Map and Directions
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:
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.
Directions from Highway 180
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).
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 (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.
Directions from Highway 198 East
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).
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.
Sequoia In-Park Shuttle
In summer, the Sequoia Shuttle offers four free bus routes (see map below) serving destinations in and around the Giant Forest and Lodgepole area. The Sequoia Shuttle is a great way to leave your car behind, sightsee while you ride, and reduce air pollution!
The shuttle also runs during the winter holidays.
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).
Potwisha Campground Shuttle Stop to Giant Forest Museum
The Sequoia shuttle stops at the Potwisha Campground Overflow parking hourly beginning at approximately 7:20 am to 11:20 am. To reserve a ride to the Giant Forest please call 1-559-713-4754. Pay telephones are located next to the Potwisha campground kiosk, Foothills Visitor Center, and Hospital Rock. The Sequoia shuttle departs the Giant Forest Museum hourly in the afternoon beginning at 2:30 pm until 6:30pm and arrives back at Potwisha hourly at approximately 3:25 pm until 7:25 pm. The round-trip fee to ride from Potwisha to the Giant Forest Museum is $5.00 or $2.50 for a one-way ride.
**HOLIDAY SHUTTLE** Free shuttles will operate in Sequoia National Park during the holidays, from November 27-30, 2014, and December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015. Shuttles will run every ten minutes or so from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m 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.
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: The Sequoia Shuttle National Park is one of the country’s largest playgrounds, and enjoying the Sequoias has never been easier with the help of the Sequoia Shuttle. Departing from Visalia, Ca. the Sequoia Shuttle offers carefree travel to and from the Park... all for $15 round trip. To benefit from the ease and convenience of curbside pick-up, make your reservations as far in advance by calling 1-877-287-4453.