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    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 »

  • Road Construction Delays on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    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 Each Area - Winter


Warm up at the Giant Forest Museum.

Sequoia Park - Giant Forest, Wolverton and Lodgepole
6400-7200' (1950-2160 m) elevation. The Giant Forest Museum provides exhibits and visitor information, ski maps, books and first aid. Two miles north of the museum is the General Sherman Tree. When snow closes the upper Sherman Tree parking lot, park in the lower lot located by the Generals Hwy. Wuksachi Village offers lodging, a restaurant, and gift shop. No gasoline is available. Lodgepole campground is open year-round. If there is enough snow accumulation, the Wolverton area is open for snowplay. Be prepared for winter conditions. Call ahead for information 1-559-565-3341.

Foothills Visitor Center in Ash Mountain

Check at the Foothills Visitor Center for suggestions on snow-free activities.

Sequoia Park - The Foothills
500-3500' (457-1067 m) elevation. The Foothills Visitor Center offers exhibits, first aid, maps,bear canisters, and books. This is a wonderful time of the year to explore the trails of the foothills which are usually snow-free and have mild winter temperatures. In January wildflowers begin to bloom and color the hills. Hospital Rock picnic area and Potwisha campground are open year-round. The South Fork campground (13 miles leaving Hwy 198) is also open year-round with no water. Call ahead for more information 1-559-565-3341.

General Grant Tree in winter

Walk to the General Grant Tree in winter on the plowed trail.

Kings Canyon Park - Grant Grove
6600' (2008 m) elevation. Grant Grove is home to the General Grant Tree, where the annual Nation's Christmas Tree Ceremony is held on the second Sunday each December. The Kings Canyon Visitor Center offers exhibits, an orientation movie, first aid, maps, and books. Grant Grove Village offers lodging, restaurant, market, cross-country ski & snow shoe rental, and gift shop. Gasoline is available at Hume Lake 11 miles (18 km) north of Grant Grove. In early November the road to Cedar Grove closes. When there is enough snow accumulation both Big Stump and Columbine Picnic areas are open to snowplay. The Big Stump Entrance Station is temporarily closed please pay entrance fees at the Kings Canyon Visitor Center. Call ahead for latest information 1-559-565-3341.

Did You Know?

California toad

Amphibians and reptiles live at all elevations within Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. They range from common (such as western fence lizards and garter snakes) to rare (such as the mountain yellow-legged frog) to locally extinct (such as the foothill yellow-legged frog).