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Visitor Centers in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Open on Weekends with Partner Donation

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, California January 19, 2019 – Park officials announced today that visitor centers in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will be open for weekend operations beginning Saturday, January 19. Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC), the official park partner of the parks made a donation on Friday that covers National Park Service (NPS) Interpretive Rangers and facility maintenance at all locations. Park visitor centers have been closed for the past 28 days during this lapse in appropriations. Pear Lake Winter Hut, also managed by SPC, will also resume normal operations.

“We believe in the power of information as a way to guide and transform a visitor’s experience of these parks,” said Savannah Boiano, Executive Director of the Sequoia Parks Conservancy. “This donation is one way for the Sequoia Parks Conservancy to support Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the National Park Service.”

Park visitor centers will be open for the holiday weekend Saturday through Monday, and Friday through Sunday on weekends for the foreseeable future. SPC employees and NPS rangers will be staffing the visitor centers and providing trip-planning and safety information.

For a calendar of in-park programs offered by SPC, visit For park information, visit

Visitor Center Hours

Holiday Weekend 1/19-1/21
Foothills Visitor Center: 9 am to 3 pm
Giant Forest Museum: 10 am to 4pm 1/19-1/20, 10 am to 3 pm 1/21
Kings Canyon Visitor Center: 10 am to 3 pm

Weekends Moving Forward (During Government Shutdown)
Foothills Visitor Center: 9 am to 3 pm
Giant Forest Museume 10 am to 3 pm
Kings Canyon Visitor Center 10 am to 3 pm

All other areas that are typically open this time of year, including campgrounds, restrooms, trails, and roads, are open using Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement funds. These areas will remain open unless winter conditions or other factors require otherwise.

These areas include:

  • Giant Forest and General Sherman Tree
  • Grant Grove and General Grant Tree
  • Foothills and Hospital Rock
  • Potwisha and Azalea Campgrounds
  • Big Stump and Wolverton snow play areas

Please call 559-565-3341 for current weather, closures, and road conditions before visiting the parks as winter conditions may require tire chains or closures at any time.

Mineral King Pioneer Loss

Bert Weldon (EMK#16) of Tollhouse, California,  died unexpectedly on January 8, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 23 years Marilyn (Peterson), daughter Samantha Oliver, grandson Austin Bert Weldon Oliver, mother Eunice Weldon, siblings CJ, Robbie, Rosie and Abe, horses, a 
mule, cows, sheep, chickens, dogs and cats.

He will be remembered for his willingness to help anyone in need, his kindness and generosity, and his solid work ethic. All who encountered Bert remember him with admiration and he will be greatly missed by his family, many dear friends, and community.
A memorial service will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bert’s name to:

Mineral King Preservation Society
P.O. Box 286
Exeter, CA 93221

Important News Regarding the Mineral King Road Gate Combination Change (posted 11/28/18)

As you may have heard, it has become necessary to change the combination on the gates.  Both the Park Service and a number of cabin owners have observed some uninvited visitors, who apparently have the old combination and have been leaving the gates open, littering the road, and potentially casing the cabins.  Both the MKDA and the Silver City Service Club have agreed that the change is necessary.

The change will be made as soon as we can get someone up there to do so.  While we do not have the precise date, it will be soon, and we do know what the new number will be.

If you or any member of your family will be going up to Mineral King, please call leave me a message at (661) 776-5515 or call any of our board members to get the new combination, and then have both numbers available until we can confirm that the change has been made.  Due to security issues, the new combination will NOT be provided via email.

Thank you for helping us make sure our property is kept secure and safe.

Sharon Devol, E-list Coordinator
Mineral King District Association
P.O. Box 1004
Three Rivers, CA  93271-1004