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Large white flowers of a dogwood tree bloom, with giant red tree trunks of sequoias in the background.
A dogwood tree blooms in the Giant Forest.

NPS Photo / Anna Cirimele

Summer in the Sequoias

Summer is in full swing at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks! Here are a few tips to make the most of your visit:

Summer Crowds

This is the busiest time to visit the parks. You can expect long lines at the entrance stations, and for parking lots to fill quickly. Consider visiting on less-busy weekdays, and take the free shuttle to get around. Learn more about avoiding congestion.

Construction Delays

Expect minor delays on Generals Highway and Mineral King Road this summer. Learn more about current road conditions.

Weather

Check the weather forecasts before you visit. Summer temperatures can exceed 100 degrees in the foothills, while snow lingers in the high country. Plan-ahead before you hike. Wear sunscreen, a hat, and bring plenty of water.

Rivers

It can be tempting to cool off in the rivers, but it is very dangerous. Drowning is the leading cause of death in the parks. Melting snow from the mountains makes river waters swift, icy cold, and extremely hazardous. Learn more about river safety.

 

Air Quality

The dial below represents the current condition Air Quality Index (AQI) for the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks reporting area. In summer months, ozone concentrations often exceed federal health standards. Ozone can have negative health effects. Learn more about air quality and how it can impact your trip.

 
 

Area-Specific Conditions

 

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.

Closures can change at any time and may differ from what is shown on this map.

 
  • black and white symbol featuring a combination of cloud, sun, lightning, snow, and rain
    Weather Forecasts

    Check the weather forecasts for different areas of the parks

  • A two-lane road on a forested hillside with a rock wall guard rail winds into the distance
    Road Conditions

    Check for current road conditions throughout the parks

  • A river flows through a steep rocky canyon. Photo by Naoko Otani.
    River Safety

    The rivers in these parks are powerful and cold, and drowning is our most frequent cause of death. Learn more about river safety.

  • A line of people in hard hats hike through a burned forest
    learn more about
    Fire Restrictions

    Learn what level of fire restrictions the parks have enacted and what they entail.

  • The Sequoia National Park entrance station
    Avoiding Traffic Congestion

    Weekends and holidays are busy! Learn how to minimize your wait at park entrance stations.

  • A person pushing another person in a wheelchair pauses a moment on a snowy trail.
    Accessibility

    We offer recreational opportunities suited for a wide range of abilities, including exhibits, walking, camping, and shuttle transportation.

Last updated: June 18, 2024

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47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone:

559 565-3341

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