Sequoia National Park

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The Location

Sequoia National Park is located in Tulare County, California and is adjacent to Kings Canyon National Park in California's southern Sierra Nevada mountains. It's known for its huge sequoia trees, notably the General Sherman Tree dominating the Giant Forest. The underground Crystal Cave features streams and striking rock formations. Moro Rock is a granite dome offering sweeping park views. Nearby is the Tunnel Tree, a toppled tree cut to accommodate the road.

Gasoline is not sold within the national park, so be sure to fill up at a nearby town before entering the park.

For updates on road closures, fires, and weather click here.

$35 Entrance Fee per Vehicle for 7 Days

A Sequoia/Kings Canyon park pass is also offered for $60, good for one calendar year. The National Park Pass provides access to all national parks and costs $80.

Film & Photography Permits are sometimes required

For Film

The National Park Service is not distinguishing between commercial, non-commercial, or informant types of filming. The two categories they refer to are Low-Impact Filming and Non-Low-Impact Filming.

Low-Impact Filming does not require a permit and is classified as the following:
“Low-impact filming" is defined as outdoor filming activities in areas open to the public, except areas managed as wilderness, involving five people or less and equipment that will be carried at all times, except for small tripods used to hold cameras. Those participating in low-impact filming activities do not need a permit and are not required to contact the park in advance.

Non-Low-Impact Filming may require a permit is classified as the following:
Filming activities that do not meet the description of low-impact filming require at least ten days' advance notice to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks directly in writing.

For more information on film permits, click here

For Photography

Still photographers require a permit only when:

  • The activity takes place at location(s) where or when members of the public are generally not allowed;
  • or the activity uses model(s), sets(s), or prop(s) that are not a part of the location's natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities;
  • or a park would incur additional administrative costs to monitor the activity.

Directions

There are two entrances to the parks. CA 198 east, via Visalia and the town of Three Rivers, leads to the Ash Mountain Entrance in Sequoia National Park, while CA 180 east, via Fresno, leads straight to the Big Stump Entrance near Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park.
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Space Type: Public (some fees required)
Capacity (People): 500
Food Allowed?:
Yes
No
Children Allowed?:
Yes
No
Animals Allowed?:
Yes
No
Smoking Allowed?:
Yes
No
Amount of Privacy: Not Private

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