Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I find out more about Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park?
A: Visit:

Q: Can I purchase an entry pass in advance?
A: Yes.

Q: Is Sequoia National Park at the North or South Entrance?
A: The entrance to Sequoia is on the South side of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, through Three Rivers.

Q: How do I get to Mineral King?
A: About two miles past the town of Three Rivers, on Highway 198, you’ll see the exit for Mineral King. Plan to take 60 minutes to drive 25 miles to Mineral King. Check road conditions here:

Q: Is Mineral King open year-round?
A: No, the road is not open year-round. Check Road Conditions:

Q: Is food available in Mineral King?
A: Yes, food is available in Silver City, near Mineral King but check hours of service:

Q: Is food available in Sequoia?
A: Yes. Restaurants in the Parks:

Q: Can I camp in Sequoia and Kings Canyon?
A: Yes. Reservations are required:

Q: Where is the General Sherman?
A: The General Sherman is in Sequoia National Park. You’re receive a map at the entrance station in Ash Mountain indicating where the tree is located. It will take about 45 minutes to reach the General Sherman Tree after entering the park entrance because of the curving roads.

Q: Where can I buy souvenirs?
A: All visitor centers and the Giant Forest Museum offer souvenirs.  The proceeds from these sales are put back into the parks nonprofit Sequoia Parks Conservancy for continued conservation Sequoia Trees.  Souvenirs can also be purchased at Lodgepole and Wuksachi Lodge. The proceeds for these sales go directly to the concessionaire. Some businesses in Three Rivers also sell souvenirs including the Totem, Village Market and the Pharmacy.

Q: Where can I go snow sledding?
A: Wolverton, in Sequoia National Park, has a snow-sledding park.

Q: What if I see a bear?
A: Do NOT approach a bear. Do NOT feed the bears. Read Park website for more information about bears.

Q: What should we watch out for in the Parks?
A: Safety tips:

Q: Where can we swim in Three Rivers?
A: The public is free to swim at the following locations: Slick Rock and Cobble Hill. The spring mountain run-off can be extremely dangerous. Swim at your own risk.

Q: Where can we swim in SNP?
A: Swimming is allowed in Sequoia National Park behind the Foothill Visitor Center in Ash Mountain, just after the entrance station, as well as Potwisha parking area and Hospital Rock. Visitors staying at Buckeye Flat campground can swim there but no non-camper parking is available. River info:

Q: Is there a shuttle service to SNP?
A: Private tours are available:

Q: Is there a shuttle service inside SNP?
A: For shuttle service within the Park:

Q: Where can we hike in Three Rivers?
A: All Trails provides excellent information about hikes in and around Three Rivers.
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Q: Public restrooms?
A: Yes, at the Historical Museum 42268 Sierra Dr. and at Slick Rock recreation area 39883 Sierra Dr.