Ash Mountain Entrance at Hwy 198.

IN SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK:

Foothills Visitor Center

Open daily (all year): 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Phone: 559-565-4212

Location: On the Generals Highway 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the Ash Mountain Entrance. In the foothills oaks and chaparral; elevation 1,500 feet (457 m).

Exhibits: Focus here is on the Sierran foothills, the most biologically diverse area of these parks!

Crystal Cave tour tickets: During cave season, Crystal Cave tickets are sold here. Tickets are NOT sold at the cave, or by phone, or internet. (Tickets are also available at the Lodgepole Visitor Center, or the Giant Forest Museum when Lodgepole Visitor Center is closed). For more info visit: Crystal Cave.

Wilderness Permits: Self-issue local wilderness permits outside visitor center. Wilderness Permits & Reservations

Services: Books, maps, hats, educational materials for sale. Bear canisters for sale or rent. Accessible restrooms. Pay phone. First aid.

Giant Forest Museum

Open daily (all year): 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 559-565-4480

Location: Housed in the historic market building, in the Giant Forest sequoia grove at 6,500 feet (1,980 m) elevation. 16 miles (26 km) from the Ash Mountain Entrance.

Exhibits: Learn about sequoia groves and view short videos on giant sequoia ecology and fire.

Crystal Cave tour tickets: When the Lodgepole Visitor Center is closed for winter, Crystal Cave tickets are sold here. Tickets are NOT sold at the cave, or by phone, or internet. (Tickets are also available at the Foothills Visitor Center). For more info visit: Crystal Cave.

Services: Books, maps, and educational items for sale. Fully-accessible restrooms and trails. No pay phone; closest are outside at Lodgepole Market & Wolverton. First aid. During the summer the museum is a stop for the park shuttle.

Wilderness Permits: Local wilderness permits available outside on the bulletin board. Wilderness Permits & Reservations

Lodgepole Visitor Center

Closed in winter. Reopens May 18, 2015.
Open daily: May 25 through October 14, 2014
Phone: 559-565-4436

Location: On the Generals Highway 21 miles (34 km) from the Ash Mountain Entrance, 2 miles (3 km) north of the General Sherman Tree. In the conifer zone; elevation 6,700 feet (2,040 m).

Exhibits: Explore the natural and human history of the southern Sierra Nevada and view a short video, "Bears of the Sierra."

Crystal Cave tour tickets: During cave season, until Lodgepole Visitor Center closes for winter, Crystal Cave tickets are sold here, then sales move to the Giant Forest Museum. Tickets are NOT sold at the cave, or by phone, or internet. (Tickets are also available at the Foothills Visitor). For more info visit: Crystal Cave.

Wilderness Permits: Local wilderness permits issued here. Wilderness Permits & Reservations

Services: Books, maps, and educational materials for sale. Bear canisters for sale or rent. Accessible restrooms. Pay phone outside. First aid. Open daily in summer with a stop for the park shuttle.

Mineral King Ranger Station

Closed until late May.
Open daily: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. May 23 - September 27, 2014
Phone: 559-565-3768

Location: On the Mineral King Road 24 miles from the junction of Highway 198 in Three Rivers. RVs, buses, and trailers are not allowed on this narrow, winding road.

Exhibits: This small station houses some exhibits on Mineral King's human and natural history.

Wilderness Permits: Self-issue local wilderness permits on station porch and road-side near Atwell Mill Campground. Wilderness Permits & Reservations

Services: Books, maps, and educational items for sale. Bear canisters available. Pay phone in nearby campground. First aid.

IN KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK:

Kings Canyon Visitor Center (in Grant Grove).

Open daily (all year): Currently open 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed for lunch 12:00 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Phone: 559-565-4307

Location: In Grant Grove Village, three miles (5 km) east from the Big Stump Entrance on Highway 180. In the mixed-conifer forest; elevation 6,500 feet (1,980 m).

Exhibits: Learn about three areas in Kings Canyon National Park-giant sequoia groves, the canyon environment (Cedar Grove), and the High Sierra. Watch a 15-minute movie (English/Spanish).

Wilderness Permits: Self-issue local wilderness permits at permit box outside. Wilderness Permits & Reservations

Services: Books, maps, and educational materials for sale. Accessible restrooms. Pay phone. First aid.

Cedar Grove Visitor Center

Closed in winter.
Open:
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. through 9/21/14.
Phone: 559-565-3793

Location: On Highway 180, 30 miles east of Grant Grove. Next to Sentinel Campground on the floor of Kings Canyon. Elevation 4,600 feet (1,410 m).

Services: Books, maps,and educational items are sold here. Accessible restrooms nearby. Pay phone. First aid.

Roads End Wilderness Permit Station

Closed in winter.
Open May 23 through September 27, 2014.
Open daily: 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Location: 6 miles east of Cedar Grove Village at the end of Highway 180.

Wilderness Permits: Self-issue local permits outside through May 22, 2014. Wilderness Permits & Reservations

Services: Local wilderness permits, maps,and bear canister rentals.

 
 
 
Map showing locations of park facilities.
Map showing locations of park facilities
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