Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Facilities

Foothills:

the lower elevations of Sequoia National Park

Open

Foothills Visitor Center: Open daily

Location

On the Generals Highway (main park road) 1 mile (1.6km) from Sequoia Park entrance at Highway 198. In the foothills oaks and chaparral; elevation 1500 feet (457m).

Exhibits

Summer: 8am-5pm. Fall - Spring: 8am-4:30pm. Focus here on the Sierran foothills, the most biologically diverse area of these parks! Stop and learn about this fascinating ecosystem; few acres of it are protected outside this park.

Available Facilities

Crystal Cave tickets sold until 3:45pm (summer only); tickets NOT sold at cave. Books, maps, educational materials for sale. Local wilderness permits issued. Bear canisters for sale or rent. Accessible restrooms. Pay phone.

Sequoia Groves:

at mid- elevations of Sequoia and Kings Canyon Parks

Open

Giant Forest Museum in Sequoia: Open daily.

Grant Grove Visitor Center in Kings Canyon: Open daily.

Lodgepole Visitor Center in Sequoia: Daily in summer, winter weekends only.

The Canyon, namesake of Kings Canyon National Park

Open

Cedar Grove Visitor Center: Summer only.

Location

In Cedar Grove Village on the floor of in the Kings Canyon.

Closures

This small visitor center is open late June through early September. Hours may vary. The road into the canyon closes mid-November to mid-April.

Available Facilities

Books, maps, and educational items are sold here. Accessible restrooms nearby. Pay phone.

RANGER STATIONS

Mineral King Ranger Station (in Sequoia Park)

Open

Late May - late September 8am-4pm

Hours may vary early and late in the season

Location

On the Mineral King Road, 24 miles up this narrow, winding road from Highway 198. The road closes from October 31 to late May.

Exhibits

This small station houses some exhibits on Mineral King's history and natural history.

Available Facilities

Books, maps, and educational items are sold. Local wilderness permits. Pay phone in nearby campground.

VISITOR CENTERS

Giant Forest Museum (in Sequoia Park)

Open

Open All Year

Summer 8am-6pm

Spring and Fall 8am-5pm

Winter 9am-4:40pm

Location

The museum is housed in a historic building in the Giant Forest sequoia grove at 6500 feet (1980m) elevation. It is 16 miles (26km) from Sequoia Park's entrance at Highway 198.

Exhibits

Wonderful exhibits tell the story of the sequoias of Giant Forest, and what we have learned about how to protect them.

Available Facilities

Books, maps, and educational items are sold here. Fully accessible restrooms and trails are available here. Pay phone.

Grant Grove Visitor Center (in Kings Canyon)

Open

Open All Year

Summer 8am - ~6pm

Fall and Spring 8am - 5pm

Winter 9am - 4:30pm

Location

Three miles (5km) east on Highway 180 from the Big Stump Entrance Station. In the conifer zone; elevation 6500 feet (1980m).

Special Programs

Slide program on the sights and sounds of Kings Canyon Park in the auditorium.

Exhibits

The focus here is on the rich human and natural history of Grant Grove and its world-famous sequoia trees. New exhibits are being planned for this visitor center; they are scheduled for installation late in 2004.

Available Facilities

Books, maps, and educational materials for sale. Local wilderness permits issued. Accessible restrooms. Pay phone.

Lodgepole Visitor Center (in Sequoia)

Open

Summer 8am - 6pm

Spring and Fall 9am - 5pm

Winter open Fridays through Mondays 9am - 4:30pm

Location

On Lodgepole Road, just off the Generals Highway (main park road) 21 miles (34km) from the Sequoia Park entrance on Highway 198, 2 miles (3km) north of the General Sherman Tree. In the conifer zone; elevation 6700 feet (2040m).

Closures

Closed Tuesday-Thursday in winter.

Special Programs

Slide show about fabulous Sequoia National Park, the country's second-oldest national park.

Exhibits

Here you can explore the natural and human history of the southern Sierra Nevada.

Available Facilities

Crystal Cave tickets sold until 3:45pm (summer only); tickets not sold at cave. Books, maps, and educational materials for sale. Local wilderness permits issued. Bear canisters for sale or rent. Accessible restrooms. Pay phone.

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