On Monday, park officials announced that several areas in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will close due to health and safety concerns.
Generals Highway closed Monday evening at Hospital Rock in Sequoia National Park. The closure extends through Giant Forest, Lodgepole and Lost Grove. The closure includes concession facilities at these locations including Wuksachi Lodge.
Officials say trash bins are overflowing, resulting in litter throughout the area–which is a threat to wildlife. They also say vehicular congestion, car accidents, and icy roadways have led to up to three hour delays on the Generals Highway.
Areas within the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park also closed. They include the road to the General Grant Tree, Big Stump Picnic Area, and Azalea Campground. Park officials tell us the Grant Village will remain open, as will Highway 180 for through traffic to Princess Campground and Montecito Sequoia Lodge.
It is likely these closures will remain in effect for the duration of the government shutdown.
For updates on the shutdown visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.