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-minute to 1-hour delays in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks on weekdays only (times vary), 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, and your vehicle is longer than 22 feet (combined length), please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »
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Visitor Centers and Facilities
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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
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: Local wilderness permits available daily.
Services: Books, maps, hats, educational materials for sale. Bear canisters for sale or rent. Accessible restrooms. Pay phone. First aid.
Giant Forest Museum
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.
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. Pay phone. 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 through early May. Wilderness Permits & Reservations
Lodgepole Visitor Center
Wilderness Permits: Local wilderness permits issued here. Wilderness Permits & Reservations
Exhibits: This small station houses some exhibits on Mineral King's human and natural history.
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).
Wilderness Permits: Self-issue local wilderness permits outside through May 24, 2014, then indoors 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wilderness Permits & Reservations
Services: Books, maps, and educational materials for sale. Accessible restrooms. Pay phone. First aid.
Cedar Grove Visitor Center
Roads End Wilderness Permit Station
Wilderness Permits: Self-issue local permits outside through May 22, 2014. Wilderness Permits & Reservations
Services: Local wilderness permits, maps,and bear canister rentals.
Did You Know?
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.