A Land of Giants

This dramatic landscape testifies to nature's size, beauty, and diversity—huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world's largest trees. The parks lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada east of the San Joaquin Valley. Weather varies a lot by season and elevation, which ranges from 1,370' to 14,494'.

A man walks near giant sequoias. Photo by Alison Taggart-Barone.

Plan Your Visit

Looking for tips to help plan your trip? Start here for information about camping, lodging, driving, and more.

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Air Quality

Ozone and other air pollutants are common here. Learn more-view our air-quality index forecast.

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Current Conditions

Check this page for current information about what's currently open in the parks.

A map of the region, with markers for air quality stations showing current conditions

AirNow Fire and Smoke Map

Check AirNow's Fire and Smoke Map of the area for current updates on air quality conditions.

A picnic table, fire ring, and metal food-storage box in a forest

Campgrounds

Check here for details to help you plan your camping trip.

A rustic-styled lodge with light snow on the ground. Photo by Alison Taggart-Barone.

Lodging

Reservations are highly recommended for lodging.

Two sequoia trunks are in front of mountains. A black bar covers the top, with a NPS arrowhead

Sequoia and Kings Canyon App

The official Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks app can guide you around the parks, no cell service needed.

A ranger at a desk talks with a person. Photo by Alison Taggart-Barone.

Wilderness Permits

Wilderness permits must be reserved in advance between Memorial Day weekend and mid-September.

A hiker carries a tot in a backpack. Photo by Katie Kenig.

Day Hiking

Get out and explore! Wander through sequoia groves, look deep into wilderness, or experience wildlife.

Zumwalt Meadow lies along the floor of the spectacular Kings Canyon in Cedar Grove.

Places to Go

There's a huge range of elevations and landscapes here, and each offers a different park experience.

Panoramic views from the top of Moro Rock

General Safety

Whether you trek into wilderness or stay close to your car, review tips on staying safe in these parks.

A metal food storage box is provided at each campsite.

Store Food to Protect Wildlife

Bears are active day and night. When camping or picnicking, all food, trash, and any item with a scent must be stored in food-storage boxes.

Last updated: September 17, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone:

(559) 565-3341

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