Kings Canyon National Park, CA

Travel Guide
Kings Canyon National Park

Visit this western national park to observe giant sequoias, forested canyons, marble caves and abundant and unusual wildlife.

California’s Kings Canyon National Park is nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains where giant sequoias reach to the sky. In addition to these amazing trees, visit the park to see fascinating geological features of glacial canyons, caves and mountains.

Be a spelunker and explore a few of the park’s 200 identified caves. Rather than having the limestone composition of caves in eastern states, these caves are composed of marble. Here you may find unusual species of fish, insects and reptiles that have adapted to the total darkness of life underground.

Sequoia National Park and Sequoia National Forest, both nearby, and Kings Canyon National Park all have high concentrations of giant evergreen trees. Come to Kings Canyon to see the second-largest known sequoia in the United States: General Grant, with a trunk volume of 46,608 cubic feet (1,320 cubic meters). Enjoy the park in any season. As spring weather warms the area, walk on damp trails among fresh green foliage and colorful wildflowers. In summer, enjoy the canyon at its most sparkling beauty. Look for butterflies and Native American pictographs.

Enjoy the autumn colors of the park’s deciduous trees without crowds in early fall. This is the best time to hike into Redwood Canyon or get a permit for wilderness hiking in the High Sierras. Snowshoe, cross-country ski or go winter camping near General Grant Grove.

While hiking, look for the park’s abundant wildlife; 260 mammalian species have been spotted here. Small animals include pocket gophers and spotted skunks. Larger species include bobcat and American black bear. Bighorn sheep dwell on the high cliffs. Watch for native birds, such as Clark’s nutcrackers and pileated woodpeckers.

Kings Canyon National Park and nearby Sequoia National Park are adjacent parks that operate jointly to provide visitors great value. The parks are open year-round. Purchase a daily pass that allows entry to both parks or buy an annual interagency pass for access to all U.S. national parks.

Across the country, U.S. national parks offer affordable adventure for all types of travelers. Enjoy your views of sequoias and canyons at Kings Canyon National Park.

Montecito Sequoia Lodge
Montecito Sequoia Lodge
2.5 out of 5
63410 General's Hwy, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Located on a lake, this Kings Canyon National Park hotel offering ski-in/ski-out access is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Buena Vista Peak and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kaweah ...
4/5 Very Good! (808 reviews)
"Yosemite, like in prior ages, with less congestion, noise or people"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Montecito Sequoia Lodge
Cedar Grove Lodge
Cedar Grove Lodge
2.5 out of 5
86729 California 180, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Situated in a national park, this lodge is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Cedar Grove Visitor Center and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Roaring ...
3.8/5 Good! (98 reviews)
Cute lodge for romantic getaway
"It was a cute lodge. Perfect to get some rest after our long drive and prepare for 4 nights of camping"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Cedar Grove Lodge
John Muir Lodge
John Muir Lodge
2.5 out of 5
86728 California 180, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of North Grove Loop Trail, Panoramic Point, and Big Stump Trail. Kings Canyon National Park Big ...
4/5 Very Good! (379 reviews)
"I especially appreciated Brandee at the desk. She was helpful over the phone and again when we checked in. She encouraged us to pick up our food and come back to hotel to eat in the lobby as outside conditions were so smokey. Very friendly and welcoming."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

John Muir Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
  Stansfield Cabin  Sleeps 2,  NO Cleaning Fee,  Single night stays welcome
Stansfield Cabin Sleeps 2, NO Cleaning Fee, Single night stays welcome
Miramonte, CA
The price is $147 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Situated in Miramonte, this historic cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Kings Canyon National Park Big Stump Entrance, ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (150 reviews)
Amazing!
"Fantastic stay, was very clean and accomadating. Melanie was a great caretaker of the cabin, we will be back! 10 stars if I could"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

Stansfield Cabin Sleeps 2, NO Cleaning Fee, Single night stays welcome
BEAR HOLLOW family hideaway fun 10 min to the Park!
BEAR HOLLOW family hideaway fun 10 min to the Park!
Three Rivers, CA
The price is $188 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
This family-friendly Three Rivers vacation home is located on a river, within a 5-minute walk of Kaweah River and Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Our ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (67 reviews)
Wonderful Stay
"This house has so much character and attention to details. Perfect for family, and visiting Sequoia and Kings Canyon. The owner Linda is very responsive and attentive. We will be back! Thank you!"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

BEAR HOLLOW family hideaway fun 10 min to the Park!
Newly remodeled quaint Cottage
Newly remodeled quaint Cottage
Three Rivers, CA
Located in the heart of Three Rivers, this cottage is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Kaweah River and within 3 mi (5 km) of Our Place Playground and Sequoia Foothills ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Homey
"Was just perfect"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

Newly remodeled quaint Cottage
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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