October 13, 2017
Parks Postpone Lost Grove Prescribed Burn and Plan Smaller Project in Cedar Grove
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. October 13, 2017 – Park officials have decided to postpone the Lost Grove Prescribed Burn, which was scheduled to begin on Sunday October 15, and instead will complete a final segment on the Cedar East Prescribed Burn, which was begun in Cedar Grove in April 2017. Ignitions on this segment of the Cedar East Prescribed Burn are expected to begin on Tuesday, October 17, if conditions are favorable.
October 13, 2017
Road Construction Updates: Two-hour Daytime Delays Begin October 16th
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. (October 13, 2017) Work on the Generals Highway Construction Project in Sequoia National Park is progressing. This project began in mid-June and is underway for two construction seasons. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is reconstructing a segment of the Generals Highway between Amphitheater Point Overlook and Crystal Cave Road (Deer Ridge to Eleven Range).
October 11, 2017
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Lift Fire Restrictions
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. October 11, 2017 – Effective October 16, 2017 at 8:00 a.m., Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are lifting fire restrictions inside the parks. Shorter and cooler days have reduced fire danger. Even with restrictions lifted, visitors must still follow the parks’ year-round regulations concerning fire.
October 10, 2017
Lost Grove Prescribed Burn Scheduled in Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. October 10, 2017 – As fall brings cooler temperatures throughout the parks, firefighters are preparing to begin ignitions on the Lost Grove Prescribed Burn as early as Sunday, October 15. The Lost Grove Prescribed Burn unit is located north of Dorst Campground in Sequoia National Park and south of Stony Creek in Sequoia National Forest. It is bordered to the south by the Generals Highway, and is planned to be 669-acres in size. Ignitions will continue for four to seven days, depending upon conditions.
September 30, 2017
Missing Hiker in Sequoia National Park Located
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. September 30, 2017 – Missing hiker Edward “Hall” Newbegin has been located in Sequoia National Park. The parks’ helicopter spotted Mr. Newbegin hiking towards Mineral King on the Franklin Lakes Trail, approximately 2.5 miles east of the trailhead. Park rangers made contact with Mr. Newbegin, confirmed that he was uninjured, and provided an escort out of the wilderness to reunite with his family.
September 30, 2017
Missing Hiker in Sequoia National Park – Edward “Hall” Newbegin
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. September 30, 2017 – Park officials are seeking leads to aid in the search for a missing hiker. 49-year-old Edward “Hall” Newbegin was last seen on Wednesday, September 27, in the lower Big Arroyo area of Sequoia National Park, when he separated from his hiking party. His party reported Mr. Newbegin missing the following day, after he failed to arrive at their rendezvous point.
September 28, 2017
Sequoia Creek Interagency Prescribed Burn Completed
Kings Canyon National Park & Sequoia National Forest, Calif. September 28, 2017 – Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Sequoia National Forest personnel have successfully completed the Sequoia Creek Prescribed Burn. The completed acreage is 264-acres. The planned acreage was 264-acres, with 55-acres in Sequoia National Forest and 209-acres in Kings Canyon National Park. A portion of the South Boundary and Hitchcock Meadow Trails and Big Stump Picnic Area will remain closed until conditions are determined safe for access by the fire management staff. All other trails in Grant Grove are open.
September 25, 2017
Ignitions Started on Sequoia Creek Prescribed Burn
Kings Canyon National Park & Sequoia National Forest, Calif. September 25, 2017 – Ignitions began today on the Sequoia Creek Prescribed Burn, a collaborative project between Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Forest. Following a successful test burn at approximately 11:45 AM, fire crews are continuing ignitions by hand throughout the first segment of the burn unit. The burn unit is located north of Highway 180, between the Big Stump Entrance to Kings Canyon National Park and Wilsonia Village. Ignitions are expected to take between 3 and 4 days.
September 22, 2017
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and Sequoia National Forest Announce First Interagency Prescribed Burn
Kings Canyon National Park & Sequoia National Forest, Calif. September 22, 2017 – The USDA Forest Service and the National Park Service are planning to start the Sequoia Creek Prescribed Burn as early as this Monday, September 25, 2017. This date was selected due to favorable weather and approval by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. The burn is located north of Highway 180, between the Big Stump Entrance to Kings Canyon National Park and Wilsonia Village.
September 12, 2017
Two New Lightning Fires Discovered In Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. September 12, 2017– Two new lightning-caused fires were confirmed this morning by firefighters from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Both fires are being fully-suppressed due to location and vegetation-type. Each are approximately 1/10 of an acre in size.
August 30, 2017
Oakland Zoo, San Francisco Zoo, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Release Critically Endangered Frogs to Bolster Wild Populations
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. August 30, 2017 – Oakland Zoo, San Francisco Zoo, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered for a third year in efforts to recover endangered mountain yellow-legged frog populations in the wild.
