Winter Driving & Tire Chains
Winter is a beautiful time to visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, but you'll need to be prepared for snowy mountain roads. Tire chains may be required on any park road at any time. Weather and chain control advisories can change rapidly, often multiple times per day.
Check up-to-date 24-hour road conditions by calling (559) 565-3341 (press 1,1). Check the parks' current weather forecasts just prior to your visit.
For information about roads outside the park, visit the Caltrans website or call 800-427-7623.
Chain control is in effect from late fall through spring in these parks when roads are snowy and slippery. Tire chains or cables may be required at any time. State law (CA Vehicle Code, Section 605, Sections 27450-27503) requires ALL vehicles (including 4-wheel/all-wheel drive) to carry tire chains or cables when entering chain-control areas.
To enter a chain-restricted area, you must carry or install chains that fit properly and are in good repair. Practice installing them prior to entering the parks to make sure they fit. Weather and chain control designations can change rapidly, often multiple times per day. When you drive with chains, the maximum speed limit is 25 MPH, even if posted otherwise.
Chain Control Designations
R1: Snow tires or chains are required.
Tire Chain Rental & Purchase
Watch our short Snow Chains and Cables video for a demonstration of how to install tire chains and information about when to use them.
Winter Driving Tips
Driving safely and lawfully is the first step in enjoying your winter activities in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks!
Visit the California Department of Transportation's website for road conditions in other areas and more information about winter driving.