Beginning Oct. 18, some areas of Kings Canyon National Park reopened to the public for day use and wilderness use. The park closed in September due to the KNP Complex Fires, caused by a significant lightning storm on Sept. 9.
The following areas will reopen:
- Big Stump Entrance Station on Highway 180
- The majority of Grant Grove, including the General Grant Tree
- Kings Canyon Visitor Center Information Desk (exhibits, shop, and theater remain closed)
- Cedar Grove
- Kings Canyon Wilderness except for Redwood Canyon
- Areas east of the Great Western Divide in the Sequoia National Park Wilderness
- South Fork in the Sequoia National Park Wilderness
The following areas will remain closed as of now:
- All areas south of the intersection between Highway 180 and the Generals Highway, including Redwood Canyon
- All Grant Grove concessions, including restaurants, markets, lodging and gift shop
- All NPS campgrounds in Cedar Grove and Grant Grove
- Park Ridge Trail
- Big Stump Picnic Area
There will be no running water available in the park until water systems are restored. The National Park Service is urging visitors to bring enough water to meet their needs during their visit.
The National Park Service hopes to make winter camping available in Azalea Campground in Grant Grove in the coming months and will release more information as it becomes available.
The fires continue to affect infrastructure and resources in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Sequoia National Forest.
All developed areas of Sequoia National Park remain closed. There is no timeline for their reopening as of now, as much of the area is not stable enough to assess safely, the National Park Service said in a release.
As park staff gain access to the park, a staged reopening is likely, based on how much damage each area sustained.
For more information, visit the NPS website.