• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • The Generals Highway "Road Between the Parks" is OPEN

    The section of road between Lodgepole (Sequoia) and Grant Grove (Kings Canyon) is open. Call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1) for 24-hour road updates.

  • Be Prepared! Tire Chains or Cables May Be Required in the Parks at Any Time

    All vehicles must carry chains or cables when entering a chain-restricted area. It's the law (CA Vehicle Code, Section 605, Sections 27450-27503). Road conditions may change often. For road conditions, call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1). More »

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    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 »

  • 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 »

Visitor Centers and Facilities

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Kings Canyon Visitor Center in Grant Grove
 

Please read important park alerts by clicking the red tab above before you come to the parks.

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.

Some of the opening/closing dates for facilities and visitor services in the parks may change due to weather and/or other circumstances. Please call 559-565-3341 BEFORE you plan to visit.

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: Local wilderness permits available daily.
September 29, 2013 - May 22, 2014: Outside the Foothills Visitor Center.
May 23 - September 27, 2014: Inside the Wilderness Office (behind visitor center) Monday-Friday, and at visitor center Saturday-Sunday. 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):
Starting April 8: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Starting May 22: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 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. 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
Closed in winter. Open May 9 - October 3, 2014
Open daily:

May 9: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Starting May 25: 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
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. First aid. Open daily in summer with a stop for the park shuttle.

Mineral King Ranger Station
Closed in winter. Open May 24, 2014
Open daily:
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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 the porch through May 23, 2014, then inside. 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):
Starting April 7: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:00-1:00 p.m.)
Starting May 5: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 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 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
Closed in winter. Open May 22, 2014
Open daily:
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
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 - 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

Did You Know?

Col. Charles Young in uniform

In 1903, an African-American served as superintendent of Sequoia National Park, the first to do so in the National Park Service. Colonel Charles Young and his troops played a major part in completing the first wagon road to the Giant Forest, and the Moro Rock Road. A sequoia tree was named for him. More...