• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Institute Fire Restrictions

    Effective June 18, 2014, the parks are in Stage 1 fire restrictions, see link below for more information. These restrictions will remain in place until further notice. More »

  • Road Construction Delays Begin on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    Expect occasional 15-minute to 1-hour delays at various locations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks beginning Monday, June 2, weekdays only, between 5 a.m.-3 p.m., 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, please pay close attention to vehicle length advisories for your safety and the safety of others. More »

  • 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 »

Giant Forest Webcam Link

Layers of polluted air hang over the valley beyond a ridge of hills.
WEBCAM: A VIEW IN EARLY SUMMER
Compare this with today's conditions by clicking the VIEW TODAY link to the right.
The webcam looks west from the Giant Forest. Rarely can you see both the San Joaquin Valley and the Coast Range beyond that. In this photo from early summer, a gray layer of polluted air can be seen forming over the valley.
With increasing air pollution blowing up into the Sierra Nevada from the Bay Area and the Valley, clear days are becoming ever more rare.
 
The Giant Forest webcam is one of a network of digital cameras at many parks to help educate the public on air-quality issues. These cameras often show the effects of air pollution such as visibility impairment. Because these cameras are part of air-quality-monitoring sites, their web pages display other information along with the latest photo: current levels of ozone, particulate matter, or sulfur dioxide air pollutants, visual range, and weather conditions.

NEW! Charts of the last ten days of hourly weather, ozone, particulate matter, or sulfur dioxide data are now available. To view, click the blue "10-day Charts" tab now appearing on the right side of each park's web camera home page.

The digital photos are usually updated every 15 minutes, while air quality data values are revised hourly.

Go to the Giant Forest Webcam page > > >

Did You Know?

Beautiful white spar crystals.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks could have been set aside solely to protect the amazing caves found here. The parks protect half of the caves more than a mile long in California, including the longest cave in the state. They contain Pleistocene-era fossils, rare minerals and unique animals.