August 29, 2017
National Parks Want You to Plan for Busy Labor Day Weekend
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. August 29, 2017 – With the unofficial end to the summer approaching this weekend, national park rangers want visitors to plan for safe and enjoyable weekend in the parks. Visitors are encouraged to visit www.nps.gov/seki to plan their trip. Here are a few tips to help with preparations.
August 21, 2017
Four Incidents in National Parks in Last Week
August is one of the busiest times of year for the parks and with record visitation, search and rescue operations in the parks are increasing as well. Within in the last week, there have been four major incidents.
August 12, 2017
Missing Persons: Jie Song and Yinan Wang
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. August 12, 2017 - The parks received a report on Friday, August 11, of missing parties last seen in Sequoia National Park on Sunday, August 6.
Jie Song (left) and Yinan Wang (right) pictured below were last seen at approximately 2 PM on Sunday at the junction of Crystal Cave Road and the Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park after attending a Crystal Cave Tour. They intended to continue north to Kings Canyon National Park, stay the night in Fresno, and had reservations in Yosemite National Park on Monday, August 7. They did not show up for their Yosemite reservation.
August 11, 2017
Missing Climber in Kings Canyon National Park: Tom Fennessy
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. August 11, 2017– Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and National Park Service officials are seeking leads to aid in the search for a missing alpine climber. On Thursday, August 10, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue climber. 55-year-old Tom Fennessy intended to return from the Thunderbolt Peak to Mount Sill Traverse in the Eastern Sierra late in the day on Wednesday, August 9.
August 03, 2017
Firewood Permits Available in Sequoia National Park
Surplus wood in Sequoia National Park will be made available by permit to the public beginning Thursday, August 3, 2017. Firewood permits are free, and must be obtained before wood can be removed. There is a limit of six cords per family per year. Approximately 30 cords in the Dorst Woodlot will be available on a first-come first-served basis until the supply is gone.
July 18, 2017
Firewood Permits Available in Kings Canyon National Park
Surplus wood in Kings Canyon National Park will be made available by permit to the public beginning Thursday, July 20, 2017. Firewood permits are free, and must be obtained before wood can be removed. There is a limit of six cords per family per year. Approximately 225 cords (75 cords in Grant Grove and 150 cords in Cedar Grove) will be available on a first-come first-served basis until the supply is gone, or snowfall hinders access.
July 18, 2017
4TH Annual Dark Skies Festival July 21-23 2017
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks invite you to join us July 21, 22, and 23 for the fourth annual Dark Sky Festival and share your passion for the night sky and astronomy.
July 14, 2017
Sequoia National Park Celebrates Latino Conservation Week 2017
In celebration of Latino Conservation Week, Sequoia National Park will play host to 20 young Latino adults from Los Angeles as they collect scientific data on sequoias, hike the Giant Forest, and learn about stewardship. Sponsored by Save the Redwoods League, the event will be led by an intern from the Latino Heritage Internship Program, a joint partnership between the National Park Service and Hispanic Access Foundation.
June 30, 2017
New Grant Grove Restaurant Opens in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Delaware North Completes Eco-Friendly Rebuild
The National Park Service and Delaware North are pleased to announce the completion and opening of the new Grant Grove Restaurant in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.
June 29, 2017
Road Construction Updates- Night Road Closures Begin July 10 2017
Work on the Generals Highway Construction Project in Sequoia National Park will be ramping up in the coming weeks. This project began in mid-June and will be underway for two construction seasons. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is reconstructing a segment of the Generals Highway between Amphitheater Point Overlook and Crystal Cave Road (Deer Ridge to Eleven Range).
June 29, 2017
22 Ft Vehicle Restrictions in Sequoia National Park Begin July 5 2017
Vehicles 22 feet or longer will be prohibited between Hospital Rock and Giant Forest Museum in Sequoia National Park beginning July 5, 2017.
June 20, 2017
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in Effect June 28, 2017
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. June 20, 2017– Due to rapidly decreasing fuel moistures, increase in temperatures, and increased fuel loading due to a wet winter in the Kaweah Rivers drainage fire restrictions, will now be in effect starting June 28, 2017. Additionally, the Dinley Fire was the largest fire in Three Rivers since the 1996 Kaweah Fire and demonstrates how fast a fire can move in this steep and rugged terrain.
June 18, 2017
Third River Fatality in Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. June 18, 2017 – Yesterday evening rangers received a report of a twenty-six year old female that fell into Silliman Creek along the Twin Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park and was subsequently swept downstream.
June 16, 2017
Ampitheatre Wildfire Contained in Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. June 16, 2017 – A vehicle fire was reported this afternoon in Sequoia National Park, approximately one-quarter mile south of popular vista location Ampitheatre Point. The fire then spread into the grass upslope of the vehicle. An immediate full-suppression response was initiated.
