Temporary Closure of Park Facilities and Roads
In response to guidance from the Tulare County Department of Public Health and for the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are temporarily closed until further notice. The National Park Service is working servicewide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective immediately, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are temporarily closed to all visitors until further notice. California Highway 180 will remain open for pass-through traffic to access Giant Sequoia National Monument and private property. All other roads and parking facilities are closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic and to parking.
Developed areas of Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument are also under a closure order. For more information, visit the Sequoia National Forest website.
The health and safety of staff and visitors is our number one priority. 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 the CDC’s 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.
All campgrounds in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will remain closed through June 7, 2020, and this may be extended or modified as updated guidance is received. Reservations prior to June 7 will be canceled with a full refund issued by Recreation.gov. In addition, group camping has been suspended through the 2020 season. No new camping reservations are currently being accepted. We are reevaluating our capacity to re-open park campgrounds on a case-by-case basis, in keeping with current public health guidance.
Because of park closures, Special Use Permits for weddings and ceremonies in the parks and Film Permits are now suspended. This order will be in effect until further notice. If you have questions or wish to reschedule, please contact the Commercial Services Office via email for Special Use Permits for weddings or ceremonies or the Public Information Office via email for Film Permits.
Companies operating under Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) are required to abide by all park closures. Any CUA activities that do not abide by park closures and current CDC guidance are suspended. This order will be in effect until further notice. Please contact the Commercial Services Office via email for more information on CUAs or commercial activities in the parks.
Due to human health concerns, the Sequoia Shuttle will not be operating in the parks in 2020, but plans to resume operations in 2021.
Crystal Cave Tours and Dark Sky Festival
Due to human health concerns associated with COVID-19, our partner the Sequoia Parks Conservancy, regretfully announces that Crystal Cave tours will not take place during 2020. They have also cancelled the 2020 Dark Sky Festival. For more information, please read their press release.
For More Information
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: May 27, 2020