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KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Note: Kings Canyon National Park is OPEN! You can read more information and check out our Kings Canyon FAQ page.

Kings Canyon National Park features terrain similar to Yosemite Valley and is home to the deepest canyon in the United States with a depth of more than a mile and a half! Though technically two distinct parks, Sequoia and Kings Canyon are administered as one park (and only one entrance fee is required.) 

With its deep valleys, skyscraping trees and distinct rock outcroppings, Kings Canyon National Park is the place that John Muir once called "a rival to Yosemite." Located adjacent to Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park is composed of two main visitor areas:  Grant Grove near the entrance to the park (home to the General Grant tree, also known as "the Nation's Christmas Tree") and Cedar Grove, which is on the canyon floor.   

Grant Grove visitors will marvel at the sheer size of the sequoia grove, while hikers in Cedar Grove will be treated to stunning views of cliffs, the canyon and breathtaking rock formations. Kings Canyon is also home to Redwood Canyon, one of the largest sequoia tree groves in the parks.

In addition to Kings Canyon National Park's celebrated sequoias, this glaciated valley also features miles of hiking trails, horseback riding, and camping – a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts of every age.

Top 6 Things To Do In Kings Canyon
Hiking Kings Canyon National Park
Road Trip To Kings Canyon


Kings Canyon in Spring, Summer and Fall allows for expansive exploration. Amazing vistas and fair weather mean that most areas of the park are open for visitors. The road between Kings Canyon and Sequoia is open for traffic and it is easy to navigate through the two parks. 

In the winter, snow can affect the areas of the park that are open to visitors. The road to Cedar Grove is closed as is the road between the two parks. Please check park weather conditions prior to your visit as they can change rapidly and check with the visitor information booths for areas of the park that are available to experience.

The Road's End In Kings Canyon

It really is what it sounds like! Reach the end of this road in the beautiful Kings Canyon.

More time saving and trip enhancing tips:

Save time at the entry gate when you purchase your park entry pass ahead of time online and download it to your phone. Buy your pass at Recreation.gov/pass

In today's digital world, specialized apps can make your journey much easier. From getting your park entrance pass ahead of time to using a GPS-based app to navigate trails and top sites, apps are a travelers best resource. The learn more about the apps and digital tools we recommend to make the most of your trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, click here.

Read the PARKS NEWSPAPER online. 

How to Get There:

Kings Canyon National Park can be accessed from Visalia via State Route 63 to Highway 180 or through Sequoia National Park’s southern entrance. Check for road closures in the winter months - Current Conditions.

The Sequoia Shuttle does not currently offer shuttle service to or in Kings Canyon.

Even more to explore:

If you are looking to explore more of California as part of your Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks vacation, follow the Natural Wonders Road Trip suggested by Visit California. From the California coast in Santa Cruz through Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, natural wonders can be discovered and explored.

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