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
- Arrive on weekdays, and/or early in the day.
- Buy your pass online before you get here.
- Have your money, pass, or credit card in hand when you get to the station.
- Fill your gasoline tank before you get to the park entrance.
- There are no restrooms at the entrance stations, and lines sometimes develop at restrooms at the first visitor center inside Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
- Download a copy of the park newspaper to read while you wait.
- Have snacks and water in your vehicle in case you have to wait.
- Campgrounds and lodgings fill early and often. Make a reservation or other arrangements as soon as possible.
Once in the Parks
- Congestion on roads and in parking lots is heaviest in Grant Grove (Kings Canyon National Park) and in the Giant Forest (Sequoia National Park). It is especially heavy on weekends.
- Parking lots near popular features often fill by noon, and sometimes earlier. In Sequoia National Park, ride free shuttlesfrom larger parking areas to avoid waiting for parking. In Giant Forest, park at the overflow lot at Wuksachi Lodge and ride free shuttles to the Sherman Tree and locations throughout Giant Forest.
- Do not stop or park on any plants. Along roadsides, park only in designated paved turnouts and pull off the road completely.
- During days of heavy traffic, park rangers may temporarily divert you away from certain parking lots.