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Kings Canyon National ParkUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Kings Canyon National Park

Stony Creek Lodge
Stony Creek Lodge
3 out of 5
65569 Generals Hwy, Kings Canyon National Park, CA

Situated in a national park, this lodge is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and within 12 mi (20 km) of Buena Vista Peak and Buck ...

3.4/5 (135 reviews)

"Stony creek is a quant lodge with great customer service. It is older, but that is part of its charm. Great location too."…"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Stony Creek Lodge
Montecito Sequoia Lodge
Montecito Sequoia Lodge
2.5 out of 5
63410 General's Hwy, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
The price is $139 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

This family-friendly Kings Canyon National Park hotel is located on a lake, 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Buena Vista Peak, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Buck Rock Lookout ...

4.1/5Very Good! (710 reviews)

"set up like a campsite. felt safe, plenty of staff, plenty to do, with a lake and local hiking trails. rooms a bit outdated, but do the trick."…"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

Montecito Sequoia Lodge
John Muir Lodge
John Muir Lodge
2.5 out of 5
86728 California 180, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
The price is $154 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (350 reviews)

"Great location, great staff, and good sized room. Due to current conditions, there wasn't an opportunity for a lot of extra amenities. The lodge and the park service are definitely doing their best to make it a memorable visit."…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2020

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.

Vacation Rentals in Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia Resort
Sequoia Resort
3 out of 5
50616 Highway 245, Badger, CA

Situated on a lake, this vacation home is 12.4 mi (19.9 km) from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and within 32 mi (52 km) of General Grant Tree and Hume ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (62 reviews)

"Great location for accessing Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Park. The cabin is a little dated but has everything you need to enjoy time in the widerness, and I loved the litle extra touches like providing coffee and oil, salt & pepper etc in the kitchen, so we could easily prepare our own meals. ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Sequoia Resort
Sequoia Riverfront Cabins
Sequoia Riverfront Cabins
2.5 out of 5
Kaweah Genral Store, 40462 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA
The price is $135 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6

Located in the heart of Three Rivers, this cabin is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Our Place Playground and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Sequoia ...

2.9/5 (432 reviews)

"It was a nice place to stay. Very close to sequoia and has water access in the back. Although I wish it didn’t have so many weeds to walk thru."…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Sequoia Riverfront Cabins
Family Friendly Mountain Cabin 20 Minutes From Kings Canyon, With Wifi &landline
Family Friendly Mountain Cabin 20 Minutes From Kings Canyon, With Wifi &landline
Badger, CA

Located in a rural location, this family-friendly cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Kings Canyon National Park Big Stump ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (208 reviews)
Wonderful National Park Retreat

"We had a wonderful time at this pinehurst cabin!! Very convenient to explore Kings Canyon and Sequoia away from all the hustle and bustle. We had a very peaceful weekend with ping pong, darts, board games to keep us occupied after a day of adventuring! Thank you Sulfati for being a great host as ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Family Friendly Mountain Cabin 20 Minutes From Kings Canyon, With Wifi &landline
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.

Popular places to visit in Kings Canyon National Park

General Grant Tree
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General Grant Tree

5/5(33 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Grant Grove when you take a trip to General Grant Tree. While in this relaxing area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Zumwalt Meadow
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Zumwalt Meadow

5/5(5 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Zumwalt Meadow, a lovely green space in Kings Canyon National Park. While in this relaxing area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Be humbled by nature at its most impressive in these two breathtaking national parks, home to some of the largest living things on this planet.

Reviews of Kings Canyon National Park

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 26, 2019

We LOVED exploring Kings Canyon, but were frustrated that we were required to purchase tire chains to head into the park, only to not use them at all.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 19, 2019

Location is just great.

3/5 - Okay

Traveler

Sep 19, 2019

We drove the beginning part, then decided to turn around. The Forest turned to rocks, the mountains getting closer, feeling a little closed in. We heard that the falls at the end were lovely, yet the failed business we passed gave an abandoned feel

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 12, 2019

Walk as much as you can. Don't drive..

3/5 - Okay

Adam

Aug 5, 2019

The Rangers there are very strict and love to give tickets!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 15, 2019

Beautiful area. Don’t miss the waterfalls. Hiking was great.

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