Sequoia National Park Travel Guide

USA  #9 in Best California Vacations
Credit

Courtesy of 4kodiak/Getty Images

Best Times to Visit Sequoia National Park

The best time to visit Sequoia National Park is June through August when the weather is the most stable. The park is open 24/7, year-round, but there are certain challenges during select seasons, such as when it snows in December and snow chains or tires are required for safely navigating park roads. Beginning in September, the park reduces its ranger-led programming and certain facilities cut their hours. Some parts of the park, such as the Mineral King and Cedar Grove areas, close entirely due to access issues.

Weather in Sequoia National Park

Switch to Celsius/MM
Average Temperature (°F)
41
23
44
24
48
26
53
30
59
36
68
44
77
51
77
50
72
45
62
38
50
30
43
26
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
7.32
8.02
6.63
4.75
1.78
0.42
0.11
0.17
0.44
1.54
4.11
8
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

Mid-June-August

The busiest time of the year for the park is usually during the summer. The shade the sequoias offer is a welcome relief from the sun. While temperatures throughout the park vary depending on elevation, lows are typically in the 50s and highs are in the mid-70s in the sequoia groves this time of year. Plus, from late May through early to mid-September, the Sequoia Shuttle transports visitors (for a fee) from the nearby towns of Visalia and Three Rivers, up Highway 198 to the Giant Forest Museum in Sequoia National Park. During the summertime, there is also a free in-park shuttle that offers rides in the park's Giant Forest, Lodgepole, Wuksachi and Dorst Creek Campground areas. 

September-November 

The weather starts to become a bit unpredictable in the fall, with cool nights and warm days and as early as October, light snowfall is possible. Some park facilities may begin to reduce their hours or close altogether. The park also offers fewer ranger programs. Plus, the Mineral King and Cedar Grove areas close for the season.

December-March

If you plan to visit during this time, tire chains might be required. Predicting the snowfall is tricky, so it's best to be prepared. That said, walking through the magnificent sequoias blanketed in snow can be magical. During the winter holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are free shuttles in the Giant Forest area. The shuttle offers service between the Giant Forest Museum and the Wuksachi Lodge and Restaurant, with stops at the General Sherman Tree, Lodgepole and Wolverton Snowplay Area. Note that winter shuttles only operate within Sequoia National Park; there are no shuttles in Kings Canyon National Park. The park updates conditions daily, so visit its website for current information. 

April-mid-June

There can still be snow on the ground in April, depending on the elevation, and rivers and creeks run fast and cold. On the bright side, hikers love this time of year thanks to the wealth of wildflowers that bloom in the foothills. Shuttle service will start back up in late May.

Key Events:

Find Flight and Hotel Deals

FLIGHTS
HOTELS

Press the down arrow key to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Press the down arrow key to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Explore More of Sequoia National Park

Recommended

The 21 Most Beautiful Waterfalls to See Around the World

Discover which stunning falls offer once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences.

Kyle McCarthyApril 25, 2019

The 20 Best Michigan State Parks

Two peninsulas, four Great Lakes and innumerable natural highlights elevate Michigan's state parks.

Zach WatsonApril 18, 2019

50 Awesome Vacation Ideas for Every Type of Traveler

Consider these vacation ideas for your next getaway.

Holly JohnsonApril 11, 2019

The 13 Best National Parks in California

You won't regret adding one of these national parks to your California itinerary.

Rachel CenterApril 10, 2019

10 Beautiful Places to Visit in the South of France

Plan a getaway to these special destinations to soak up culture, cuisine and quaint atmospheres.

Gwen PratesiApril 8, 2019

Best Carry-on Luggage of 2019

U.S. News rated the best carry-on luggage, considering recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerApril 3, 2019

The 11 Best Utah National Parks and Monuments to Visit

From birding to bouldering to boating, Utah's national parks have it all.

Zach WatsonApril 2, 2019

The 30 Best Zoos in the U.S.

Get an up-close look at wild creatures in natural settings at America's top animal parks.

Kyle McCarthyMarch 28, 2019

15 Scenic Train Rides to Add to Your Bucket List

Climb aboard these locomotives for jaw-dropping views.

Christine SmithMarch 26, 2019

13 Top Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy

Ditch the crowded streets of Rome or Milan and head to Italy's picturesque countryside.

Lyn MettlerMarch 25, 2019