Visitor Centers and Facilities

People interact with exhibits in a rustic museum
Exhibits at Giant Forest Museum

Alison Taggart-Barone

 

Our parks are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Not all visitor centers are open year-round.

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 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.

Directions

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. Currently open 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, 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.

Directions

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.

Directions

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 October 15 through December 31, hours are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. 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. And from mid-May to Labor Day, hours are 8:00 - 5:00.

Off-season wilderness permits can be obtained from an outside dropbox at any time.

Directions

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 12. Until November 12, 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.

Directions

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.

Directions

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: October 21, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone:

(559) 565-3341

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