Seeing these parks involves going up in elevation; the sequoias grow about one mile higher than the orchards of the San Joaquin Valley. Weather varies a lot from low to high! Snow may close the Generals Highway between the parks while flowers bloom in the foothills. Some roads open only in summer and fall, and some have limitations on the length of vehicles permitted. Check what's open before you come, and be prepared for changing conditions and availability of facilities due to weather or other circumstances.
Eating & Sleeping
There are many options for camping, lodging, and restaurants in these parks.
Things to Do
Check here for details about ranger programs, day hikes, wilderness trips, winter activites, and more.
Places to Go
Visitor services are concentrated in five different areas: Grant Grove, Giant Forest, and Foothills areas stay open all year. Cedar Grove and Mineral King open from late spring to early fall. Campgrounds are open in all areas spring through fall; some stay open in winter. Find lodging and other services at Grant Grove, Giant Forest, and Wuksachi year-round, and at Cedar Grove during summer and early fall. Lodging, camping, and other services are also available in the national forests and communities bordering the parks.
These parks are home to black bears. Bears can grab unattended food or break into cars that have food in them. They become bold and sometimes aggressive in attempts to get more. Too often these bears must be killed. Follow food-storage rules during your visit. If you camp, be prepared to remove all food and scented items from your vehicle.
Operating Hours & Seasons
Elevation varies by over a mile along the roadways of these parks, and seasons have a big impact on the availability of some features and facilities.
Check here for weather forecasts, road advisories, and other up-to-date information.
Park and ride! In summer, shuttles operate within Sequoia National Park and can bring you to the park from nearby towns. Shuttles also run during some winter holidays.
The park newspaper, the Guide, is a good place to start when planning a visit. It includes phone numbers, opening/closing dates, and information on camping, lodging, dining, shopping, showers, activities, attractions, hiking trails, wilderness permits, food storage, safety, road-construction delays, where to find gasoline, vehicle-length advisories, shuttle service, a park map, and more.
Free Ranger-led Programs
Join us for a walk, talk, or campfire program! Programs are offered year-round.
Get updates on special events, conditions, future road construction, fee-free dates, fire information, public comment opportunities, and more.
Permits & Reservations
Some special activities in these parks require a permit, such as camping in the wilderness, commercial tours, filming, or scientific research. Check this page for information about different permit types and instructions on how to apply.
Discover the underground world of Sequoia National Park on a tour of a marble cavern. Crystal Cave is open from May until late fall. Tours are managed by the Sequoia Parks Conservancy and schedules and ticket information are available on their website. (Tickets are sold online, not at the cave).
If you or someone you are traveling with has with mobility or sensory impairments, there are trails, programs, and other options that are right for you. You can also ask for accessibility information at any visitor center.
Only designated service dogs may go in park buildings or on trails. Rules for pets vary between national parks and the surrounding national forests.
Stay Safe in the Parks
Your safety is your responsibility. Before you visit, learn about hazards you may encounter in natural areas.
Gasoline & Emergency Automobile Services
No gas stations or repair shops are inside park boundaries. Gas and emergency vehicle services are available nearby in national forests.
Fire & Your Visit
As fire danger increases in summer, restrictions on fire may begin, including limits on campfires, barbeques, smoking, and wilderness campfires. To learn about how the park manages fire and its role in keeping sequoia groves healthy, visit our prescribed-fire web page.
National Parks vs. National Forests
Sequoia National Forest and Sierra National Forest both border these national parks. If you drive the Generals Highway between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, you'll cross national forest lands, which are managed by a different agency. Some rules vary between national parks and national forests.
Weapons & Firearms in the Parks
Weapons (including, but not limited to, BB, pellet and paint guns; bow/arrow, slingshots, bear spray, and other compressed-gas irritant devices) are illegal to possess. No firearms, including concealed-carry, are allowed in any federal building. Discharge of a firearm or weapon is prohibited within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Last updated: May 1, 2019