June 14, 2017
2017 Road Construction Delays Begin Today
Traffic delays associated with the Generals Highway Construction Project in Sequoia National Park begin today. This first phase of construction consists of an approximate 1 mile segment of the Generals Highway between Amphitheater Point Overlook and Crystal Cave Road. Expect delays of up to an hour between 7am and 5pm Monday through Friday. No delays will occur on weekends or holidays except for 20 minute delays when the highway is closed to one lane. Traffic will pass on the hour, uphill traffic first. Downhill traffic will follow after the uphill traffic has successfully cleared the construction zone. Traffic delays are related to surveying and pre-work activities.
June 14, 2017
Sequoia National Park Seeks Public Comment- Proposed Restoration of Halstead Meadow
After the successful completion of the first two phases of the Halstead Meadow Restoration Project, the National Park Service (NPS) seeks public input on the third and final phase of the project. Approximately six acres of Halstead Meadow is proposed for restoration. The proposed action includes filling a large gully and grading the meadow surface to restore natural conditions, followed by replanting with native vegetation. The project would also evaluate whether two existing erosion control structures would be removed or stabilized in place as part of the restoration. Part of the proposed project also includes improving visitor services in the area such as rehabilitating the picnic area and adding informational displays or exhibits.
June 13, 2017
Ignitions Complete on Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. June 13, 2017 – As of this afternoon, ignitions are complete on the Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn in Sequoia National Park. 26 acres have been treated with prescribed fire, with approximately 14 acres of the project area treated by mechanical methods.
June 09, 2017
Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn Rescheduled For This Sunday
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. June 9, 2017 – Immediately after completing the test burn in the first segment of the Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn on June 7, 2017, firefighters from the National Park Service ceased operations due to the start of a wildfire outside of the parks in the community of Three Rivers and responded to assist.
June 07, 2017
Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn Stopped Due To Non-Parks Wildfire
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. June 7, 2017 - This morning crews from the parks commenced the Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn. As they were completing this test burn, operations were ceased because of a new wildfire start outside the parks. Crews from the National Park Service are assisting in the response of this new fire.
The large visible column of smoke is not related to the Ash Mountain Prescribed Burn.
A total of five acres were treated this morning in the parks and no new prescribed burning will occur until a later date.
Information for this fire at this time should be directed to fire agencies in Three Rivers, California.
June 01, 2017
Road Construction Scheduled to Begin Mid-June 2017
Road construction is scheduled to begin on a portion of the Generals Highway within Sequoia National Park in mid-June. The Generals Highway Construction Project will be completed in 2 phases over the next 2 years during the construction seasons. Phase 1 consists of an approximate 1 mile segment of the Generals Highway between Amphitheater Point and Crystal Cave Road. Work on this segment is extensive and includes reconstruction of the road to widen narrow sections, construct new or rehabilitate existing retaining walls, improve drainage, construct new pullouts, among other improvements. This work will take place in elevations ranging from 4,500 to 5,500 feet. Phase 2 of the Generals Highway Construction Project includes repaving Wolverton road from the intersection with the Generals Highway to the Wolverton trailhead parking lot. The work will take place in elevations ranging from 6,900 to 7,300 feet.
May 30, 2017
Parks to Incorporate Traditional Techniques in Upcoming Prescribed Burn
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. May 30, 2017 – Firefighters at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are preparing for an upcoming prescribed burn adjacent to the Sequoia National Park entrance station and headquarters, known as the Ash Mountain area. Scheduled to begin June 7, 2017, with four to five burning days, this burn will incorporate philosophies and techniques employed by park partners from the Native American community.
May 25, 2017
Prepare For Busy 2017 Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend is considered to be the summer kick-off for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. After years of drought and a surprisingly wet and snowy winter, conditions are very different from what they’ve been the past few years. This year the park is starting the season with about a one third fewer campsites and very dangerous river conditions.
May 25, 2017
4th of July 2017 Weekend Preparations
Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend in your national park. Safety is a top priority for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, please obey all restrictions and plan ahead. Read below for things to know, and always check our website for the latest information.
May 17, 2017
Park Rangers Make Arrests in Major Marijuana Operation
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. (May 17, 2017) - This spring there was a joint operation between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and eight other law enforcement agencies to disrupt the cultivation of marijuana in Sequoia National Park and adjacent public lands. This effort lasted approximately ten days and involved up to 30 officers who dedicated nearly 1,000 hours. The operation focused on foothill canyon roads that have a history of marijuana cultivation. Officers conducted over 100 motor vehicle stops resulting in dozens of cultivation leads and six arrests.
