For Immediate Release                               
Contact: Sintia Kawasaki-Yee, Chief of Communications
Phone: (559) 679 2866
  Reference Number: 8550-2327

The Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park Expected to be Fully Open on July 1

This Will Reopen Vehicle Access to the Giant Forest from Three Rivers, CA 

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif., 23 June 2023 – After being closed for over three months due to severe damage from a series of storms early in the year, the Generals Highway between the Foothills and Giant Forest areas of Sequoia National Park will reopen to public travel on Saturday, July 1. Road construction is still underway along two sections of the highway, and traffic lights will be used to manage one-lane vehicle travel. Visitors are advised that although most park roads are now open, sections damaged by winter storms require caution and reduced speeds until permanent repairs are completed.  

This reopening marks quite an accomplishment for the parks and the Federal Highways Administration who have jointly worked to restore public access to the most popular destination in Sequoia National Park during the busiest time of year. Although a great milestone, heavy damage from the winter storms still exists throughout the parks. Roads leading to the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park and the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park remain closed due to significant damage both inside and outside the park boundaries. Several campgrounds will remain closed this summer.  

Visitors to the parks should plan ahead and make sure that the areas they hope to see are open and accessible. Information about current conditions and timelines for reopening can be found on the park website at  

[SOURCE: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks]