Located fewer than two hours from Visalia, the National Parks of Sequoia and King's Canyon lie side by side in the southern portion of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Together, they form the 2nd largest contiguous roadless area in the lower 48
Located fewer than two hours from Visalia, the National Parks of Sequoia and King's Canyon lie side by side in the southern portion of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Together, they form the 2nd largest contiguous roadless area in the lower 48 states.
Welcoming more than one million visitors every year, Sequoia and King's Canyon are home to 40 giant sequoia tree groves, more than 1,400 plant species and 300 animal species, and such natural wonders as South Fork Canyon, which marks the country's deepest canyon depth at 8,200 feet. Depending on the time of year, guests to the parks can enjoy a picnic, take a scenic drive, go rock climbing or horseback riding, join in on a ranger-led tour and more.
Highlights of Sequoia National Park include the Giant Forest Museum, which examines sequoia ecology; the Tunnel Log, a drive-through fallen sequoia tree; the General Sherman Tree, the largest, single-trunked living tree on earth; and Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states. Sequoia National Park is also home to Crystal Cave, which features beautiful stalactites and ornate marble polished by a subterranean stream.
In King's Canyon, guests can stop at Grand Grove Village to see the redesigned King's Canyon Visitor Center; the Redwood Mountain Grove, the largest remaining sequoia grove in the world; and the General Grant Tree, the largest sequoia in the park that has been called the Nation's Christmas Tree by former President Calvin Coolidge and a "National Shrine" by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks are open daily year-round. Visitors may purchase a seven-day pass for $20 per vehicle or $10 per person. Open for guided tours from May to September, Crystal Cave tickets, which must be purchased at the Foothills or Lodgepole visitor centers in the park, are $6.50 for children and $13 for adults.