SEKI News Release 7/20

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SEKI News Release 7/20

Post by maverick » Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:56 pm

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is experiencing increased visitation during its summer peak season due to fire activity near Yosemite. In 2017 the parks had record visitation of over 2 million visitors, and 2018 is on track for similar numbers.

Campgrounds and lodging are already full for the weekend, this includes first come first serve campsites. For campground reservations visit For lodging information visit

Visitors can expect to see residual smoke from the Ferguson Fire in the Sierra National Forest north of the parks as well as the recently ignited Horse Creek Fire in the Mineral King area of the parks, which was lightening caused. For the latest information on the Ferguson Fire visit For the latest information on the Horse Creek Fire visit

Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups today in the middle elevations of the parks including Lodgepole, Grant Grove, Cedar Grove, and Mineral King. For air quality information visit

"We are thrilled to see so many visitors enjoying their national parks," said Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. "Preparation is key to ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience during peak periods of visitation."

When visiting the parks, there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind this time of year:

1. Parking in the park is limited, and roads can get congested. Pack your patience, some snacks, and drive slowly and safely.

2. Purchasing your entrance pass online ahead of time will save time at the entrance gate. Visit

3. Taking the Sequoia Shuttle from Visalia or Three Rivers means you don’t have to worry about parking, and you can enjoy the scenery along the way. Visit

4. When exploring the Giant Forest, plan to use the shuttle system in place that will get you to our most popular destinations. The shuttle is free for all visitors.

5. If your trip is flexible, we recommend visiting on a weekday and arriving early. It can still be congested, but usually less than weekends.

6. If you’re planning to visit Crystal Cave, purchase your tickets online at at least two days in advance. If you missed the cut off, plan on arriving early to the Foothills or Lodgepole Visitor Centers, day-of tickets are very limited.

7. Increased bear activity this year means food storage is extremely important. Keep all food and scented items in your trunk, and use food storage boxes when available. This applies even to the busiest areas and parking lots.

For current conditions, trip planning, and more information, visit our website

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