• 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 »

  • Road Construction Delays on Park Roads for 2014 Season

    Expect occasional 15-min. to 1-hour delays in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks beginning Monday, June 2, weekdays only, between 5:30 a.m.-4:30 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 »

Featured Volunteers

Native Plant Nursery Volunteers

These talented and dedicated volunteers support the operations of the native plant nursery by propagating and repotting native plants, collecting seed, controlling weeds and preparing plant stock for revegetation projects. The native plant nursery plays a critical role in the parks' ecological restoration by producing native plant stock for outplanting at restoration sites throughout the parks.

 

 

Chevron Volunteer Group Constructs New Trail Segment

As a result of heavy winter snows, an enormous fir tree fell and obliterated a section of the Congress Trail, one of the most heavily used trails in the Giant Forest. Because the tree was too large to remove, a new trail segment needed to be constructed. Working with National Park Service staff, a group of employee volunteers from the Chevron Corporation, coordinated by our partner Nature Corps, completed a new section of trail to replace the segment covered by the fallen tree.

 

 
Foothills volunteer Jim Dempsey

Foothills Visitor Center Assistant Jim Dempsey

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Jim Dempsey, Foothills Visitor Center Assistant
After a 32 year career in the National Park Service, Jim Dempsey continues his service as a volunteer at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. His experiences in trail maintenance, forestry, safety, interpretation and visitor protection in parks throughout the country make Jim an invaluable reference for visitors and park employees alike. Jim and his wife chose Three Rivers for their retirement home where they have lived for the past 20 years – the longest they've lived in any one place.

For the last 13 years Jim has been at the Foothills Visitor Center assisting visitors and sharing his experiences and expertise in the parks. Jim says he continues to volunteer because he enjoys working with people and being a part of the park service family. His favorite part of the parks is Cedar Grove which he feels is less visited than other areas. After a working there one summer he enjoys returning to the area to enjoy the beauty of the Kings Canyon and camping it offers.

Did You Know?

Large rockfall.

The road to Cedar Grove is closed from November to April because of rockfall, not snow. Erosion can bring rocks tumbling at any time of year, but the threat is greatest in winter. This is when the freeze-thaw action in the rocks tend to start rockslides. More...