May 15, 2017
Kings Canyon’s Sunset Campground Closed Until Further Notice
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. May, 15, 2017 - Sunset Campground in the Grant Grove area of the Kings Canyon, will have to remain closed until further notice. It was scheduled to open on May 24 but many trees killed by drought, insect activity, and a heavy winter created far more hazards than expected.
May 09, 2017
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Announce Two Public Meetings on 2018 Commercial Use Permitting Season
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. May 9, 2017 - The Parks will hold two public information meetings to discuss the implementation of Commercial Service Day (CSD) allocations for commercial operations in wilderness under the direction of the Wilderness Stewardship Plan / Final Environmental Impact Statement (WSP/FEIS) signed May 27, 2015
April 30, 2017
Sequoia National Park Hosts Go Native Event
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. April 30, 2017 – The Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC) in collaboration with local tribal representatives will be holding Go Native - A Native American Cultural Celebration - Saturday, May 6th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Foothills Picnic Area across the highway from the Foothills Visitor Center in Sequoia National Park.
April 23, 2017
Two Fatalities in Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. April 23, 2017 - Two fatalities occurred in Sequoia National Park this weekend, one on Mount Whitney and one in the Kaweah River.
April 20, 2017
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Now Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. April 20, 2017 – It is with great excitement through a new partnership with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Hanford, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are now Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors.
April 17, 2017
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Launches Sale of Entrance Passes Online
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. April 17, 2017 - In an effort to find the best solution to aid visitors and speed-up lines at entrance stations, the National Park Service now has a new pilot program where visitors can now get their entrance pass online prior to arriving at the parks.
March 20, 2017
Crystal Cave Upgrade Project Moves to the Next Phase
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. March 20, 2017 – The National Park Service (NPS) has approved a plan to improve the visitor services in the Crystal Cave area of Sequoia National Park. National Park Service Pacific West Regional Director Laura Joss approved the project by signing a finding of no significant impact statement (FONSI) in February. The public was provided a chance to review the proposed plan in late 2015.
March 16, 2017
Sequoia Parks Conservancy Selects A New Executive Director
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. March 16, 2017 – Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Sequoia Parks Conservancy are happy to announce that a new Executive Director for the Conservancy has been chosen. After an intensive search, Karen Dallett, will lead the organization into summer 2017 and forward.
March 15, 2017
Additional 2017 Fee Free Days Announced
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. March 15, 2017 –There are 13 more reasons to enjoy these national parks in 2017! The parks will offer free admission to all on 13 days in 2017.
February 01, 2017
National Parks Announce New Film & Photography Process and Website
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. February 1, 2017 – The National Park Service is excited to announce new procedures for film and photography permits for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The film and photography permit program at these parks has been on hiatus since September due to staffing changes and a desire to increase the efficiency of the program for both permittees and the parks. By not taking permits, the Film and Photography Permit Office was able to focus on evaluating the program and making additional upgrades.
January 25, 2017
Sequoia Parks Conservancy Receives Donation for NPS Research Projects
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. January 25, 2017 – The Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC) has been awarded a $94,074 donation from the Easterday Family Foundation to fund three research and restoration projects in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
January 18, 2017
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Complete Phased In Fee Increases
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. January 18, 2017 – Since 2015, the National Park Service has implemented a phased in approach to fee increases for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. 2017 marks the completion of this project with entry fees for Motorcycles now $25 per individual from $20 in 2016 for a 7-days pass.
January 10, 2017
UPDATE - Generals Highway Reopens in Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. January 10, 2016– The Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park is now open. Following multiple days of storms with mudslides, rockslides, and falling trees, the parks’ road crews have worked to clean-up the highway. Visitors should be prepared for rapidly changing conditions as the next storm is expected this afternoon.
January 08, 2017
UPDATE - Generals Highway Open in Sequoia National Park Until 5:00 PM Today
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. January 8, 2016– The Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park is now open until 5:00 p.m. tonight for visitor safety. Conditions will be reassessed tomorrow morning to determine when the road will re-open.
January 07, 2017
Generals Highway Closed at the Foothills Visitor Center in Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. January 7, 2016– The Generals Highway is now closed at the Foothills Visitor Center in Sequoia National Park due to rock slides and flooding until further notice. This storm is forecast to continue through Monday evening.
October 28, 2016
Search for Missing Hiker Robert “Bob” Woodie Scaled Back
After more than a week of searching for hiker Robert “Bob” Woodie, the mission has been put on hold due to a series of incoming winter storms forecasted for over the next week.
October 21, 2016
Search Continues for Missing Hiker Robert “Bob” Woodie
As the search for Robert “Bob” Woodie continues, park officials are requesting that any hiker who was in the search area since Thursday, October 13, 2016, to reach out with information.
October 19, 2016
Missing Hiker Robert “Bob” Woodie
Park officials are requesting the public’s help with information regarding a missing hiker.