Due to continued high temperatures and extremely dry conditions, the parks will be increasing the level of fire restriction to Stage 2, effective Wednesday August 15.
Wood and charcoal fires (including wood-burning stoves) are prohibited in South Fork, Potwisha, and Buckeye Flat Campgrounds, as well as Hospital Rock and Ash Mountain Picnic Areas, and designated wilderness. Smoking is prohibited outside of designated areas. Learn more about fire restrictions here.
All closures related to the Horse Creek Fire in the Mineral King area have been lifted. Wilderness permits are now available for Mineral King trails.
A road construction project between the Sequoia park entrance and the Giant Forest will is underway. There are delays and vehicle length limits. If your vehicle is longer than 22 feet, it is prohibited on the Generals Highway between Hospital Rock Picnic Area and Giant Forest Museum. Consider using the northern entrance to Kings Canyon National Park on Highway 180 instead of the southern entrance to Sequoia National Park on Highway 198.
Bears are active throughout the park. Please read our information on proper food storage before your visit.
Information on Particular Areas of the Parks
Parking is limited in Lodgepole and Giant Forest. While camping at Lodgepole, we recommend leaving your car at your campsite and riding the free park shuttle.
In the Grant Grove area, Big Stump Picnic Area is currently closed on weekdays. It will be open on weekends with portable toilets available.
If you visit Mineral King, marmots are active, and we recommend taking steps to prevent vehicle damage. Be prepared for mosquitoes; we recommend bringing repellant or nets.
It's summer in the Foothills, which means that temperatures may soar into the triple digits. If you're planning a foothills hike, bring plenty of water and know how to recognize heat illnesses. Be extremely careful around rivers.