Sierra National Forest
Explore the Sierra National Forest
With the craggy, snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada as your backdrop, we invite you to come and discover the “Heart of the Sierra.”
Be safe when visiting the Sierra National Forest
- Research weather and road conditions and make sure your vehicle is mechanically ready;
- Avoid areas with dead standing trees, look up before you choose a trail, park your car, or set your camp, always be aware of your surroundings;
- Avoid large gatherings and maintain your physical distance while recreating;
- Let family and friends know your plans, destination and return home, in the event of an unexpected emergency. Remember cell service in the Forest may not be available;
- Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use;
- Recreate Responsibly!
Sequoia and Sierra National Forests Land Management Plans Revision
The Forest Service has completed plan revision for the Sequoia and Sierra National Forests and released final records of decision, forest plans, and the final environmental impact statement. These documents reflect over a decade of environmental analysis and coordination with Tribes, partners, and the public.
2023 Storm Damage Response (larger map available 100MB)
A public information phone line for Sierra National Forest Storm Damage Response questions has been established. The phone number is (559) 343-3090 and will be staffed from 8 am – 6 pm daily.
The map above (larger version100MB) shows forest roads and recreation sites that are affected by storm damage or forest closure. For county roads, please visit their respective websites linked below or via the QR codes on the map(100MB).
SNFDistrict Offices have reopened for in-person services
Popular Recreation Activities
Bass Lake Ranger District Madera County Roads Buffer Fuels Treatment Project PDF
The Sierra National Forest-Bass Lake Ranger District is initiating an environmental analysis of the proposed FY 20 Madera County Roads Buffer Fuels Treatment Project. (PDF 1 MB)
Sierra Traveler a Visitor's Guide
Sierra NF Visitor Guide - view online and print at home (PDF 2.5 MB) Also free at all Sierra NF offices and visitor centers.
Forest Plan Revision
Learn how you can get involved in the revision of our forest plan.
We are analyzing a sustainable network of roads that will support both travel and the administration of the forest.
Alerts & Warnings
- Sierra NFSafety Advisory: Road and Recreation Facilities Closure Extended
- Bass Lake Ranger District plans to initiate winter/spring prescribed burning
- High Sierra Ranger District plans fall/winter/spring prescribed fire projects
- High Sierra Ranger District will be changing hours of operation
- Recreation Fee Program Accomplishment Highlights 2021
- Public Meeting Creek Fire Ecological Restoration Project Video
- Seasonal Visitors Center Closure