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Enjoy your visit to

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks!



sequoia national park roads

Information phone numbers and websites

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks—
Call (559) 565-3341 or visit: www.nps.gov/seki

Giant Sequoia National Monument/
Sequoia National Forest—
Call (559) 784-1500 or visit: www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia

Yosemite National Park—
Call (209) 372-0200 or visit: www.nps.gov/yose
-View route from Sequoia National Park to Yosemite:
Route 1 Route 2

California highways (CalTrans)—
Call (800) 427-ROAD or visit: www.caltrans.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo


China Peak Ski Resort




There are NO GAS STATIONS in SEQUOIA and KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS. 24-hour gas stations are located in Three Rivers and Lemon Cove. Gas is also available between the parks (in Giant Sequoia National Monument) at Stony Creek (summer only), Hume Lake, and Kings Canyon Lodge.



Sequoia National Park

Driving, Camping and Touring in

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

National Park Entrance Fees:

$20 per vehicle
($10 per person on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or bus.)
Pass good for seven days in Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and the “between the parks” portion of Giant Sequoia National Monument.
   Also available: Annual Sequoia-Kings Canyon pass ($30), National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass ($80), National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass ($10), National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Access Pass for those with permanent disabilities (Free), National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Volunteer Pass (Free).

Visitor Centers

Three Rivers:

Kaweah Heritage Visitor Center (at Lake Kaweah)


Ph. 559-597-2301

Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center


Ph. 559-561-3300

Sequoia National Park:
Foothills Visitor Center (Ash Mountain)

Ph. 559-565-4212

Giant Forest Museum

OPEN May to October

Monday-Thursday: Open 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Friday-Sunday and holidays: Open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ph. 559-565-4480

Lodgepole Visitor Center

Ph. 559-565-4436

Mineral King Ranger Station

OPEN May to October
Ph. 559-565-3768

Kings Canyon National Park:
Kings Canyon Visitor Center (Grant Grove)

Ph. 559-565-4307

Cedar Grove Visitor Center

OPEN June to September
Ph. 559-565-3793

See the Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

2012 Fact Sheet


Current National Parks Road Conditions:

Spring / Summer 2014

For information about wintertime tire-chain restrictions in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks and where to rent or buy chains: http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/upload/Tire-Chain-Handout-English-Spanish-for-web-new.jpg

GENERALS HIGHWAY from Sequoia National Park entrance in Three Rivers to Wuksachi Lodge is OPEN YEAR-ROUND.

GENERALS HIGHWAY (“between the parks,” from Wuksachi Village in Sequoia to Hwy. 180 junction in Kings Canyon): OPEN.

NOTICE: The portion of the Generals Highway from Hospital Rock to the Giant Forest Museum is not recommended for vehicles 22 feet in length and greater due to the narrow, curvy road. Campgrounds in Three Rivers and Lemon Cove can accommodate RVs, no matter what the size. Private sightseeing service is available from Three Rivers to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for a fee.


MORO ROCK/CRESCENT MEADOW ROAD:  OPEN. (This road is closed to private vehicles on summer weekends and holidays; ree shuttle service available during these times.)

MINERAL KING ROAD: OPEN May 21 - October 27, 2014.

KINGS CANYON HIGHWAY to Cedar Grove: OPEN for day use at noon on Thursday, April 24, 2014; overnight stays beginning June 2014.





Ash Mountain

(elev. 1,500 ft.)

-Sequoia entrance station

-Park headquarters

-Foothills Visitor Center


Potwisha (elev. 2,000 ft.)


(42 sites)

- Hiking trails

- River access

Hospital Rock

(elev. 2,700 ft.)

-Picnic area


-Indian pictographs

Buckeye Flat

(elev. 2,500 ft.)


(28 sites)

-Hiking trails

Giant Forest

(elev. 6,500 ft.)

-Giant Forest Museum

-Crystal Cave

-Auto Log

-Tunnel Log

-Moro Rock

-Crescent Meadow

-Tharp’s Log

-General Sherman Tree

-Hiking trails

Wolverton (elev. 7,000 ft.)

-Hiking trails


-Winter snowplay area

Lodgepole (elev. 6,700 ft.)


(214 sites)

-Visitor center


-Grocery store / Gift shop

-Post office

-Deli/ice cream/snack bar



-Hiking trails

Wuksachi (elev. 7,000 ft.)




-Gift shop

-Conference facilities

-Ski/snowshoe rentals

Dorst Creek (elev. 6,700 ft.)


(204 sites)

-Hiking trails

Mineral King (elev. 7,800 ft.)

-Campgrounds (61 sites)


-Food service

-Grocery store/gift shop


-Hiking trails

-Cold Springs Nature Trail

South Fork (elev. 3,500 ft.)

-Campground (10 sites)
-Hiking trails

Stony Creek (elev. 6,600 ft.)

(between Sequoia and Kings Canyon
parks in Giant Sequoia National Monument; additional campgrounds between the parks at Hume Lake and Big Meadows.)


(67 sites)



-Grocery store

-24-hour gas (summers only)


Grant Grove (elev. 6,600 ft.)

-Big Stump

     entrance station

-Campgrounds (380 sites)

-Visitor center




-Grocery store

-Post office

-Gift shop



-Hiking trails

-Riding stables

-Winter recreation area

-General Grant Tree

-Panoramic Point

Cedar Grove (elev. 4,600 ft.)

-Campgrounds (350 sites)

-Visitor center



-Grocery store

-Dining/snack bar


-Pack station

-Hiking trails

-Motor Nature Trail




Click here for information about

public and private campgrounds

in the gateway communities outside Sequoia

Sequoia National Park:
Foothills– Potwisha (OPEN year-round; dump station); Buckeye Flat (OPEN spring through fall; no RVs); South Fork (OPEN year-round; primitive).

Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park:
Atwell Mill; Cold Spring. Both OPEN Memorial Day weekend or when snow on roadway melts (Park Service policy as of 2012: Road will not be plowed). Water system after Labor Day may be shut off at anytime due to freezing weather.

Giant Forest / Lodgepole area of Sequoia National Park:
Lodgepole (OPEN mid-May through fall; dump station); Dorst (OPEN summer). Both of these campgrounds may be reserved by calling 1-800-365-2267 (spring/summer only).

Kings Canyon National Park:
Grant Grove– Azalea (OPEN year-round), Crystal Springs (OPEN summer), and Sunset (OPEN summer).

Cedar Grove– Sentinel (OPEN spring/summer), Sheep Creek, Canyon View, Moraine (OPEN summer).

Giant Sequoia National Monument/ Sequoia National Forest:
(all OPEN summer/fall only)
Hume Lake– Princess (5,900 ft.; 88 sites), Hume Lake (5,200 ft.; 74 sites), Tenmile (5,800 ft.; 13 sites), Landslide (5,800 ft.; 9 sites), Convict Flat (4,000 ft.; 7 sites).

Stony Creek– Stony Creek (6,400 ft.; 49 sites), Upper Stony Creek (6,400 ft.; 18 sites).

Big Meadows– Big Meadows (7,600 ft.; 30 sites), Buck Rock (7,500 ft.; 5 or more), Horse Camp (7,500 ft.; 5 or more).

Enjoy your stay in Kaweah Country!



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