Visitor Centers and Facilities

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

Alison Taggart-Barone

 

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.

Not all visitor centers are open year-round.


 

Foothills Visitor Center

Open daily, year-round from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Wilderness permits are available at the Wilderness Office behind the Foothills Visitor Center. Off-quota season wilderness permits can be obtained from a drop box located just outside of the Visitor Center at any time.

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. Open 9:00 am - 4:30 pm through May 18. Beginning May 18, open 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.

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

Directions

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. Open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm through October 8. Beginning October 8, hours are 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. During periods of low staffing, winter hours may be reduced to 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

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.

Lodgepole Visitor Center

Open 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Closes for the season on October 8. Self-register for wilderness permits outside 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.

Cedar Grove Visitor Center

Closed for the winter season. The road into the canyon closes at 10:00 a.m. on October 22.

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.

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

Closed for the winter season. Open daily from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, only May 24th - September 23rd.

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.

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 17, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone:

(559) 565-3341

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