Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Increase Recreational Access

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Increase Recreational Access

Beginning June 4, 2020

During the earliest phase of increased access, roads, trails, restrooms, and picnic areas in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will open the morning of June 4. Exception: Access to Cedar Grove is delayed until afternoon, as Highway 180 east of Hume Lake won’t be open until noon of that day.

Facilities, services, and features that will be open:

Entrance stations for distribution of the park newspaper and map.

Roads and parking lots throughout both parks, including in the Cedar Grove and Mineral King areas. Please park only in designated parking spaces, and if a parking lot is full, refer to the park newspaper for other options.

Trails in developed areas and designated wilderness; if a trail is congested, please consider visiting another location with less people.

Overnight wilderness access with reservations only. No walk-up permits will be available this summer. Existing confirmed wilderness permit reservations for trips beginning June 5 or later are still valid.

Restrooms and picnic areas. Please practice proper food storage, and per CDC guidance practice social distancing and frequent hand washing.

Facilities, services, and features that will remain closed until later phases:

Overnight campground accommodations. Please check our 2020 campground information page for the most recent updates.

Visitor centers, bookstores, ranger stations and wilderness permit stations.

Overnight lodging, restaurants, markets, and gift shops operated by the concessioner, Delaware North. Please refer to www.visitsequoia.com for more information.

Guided horseback rides at Cedar Grove and Grant Grove operated by the concessioner, Cedar Grove Pack Station. Please refer to www.cedargrovepackstation.com or www.grantgrovestables.com for more information.

Key Changes to 2020 Summer Season:

The Sequoia Shuttle will not be in operation this summer.

Camping reservations through www.recreation.gov will be required, no walk-up camp sites will be available this summer.

Reservations for overnight wilderness permits will be required ahead of park entry, no walk-up permits will be available this summer. Existing wilderness permit reservations are not cancelled. No wilderness permit stations will be open. Bear canister rentals may not be available in the parks but continue to be required in many areas.

Lodgepole Visitor Center will not be open this summer season due to renovation project delays.

Crystal Cave will not be open for tours

The 2020 Dark Sky Festival has been cancelled.

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Don McDowell, Arizona native, is an avid outdoorsman and has been an active bass pro fisherman for over 16 years and in the past 15 years has developed his own radio show promoting bass fishing and conservation efforts for bass fishing that escalated to nominations with several bass groups and organizations. In the past 12 years, Don has pursued his conservation agenda through AZBFN-TBF as Conservation Director and with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in the spring of 2014 redesigned his website to include those efforts highlighted below and has increased the AZGFD exposure, public education of the AZGFD and Commission issues on his radio show and website soliciting local and national support for Arizona. 2014 has seen the founding of SRT Outdoors, Inc., 501 C3 organization, “Not for Profit, for Conservation” which is concentrating on grants for mitigating the effects of Gizzard Shad on Roosevelt lake thorough habitat enhancement, Florida Strain Bass stocking, lakes bottom mapping, etc. and feral hog research.

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