Operating Hours & Seasons

The parks are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, weather permitting. Our highest visitation is in July and August. Campsites may be difficult to obtain on summer weekends and holidays, as well as off-season holidays. Visitor Centers & Facilities

Because of the extreme elevation range in the parks, weather conditions vary greatly from area to area and day to day. Please see the links below for more information on the season that corresponds to the time when you will visit the parks. Opening and closing dates for facilities and services may change due to weather or other circumstances.

Spring

Depending on the elevation, spring in these parks generally lasts from April to mid-June. Sequoia groves are often still snowy at this time of year, though snow begins melting at most elevations. Late spring snowstorms are common, and it's a good idea to check weather forecasts before you visit. Tire chains may still be required along park roads at this time of year. Rivers and creeks become especially swift, cold, and dangerous. Spring brings warm weather and abundant wildflowers to the foothills.

 

Summer

By July, snow has usually melted from nearly all elevations. Most facilities are open and many free ranger programs are offered. The foothills are hot and dry, which makes the dangerous rivers tempting - be careful! Sequoia groves offer comfortable temperatures.

 

Fall

Beginning in September, weather usually begins to cool at night, though days may still be warm. The weather changes quickly, with hot days followed by stormy days. Light snows that melt quickly may begin in late October. Facilities begin to reduce hours or close, and fewer ranger programs take place. The Mineral King and Cedar Grove areas close for the snowy season.

 

Winter

When it begins to snow, sequoia groves are snowy, peaceful, and cold, and rangers offer free outdoor activities. The timing of our snowfall varies widely and can be difficult to predict. Tire chains can be required along park roads at any time. In the foothills, temperatures are cool and ideal for hiking. Hillsides are green and decked with wildflowers starting as early as January. Solitude is abundant.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone:

(559) 565-3341
Recorded information is available 24 hours a day. Park staff answers calls on weekdays from 8:15 am - 4:15 pm.

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