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What to Expect When Visiting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks This Holiday Season and in 2024

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif., 22 December 2023 –For those looking to visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks over the holidays and in the new year there are a few things to know to make the most of your visit. The first thing we recommend is to always check our website for current conditions and alerts. Weather and road conditions in the parks can be quite different from where visitors live, making trip planning ever more important. Visit before making the drive.  

A reminder that the Generals Highway between Sequoia and Kings Canyon closes annually each winter. This year it will close on Monday, January 8 or when impassable due to snow. 

This Holiday Season 

Make use of the free Sequoia Shuttle from December 23 through January 1

It is likely to be busy over the holiday weekends, which can mean limited parking in our most popular areas. Avoid losing time and patience looking for parking, the shuttle will take you to the most popular sites including the General Sherman Tree, Moro Rock, Crescent Meadow, Giant Forest Museum, and Wolverton. Route maps and details can be found in the park trip planner you get at the entrance station upon arrival. 

Make use of the park map and trip planner 

All visitors receive a park map and trip planner from the entrance station. The trip planner is updated seasonally and includes critical and useful information for each area of the parks. You’ll not only find safety and park regulation information, but also information about popular sites, hikes, and features. Need more help, stop by one of our visitor centers and talk to one of our friendly park rangers! 

Changes Beginning January 2024 

No In-Park Lodging January 7 to March 15 

Wuksachi Lodge, typically open year-round, will be closed between January 7 and March 15. There will be no food service options in Sequoia National Park during this period. In Kings Canyon National Park the Grant Grove Market will remain open. 

New One Signature Line Policy for Entrance Passes

Beginning on January 1, 2024, all newly issued interagency and park-specific annual passes will have one signature line for a single passholder. The 2023 annual passes with two signature lines will still be honored until they expire. The change in signature lines will standardize the passes across agencies and protect against misuse. 

The America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass covers entrance and day-use fees at more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the country. A pass covers the pass holder and all occupants in a private, non-commercial vehicle at sites like Sequoia and Kings Canyon that charge per vehicle or, the passholder and up to three additional adults (16 and over) at sites that charge per person. Children aged 15 or under are admitted free.   

There are several pass options available that can be purchased online or at many national parks and other federal recreation sites. Learn more at: 

Campground Fee Increase 

On January 1, 2024, a campground fee increase will take effect for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. This is the second of two increases; the first increase went into effect in January 2023. This phased increase brings Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ campground fees in line with prices of similar campgrounds in the area and follows a public comment period in 2022.  

Increases have been implemented as follows: 

Site Type  

2022  January 1, 2023   January 1, 2024  
Standard Campsite    $22    $28    $32  
Stock Campsite   $22   $40    No change  
Mid-sized Group Campsite   $40   $50    No change  
Large Group Campsite   $50, $60, $70   $60, $70, $80   No change  

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[SOURCE: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks]