Winter here generally lasts from November until mid-April. Sequoia groves are covered in snow and it is a great time to explore lower elevations in the parks. A few campgrounds are open. The roads to Cedar Grove and Mineral King are closed. The Generals Highway is open year-round, but may close after winter storms for plowing - occasionally for weeks. Opening and closing dates for facilities and visitor services may change due to weather or other circumstances.
Winter conditions, including snow and ice, can exist throughout the parks, and chains may be required on any park road at any time. For information on tire chains and places near the parks to rent or buy them, please click here (English/Español).
Park dispatchers update road conditions as they change. Please call 559-565-3341 (24-hours, then press 1, 1) for current conditions.