Kings Canyon National ParkUnited States of America

4.5/5Top Destination

Get away to relaxing Kings Canyon National Park! Enjoy the hiking, local cuisine, and natural setting.

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.

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Hiking, Dining and Family-Friendly

Top Hotels in Kings Canyon National Park

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Montecito Sequoia Lodge
Montecito Sequoia Lodge
2.5 out of 5
63410 General's Hwy, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
$139
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28
4.1/5Very Good! (627 reviews)

"This property was absolutely amazing! We arrived later on the evening, starving and totally exhausted from our travels. We were greeted by an extremely friendly helpful girl at the desk. She even asked if we em were hungry, and introduced us to something g so amazing- the leftover fridge! So we helped ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

Montecito Sequoia Lodge
Stony Creek Lodge
Stony Creek Lodge
3 out of 5
65569 Generals Hwy, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
3.4/5 (104 reviews)

"I have stayed in much better TV did not work but the manager did finally get it going in the middle of the boonies nothing to do"…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

Stony Creek Lodge
John Muir Lodge
John Muir Lodge
2.5 out of 5
86728 California 180, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
$152
per night
Nov 12 - Nov 13
4/5Very Good! (319 reviews)

"Lovely beautiful location in Kings Canyon. Love the environmental thoughtfulness. Restraunt within walking distance perfect. every meal so delicious! Very comfortable bed and room"…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2019

John Muir Lodge

Popular things to do in Kings Canyon National Park

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 family-friendly area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

General Sherman Tree
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General Sherman Tree

5/5(276 reviews)

The world’s largest tree by volume, this giant sequoia is more than 2,000 years old. You must see it in place to fully appreciate its colossal size. 

Giant Forest Museum
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Giant Forest Museum

4.5/5(130 reviews)

Learn all about the massive, cloud-skimming tree species that populate the nearby Giant Forest at this small but fascinating museum. 

Reviews of Kings Canyon National Park

4.5

Top Destination

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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.

5/5 - Excellent

William

Jun 2, 2019

The park was not crowded at all on May 31 and June 1, which was very surprising.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 22, 2019

Less visited than other nearby National Parks. Great park to do hiking and camping.