Sequoia National Park reopens

Sequoia National Park reopens
The Generals Highway in Sequoia National Park will reopen to the public on October 1.

Sequoia National Park will reopen to all visitors on Thursday, October 1, 2020, after being closed for more than two weeks. The opening includes the Ash Mountain entrance station into Sequoia National Park, the Generals Highway through to Highway 180, and trails, facilities, and parking areas on national park lands.
Sequoia National Park reopens
Sequoia National Forest and several other national forests in the state remain closed until at least October 8 due to a record-breaking wildfire season that is being battled on these federal lands.

Sequoia National Forest remains closed until at least October 8 due to the Castle Fire  portion of SQF Complex. Additional closures within the park include the Mineral King area (closed till May 2021) and some wilderness lands due to wildfire concerns, as well as facilities that were already closed due to the pandemic.
Sequoia has been closed since Tuesday, September 15, to allow for staff to adhere to local evacuation orders as well as keep roads clear of travelers to assist firefighters in mobilizing and battling the SQF Complex wildfires. Air quality is projected to be in the moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups range over the next few days. The park will continue to assess the smoke impacts, air quality index, and fire activity throughout the region.
This is the second time Sequoia National Park (and Kings Canyon NP) has been closed for an extended period in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a 75-day closure of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks from March to June.

Potwisha and Lodgepole campgrounds in Sequoia National Park will reopen Saturday, October 3, by reservation only. Azalea Campground in Kings Canyon National Park will open for the winter season on Thursday, October 1, with a limited number of first-come, first-served sites.
Concession services including lodging, market and gift shop will open on Thursday, October 1. For details and information visit www.visitsequoia.com.
For detailed information about current conditions, air quality, and smoke impacts, visit Sequoia-Kings Canyon’s Current Conditions web page: www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, call 559-565-3341, press 1 and press 1 again. Updated information is also available on the Sequoia-Kings Canyon’s website.

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