Park Service to allow more hooves on hikes

National Park Service considers opening corrals at Wolverton, Mineral King for visitor use in Sequoia Nat’l Park

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SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK – The National Park Service (NPS) is initiating public scoping on two projects that would convert two existing administrative corrals to visitor stock use facilities at Wolverton and Mineral King.

These projects would increase overnight front county stock facilities to accommodate equestrian access to park trails and wilderness. The projects would expand the parking areas to allow for truck and trailer parking and turnaround space, divide the existing corral space to accommodate one to two stock groups, and provide one to two campsites for short-term use. The campsites would be included in the NPS reservation system and would be open to visitors with stock.

These projects are the first of several to be implemented as part of the Wilderness Stewardship Plan, approved in 2015, which will enhance recreational opportunities for visitors who wish to use horses, mules, llamas, or burros as part of their park experience.

To obtain supplemental information about the proposed projects, or to provide comments, please visit the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) web sites. If you would like to comment on both projects, you may do so on either site.

For Wolverton: parkplanning.nps.gov/SEKI_Wolverton_Corral

For Mineral King: parkplanning.nps.gov/MK_Corrals

Written comments may be sent via mail or hand-delivery to: Superintendent Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Attn: Wolverton and Mineral King Corrals, 47050 Generals Highway, Three Rivers, CA 93271. Written comments may also be faxed to 559-565-4202.

All written comments about this project must be transmitted, postmarked, or hand-delivered by April 4, 2018.

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