Visitor Centers and Facilities
Visitor centers, ranger stations, and a museum offer opportunities to explore the nature and history of these parks, watch park films, and get trip-planning information. Park stores within visitor centers offer books and other products related to the park. All purchases in these stores support park programs through the Sequoia Parks Conservancy.
Foothills Visitor Center
Open daily, year-round from 8:00 - 4:30 during peak season and from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm from December 1 - mid-March.
Located in Sequoia National Park. On the Generals Highway, 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the Ash Mountain Entrance.
Giant Forest Museum
Open daily, year-round. Open 9:00 am - 4:30 pm from Memorial Day - Labor Day, from 9:00 - 4:30 in fall and spring and on winter weekends, and from 10:00 - 4:30 on weekdays from January 2 - mid-March.
Off-season wilderness permits can be obtained from an outside drop box at any time.
Located in Sequoia National Park. On the Generals Highway, 16 miles (26 km) north of the Ash Mountain Entrance.
Kings Canyon Visitor Center
Open daily, year-round. From Memorial Day - Labor Day, it's open from 8:00 - 5:00. Fall and spring hours hours are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. From January 2 - Mid-March, hours are from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Off-season wilderness permits can be obtained from an outside dropbox at any time.
Located in Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park. On Highway 180 in Grant Grove Village, 3 miles (5 km) east of the Big Stump Entrance.
Lodgepole Visitor Center
Closed for the season. Self-register for wilderness permits outside Giant Forest Museum.
Located in Sequoia National Park. On the Generals Highway, 21 miles (34 km) north of the Ash Mountain Entrance. Two miles (3 km) north of the General Sherman Tree.
Cedar Grove Visitor Center
Closed for the winter season. The road into the canyon is closed for the season.
Wilderness permits can only be obtained from the Roads End Permit Station. Outside of the quota season, permits are self-issued and are located in a drop box just outside of the station.
Located in Kings Canyon National Park. On Highway 180, 30 miles (48 km) east of Grant Grove. Next to Sentinel Campground.
Mineral King Ranger Station
Closed for the winter season. Open daily from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, only May 24th - September 23rd.
Mineral King Road is closed for the season without a gate access code. The access code for the Lookout Point winter gate is available at Foothills Visitor Center for winter recreation access. The Conifer Gate (at mile 17.64) will remain locked for the duration of the winter season.
Off-season wilderness permits can be obtained at The Conifer Gate or from outside of the Mineral King Ranger Station from drop boxes at any time.
Located in Sequoia National Park. On the Mineral King Road, 24 miles (39 km) from the junction of Highway 198 in Three Rivers.
Last updated: January 28, 2019