Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Address:47050 Generals Hwy
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone:559-565-3341
Fax:559-565-3730
Web: www.nps.gov/seki/
Size: 461,901 acres (Kings Canyon NP) and 404,051 acres (Sequoia NP). More than 723,000 of the parks' acres are officially designated as Wilderness.
Established: Although they were created by separate acts of Congress, Sequoia and Kings Canyon share miles of boundary and are managed as one park. Sequoia was the second national park designated in the United States. Sequoia NP: established on September 25, 1890; wilderness designated on September 28, 1984; designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1976. Kings Canyon NP: established as General Grant National Park on October 1, 1890; name changed and combined with additional land on March 4, 1940; wilderness designated on September 28, 1984; designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1976.
Location:In east-central California. CA 180 leads to Kings Canyon National Park from Fresno; CA 198 leads to Sequoia National Park from the town of Visalia. The Generals Hwy. connects the two, making loop trips possible. There are no roads into Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks from the east side.
Facilities:Campgrounds (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), cabin rental, lodging, groceries, restaurant/snacks, visitor centers (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail (é). Entrance fee required.
Activities:Camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain climbing, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, wildlife viewing, ranger-led walks, guided cave tours, auto touring.
Special Features:Ranging from 1500' to 14,494' in elevation, these adjoining parks protect immense mountains, deep canyons, huge trees, and diverse habitats. Great groves of giant sequoias, (including the General Sherman Tree, the world's largest living thing), Mineral King Valley, and Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the U.S. outside of Alaska, are spectacular attractions in Sequoia National Park. Two enormous canyons of the Kings River and the summit peaks of the High Sierra dominate the mountain wilderness of Kings Canyon National Park. General Grant Grove, which includes the Nation's Christmas Tree, is a detached section of the park.

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