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. On a few of the busiest days, cars have waited over an hour to get through. Parking in some areas has also become crowded.
We are working hard to speed things up, and your cooperation helps:
Before You Arrive at the Entrance
Once in the Parks
Summer Shuttle Options
The Sequoia Shuttle runs from Visalia to the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park (via Hwy 198). The $15 cost includes your entrance fee (reservation required).
Once in the parks, free shuttles will take you from the Giant Forest area to Lodgepole, Wuksachi, Dorst Campground, and back during the day. Driving your own car from site to site increases traffic congestion. Shuttles are free and most operate from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please check the park newspaper or website for up-to-date shuttle information and times.
On weekends and holidays, Moro Rock/Crescent Meadow Road is closed to personal vehicles. Access that area by shuttle, bicycle, or on foot. On weekdays, even though the Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow Road is open to cars, parking is extremely limited. Please consider parking your car at Giant Forest Museum or another parking lot and riding the shuttle into that area.
Important Details for Planning Shuttle Trips
No shuttle or public transit operates between Giant Forest and Grant Grove; Potwisha and Giant Forest; or Grant Grove and Cedar Grove. There is no shuttle or public transit within Kings Canyon National Park. Also, no shuttle goes to Crystal Cave. If you have a cave ticket, be careful about using the shuttle close to your tour time in case it causes you to miss your tour.
We appreciate your patience and understanding. We are working to adapt to growing visitation and applaud your great choice to visit your national parks These parks make great fall, winter, and spring destinations, too!
Last updated: March 15, 2019