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Sequoia & Kings Canyon Fast Facts

  • Kings Canyon National Park covers a total area of 461,901 acres
  • Sequoia National Park covers a total area of 404,051 acres
  • The number of people visiting Kings Canyon in 2019 was 632,110 (All Years)
  • The number of people visiting Sequoia in 2019 was 1,246,053 (All Years)
  • Kings Canyon was made a national park on March 4, 1940
  • Sequoia was made a national park on October 1, 1890
  • The lowest elevation found in Sequoia & Kings Canyon is 1,360 feet at the Kaweah River
  • The highest elevation found in Sequoia & Kings Canyon is 14,494 feet on Mount Whitney
  • The entrance fee for Sequoia & Kings Canyon is $35 per vehicle per week
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks lies in the Pacific time zone

Random Facts About Sequoia & Kings Canyon

  • On October 1, 1890, Sequoia National Park was created, as the country’s second, after Yellowstone. General Grant National Park was also created. On March 4, 1940, Kings Canyon National Park was created, which absorbed and greatly expanded the former General Grant National Park.
  • 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. Every major plant community from foothills to alpine tundra is represented in the parks.
  • The General Sherman Tree in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia is the largest tree in the park, and considered the be the largest living thing on Earth.
  • An often overlooked feature of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are its marble caves. Crystal Cave in particular is available to be toured by visitors. Some say that even if there were no sequoia trees here, that the park would still exist for the caves.
  • Sequoia trees are nearly immortal in terms of the normal causes of death to most plants (age, disease, fire). The usual cause of death is the tree falling down, due to its sheer size and shallow root system.

Where is Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park?

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park is located in the southern Sierra Mountains of California. Most of the park is roadless wilderness, but roads provide access to a number of scenic areas. The town of Three Rivers is adjacent to the Ash Mountain Entrance of Sequoia National Park. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Sequoia & Kings Canyon.

More About Sequoia & Kings Canyon

We have pages on all sorts of things about Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails, Road Guides, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.

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