Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia & Kings Canyon Fast Facts

How big is Sequoia National Park?

Sequoia covers a total area of 404,051 acres or 631 square miles.

How big is Kings Canyon National Park?

Kings Canyon covers a total area of 461,901 acres or 722 square miles.

How many people visit Sequoia National Park?

1,059,548 people visited Sequoia in 2021. A table showing all years can be found at Sequoia Visitation Stats.

How many people visit Kings Canyon National Park?

562,918 people visited Kings Canyon in 2021. A table showing all years can be found at Kings Canyon Visitation Stats.

When was Sequoia National Park created?

Sequoia was made a national park on October 1, 1890.

When was Kings Canyon National Park created?

Kings Canyon was made a national park on March 4, 1940.

What are the highest and lowest elevations in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks?

Sequoia & Kings Canyon’s lowest point is 1,360 feet at the Kaweah River. The highest point in Sequoia & Kings Canyon is 14,494 feet on Mount Whitney.

What time zone are Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks located in?

Sequoia & Kings Canyon is in the Pacific Time Zone.

How much does it cost to enter Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park?

$35 per private vehicle per week.

Five Random Facts About Sequoia & Kings Canyon

one The General Sherman Tree in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia is the largest tree in the park and considered to be the largest living thing on Earth.

two 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. However, they have become very susceptible to the high heat wildfires of recent years.

three 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.

four An often overlooked feature of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are the marble caves. Crystal Cave in particular is available to be toured by visitors. Some say that even if there were no sequoia trees here, the park would still exist for the caves.

five 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.

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.