Kings Canyon National Park Travel Guide

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Kings Canyon National Park Things to Do

  • In the Canyon

    King's Canyon is known as the undiscovered Yosemite because its beauty rivals the more known park. Here's some proof.

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  • Grant's Grove

    Grant's Grove is the first area you encounter as you enter King's Canyon and contains the world's second largest tree, the General Grant. It's a 30-45 minute drive north of the Giant Forest area in Sequoia NP and is more like Sequoia than the rest of King's Canyon park.

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  • Roads End

    The last stop in the Cedar Grove area is Roads End a slender valley walled in by sheer, high, granite walls. Here you will either have to turn around and go the way you came, or take one of the three backcountry trails that pass this spot.

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  • Zumwalt Meadows

    To me, Zumwalt Meadows is by far the most beautiful part of the park. This lush, green meadow and wetland is nestled between steep granite cliffs and traversed by Copper Creek and Granite Creek. The walk along the trail and the boardwalk loop is very tranquil and peaceful; the silence only pierced by the calls of wildlife and the occasional...

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  • Roaring Falls

    Roaring Falls is a powerful, and loud, falls where the water squirts out through a Granite chute. The trail to the falls is short, paved and shaded.

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  • Knapp's Cabin

    Kings Canyon has long been a very popular place to escape the fast pace and rigors of modern life and relax into a slower pace. One of the people discovering the joys of that slower pace was Santa Barbara businessman George O. Knapp who used to conduct luxurious camping, fishing and hunting trips into Kings Canyon. The building you see here was a...

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Kings Canyon National Park Restaurants

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    by Basaic Updated Oct 2, 2012

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    There are a variety of food options available in King's Canyon National Park (Grant Grove Village and Cedar Grove Village) along with Sequoia National Park and Giant Sequoia National Monument. I did not eat at King's Canyon but had a good bowl of chili with cheese at the snack bar in Sequoia National Park, and a very good meal at Crab Cakes in Oakhurst.

    The rating is the snack bar in Sequoia NP.

    Favorite Dish: Good Chili with Cheese!

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Kings Canyon National Park Nightlife

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    by mikehanneman Updated Oct 29, 2008

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    You will be quite a few feet in elevation when you are at Kings Canyon.

    At night take the opportunity to look up at the sky and stars. I live in Iowa and the highest point is like 900 feet. It is amazing what you can see when you are at 7,000 feet.

    It's free and you can't see that view from just anywhere.

    Bear filled meadow

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Kings Canyon National Park Transportation

  • US Highway 395

    There is no access to Kings Canyon National Park from US Highway 395. To get from the area east of the park to the area west of the park you have to take roads quite a bit north or south of the parks.

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  • Kings Canyon Scenic Byway

    Access to the Cedar Grove part of Kings Canyon National Park is via the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway (also known as California Highway 180). This is a very pretty drive.

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  • No Shuttles here

    Sequoia National Park just started using its fleet of eight shuttle buses this year. Kings Canyon doesn't have any shuttles at this point, so you are on your own.

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Kings Canyon National Park Shopping

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    by mikehanneman Updated Oct 29, 2008

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    By the Visitor's Center you can get some basic supplies. Food, sun screen etc.

    Once you get down into Kings Canyon there really aren't any choices. Period.

    Once you get way down into the Canyon......it will take you a while to get back to the top.

    Views and more views

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Kings Canyon National Park Local Customs

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    by goingsolo Written Sep 5, 2004

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    In spite of what I said about aggressive CA drivers, if you have cars behind you, it is required that you pull over at an overlook or turnout to let these cars pass. In some states, it is illegal to "tow" 3 or more cars. So if someone is behind you and wants to go faster, pull over and let them pass. It gives you more time to stop and enjoy the view.

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Kings Canyon National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Warning Signs

    Warning signs arethere to protect you, your pets, and to preserve the park for future visitors. Please obey them. There was a lot of snow here when I last visited. Be aware of your surroundings there are bears, cougars, and rattlesnakes here; and a protozoan called "Giardia Lamblia" in the water which can make you sick (so treat the water before...

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  • Rangers on patrol

    I noticed when I got to the area where the campsites are (at the bottom of the Canyon) that there were a lot of Rangers. Don't speed or you will have a ticket!

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  • Bear Danger

    Keep your food locked up in the areas provided by the Park. Don't startle a bear. Make noise on the trail.

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Kings Canyon National Park What to Pack

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    by mikehanneman Written Sep 6, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: I atleast take a backpack with the basics - water, food etc.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depends on the time of year. it can get really hot in the summer. Wear correct shoes for your activities. Hiking etc.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: We needed sun screen and got burnt!

    Photo Equipment: Bring lots of memory for your camera.

    You have to lov this sign!

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Kings Canyon National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Waterfalls

    Check out some of the waterfalls just off of the road as you get toward the bottom of the canyon!I was there in early June and the waterfalls were roaring.

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  • Hwy 180 from Fresno

    It's not exactly off the beaten path, but most people arriving at Kings Canyon from Fresno on Hwy 180 don't stop to appreciate the scenery. From the hotter regions of the San Joaquin Valley, the road winds up through the foothills, passing many beautiful valleys. The scenery here is drier and more arid than the scenery farther up, but it is still...

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  • Cedar Grove Motor Nature Trail

    This is a bumpy gravel road that leads 6 miles from near Roaring River Falls back to Cedar Grove. The one-way road takes between 20-30 minutes to drive, and is somewhat uncomfortable, but it offers a few good views of the valley.

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Kings Canyon National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Grizzly Falls Trail

    The trail to Grizzly Falls is short and paved most of the way. Those in a wheelchair can get close enough for a good view. To get a closer look, however, you will need to climb over some low rocks. Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, and weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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  • Yucca Point Trail

    The trail to the viewpoint at Yucca Point is not that long but is rocky in places with a slight incline. Definitely not handicapped accessible. Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, and weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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  • Roaring Falls Trail

    The trail leading to Roaring Falls is short and paved with a slight incline. Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, and weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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Kings Canyon National Park Favorites

  • Kings Canyon National Park

    Kings Canyon is intertwined with Sequoia National Park. Kings Canyon is home to the deepest canyon in the United States (8000 feet at the deepest point) along with a lot of great scenery. There is a very nice scenic drive through both parts of the park. Wander through the mountain areas, the meadows, the streams, and hike some of the trails for a...

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  • Rapids on the Kings River

    Between Bailey Bridge and Mist Falls, the Mist Falls Trail follow the South Fork Kings River. Along the way there are hundreds of cascades, cataracts, and rapids. There were a few very pretty ones, a few very noisy ones, but they were all very beautiful. this was probably my favorite stretch of the entire Paradise Valley Trail.

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  • Hume Lake Recreation Area

    Hume Lake Recreation area is located 8 miles north of Grant Grove on Hwy 180. A turnoff leads to Hume Lake road, which winds and twists sharply for 3 miles before depositing you near the lake. This man made lake was originally developed to supply water for a log flume that transported sequoias and other lumber to a mill 54 miles away. Today,...

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