United States California

Kings Canyon National Park

A vast wilderness in California's Sierra Nevada, famed for its deep valleys, towering trees, and the rugged terrain of the High Sierra.

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Don’t want the crowds of Yosemite but do want hulking granite domes in the Sierra Nevada? Kings Canyon National Park could be your ticket. Butting up to the south side of the Sierra National Forest, this one’s a Shangri-La of giant sequoia trees (don’t miss the General Grant specimen that’s 1,650 years old and a whopping 107 feet high!) and soaring mountains. Iconic tramping routes abound – both the Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail cross the entirety of the preserve.

jrfrancis 2 years ago

Kings Canyon National Park is an often-overlooked gem nestled between the more widely visited Yosemite National Park and the starkly contrasting Death Valley National Park, forming part of an iconic California National Parks road trip. While it may not boast the fame of its neighboring Yosemite, Kings Canyon offers deeply incised canyons, towering sequoia trees, and rugged wilderness for an immersive nature experience. This road trip offers travelers a diverse look at California's landscapes, from the granite peaks of Yosemite, through Kings Canyon's serene valleys, to the arid expanses of Death Valley's below-sea-level basin.

gocamp 6 days ago

Kings Canyon National Park is a Californian gem tucked away in the southern Sierra Nevada, ideal for nature lovers seeking a destination along their California National Park Roadtrip. With its dramatic landscape, home to some of the deepest canyons in North America, the park offers breathtaking stops such as the scenic Kings Canyon Scenic Byway and the colossal General Grant Tree in Grant Grove. Pair it with a visit to its adjacent Sequoia National Park, and roadtrippers will witness a majestic world of towering trees, mountain vistas, and serene wilderness experiences.

seeker 4 months ago

Kings Canyon National Park is connected to Sequoia and this road will wind you through the sequoia trees and take you up and down through the deep canyon.

nicolejordan 2 years ago

Located next to Sequoia National Park in California, Kings Canyon National Park is famous for sequoia trees, most notably the massive General Grant Tree in General Grove. Featuring meadows, canyons, rivers, and waterfalls- Cougars, bears, and rattlesnakes call this rugged national park home, so be cautious.

seeker 3 years ago

Hiking

lwithrow 3 years ago

Kings Canyon National Park Guides

  • Yosemite to Death Valley: California National Parks Road Trip

    gocamp (GoCamp )
    Embarking on a California road trip from the majestic cliffs of Yosemite to the sun-scorched sands of Death Valley is like flipping through the most diverse pages of nature's grand portfolio. Picture this: one day you're gazing in awe at the towering granite monoliths and cascading waterfalls of Yosemite Valley, and the next, you're wandering amidst the alien landscapes of the lowest, hottest, and driest national park in North America. This is no ordinary journey; it's a transition between extremes, an exploration that really puts into perspective the magnificence and diversity of the natural wonders our world has to offer. Buckle up for an adventure that takes you from the cool, forest-clad Sierra Nevada to the stark and mesmerizing beauty of the Mojave Desert.
  • Map of National Parks in the US

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    The US boasts an impressive 63 national parks, each with its own distinct character, awe inspiring views and countless ways to connect with nature. The parks are managed by the National Park Service which offers an annual pass for access to all 63 parks throughout the year for one flat price. Let's explore.
  • National Parks in California

    chiefseeker (Jody Vandergriff)
    California boasts 9 national parks - more than any other state. Each park is distinct from the next - from the largest tree in the world at Sequoia National Park to the underwater world of Channel Islands - California offers non stop beauty and intrigue.
  • California National Park Roadtrip: All the best spots to stop along the way

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    Pack your bags and get ready for an epic road trip through the Golden State's most breathtaking landscapes. From the towering trees of Sequoia National Park to the serene vistas of Point Reyes National Seashore, our California National Park road trip guide covers all the must-see spots to fuel your wanderlust. Whether you're a seasoned hiker looking for your next challenge or a nature lover in search of tranquil beauty, this journey has something for everyone. Buckle up, and let's hit the road, taking in the dazzling array of ecosystems and unforgettable experiences each stop along the way has to offer.
  • California Road Trip 2020

    chiefseeker (Jody Vandergriff)
    This summer we are hitting the open road in an RV and exploring California’s National Parks and the coast.
  • National Parks I've Been To

    nicolejordan (Nicole Jordan)
  • National Parks Visited

    lwithrow (Lindsay Withrow)
    50 and counting!
  • Summer 2020 Roadtrip

    chiefseeker (Jody Vandergriff)
    This summer we are hitting the road in an RV and exploring the National and State parks of California.

Kings Canyon National Park Articles

  • Kings Canyon or Sequoia National Park?

    Considering a trip to the land of the giant sequoias but don’t know which park to visit? Well you’re in luck. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are connected by the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway and are both easily do-able in one trip. In fact, the byway runs alongside many of the top attractions in […]

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  • Sequoia National Park: The Complete Guide for 2022

    Lace up your boots and head to Sequoia National Park: Land of Giants, home to the largest trees in the world. Sitting at number 23 on our list of US national parks, Sequoia is famous for its groves of old growth giant sequoias. And the plunging peaks and steep mountain hikes? Those might come as […]

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  • Sequoia National Park: The Complete Guide for 2023

    Lace up your boots and head to Sequoia National Park: Land of Giants, home to the largest trees in the world. Sitting at number 23 on our list of US national parks, Sequoia is famous for its groves of old growth giant sequoias. And the plunging peaks and steep mountain hikes? Those might come as […]

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