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 »
Call for Current Status of The Generals Highway "Road Between the Parks"
The section of road between Lodgepole (Sequoia) and Grant Grove (Kings Canyon) will close with the first significant snowstorm after Jan. 6, 2014, and is expected to remain closed through Apr. 15, 2014. Call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1) for 24-hour status. More »
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 »
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
Please read important park alerts by clicking the red tab above before you come to the parks.
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
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: Get local wilderness permits at the Wilderness Office (behind the visitor center) Monday-Saturday; Sundays at the visitor center. Self-issue local wilderness permits available outside starting September 29, 2013.
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.
Lodgepole Visitor Center
Wilderness Permits: Local wilderness permits.
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.
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 mid-May, 2014, then indoors.
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 April - May, 2014, then inside.
Services: Local wilderness permits, maps,and bear canister rentals.
Did You Know?
Sequoia wood proved too brittle for most lumber uses. Some felled sequoias even shattered as they hit the ground. Most lumbered sequoias ended up as fence posts, shingles, and even match sticks!