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Welcome to the Land of Giants!

The pandemic and last year's KNP Complex Wildfire led to unprecedented changes that affected how people visited the parks. Today, nearly all wilderness areas, facilities, and exhibits have reopened, and shuttle services have resumed. No reservations are required to enter these parks. Wherever you decide to visit, you'll experience one of the finest and wildest areas of the Sierra Nevada mountain range!

As you travel along the Generals Highway from the foothills of Sequoia to the timber of Grant Grove, you’ll travel through many areas that burned. Some areas were untouched by fire, others appear charred with many dead standing trees, while others sprout with new growth as the landscape recovers. Cedar Grove was the only area that did not experience fire last year. Check our Current Conditions page for more information to help you plan your trip.

 

General Trip Planning Information

  • Heavy equipment works on resurfacing a road.

    Road Construction

    A road construction project on the highway between Lodgepole and Grant Grove will cause delays.

  • 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 mule deer stands alertly in a sequoia grove with fallen trees in the background

    Current Conditions

    Need-to-knows before you visit the parks.

  • Trails in Giant Forest offer an up-close view of giant sequoias

    Things to Do

    There are many ways to explore these parks. Find activities that are best for you!

  • Zumwalt Meadow lies along the floor of the spectacular Kings Canyon in Cedar Grove.

    Places to Go

    There are five main areas of the parks to stay and explore. Find out which areas are best for your trip!

  • Wuksachi Lodge in summer

    Where to Eat & Sleep

    Learn about camping, hotels, cabins, and dining options. Find markets and gift shops.

  • Three smartphones with screens showing app features

    NPS Mobile App

    The official National Park Service app can guide you around the parks, no cell service needed.

  • A park map

    Maps

    Look here for general park maps, interactive online maps, and regional maps to help you locate and plan a route to these parks.

  • A tent site at Lodgepole Campground

    Camping

    Learn about camping options throughout the parks. Campgrounds are reservation only and availability is extremely limited in summer months.

 

Park Highlights

  • Two hikers below giant sequoias

    Explore Sequoia Groves

    Whether you see them from your car or hike to a remote grove, giant sequoias inspire awe and wonder.

  • A bright orange California newt sits on a granite rock.

    Watching Wildlife

    These parks host a diversity of life across a range of elevations. Learn more about what you can see and how to watch wildlife safely.

  • Steps carved into rock and a handrail are pictured right, with mountain viewsheds in left background

    Climb Moro Rock

    A stone stairway ends at the top of Moro Rock's granite dome. Enjoy views of the surrounding mountains and wilderness to the east.

  • Early cars parked in the forest

    History & Culture

    Explore over a century of history in these parks, and learn about the people who lived here before the parks were established.

  • Ruby-crowned kinglet

    Birds

    More than 200 species of birds nest, stopover during migration, or live year-round in these parks. Photo by Gary Lindquist.

  • Two people at Amphitheater Point. Photo by Kirke Wrench.

    Drives and Viewpoints

    Explore our mountain landscapes along the Generals Highway and the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway.

 

Day Hikes and Backpacking

  • A moonrise over reddish peaks

    Backpacking

    Learn more about backpacking in these parks. Wilderness awaits!

  • Hikers walk on a gravelly trail next to a steep cliff with rugged mountains in the background.

    Day Hikes

    From quick strolls to all-day adventures, there are day hikes for all levels of ability in the parks.

  • A ranger at a desk talks with a person. Photo by Alison Taggart-Barone.

    Wilderness Permits

    Information about wilderness permits that are required for overnight hiking trips

 

Protect Yourself, Keep Wildlife Wild

  • Western Pacific Rattlesnake curled in pine needles at base of charred tree.

    General Safety

    Whether you trek into wilderness or stay close to your car, review tips on staying safe in these parks.

  • A metal food storage box is provided at each campsite.

    Store Food to Protect Wildlife

    Bears are active day and night. When camping or picnicking, all food, trash, and any item with a scent must be stored in food-storage boxes.

  • People around a campfire

    Fire Restrictions

    Campfires may be prohibited when fire danger is extreme.

  • A firefighter stands near a burning slope

    Current Fire Information

    A link to all current fires can be found here. You may also subscribe to our fire information mailing list.

  • Charred vegetation and blackened leafless shrubs are found along a mountain roadway.

    Safety in Burned Areas

    Want to safely visit the parks after a fire? Learn more about the warnings signs of potential dangers in burned areas.

  • A hiker near an alpine lake

    Trail Safety

    High-elevation hiking involves risks. Get safety information to prepare for your trip.

Last updated: August 11, 2022

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47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers , CA 93271

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