• 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

What's In the Foothills Area, Winter

Foothills Visitor Center: Open year-round. One mile north of Ash Mountain park entrance at Highway 198. Exhibits on the foothills environment. Local wilderness permits, bear canisters, books, maps, and first aid. Hours of operation vary with season. For information call 1-559-565-3135.

Other visitor centers...

You are in black bear country. Food storage is required. Tables, food-storage boxes, restrooms, drinking water, 6 people and 1 vehicle per site. No reservations. See the link for information on other campgrounds in the parks.

Potwisha: Elevation 2100'. Open year-round. On Generals Highway, 4 miles north of Highway 198/park entrance. Restrooms, drinking water, RV disposal stations, 42 sites.

South Fork: Open year-round. On South Fork Road, 12 miles east of Highway 198. Pit toilets, no drinking water, 13 sites. Not recommended for trailers/RVs. No fee in winter.

Buckeye Flat: Elevation 2800'. Closed mid-September through mid-spring. One mile via a side road from Hospital Rock (6 miles from Highway 198/park entrance). Restrooms, drinking water, 28 sites. No trailers or RVs.

Other campgrounds...

Picnic Areas
In the foothills the picnic areas are open year-round. Tables, restrooms, drinking water: Ash Mountain: Across from visitor center. No fire pits. Hospital Rock: On Generals Highway, 6 miles north of Highway198/park entrance. Fire pits with grills.

Other picnic areas...

In the foothills, lodging is available only outside the park. In-park lodging is at higher elevations. Additional information on lodging see the link. Lodging information...

Crystal Cave
Closed in winter but opens mid-May (weather permitting) through mid-fall. Crystal Cave is a marble cavern within one of the ridges between the foothills and the Giant Forest. It is operated by the Sequoia Natural History Association (SNHA). Tickets are not sold at the cave; buy them at the Lodgepole or Foothills visitor centers. Tickets must be purchased 1-1/2 hours in advance. more...

Pictographs at Hospital Rock
Pictographs and mortars are visible signs at Hospital Rock that Native Americans lived in this area for hundreds if not thousands of years.
NPS Photo

Did You Know?

Walter Fry in NPS uniform

After spending five days with five men cutting down a single sequoia, Walter Fry counted the growth rings on the fallen giant. The answer shocked him into changing careers. In just a few days they had ended 3266 years of growth. Fry later became a park ranger and, in 1912, the parks' superintendent.