Staying Safe at Sequoia National Park

This beautiful national park is home to ancient sequoia trees and mountainous terrain. If you’re planning a visit to Sequoia National Park and the neighboring Kings Canyon National Park, you’ll want to take the necessary safety precautions. 


You may experience ozone and other air pollutants during your visit, as unhealthy air quality can be common in this area. Be sure to check the Air Quality Index before you go. 

Weather in Sequoia National Park can be unpredictable and change quickly without warning. Beware of lightning which can be deadly. Avoid wide open areas, water, and tall trees in case of a storm.


Make sure to watch where you step and look out for rattlesnakes while in the park. Frequently check yourself for ticks during and after your visit to Sequoia National Park.

You might encounter cougars while in the park. If you do, don’t run away; make eye contact and spread your arms wide to make yourself appear bigger and stand your ground. You’re also likely to see black bears in the park. Be sure to keep a safe distance and never get between a mother bear and her cub. It is imperative that you do not feed the animals in Sequoia National Park. Safely store your food and scented items in bear bags or secure it in your car. 

Poison oak poses a significant safety threat in Sequoia National Park, so be aware of what it looks like and avoid touching it at all costs. If you do come in contact with poison oak, avoid touching your face and wash your clothes and the affected areas right away.

Other Concerns

Roads in the park are steep and winding, so be sure to drive slowly and pass with caution. Never drink water directly from streams or lakes without treating it properly first to avoid serious illness. 

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