MAKE YOUR NEXT TRIP MIGHTY
The “Mighty 190” is a local promotion and tourism collaboration to promote the natural amenities and communities located in southeastern Tulare County along State Route 190. Known as the “Mighty 190”, SR-190 serves as the gateway to countless outdoor adventures, including world class biking, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, off-road vehicles, rock climbing, including the only groves of giant sequoias (the largest trees in the world) in Tulare County.
While there is still plenty of adventuring to do as we come up on these winter months, we strongly encourage everyone to #RecreateResponsibly and follow the current COVID guidelines and conditions for Tulare County.
While the aftermath of wildfires continue to affect Sequoia National Forest and the Giant Sequoia National Monument, we are happy to report most areas that were closed due to the Castle Fire have re-opened! We recommend checking the Sequoia National Forest website for the most up-to-date safety announcements, closure orders, and conditions reports.
Plan for your winter fun by checking road closures and current weather conditions at the Sequoia National Forest website by clicking here. As always, when traveling in the mountains in the winter months, be prepared for all types of road conditions so please ensure your vehicle is snow ready before you go.
NATIONAL FORESTS VS. NATIONAL PARKS
Forests are managed under the sustainable multiple-use management concept; managing resources under the best combination of uses to meet the diverse needs of the American people in areas such as water, forage, wildlife, wood, and recreation while sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands.
Parks are managed “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” (Organic Act, 1916)
Allowed on 6’ leash, including wilderness.
Allowed in developed areas on 6’ leash, not on trails.
Dispersed camping (anywhere) unless posted.
Only in designated campgrounds or in the wilderness by permit (backpacking).
Anywhere with valid campfire permit.
Can build in established campfire rings only.
Allowed for personal use with valid permit, collect wood for campfire use.
Not in the Parks, but dead wood on the ground may be collected for campfires in the Park only.
Pick up small items for personal keepsakes.
Leave things where you find them to play their natural role in the ecosystem.
Permitted under CA Fish and Game.
California state fishing license (for ages 16 & up) required; state/federal regulations apply.
Permitted under CA Fish and Game.
Not permitted in the parks.
DRIVING OFF ROAD
Allowed on designated trails in Forest
Not allowed in the Parks, stay on roads.
HIKING AND BICYCLES
Many hiking opportunities, bicycles allowed on roads and most trails.
Many hiking opportunities, bicycles allowed on roads only.
EXPERIENCE THE MIGHTY 190
“Having traveled all over the world, there is nothing quite like the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With the towering granite monoliths, majestic Giant Sequoia Trees, and beauty all around, the Mighty 190 really does have it all!”
“HWY 190 is a hidden gem to so many amazing destinations! I highly recommended anyone who is looking for a new adventure to travel 190 and visit all the amazing places that you just can’t find anywhere else.”