Planning to visit the giant sequoias? Expect cool autumn temperatures and fresh snow during storms in Grant Grove and Giant Forest.
Autumn is a wonderful time to visit giant sequoias! However, temperatures in sequoia groves can be very cool or below freezing in the mornings and evenings. When rain is forecast for the foothills, there may be fresh snow or very cold rain falling in the sequoia groves. Be prepared and bring warm clothing such as long pants, a jacket, a hat, and gloves.
Be Prepared for Tire Chain Restrictions
Tire chain restrictions can be in effect on some park roads due to either snow or ice on roads. When chain restrictions are in effect, all vehicles are required to carry chains.
Some roads are not plowed and close when snow or ice accumulates. Panoramic Point Road in the Grant Grove area is typically the first road to close. In late fall and early winter roads may close temorarily due to snow accumulation and re-open when snow melts off.
Expect some construction delays on Generals Highway.
Expect delays on multiple stretches of the Generals Highway as crews continue to work to repair roads damaged during the winter of 2022-2023.
General and Area-Specific Conditions
Seasonal Road Closures
Free Giant Forest Shuttle During the Holidays
Wuksachi Lodge and Restaurant are now open for lodging and food service. See www.visitsequoia.com for more information.
Free Ranger Programs
Ranger-led programs are available. Visit the Giant Forest Museum or Lodgepole Visitor Center for more information. For the schedule of ranger talks and programs, see our events calendar. *Ranger programs are posted online about one week in advance.
Free Ranger Programs
Ranger-led programs are available. Visit the Kings Canyon Visitor Center for more information. For the schedule of ranger talks and programs, see our events calendar. *Ranger programs are posted online about one week in advance.
Highway 180, the only road into the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park, is closed and will not open in 2023.
Due to severe road damage along the Highway 180 corridor between Grant Grove and Cedar Grove, Caltrans does not expect repairs to be completed before the end of the summer season. Cedar Grove will not be accessible by car this summer or fall.
Stay safe in the foothills
View the rivers from a distance. The water is very cold and swift. The soil near and along the rivers can be unstable. It can collapse unexpectedly under the weight of people, including children, and result in falls into the river.
Hospital Rock Pictographs
By working with local Native Americans, we’ve learned the pictographs at Hospital Rock are sacred to their communities. They are as important as any place of worship. Do not touch or mark on the pictographs or rocks here. If you see someone vandalizing this area, please let a park ranger know right away.
South Fork Road Closure and severely damaged trails in the South Fork drainage.
Free Ranger Programs
Ranger-led walks and talks are available. Visit the Foothills Visitor Center for more information. For the schedule of ranger talks and programs, see our events calendar. *Ranger programs are posted online about one week in advance.
Fire Restrictions in Summer
By mid-summer in most years fire restrictions are issued for the Foothills. See our fire restrictions page for details. If restrictions are in effect and you're planning to leave the foothills and head into the mountains to see sequoias, food and meals are available at the Wuksachi Lodge.
Know Where You Can Go
Some roads and trails remain closed due to impacts from winter storms in early 2023. Check the closure map at the bottom of this page.
Pets, including those riding in backpacks, are prohibited on all trails. This includes paved trails, such as the General Sherman Tree Trail, Big Trees Trail, and Grant Tree Trail. In the nearby national forest lands that surround these parks, leashed pets are allowed on trails. Leashes must be less than 6 feet (1.8 meters) long. Learn more about traveling with pets.
During weekends and holidays, entrance stations become congested. Check out these tips to avoid congestion or the inconveniences it may cause. To save time, buy your entrance pass online before you arrive. If visiting the Giant Forest, plan to park and ride the fare-free Sequoia Shuttle during your visit.
Recent Wildfire Activity
In September of 2021, the lightning-caused KNP Complex Fire burned through a significant portion of the park. You will see evidence of recent wildfire along the Generals Highway and on trails. Check our tips for safety in burned areas if you plan to hike in an area affected by fire. Our closure map shows trails (in red) that are closed.
NPS Mobile App
Want to improve your visit to Sequoia and Kings Canyon? Download the NPS App to get information on popular features, visitor centers, campgrounds, fees and passes, park alerts, passport stamp locations, and more. When you install the app, check the option to download offline content. Cell service is limited at the parks and this option will allow you to use the app even when you have no cellular service. Visiting other parks? The NPS App connects you to every one of the 400+ locations managed by the National Park Service.
WiFi and Cellular Service
WiFi is available at Kings Canyon and Foothills visitor centers. However, if you use the NPS Mobile app, download the app and data before you arrive. Cell phone service may be available in the Grant Grove and Lodgepole developed areas for Verizon customers, and outside the Foothills Visitor Center for AT&T customers. However, cellular service is not always available.
Information on Neighboring Public Lands
No permits are needed for day hiking. See the Day Hiking Page for more information about trails in different areas of the parks. You can purchase a hiking map for the Giant Forest and Grant Grove areas at any visitor center, all proceeds benefit the Sequoia Parks Conservancy. During the winter months, personal traction devices, such as spikes for footware, are recommended for ice and icy snow.
Some trails are closed due to impacts from 2023 winter storms and from past wildfires.
Want to do overnight backpacking?
See the Wilderness Permits page for information.
Many campgrounds in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks were impacted during 2023 winter storms and some closures remain in effect. See the campground page for open and close status for each campground.
Most campgrounds fill well in advance of weekends and holidays. Reservation windows vary between campgrounds. Details about each campground can be found through our campground page or check Recreation.gov for more information. During the winter, Azalea Campground in the Grant Grove area is the ONLY campground that has first-come, first-served sites available. Please do not plan to camp if you do not have a reservation.
Current Fire Restrictions: Stage 2
Map of Current Closures at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Click on a line or point for the name of the closed location.
Road and trail closures are shown in red. Individual point closures are shown with black pins. Area closures are shown in yellow.
Last updated: November 25, 2023