A Land of Giants

This dramatic landscape testifies to nature's size, beauty, and diversity—huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world's largest trees. The parks lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada east of the San Joaquin Valley. Weather varies a lot by season and elevation, which ranges from 1,370' to 14,494'.

A man walks near giant sequoias. Photo by Alison Taggart-Barone.

Plan Your Visit

Looking for tips to help plan your trip? Start here for information about camping, lodging, driving, and more.

A ranger in uniform talks to hikers under tall trees

Top 10 Tips

Plan like a ranger! Use these suggestions to make the most of your visit.

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Current Conditions

Check this page for seasonal updates and details about what to expect at different elevations and locations.

A metal food storage box is provided at each campsite.

Store Food to Protect Wildlife

Bears are active day and night. When camping or picnicking, all food, trash, and any item with a scent must be stored in food-storage boxes.

The Sequoia National Park entrance station

Avoiding Traffic Congestion

Weekends and holidays are busy! Learn how to minimize your wait at park entrance stations.

Sequoia and blooming flowers. Photo by David Dinette.

Buy Digital Entrance Passes

Buy your pass online before you get here to speed your trip through the entrance station.

Two hikers below giant sequoias

Explore Sequoia Groves

Whether you see them from your car or hike to a remote grove, giant sequoias inspire awe and wonder.

Group of giant sequoias in Giant Forest, Sequoia National Park

Giant Sequoias

Learn more about these magnificent trees, and the important role of fire in giant sequoia ecosystems.

Fire burns in ground vegetation below towering giant sequoia trees.

Giant Sequoias and Fire

Learn more about the role fire plays in giant sequoia groves.

A picnic table, fire ring, and metal food-storage box in a forest

Campgrounds

Check here for details to help you plan your camping trip.

A moonrise over reddish peaks

Backpacking

Learn more about backpacking in these parks. Wilderness awaits!

Cedar Grove Lodge. Photo by Kiel Maddox.

Lodging

Four lodges operate within Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, including two that are open year-round.

A mule deer, standing in a field of grass and flowers, looks at the camera

Watching Wildlife

Keep yourself and park animals safe with these tips for watching wildlife.

Panoramic views from the top of Moro Rock

General Safety

Whether you trek into wilderness or stay close to your car, review tips on staying safe in these parks.

A hiker carries a tot in a backpack. Photo by Katie Kenig.

Day Hiking

Get out and explore! Wander through sequoia groves, look deep into wilderness, or experience wildlife.

Last updated: May 26, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone:

(559) 565-3341

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