Travel News and Wild Fire Updates Available Here. Note that some areas of Sequoia National Park are closed to visitors. Check before you go.
| 08/31/2021 | Kings Canyon National Park, Outdoor Adventures, Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National, Sequoia National Park, Stay

TRAVEL NEWS AND RESOURCES

Travel opens up a world of new experiences. For some, a visit to national parks is the first introduction to outdoor adventure while others may be seasoned professionals. Regardless of our level of experience, travelers need accurate information and resources on where to find it. 

Wild fires and other natural disasters can impact travel to vacation destinations and it is important to know the facts on what to expect when traveling. Here are tips and resources for travelling responsibly, where to find more information on transportation, weather and even wild fires, and where to find information to start planning your next getaway.

UPDATES ON NATIONAL PARKS AND NATIONAL FOREST VISITOR ACCESS

Some areas of Sequoia National Park are not accessible due to damage from recent fires. The park is working to reopen these areas as soon as it is safe for visitors and staff. This is an evolving situation so please check the park website for the most current conditions and closure information. 

Kings Canyon National Park is open for visitors.  Grant Grove, the General Grant Tree, Big Stump picnic area and other areas are open. The road to Road's End down in the canyon closed for the season on Nov 15 and will reopen in spring. Please follow all posted instructions regarding open areas. Check park website and social media for complete information.

Sequoia National Forest also has seasonal closures and some closures due to fire damage. Check the Sequoia National Forest website for the most current information.

Information you may need:

More information on Sequoia National Forest Closures: Sequoia National Forest

State Highway Information and Road Closures: Cal Trans Quick Map

To check current state highway conditions: Cal Trans Highway Conditions

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks: Fire Conditions and Open Status and Air Quality. Read more information on the KNP Complex Fire status.

Sequoia National Forest: Open Status Information

Map of current fires through out California: Inciweb

Map of Current California Fires

PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT

Our national parks are just that: ours. That means we need to be responsible to clean up after ourselves and leave no trace behind from your visit to the parks. It is best to take all trash home with you so that wild animals aren't attracted to it. If trash cans are available, use them! The responsibility for removing your trash is with you! If you aren't familiar with the rules of camping, ask a ranger. They will be happy to help visitors new to the parks what the best practices are. 

You can read more more information on how to recreate responsibly.

Pack it in, Pack it out

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Especially in the winter, it is important to know what weather to expect. The weather varies greatly from Visalia to the upper areas of the park, sometimes by 30 degrees. Park visitors can check the current weather conditions as well as look at the 10-day forecast. Dressing in layers is always a good suggestion as the temperatures can vary throughout the day.  

National Park Weather Conditions

DO YOUR HOMEWORK

Before embarking on your next getaway, do some research about the destination. From the top attractions to the best eats, learn what you can expect. Travel websites are a great place to start. Gather brochures about the area to begin planning. 

Visit the Parks

GETTING THERE

Whether you are flying in or taking a road trip, know what options are available and what the best routes are. Did you know Visalia offers V-Line Shuttle Service from Fresno Yosemite International Airport or that you can fly non-stop from many destinations? 

Transportation

COVID TESTING SITES

There are covid testing sites available throughout Tulare County. Here are links to those locations. Check before you go to ensure that the service is still being offered at your preferred site.

https://covid19.tularecounty.ca.gov/covid-19-testing-sites/

https://covid19.tularecounty.ca.gov/covid-19-testing-sites/free-testing-locations/

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