Our parks are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Not all visitor centers are open year-round.
Foothills Visitor Center
Open daily, year-round. From October 1 to mid-March, hours are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. From mid-March to September 30, open 8:00 - 4:30. Wilderness permits are available at the Wilderness Office behind the Foothills Visitor Center. Outside of the summer quota season, wilderness permits can be obtained any time from a drop box located just outside of the Visitor Center.
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. Beginning January to mid-March, open 10:00 - 4:30 on weekdays, and 9:00 - 4:30 on winter weekends. Wilderness permits available any time from a drop box on the bulletin board outside of the Museum.
Located in Sequoia National Park. On the Generals Highway, 16 miles (26 km) north of the Ash Mountain Entrance.
Lodgepole Visitor Center
From September 23 through October 14, hours are 8:00 am - 4:30. The visitor center will be closed for the season on October 15, reopening in May of 2020. Self-register for wilderness permits outside of the 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.
Kings Canyon Visitor Center
Open daily, year-round. From January 1 to Mid-March, hours are 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. From mid-March until mid-May, hours are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. From mid-May to Labor Day, hours are 8:00 - 5:00. And from October 15 through December 31, hours are 9:00 am - 4:00 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.
Cedar Grove Visitor Center
Cedar Grove Visitor Center is currently closed. In summer, the visitor center is open 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. The visitor center generally closes after Labor Day weekend. The road into to Cedar Grove is open until noon on November 16, 2020. Until the road closes, wilderness permits can only be obtained from the Roads End Permit Station at the end of Highway 180. 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
Open daily, May 24th - September 23rd, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
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: February 16, 2021