Welcome to the Land of Giants.
You expect giant trees and huge canyons—and you won't be disappointed. Within these parks, you can experience a spectacular range in elevation from warm foothills to cold alpine peaks. The largest and finest groves of giant sequoias grow at the sometimes snowy mid-elevations, along with extraordinarily diverse plants and animals living in extremely varied conditions.
When you arrive, you'll travel steep highways from the hot, sunny foothills up into cool forests and sequoia groves. If you head out on foot, you can go even higher into our wilderness. Wherever you decide to stay, you'll experience one of the finest and wildest areas of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Record numbers of vehicles have entered these parks recently. In summer, on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, long lines of cars have extended from the entrance stations. Check tips for avoiding entrance station lines and traffic congestion before your visit.
Road construction will cause delays between the foothills and Giant Forest beginning March 19, 2018, and vehicles over 22 feet cannot drive through the construction zone. If you drive a longer vehicle, use the northern park entrance at Highway 180.