Driving Mountain Roads

Highway 180 to Kings Canyon
Highway 180 into Kings Canyon

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Driving within the Parks

Elevations within Sequoia and Kings Canyon range from 1,370 feet to 14,494 feet. Extreme elevation changes over short distances means park roads are steep, narrow, and winding. Winter conditions may exist at higher elevations between November and June; roads may close for plowing and chains may be required at any time. After you read the following, check current conditions.

Be sure to check information on vehicle length limits and advisories. Vehicles longer those recommended permitted cannot navigate tight curves without crossing the double yellow line. Drivers will be held responsible for any hazardous conditions caused by their actions. Follow the recommendations for your safety and the safety of others:

Additional information can be found on our Directions & Transportation page.


When going downhill, put the gearshift in 1, 2, or L. The engine gets louder as it slows you down, but it will save your brakes from burning out. Frequent braking can overheat brakes, causing them to fail.

Use turnouts

Use turnouts
If you are driving slowly or stopping to view the scenery, pull into the paved turnout areas and let vehicles pass. The delay of five or more vehicles is prohibited by California state law. Be sure to use paved turnouts only, as hot brakes and mufflers can start fires in dry grass.

Deer crossing

Watch for wildlife
In the parks, wildlife has the right of way. Curves and switchbacks can mean surprise wildlife encounters. Please drive slowly and cautiously and use paved turnouts to view wildlife.

No gasoline

No gas in the Parks
Gasoline is not sold within park boundaries. Gasoline is available at two locations within the surrounding Sequoia National Forest at Hume Lake and Stony Creek.

Last updated: March 29, 2019

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