Have Fun and Stay Safe

You are responsible for your safety.

Natural areas present hazards. Cold temperatures, icy or uneven ground, wild animals, biting insects, and changing weather all pose dangers. Rocks roll, trees topple, and limbs drop without warning. People create other hazards with campfires, traffic, snowplay, and poor decisions.

The National Park Service works to reduce risks, but your safety is in your own hands. Keep alert, read warnings, and ask a ranger for advice.

Información de seguridad en español

Graphic illustration of visitors enjoying outdoors distantly from each other.


Here, we share tips for responsible recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A distant hazy sky with particulate matter forms over Sierra mountains.

Air Quality

Ozone and other air pollutants are common here. Learn more-view our air-quality index forecast.

A river flows through a steep rocky canyon. Photo by Naoko Otani.


The rivers in these parks are powerful and cold, and drowning is our most frequent cause of death. Learn more about river safety.

A road traverses through the mountainous Kings Canyon National Park.

Driving Mountain Roads

Learn to safely navigate park roads, filled with twists, turns, and steep grades.

People around a campfire

Fire Restrictions

Campfires may be prohibited when fire danger is extreme.

An orange tent and two camp chairs is nestled among tall trees in a campground.

Campground Safety

Watch for hazards such as lightning, falling trees and pinecones, and bears seeking human foods.

A picnic table a food storage box is damaged by a fallen tree.

Falling Trees

Trees that have died, are weak, or have shallow root systems may fall at any time.

A black bear steps across a rock alongside a manzanita bush.

Wildlife Safety

Some of our charismatic creatures, such as bears, can pose a danger to visitors.

Poison oak bush

Insect Bites, Diseases, Poisonous Plants

Insects, rodents, and poison oak can be sources of illness and disease.

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Trail Safety

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

A ranger speaks with two visitors. Photo by Alison Taggart Barone

Laws and Policies

Learn about important park regulations on drone use, firearms, and other activities.

Last updated: June 3, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271


(559) 565-3341

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