Campground closure in effect at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests

Campground closure in effect
This pristine, secluded campsite in Sequoia National Park will stay empty for the time being.

In accordance with California’s current Regional Stay-at-Home Order of December 3, 2020, and to assist with slowing the spread of COVID-19, the National Park Service is closing campgrounds in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks (and other California parks). Campground closures have also gone into effect on U.S. Forest Service lands, including Sequoia and Inyo, in Central and Southern California. Campground closure in effect

Potwisha Campground in the foothills of Sequoia National Park and Azalea Campground in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park were the only two campgrounds currently open in either park, already a COVID-related cutback. These campgrounds were closed Monday, December 7, and will remain closed until at least December 28. The national forest closure order went into effect Tuesday, December 8, and will continue through January 6, 2021.

Day use at Sequoia-Kings Canyon and the national forests will remain open. All visitors are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines to recreate responsibly. To know what to expect in any region, check with the public agency prior to arrival. Campground closure in effect

All lodging and retail services operated by the parks concessioner, Delaware North, in Sequoia-Kings Canyon are closed except for Grant Grove Market in Kings Canyon. Park entrance stations are open and staffed; three visitor centers are in operation outdoors: Foothills (Sequoia), Giant Forest Museum (Sequoia), and Kings Canyon (Grant Grove area) with the visitor center’s indoor gift shops are open to limited capacity.

The status of these park and forest closures could change at any time so do the appropriate research before planning an excursion.

Campgrounds and other overnight accommodations create opportunities for people from differing households and communities to gather, require maintenance and regular cleaning, and entice the public to travel distances far enough from home to necessitate an overnight stay. The closure of these facilities will reduce travel and, hopefully, help in the broader effort of curbing transmission of the virus. Campground closure in effect

If planning on recreating in a national park or national forest, visitors should plan to be self-sufficient by carrying food and water, making sure their vehicle has enough gas (there is no gas in the local mountains), understanding and preparing for any services that my be required but are not available, and being ready for winter weather and, possibly, snow on the roadway. Since staff is limited, all trash should be packed out. Physical distance of six feet or more should be maintained at all times, and be prepared to step off a trail and mask up as others approach.

It is advised that everyone stay close to their homes for outdoor recreation. This is the safest way to enjoy the out-of-doors while helping to slow transmission of the virus.

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