Memorial Day weekend is considered the summer “kick-off” for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and the parks are expected to be exceptionally busy. Trip-planning is essential for a safe and enjoyable visit. Click the link above for information on planning holiday weekend trips! Of note, the Mineral King Road is opening to the public on Friday May 24th. Cedar Grove and Crystal Cave remain closed.

Contractors began implementing the Generals Highway Roadside Hazard Tree Removal project on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. This project, spans approximately 10.5 miles of the Generals Highway from the Redwood Mountain Overlook to Forest Route 15S03 and the Sequoia National Park boundary. Operations will be conducted from Monday to Friday and may lead to traffic delays of up to 30 minutes.

Beginning the week of April 29 visitors to Sequoia National Park can expect weekday, daytime closures, and delays for an estimated 4-week period between Hospital Rock and the Giant Forest area. The contractor will be mobilizing and preparing the site early in the week and visitors can expect periodic traffic delays. Scheduled closures are expected to begin Wednesday, May 1. Click the title link above for more details including a schedule and maps.

On April 1st, County Supervisor Eddie Valero attended the public meeting held by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. In response to an audience question about the Mineral King Road, he read an update provided by the county’s Resource Management Agency. Click the link for information on the temporary road repairs, the permanent road repairs, and the Oak Grove Bridge project.

Tentatively beginning April 15 through about May 10 significant weekday, daytime closures will go into effect between Hospital Rock and the Giant Forest Museum. Similar road construction will be taking place along the Mineral King Road. Current estimate is for work to begin in late April and take about 8 weeks to complete. Road closures with scheduled pass throughs for residents will be in effect until the Memorial Day weekend, when access typically reopens for the season to public vehicles. After the Memorial Day weekend, delays should only be about 30 minutes through project completion. Click on the title above for details.

The Charity Bathtub Race at Lake Kaweah has been canceled because too many members of the Teams who had committed to the Race are down with either COVID, the flu, a stomach virus – or have recently been exposed to same.

Tomorrow, March 5th is the day! The polls at the Three Rivers Memorial Building will be open from 7am to 8pm for in-person voting. You can also drop your ballot off at a secure drop-box location. Click on the link above for information about drop box locations and our District 32 Write-In Candidates.