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Current conditions

Current Road Conditions in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

One site on Generals Highway, between Hospital Rock and Giant Forest Museum, requires extensive drilling and rebuilding in order to complete repairs. In order to complete the work before the peak of the summer season, crews are scheduled to be working in late April and continue through approximately mid-June.

Any periods of closure will not affect vehicle travel between Grant Grove and Giant Forest.

May 13 – June 7* Construction Closure Schedule

Subject to change based on conditions. End date is tentative.

Day 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Before 8:00 AM and after 6:00 PM
Sun Short traffic signal delays Short traffic signal delays
Mon-Fri* Up to 30 minute delays Short traffic signal delays
Sat Short traffic signal delays Short traffic signal delays

*On Memorial Day weekend, from Friday, May 24, through Monday, May 27, there will only be short traffic signal delays.

For more information, please visit the National Park Service website. You can also call the road conditions hotline at 559-565-3341, press 1, then 1 again.

 

What to expect in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks:

  • Expect long lines at park entrance stations between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 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.
  • Although the Generals Highway is open, several storm-damaged roads are still under repair and require one-lane traffic control. Drive cautiously and expect delays.
  • Rivers are extremely dangerous this year as record snowpack continues to melt at higher elevations. Keep a safe distance from the water’s edge — rocks are slippery and most fatalities are from unintentionally falling in. Even on the hottest days, water from mountain snowmelt is frigid cold.
  • Camping is limited this year and reservations are required. Please check recreation.gov
  • Wildlife is prevalent throughout the parks. Keep all food and scented items stored properly or disposed of in bear-proof trash bins.Feeding wildlife is not allowed and can make animals bold and potentially dangerous to visitors. Pets are not permitted on park trails. Please note that high temperatures are expected, and car interiors can get dangerously hot for pets left behind.
  • 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

Sequoia & Kings Canyon currently have no charging stations available. Charge your electric 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

Easy-to-follow Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park maps

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are home to two all-season lodging properties. In Sequoia, Wuksachi Lodge is located at an altitude of 7,200 feet (2,200 m). In Kings Canyon at Grant Grove, the John Muir Lodge and the nearby Grant Grove Cabins are located at 6,600 feet (2000 m).

In the summer months, Cedar Grove Lodge provides accommodation at the base of Kings Canyon at 4,600 feet (1400 m) on the eastern end of Highway 180/Kings Canyon Scenic Byway (open May through mid-October).

Road and weather conditions can change quickly any time of year. Before entering the park, pick up a Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks map and check current road and weather conditions by calling (559) 565-3341. Visitor centers provide a variety of trail maps and other interpretive literature.

See below for information about driving your own car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Don’t want to drive? No problem. The Sequoia Shuttle from Visalia to Sequoia has you covered.

Lodging directions

Our properties are located within driving distance of Fresno Yosemite International Airport:

  • Grant Grove Cabins: 54 miles (approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes)
  • John Muir Lodge: 54.4 miles (approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes)
  • Wuksachi Lodge: 76.1 miles (approximately 1 hour, 50 minutes)
  • Cedar Grove Lodge: 83 miles (approximately 2 hours)

Winter weather driving notes

Be aware of road closures.

Prepare for your trip to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in the winter:

  • Hwy 198 between Kings Canyon and Sequoia is closed in winter. When the road is closed, you must use the Hwy 198 entrance to get to Wuksachi Lodge.
  • Driving to John Muir Lodge, Grant Grove Cabins, and Cedar Grove Lodge: Use the North/Big Stump Entrance on Hwy 180.
  • Snow chains are required to be carried in all vehicles during the winter months as they may be needed at any time.
  • Hwy 180 to Cedar Grove and Cedar Grove Lodge are closed in winter.

Call (559) 565-3341 or visit nps.gov> for more information about current road conditions.

CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS

Directions to Bearpaw High Sierra Camp

Bearpaw High Sierra Camp is an 11.5-mile hike each way along the High Sierra Trail. Learn more about the trail.

Transportation by car

Please note: There is no gasoline available in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Fill up in Three Rivers, Clingan’s Junction. Contact the front desk for information about facilities in the national forest that may be open seasonally.

If you drive an electric vehicle, charging stations are available in Three Rivers. There are currently no charging stations available in Sequoia & Kings Canyon, so we strongly advise charging your vehicle in Three Rivers before heading up the mountain.

For the latest road and weather conditions within Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, please call the 24-Hour Park Information Hotline at (559) 565-3341 (option 1, option 1, option 1).

For road conditions outside the park, please call (800) 427-7623 or visit these CalTrans webpages:

Vehicle length limits and advisories

Some narrow, winding, and/or steep park roads have length limits and advisories for vehicles longer than 22 feet. Restrictions include:

  • RVs and trailers: Vehicle length limits have changed in Sequoia National Park for entering and exiting the Generals Highway (Hwy 198). The section leading to and from the “big trees” in Giant Forest was built from 1921 to 1926, and the road was not constructed to accommodate longer vehicles. When Hwy 198 between Kings Canyon and Sequoia is open in the summer, large vehicles are advised to use the Big Stump entrance.
  • Vehicles longer than 22 feet (6.7056 meters) are not allowed between Potwisha Campground and the Giant Forest Museum in Sequoia National Park.
  • Vehicles longer than 24 feet (7.3152 meters) are not advised between the Foothills Visitor Center and Potwisha Campground in Sequoia National Park.

Temporary vehicle length limits are also in place:

  • Due to road construction, vehicles over 22 feet long are prohibited on the Generals Highway between Hospital Rock and Giant Forest. Motorists who drive longer vehicles should use the northern park entrance to Kings Canyon National Park via Highway 180.

Please refer to the National Park Service’s website for more information about vehicle length limits and advisories.

National Park Free Entrance Days 2024

On select days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these National Park entrance-fee-free dates in 2024!

  • January 16: Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • April 22: First day of National Park Week
  • August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • September 23: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

Free entry for US military and veterans!

Veterans and active members of the US armed forces now receive FREE entry to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and most other federal recreation sites!

Active military members can receive a free Military Pass by presenting your current US military ID at the entrance.

Veterans now qualify for free entry into federal parks with no pass needed. Please present one of the following forms of ID where entrance fees are collected:

  • Department of Defense ID card (CAC card)
  • Veteran Health ID card (VHIC)
  • Veteran ID card
  • Veteran designation on a state-issued US driver’s license or ID card

Please visit usaparkpass.com for more information on these offers.

Check-in area maps and instructions

We recommend you leave your bags in your car until after you check in — it may be easier to drive to your room.

Other ways of getting to and around Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Sequoia in-park shuttle

Free shuttles in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park and from Visalia are available for a round-trip fee of $20. Make your shuttle reservation on the Sequoia Shuttle site. Further details and schedules are available on the parks’ transit page.

Public transportation to Sequoia & Kings Canyon

  • 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, visit Amtrak’s website
  • Rental cars: Rental car agencies are located at the Fresno and Visalia airports and various sites in Visalia and Fresno.
  • Enjoying the vast wilderness of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks has never been easier with the help of Sequoia Shuttle. Departing from Visalia, the shuttle offers carefree travel to and from the park for $15 round-trip. To benefit from the ease and convenience of curbside pick-up, make your reservations in advance at (877) 287-4453.
Exterior view of Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park under a dramatic sunset sky

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Two hikers walking beneath Tunnel Log in Sequoia National Park

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