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A Grant Grove visitor looking up at the General Grant tree

General Grant Tree

A national treasure

Discover the story of the General Grant Tree, an iconic symbol of resilience and remembrance within Kings Canyon National Park. From its designation as the nation’s Christmas tree to its revered status as a living shrine, embark on a journey through history and nature at this cherished landmark.

Visiting the General Grant Tree

Experience the jaw-dropping magnificence of the General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon National Park via a 1/3-mile paved loop trail. You’ll see other named trees and features like the Gamlin Cabin, Fallen Monarch, and Centennial Stump. Trails nearby offer views of sequoias, meadows, and wilderness.

President Eisenhower declared the General Grant Tree a national shrine in 1956 in honor of those in the armed forces, to be revered as a living tribute to their sacrifice and national symbol of freedom and remembrance.

The base of the General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon National Park

The nation’s Christmas tree

Given this designation by President Calvin Coolidge in 1926, the famed tree has been the centerpiece of annual Christmas ceremonies and inspired countless visitors ever since.

The General Grant Tree in winter at Kings Canyon National Park

Annual Christmas “Trek to the Tree”

Participate in this cherished annual Christmas tradition hosted by the Sanger Chamber of Commerce on the second Sunday in December. For more information, contact the Sanger Chamber of Commerce at (559) 875-4575.

A giant sequoia tree in the snow



Starting at Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park, take the leisurely 1/3-mile (0.5-km) paved loop trail for a scenic stroll through the forest, passing by other notable attractions such as the Gamlin Cabin, the Fallen Monarch, and the Centennial Stump.

Exterior view of Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park under a dramatic sunset sky


A variety of places to stay inside the park keep you close to the majestic giant sequoia trees, deep canyons and soaring cliffs that make Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks famous.

Two guests at Wuksachi Lodge on the outdoor dining deck


Indulge in High Sierra dining options inside Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, from lodge dining to café counter service.