Visiting Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks


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Home to the largest tree in the world, the deepest canyon in North America, and the tallest mountain peak in the lower 48 states, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks offer an epic wilderness panorama. 

Two contiguous parks administered as one by the National Park Service, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks are joined by the Giant Sequoia National Monument to create a realm of unparalleled Sierra Nevada recreational opportunity. 

Nowhere else is the Sierra so high. Nowhere else are canyon walls so precipitous.  And nowhere else does California's iconic range rise so steeply from the west.  Here you'll discover earth’s largest living being, the General Sherman Tree. You can step out on the riverside granite boulder where John Muir launched a crucial conservation campaign (and from which you can launch yourself into a perfect Sierra swimming hole). Underfoot, marble caves and caverns, many teeming with rare plants and animals, ready to spelunk. 

The bottom-to-tip topography creates dramatic changes in scenery, amazing diversity of plants and animals, steep roads and trails, and snowmelt-fed rivers racing down from mountain peaks. But even the most well-illustrated travel guides can't possibly convey the intangible power and peace that visitors feel as they wander Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.  

For general information about the parks, view the NPS 2013 Fact Sheet for Sequoia and Kings Canyon or the NPS  Summer 2014 Visitor Guide for the lastest news and information.

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Check for Park Alerts & Road Conditions

If you are planning a visit to the parks, the first thing you'll want to do is the National Park Service website at nps.gov/seki/parknews. You will find the latest information about weather and opening and closing of roads and facilities within the park.

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