Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Tips for Fall or Winter Visit

General Sherman Tree
General Sherman Tree, Sequoia National Park

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News Release Date: September 3, 2014

Contact: Dana Dierkes, 559-565-3131

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks this fall or winter? If so, here are a few trip-planning tips:

• Visitor Centers: Stop at a park visitor center for exhibits, films, books, maps, hats, postcards, etc.
All purchases support the parks! Hours and locations of visitor centers change in fall/winter.

• Ranger-led Programs: For specific information about ranger-led or naturalist-led programs, visit Programs may be limited in fall and winter at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

• Crystal Cave: Crystal Cave is scheduled to be open through November 30, weather-permitting.

• Food Service/Markets: For information about fall/winter hours and seasonal closing dates for food service and markets inside of the parks, visit

• Fee Free Days: Consider a visit during one of our Fee Free Days (listed below), when you can enter Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and other national parks free-of-charge.

  • September 27, 2014 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11, 2014 - Veterans Day

• Fire Restrictions: Fire danger is high. Some fire restrictions are in place for public safety.

• Campgrounds:

  • Four out of 14 campgrounds at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have closed for the season: Dorst Creek, Crystal Springs, Sunset, and Moraine campgrounds.
  • While the majority of park campgrounds are first-come, first-serve, reservations may be available for Potwisha Campground (year-round), Buckeye Flat Campground (through the night of September 28, 2014), and at Lodgepole Campground (September 23, 2014: Last night for reservations; From September 24 through the night of October 20, 2014: first-come, first-serve camping). For reservations, call (877) 444-6777 or visit
  • Additional campgrounds close for the season in fall. Three campgrounds (Azalea, Potwisha, South Fork) remain open in the winter. Info:

• Roads and Parking:

• Shuttle Service:

  • No shuttle service is available at Sequoia National Park through November 26, 2014.
  • Holiday shuttle service will operate daily inside of Sequoia National Park from
    November 27-30, 2014, and from December 26 - January 4, 2014, from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    All shuttle buses are wheelchair-accessible. Holiday shuttle service is limited to parking areas adjacent to the General Sherman Tree, Wolverton, and Wuksachi Lodge.

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Last updated: September 10, 2021

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