• Giant Sequoia Trees

    Sequoia & Kings Canyon

    National Parks California

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  • 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 »

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    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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What's In Mineral King

During the summer, facilities and services are available. The Mineral King Road closes November 1 and reopens for Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting. The road is steep, narrow, and difficult--no RVs or trailers, please.


Mineral King Ranger Station: On Mineral King Road, 24 miles east of Hwy. 198. Maps, local wilderness permits, first aid, bear canisters. Open in summer, call for hours of operation. When closed wilderness permits are available on the porch of the station. 1-559-565-3768.

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You are in black bear country. Food storage is required.
Tables, food-storage boxes, pit toilets, and drinking water. No reservations, RV's, or trailers. 6 people and 1 vehicle per site. After the water is shut off in mid-October to prevent freezing pipes, there are no fees charged.

Cold Springs: West of ranger station 1/4 mile. 40 sites. $12/night. No trailers or RVs.

Atwell Mill: On Mineral King Road, 6 miles west of ranger station. 21 sites. $12/night. No trailers or RVs.

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Picnic areas

Mineral King: Tables across road from ranger station. Drinking water in front of station.

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Other facilities

Silver City Mountain Resort (private): On Mineral King Road, 3 miles west of ranger station. Chalets and rustic cabins, limited supplies, showers, no ice or gasoline, restaurant. 559-561-3223 (off-season: 805-528-2730).

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Monarch Lakes Trail winds along the side of Mineral Peak
The Monarch Lakes Trail offers dramatic views of Empire Mountain and Monarch Creek as it plummets down to the East Fork of the Kaweah River in Mineral King Valley.          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.