The recent and ongoing winter storms have caused significant flooding impacts, resulting in the closure of the entrances to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Kings Canyon National Park will remain closed through March, and public access is not expected to resume before the end of the month, based on damage reports outside the park.
As for Sequoia National Park, it is expected to remain closed through at least April 15 and possibly later due to an impending winter storm in the week of March 19. Park staff are currently assessing the damage caused by unprecedented flooding that has affected road access to the Foothills, Giant Forest, Lodgepole, and Wuksachi areas of the park. They expect to provide more detailed information about the damage and recovery plans as conditions permit, next week for these areas, as well as the Mineral King area.
Based on reported damage, Kings Canyon National Park is expected to remain closed to public access through March. There is no estimated reopening date for Sequoia National Park, but a prolonged closure is expected. More details to come next week. pic.twitter.com/Dxc0sYIcUc— Sequoia & Kings Cyn (@SequoiaKingsNPS) March 17, 2023
When conditions improve for reopening, visitors are advised to exercise caution and stay informed of weather conditions, park alerts, and updates on the sections they are considering visiting. Visitors should come prepared with proper traction devices for their shoes, layered clothing, and extra food and water for emergencies.