the lower elevations of Sequoia National Park
Foothills Visitor Center: Open daily
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).
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.
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.
at mid- elevations of Sequoia and Kings Canyon Parks
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.
Cedar Grove Visitor Center: Summer only.
In Cedar Grove Village on the floor of in the Kings Canyon.
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.
Books, maps, and educational items are sold here. Accessible restrooms nearby. Pay phone.
Late May - late September 8am-4pm
Hours may vary early and late in the season
On the Mineral King Road, 24 miles up this narrow, winding road from Highway 198. The road closes from October 31 to late May.
This small station houses some exhibits on Mineral King's history and natural history.
Books, maps, and educational items are sold. Local wilderness permits. Pay phone in nearby campground.
Open All Year
Spring and Fall 8am-5pm
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.
Wonderful exhibits tell the story of the sequoias of Giant Forest, and what we have learned about how to protect them.
Books, maps, and educational items are sold here. Fully accessible restrooms and trails are available here. Pay phone.
Open All Year
Summer 8am - ~6pm
Fall and Spring 8am - 5pm
Winter 9am - 4:30pm
Three miles (5km) east on Highway 180 from the Big Stump Entrance Station. In the conifer zone; elevation 6500 feet (1980m).
Slide program on the sights and sounds of Kings Canyon Park in the auditorium.
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.
Books, maps, and educational materials for sale. Local wilderness permits issued. Accessible restrooms. Pay phone.
Summer 8am - 6pm
Spring and Fall 9am - 5pm
Winter open Fridays through Mondays 9am - 4:30pm
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).
Closed Tuesday-Thursday in winter.
Slide show about fabulous Sequoia National Park, the country's second-oldest national park.
Here you can explore the natural and human history of the southern Sierra Nevada.
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.