Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area (Kings Canyon)
461,901 acres
Total Area (Sequoia)
404,051 acres
Annual Visitation (Kings Canyon)
591,033 in 2012 (view all years)
Annual Visitation (Sequoia)
1,106,584 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date (Kings Canyon)
March 4, 1940
Creation Date (Sequoia)
October 1, 1890
Entrance Fee
$20 per vehicle per week
Time Zone
Pacific
Lowest Elevation
1,360 feet at Kaweah River
Highest Elevation
14,494 feet on Mount Whitney
Lowest Average Temp
36F in January
Record Low Temp
17F in 1990
Highest Average Temp
97F in July
Record High Temp
114F in 1996
Our Last Visit
June 2009

Park Contact Information

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
47050 Generals Hwy, Three Rivers, CA 93271
Info at (559) 565-3341
Fax to (559) 565-3730

Park Creation Timeline

1890
On October 1, 1890, Sequoia National Park is created, as the country's second, after Yellowstone. General Grant National Park was also created.
1940
On March 4, 1940, Kings Canyon National Park is created, which absorbs and greatly expands the former General Grant National Park.
1976
International Biosphere Reserve status is given to both parks by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Animals and Plants

Common mammals include coyotes, black bears, ringtails, mule deer, and pika. More rare species incluce wolverines, badgers, and bighorn sheep
There are many species of reptiles and amphibians found at all elevation of the parks. Here is a complete list of wildlife, including reptiles, produced by the National Park Service, in PDF format.
Over 200 species of birds have been observed in the parks. See the PDF file mentioned above.
The huge range of elevation leads to over 1,200 species of plants making up dozens of plant communities. Obviously, the star of the parks is the giant sequoia. Suffice to say, every major plant community from foothills to alpine tundra is represented in the parks.


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