Current Conditions

-Updated October 27, 2020-

Area Closures in Sequoia National Park

While both parks are currently open, some area closures remain in effect due to the SQF Complex fires. The Mineral King area, South Fork area, and some wilderness areas in Sequoia are closed due to wildfire concerns. Some additional facilities remain closed due to the pandemic.

Sequoia National Forest remains partially closed.

For additional information on the SQF Fire Complex, please visit the fire incident webpage.

Regional Wildfires and Air Quality

While air quality has recently improved in the parks, increased particulate matter from widespread wildfires in the region can make air quality change. Please visit our Air Quality webpage before you visit to obtain up-to-date information.

Fall Closures

  • October 21 - Lodgepole area restrooms, Lodgepole Campground, Lodgepole Market
  • November 1 - John Muir Lodge, Grant Grove Cabins, Grant Grove Courtyard Dining and to-go food services

Tussock Moths

Tussock moth caterpillars and cocoons are prevalent in the park this year. Learn more about tussock moths and why we should avoid contact with them.

Access in Parks

In accordance with guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks has opened access to the following facilities, services, and features:

  • Entrance stations, some park roads, and parking lots. Please park only in designated parking spaces. If a parking lot is full, refer to the park newspaper for other options.
  • Some trails, with the exception of those closed by fires. If a trail is congested, please visit another location with less people.
  • Outside the quota season (September 20, 2020 – May 28, 2021), Wilderness permits are free, self-issued, and are not limited to daily entry quotas. Self-issue wilderness permits are available at the nearest permit-issuing station.
  • Restrooms and picnic areas. Please practice proper food storage. We recommend you bring hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes.
  • Limited camping and lodging.
  • Some markets, dining facilities, and gift shops. These facilities are run by Delaware North and Sequoia Parks Conservancy.

Some Park Facilities Remain Closed

At this time, visitor centers are not open. Ranger stations are also closed. Bear canister rentals may not be available in the parks but continue to be required in many areas.

Facilities and Services Unavailable in 2020

Lodgepole Visitor Center (closed for renovations), Sequoia Shuttle,Crystal Cave, Delaware North Company: Bearpaw High Sierra Camp, Cedar Grove Lodge, Cedar Grove Restaurant, Cedar Grove Market & Gift Shop, Lodgepole Showers and Laundry, and the Sherman Tree Food Cart will not open in 2020.

Your Safety is Our Number One Priority

The health and safety of staff and visitors alike is critical to us. We are working with the NPS Office of Public Health and the US Public Health Service to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Please follow COVID-19 safety procedures.

Information on Neighboring Public Lands

Traveling to Yosemite National Park? Obtain entrance reservation (required through October 31, 2020) information here.

For information on the status of the Sequoia National Forest or Giant Sequoia National Monument (managed by the US Forest Service), visit the Sequoia National Forest website.

For information on Lake Kaweah (managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), visit their website.


Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271


(559) 565-3341

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