Corbitt's National Parks
     Kings Canyon
                National Park


1890: General Grant National Park

1940: Kings Canyon National Park

Size: 456,552 acres

2008 visitors: 574,870

Stamp: ?

Rating (1-5): Unrated

About the Site

This Park is managed together with Sequoia National Park, east of Fresno in California. A small portion of this park started out in 1890 as General Grant National Park (the third National Park established, after Grand Canyon and Sequoia), but in 1940 it was absorbed into the new Kings Canyon National Park. This protects beautiful pristine backcountry wilderness and the giant Sequoia redwoods.

What You're Going to See

Mountains and trees. What more could a desert-dweller ask for?

Personal Observations

I haven't been here, but I wonder if Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks shouldn't be combined into one massive park. They share a border for at least 25 miles, and protect much of the same type of wilderness and beautiful giant trees. It seems that the parks have been cobbled together over time, and it would only make sense to combine all the land under one name. But what do I know?

Getting There

From Fresno, go east on Highway 180. It will take you directly into the Park, but be warned, the Highway into Kings Canyon is open only mid-April through mid-November. If you backtrack a little on 180, you can get onto Highway 198 going south, visit Sequoia, and continue on to Visalia, making a loop of your trip.

Nearby Attractions

Well, as mentioned, Sequoia National Park is adjacent to Kings Canyon. Grand Sequoia National Monument is also very close. Manzanar National Historic Site is 20 miles to the east, and Death Valley National Park is about 50 miles to the east. Within 50 miles to the northwest are Devils Postpile National Monument, and Yosemite National Park.