Winter Holiday Shuttles
Free shuttles will be available in the Giant Forest and Lodgepole areas from November 28 through December 1, and December 21 through January 1, weather dependent. Shuttles run every 10 minutes or so from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. All buses accommodate wheelchairs and bicycles. Restrooms are available at all stops.
Winter shuttles ONLY operate within Sequoia National Park; there are no shuttles in Kings Canyon National Park.
Shuttles will be in service from Thursday, May 23 - Sunday, September 8. Shuttle service to Dorst Campground on the Purple Route 3 will begin on Wednesday, June 19. Our buses reduce air pollution and let you skip finding parking. All buses are wheelchair accessible.
No shuttle operates in Kings Canyon National Park.
Visalia Route - $20 round trip
In summer, the Sequoia Shuttle offers trips from the neighboring towns of Visalia and Three Rivers, up Highway 198 to Giant Forest Museum in Sequoia National Park. A round-trip ride is $20 per person and includes the park entrance fee. Please note that shuttles can only pick up riders at designated stops. Reservations are required and can be made online through the Sequoia Shuttle reservation system or by calling 877-BUS-HIKE.
Free In-park Shuttle
In summer, the Sequoia Shuttle offers free rides in Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest, Lodgepole, Wuksachi, and Dorst Creek Campground areas along the following routes:
Giant Forest | Green Route 1 | FreeDeparts daily every half hour, starting at 8:00 am and 8:30 am, then every 15 minutes from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Stops include:
Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow | Gray Route 2 | Free
On weekends, this shuttle leaves Giant Forest Museum at 8:00 am and 8:45 am, then every 10 minutes from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. On weekdays, it leaves Giant Forest Museum at 8:00 am and 8:45 am, then every 20 minutes from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Moro Rock-Crescent Meadow Road is closed to private vehicles on weekends and holidays. The road will also close to private vehicles for the 4th of July holiday week, Saturday, June 29 to Sunday, July 7. Shuttle stops include:
Lodgepole/ Wuksachi | Purple Route 3 | Free
Shuttles arrive approximately every 20 minutes from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
General Sherman Tree Trails | Orange Route 4 | Free
Free shuttles arrive approximately every 15 minutes from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, connecting Wolverton Picnic Area and Trailhead to the Sherman Tree.
Shuttle From Visalia to Giant Forest
This round trip is $20 and includes the park entrance fee. Shuttles pick up riders at Visalia, Exeter, and Lemon Cove hotels beginning at 6:00 am, or in Three Rivers at the Comfort Inn and the Three Rivers Museum beginning at 6:55 am. The Return trips start at 2:30 pm, with the last trip at 6:30 pm.
Please note that shuttles can only pick up riders at designated stops, and it's not possible to board the shuttle at the Foothills Visitor Center.
Reservations are required. Call 877-BUS-HIKE or make reservations online through the City of Visalia's Sequoia Shuttle reservation system.
Tips for Shuttle Riders
When riding the shuttle, conserve parking by using our larger parking areas. Along the Sequoia Shuttle route, those include the Sherman Tree Parking and Trail, Wolverton, Lodgepole Campground Parking Area, Giant Forest Museum, or Wuksachi Lodge. It's best to avoid the Giant Forest Museum parking area on weekends and holidays.
Before Leaving Your Vehicle
Remove all food and scented items from your car or campsite and store them in a bear-resistant box. Learn about bears and required food storage before you come to the parks.
Signs at each stop provide details about bus times and areas of interest at each stop. Some stops are along a loop, and others have shuttles that travel in different directions. Ask the driver for the time of the last pickup to be sure you make it back to your stop in time.
Walk and Ride
Consider taking the shuttle to your destination and walking back to your vehicle. Walking back ensures that there is no risk of missing the last shuttle of the day.
Pack a small backpack with what you need for the day: park newspaper and map, snacks, water, extra clothing and money. Lodgepole Visitor Center and Giant Forest Museum (in Sequoia) are excellent places to stop for information and trip-planning ideas.
Shuttle Riders with Wilderness Permits
If you plan to arrive in Sequoia via shuttle from Visalia, there are NO in-park shuttles or public transportation from Sequoia National Park to Kings Canyon National Parks. If you arrive at Sequoia without a car, it is not possible to reach wilderness trailheads north of Dorst Campground in Sequoia National Park, including those in Grant Grove and Cedar Grove.(The Big Trees shuttle, still mentioned on some websites as operating in the Grant Grove area, is no longer in service.)
Last updated: December 23, 2019