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Current Road Conditions & Travel Alerts

Find out more about the current road conditions, and whether they'll impact your trip to Sequoia and Kings National Parks. Updated road condition information is also available by calling (559) 565-3341.

Winter Road Advisory

​​Due to heavy snowfall from recent winter storms, ​the road connecting Sequoia and Kings Canyon is currently closed. ​This scenic route is typically accessible during the spring and summer months. For your winter visits, we recommend utilizing Highway 198 to access Sequoia, and Highway 180 to access Grant Grove.

Please note that snow chains may be required at any time, and are required to be carried in all vehicles entering the Parks during the winter months. We also suggest checking current road and weather conditions before heading up the mountain.

For more information, please visit the National Park Service website. For current road conditions, call 559-565-3341, press 1, then 1 again.

What to expect in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks:

  • Purchase Entrance Pass in Advance - Expect long lines at Park entrance stations between 10 AM - 3 PM. The best times to visit are early in the morning or later in the afternoon. We recommend purchasing your entrance pass in advance on recreation.gov to reduce your time at the entrance booth.
  • Traffic Delays - Although the Generals Highway is open, there are several areas where storm damaged roads are still under repair and require one-lane traffic control. Visitors should drive cautiously and expect delays.
  • River Safety - Rivers are extremely dangerous this year as a record snowpack continues to melt at higher elevations. We urge visitors to keep a safe distance from the water's edge as rocks are slippery and most fatalities have been from people unintentionally falling in. Even on the hottest days, the water from the mountain snow melt is frigid cold.
  • Camping - Camping is limited this year and reservations are required. Please check recreation.gov for availability.
  • Wildlife and Pets - Wildlife is prevalent throughout the parks, and it is extremely important to keep all food and scented items stored properly or disposed of in bear proof trash bins. Feeding wildlife is not allowed and can make them bold and potentially dangerous to visitors. Pets are not permitted on trails. Visitors should take that into consideration before bringing their pet along for the ride. High temperatures are expected this weekend, and car interiors can get dangerously hot for pets needing to be left behind.
  • Area Closures - Both the Cedar Grove area in Kings Canyon National Park and the Mineral King area in Sequoia National Park remain closed due to severe road damage from winter storms.

Electric Vehicle Advisory

There are currently no charging stations available in Sequoia and Kings Canyon, so we strongly advise charging your vehicle before heading up the mountain. The nearest electric vehicle charging stations are as follows.

Kings Canyon (via Highway 180)

  • Wonder Valley: 27 miles
  • Orange Cove: 37 miles
  • Sanger: 41 miles

Sequoia (via Highway 198)

  • Buckeye Lodge, Three Rivers: 23 miles
  • Visalia: 58 miles

Winter Driving

During the winter, travel between Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park is impacted by the snow. Please use the following roads to access Grant Grove and Wuksachi Lodge during the winter:

  • Grant Grove: Highway 180
  • Wuksachi Lodge: Highway 198

Tire chains can be required at any time on park roads and are available for purchase or rent at locations near entrances. It is strongly recommended to carry them during the winter.

More information about current park and road conditions are available on the National Park Service's website.

Current Park Conditions

Current Road Conditions