COVID-19 and Sequoia-Kings Canyon: What's open, what's not


UPDATE – THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020: As of Friday, March 20, at noon, all campgrounds in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks typically open this time of year will close until further notice. Also on Friday, March 20, at 5 p.m., Delaware North Companies will close markets in Lodgepole and Grant Grove that had previously remained open.
The National Park Service is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. In addition, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are making modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing. 
As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Foothills (Sequoia) and Kings Canyon visitor centers, Giant Forest Museum, and the Wilderness Office are closed until further notice.

Pear Lake Ski Hut, which is managed by park partner Sequoia Parks Conservancy, will be closing effective Wednesday, March 18.
All lodging and dining facilities in the parks, which are managed by Delaware North Companies, will close effective Wednesday, March 18, through April 1.
Markets in Lodgepole and Grant Grove, also managed by DNC, will remain open with shortened hours of noon to 5 p.m. (See update above.)
Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, outdoor spaces including trails and campgrounds will remain open to provide healthy options for the public.
We encourage visitors to use a variety of available tools and resources in preparation for future visits and to enjoy the parks from afar. The official Sequoia and Kings Canyon app is available for free and works even away from cell service. Download the free app by searching for “NPS Sequoia & Kings” in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. This interactive guide will help you with navigation, guided tours, accessibility features, and wheelchair-accessible sites.
The Sequoia-Kings Canyon website allows visitors to download the park newspaper, plan a trip, enjoy snowy vistas from the Giant Forest webcam, explore natural soundscapes across all elevations of these parks, and browse the photo gallery.
To speak with a park ranger to help with future trip-planning or request park information by mail, call the main park line 559-565-3341 (dial 0) during business hours.
If planning on driving to the parks in the next few days, call the main park line 559-565-3341 (dial 1, then 1) for weather-related road conditions, tire chain restrictions, and other weather-related information. This recording is updated daily and as conditions change.

The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.
For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.
Updates about NPS operations will be posted here. Check with individual parks for specific details about park operations.
For information about Pear Lake Ski Hut, Crystal Cave, and other Sequoia Parks Conservancy services, visit www.sequoiaparksconservancy.org. For information about lodging, restaurants, and markets managed by DNC, log onto www.visitsequoia.com.

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