Current Conditions

Current conditions in Spanish

-Updated July 27, 2020-
Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks continue to increase access to the parks.

Facilities, services, and features that are open:

  • Entrance stations, for fee collection and distribution of the park newspaper and map only.

  • Roads and parking lots. Please park only in designated parking spaces. If a parking lot is full, refer to the park newspaper for other options.
  • Trails in developed areas and in designated wilderness; if a trail is congested, please visit another location with less people.
  • Overnight wilderness access with reservations only. No walk-up permits will be available this summer.
  • Restrooms and picnic areas. Please practice proper food storage, which may involve using shared food-storage boxes. Per CDC guidance, social distancing and frequent hand washing are recommended. We recommend you bring hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes.
  • Camping at Potwisha, Lodgepole, and Sunset campgrounds with reservations only.
  • Wuksachi Lodge & Gift Shop, Wuksachi Pizza Deck (to-go orders only, limited outdoor seating), John Muir Lodge, Grant Grove Courtyard (to-go orders only, outdoor seating), Grant Grove Market, Grant Grove Gift Shop, and Lodgepole Market. These facilities are operated by Delaware North Company-please refer to www.visitsequoia.com for more information.
  • Guided horseback rides at Cedar Grove by the Cedar Grove Pack Station and at Grant Village by the Grant Grove Stables.
  • Giant Forest Museum Park Store

Facilities, services, and features that are currently closed:

  • Other campgrounds in the parks. Please check our 2020 campground information page for specific details regarding the opening of our campgrounds.
  • Visitor centers, bookstores, ranger stations and wilderness permit stations.
  • Lodging and restaurants not listed above. Please refer to www.visitsequoia.com for detailed information.

Key Changes to 2020 Summer Season:

  • Camping reservations through Recreation.gov will be required, no walk-up camp sites will be available this summer.
  • Reservations for overnight wilderness permits will be required ahead of park entry, no walk-up permits will be available this summer. Existing wilderness permit reservations are not cancelled. No wilderness permit stations will be open. Bear canister rentals may not be available in the parks but continue to be required in many areas.

Facilities and Services that will Remain Unavailable in 2020:

  • Lodgepole Visitor Center (closed for renovations)
  • Sequoia Shuttle
  • Crystal Cave
  • Delaware North Company: Bearpaw High Sierra Camp, Cedar Grove Lodge, Cedar Grove Restaurant, Cedar Grove Market & Gift Shop, Lodgepole Showers and Laundry, Sherman Tree Food Cart

Trip-planning Information

As there is little to no cellular service and limited WiFi (Foothills and Kings Canyon visitor center areas only), please take time to prepare for your trip before you arrive.

  • Begin with the park website. Here you will find the latest updates, a downloadable Junior Ranger Book, a digital park newspaper, a printable passport book stamp, and more.
  • Download the free park mobile app. Search for NPS Sequoia & Kings Canyon in the Apple App and Google Play stores. Use this for maps, self-guided tours and information about nearly 200 park features and locations. Download before you leave home, and be sure to download offline content so that you can use the app where cell phone service is limited.
  • Follow us on social media @SequoiaKingsNPS as we provide tips for a successful visit in these new conditions and phased reopening.
  • Save time at the entrance station by purchasing your pass in advance or be prepared to pay with a debit or credit card. Be prepared for lines at entrance stations and traffic congestion at popular features.
  • Refer to the park newspaper you receive upon entering the parks. This will be the best resource available during your visit in this first phase. You can find a list of trails to enjoy for each district of the parks, a parking lot map for the Giant Forest, road construction delay schedule, safety information, and more, with new Spanish translations included!
  • Area information and maps will be posted outside visitor centers.
  • We encourage you to review tips for recreating responsibly at www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/recreate-responsibly.htm.

Your Safety is Our Number One Priority

The health and safety of staff and visitors alike is critical to us. We are working with the NPS Office of Public Health and the US Public Health Service to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. In the meantime, we continue to remind our visitors to follow COVID-19 safety procedures and the CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including maintaining social distancing, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and staying home if you feel sick.

Permits

The parks have resumed proccessing applications for Special Use Permits for weddings and ceremonies. Film permits are currently suspended until further notice.

For More Information

Traveling to Yosemite National Park? Obtain entrance reservation information here.

For information on the status of the Sequoia National Forest or Giant Sequoia National Monument (managed by the US Forest Service), visit the Sequoia National Forest website.

For information on Lake Kaweah (managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), visit their website.

For a virtual tour of the park, download our free official park app for self-guided tours and information about park features.

More information, updates, and links to specific information about parks can be found on the NPS Public Health Update web page.

 
 

Last updated: July 28, 2020

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47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

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