Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Plan Your Visit

Operating Hours Seasons

The parks are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, weather permitting.

Highest visitation is in July and August. It can be difficult to find a campsite at popular campgrounds on summer Saturdays.

Getting There

Plane

The closest commercial airports are in Fresno and Visalia.

Car

NOTE: Gasoline is not sold within park boundaries. Be sure to fill up in one of the towns near the park entrance OR at one of three locations in the national forest bordering part of the park: year-round at Hume Lake (near Grant Grove), and late spring into fall at Stony Creek (between Giant Forest and Grant Grove) or Kings Canyon Lodge (between Grant Grove and Cedar Grove).

To Sequoia Park entrance: From highways 65 or 99, go east on Highway 198 to the park entrance.

Note: The 16-miles of road from Ash Mountain to Giant Forest includes 130 curves and 12 switchbacks. Due to this, there is a vehicle-length advisory for the 12 steepest miles within that stretch. From Potwisha Campground to the Giant Forest Museum, the advised maximum vehicle length is 22 feet (6.7 m). The alternative: take Highway 180 from Fresno to Grant Grove, then turn south on the Generals Highway.

Maximum legal length limits on the Generals Highway are 40 feet (12 m) for single vehicles or 50 feet (15 m) for vehicles plus a towed unit. If you are towing a smaller vehicle, consider camping in the foothills and using the smaller car to explore.

To Kings Canyon Park entrance: from Highway 99 at Fresno take Highway 180 east approximately 1-1/4 hours.

Bus

In Sequoia Park, the 16-miles of the Generals Highway from Ash Mountain to Giant Forest contains 130 curves and 12 switchbacks. There is a vehicle-length advisory for the 12 steepest miles within that stretch. From Potwisha Campground to the Giant Forest Museum, the advised maximum vehicle length is 22 feet (6.7 m). The alternative: take Highway 180 from Fresno to Grant Grove and turn south on the Generals Highway as far as the Giant Forest.

Maximum legal length limits on the Generals Highway are 40 feet (12 m) for single vehicles or 50 feet (15 m) for vehicles plus a towed unit.

Public Transportation

There is no public transportation to these parks.

Getting Around

All roads in the park are very curving; many are steep, most are narrow. Always keep right of the yellow lines, and pull into a turnout to let those behind you pass. Downshift when going downhill, even in automatic transmission vehicles. This lets the engine help to slow you down and helps to avoid the common problem of burned-out brakes.

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