Get away from the pack: Try to visit the forest on weekdays, or try to space yourself from others, so that all may enjoy nature without crowds.
The forest and monument share borders with several federal, state, county, and local landowners. Be aware that our neighbors can have different rules and regulations. Private land is intermixed within the Sequoia. As a visitor, it is your responsibility to make sure you know where you are and to stay on public lands. Detailed forest maps are available at any forest office.
Vehicles are permitted on designated routes only, and Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) are available for free at forest offices. Look for signs to determine if you can travel the road. Always check current road conditions, restrictions, and seasonal openings before setting out.
Driving on mountain roads requires extra caution. Some dirt roads may narrow to one lane. There may be blind corners—travel slowly and be prepared to stop in half the sight distance.
- Be sure to study a map before heading out. Call ahead for current local weather, road, and trail conditions (see back cover for phone numbers).
- Plan for longer travel times. Steep and winding roads can only be traveled safely at low speeds. Use lower gears on steep roads.
- Always stay in your lane and watch for falling debris, other vehicles, and animals on the road.
- When sightseeing, use roadside pullout areas to allow others to pass.
- Carry tire chains in your vehicle.
- Gas stations and other services may not be available in remote areas. Come with a full gas tank and extra food, water, and clothing in your vehicle.
This Google Map of Sequoia National Forest is a good place to start getting oriented with the region.