PARK RIVERS ARE DANGEROUS. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE!Two people have drowned recently; one of them slipped and fell in by accident. The current is more cold, fast, and powerful than it appears. Getting out can be almost impossible. Please: Stay away from the river. Return safely to your family.
Park Campgrounds are full for Memorial Day weekendAs of Friday, May 26, all campgrounds within these parks are full for this busy Memorial Day weekend. Unless you have a reservation, no sites will be available.
Expect Lines at Park Entrance Stations this WeekendOn weekends and holidays, lines form at park entrance stations. To minimize waiting, enter the parks before 9:30 am or after 3:00 pm. Parking lots may fill at popular areas. Be prepared with water, snacks, a full tank of gas, and patience. Thank you.
Planning to visit during Memorial Day weekend? Record numbers of vehicles are entering these parks, and long lines of cars have extended from entrance stations. On a few of the busiest days, cars have waited over an hour to get through. Learn how to minimize your wait to enter the park.
All campgrounds in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are full for Memorial Day weekend as of 9:30 am on Friday, May 26th. This includes campgrounds in Lodgepole, Grant Grove, Cedar Grove, Mineral King, and the Foothills.
River safety is incredibly important at this time of year; please keep a safe distance fron the water's edge. It is easy to fall in, as rocks near the rivers are extremely slippery, and it's almost impossible to get out. The water is very cold and fast and the riverbed is very rocky. Water levels are expected to rise through June and even July as alpine snow melts.
Cedar Grove is open! Flowers are blooming, waterfalls are at their best, and the river is roaring.
In Giant Forest and Grant Grove, trails are clear of snow unless you climb to higher elevations. In Giant Forest, the main trail to the Sherman Tree and Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow Road are open. Do not climb Moro Rock if there is ice on the stairway! In Grant Grove, Panoramic Point Road is now open.
In the Foothills, weather is hotter, but a few wildflowers are still blooming. Look for yucca, clarkia, fairy lanterns, flannel bush, and more.
Mineral King Road is open! If you travel there, expect snow.
For a recording on the most current park road conditions, call (559) 565-3341, then press 1, then 1 again.
Road ConstructionBeginning in June, road construction will cause delays of up to an hour on a portion of the Generals Highway between Amphitheater Point and Crystal Cave Road on weekdays. On weeknights, the highway will close for 8 hours with one pass-through at 11:30 pm. No delays are expected on weekends.
Winter and spring are great times to visit these parks, but only if you're prepared for very changeable weather. Check forecasts and road conditions before your visit.
Because of the extreme elevation range in these parks, weather conditions vary widely between areas. In summer, the sequoia groves have comfortable temperatures and the foothills are hot and dry. Snow lingers on high-mountain passes well into summer. In fall, some areas close or reduce their hours. Winter brings snow to sequoia groves and rain to the foothills. Be prepared for tire chain requirements. Spring is a great time to hike in the foothills and snow begins to melt at higher elevations.
Tire Chains and Winter Driving
Snow and ice may be on park roads any time from early fall through late spring. It varies from year to year, but it's important to be prepared. Due to constantly changing conditions, please call 559-565-3341 (press 1, 1) for current, 24-hour road status and advisories.
Before you visit, check our winter driving information, which includes a list of locations near park entrances where tire chains can be rented or purchased.