Map and Directions
Winter Driving Advisory
Please take note: the 15 mile stretch of the Generals Highway (via Highway 180) from Montecito-Sequoia Lodge to Wuksachi Lodge can close temporarily during the winter after periods of heavy snowfall. The National Park Service will re-open the road as soon as they can get it plowed, but the road may remain closed for days at a time. During these closures, travel to/from Sequoia will only be possible via the south entrance on Highway 198. For the latest Road Conditions update recording, call 559-565-3134, then 1 & then 1 again when you are prompted. There is a time lapse after pressing 1 each time, so please be patient and stay on the line.
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Easy-to-Follow Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park Maps
Conveniently located in the heart of California, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are roughly equal driving distance from either Los Angeles or San Francisco.
There are two all-season lodging properties in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. In Sequoia, Wuksachi Lodge® is located at 7,200-foot elevation. In Kings Canyon at Grant Grove, the John Muir Lodge is located at 6,600-foot elevation. In addition, Kings Canyon features the Cedar Grove Lodge is located at 4,600-foot elevation at the eastern end of Highway 180/Kings Canyon Scenic Byway (open May through mid-October).
Road and weather conditions can change quickly and at any time of the year. Before entering the park, all visitors are strongly encouraged to pick up a Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks map, and check current road and weather conditions by calling (559) 565-3341. Visitors Centers also offer a variety of trails maps and other interpretive literature.
Transportation by Car
Please note: There are no gasoline services available in Sequoia National Park.
For the latest road and weather conditions within Sequoia National Park, please call the 24-Hour Park Information Hotline at (559) 565-3341, then press 1-1-1.
For road conditions outside of the park, please call (800) 427-7623 or visit these CalTrans webpages:
From the North/Big Stump entrance (Fresno via Highway 180 East): Take north-south Highway 99 to Fresno. Exit Kings Canyon Highway 180 east. Take 180 east all the way to the park entrance (about 53 miles). Sequoia and Kings Canyon share the same park entrance gates. Past the entrance, turn right at the “Y” to enter Sequoia National Park. From the park entrance station, Wuksachi Lodge is 25 miles (approximately 50 minutes in good driving conditions).
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Please note: This road is less narrow and winding than Highway 198 and vehicles more than 22 feet long are advised to use this entrance.
From the South/Ash Mountain entrance (Visalia via Highway 198 East): Take Highway 99 to Visalia. Exit Highway 198 east to the park entrance (about 45 miles). From the entrance station, Wuksachi Lodge is 23 miles (approximately 60 minutes drive in good driving conditions).
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Please note: There is a vehicle-length advisory limit of 22 feet from 4 miles inside this entrance to the Giant Forest area. Longer vehicles are advised to use Highway 180.
From the South (Tulare via Highway 63 to Highway 180 East) for buses over 22 feet in length: Take Highway 99 to Tulare. Exit Highway 63 to Highway 180 East (about 40 miles) to the park entrance. From the entrance station, Wuksachi Lodge is 25 miles.
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Alternately, you could continue north on Highway 99 to Fresno, and then take 180 East to the park entrance, which is a longer distance to travel, but may be faster due to the higher speed limit.
Wuksachi Lodge is pleased to announce that when chains are required we will be offering a chain concierge to assist guests with installing their snow chains at the chain-up area along the General's Highway between the southern park entrance (Highway 198) and the hotel. This service will be available on Fridays from noon to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The chain concierge will install chains for Wuksachi Lodge overnight guests free of charge, or for a $20 fee for non-hotel guests.
Assistance is also available at Wuksachi Lodge on Sunday mornings for departing guests beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Air: The closest major airports are the Fresno/Yosemite International Airport (FYI), located 53 miles west of Sequoia, and the Visalia Municipal Airport (VIS), located 36 miles west of Sequoia.
Bus: Greyhound serves Visalia and Fresno from many California cities. For schedules and information, call (800) 231-2222.
Train: AMTRAK serves Hanford and Fresno, with bus connections to Visalia. For schedules and information, call (800) 872-7245.
Rental cars: Rental car agencies are located at the Fresno and Visalia airports, and various sites in Visalia and Fresno.
Sequoia Shuttle: Enjoying the Sequoias has never been easier! Public transportation is now offered from Visalia to Sequoia National Park from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Leave your car behind and access locations throughout the Giant Forest including Giant Forest Museum, General Sherman Tree, Moro Rock, Lodgepole Visitor Center and Campground, Crescent Meadow, and Wuksachi Lodge for only $15 roundtrip. To reserve your space, visit http://www.sequoiashuttle.com/ or dial toll-free (877) BUS-HIKE (877-287-4453).
**HOLIDAY SHUTTLE** Free shuttles will operate in Sequoia National Park during the holidays, from November 28 - December 1, 2013, and December 26, 2013 - January 1, 2014. Shuttles will travel between the Giant Forest Museum, Sherman Tree parking area, Wolverton, and Wuksachi Lodge. For detailed information about Shuttle stops and schedules, visit the NPS website.