Places and Attractions
Kings Canyon National Park
Kings Canyon, CA 93633
About Kings Canyon National Park
The entrance to Kings Canyon National Park is 55 miles east of downtown Fresno on Highway 180. Park entrance is $20 per car. Kings Canyon National Park is a region of giant canyons with towering rock walls, countless lakes, waterfalls, and mountain meadows. At 8,200 feet deep, it is 2,000 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon. There are many scenic highlights; Roaring River Falls, Zumwait Meadow, Panoramic Points, Grant Grove Trail with historic Gamlim Cabin, Fallen Monarch Tree, and the sheer granite cliffs of the North Dome and Grand Sentinel. Kings Canyon National Park is home to the General Grant Tree, also called the "Nation's Christmas Tree." Annual nondenominational services are held on the second Sunday in December. "A rival to Yosemite," wrote John Muir, describing one of the canyons of the mighty Kings River. The white water of this wild river is an awesome sight to behold as it rushes between the granite canyon walls. The 36-mile drive along highway 180 from the entrance to Kings Canyon National Park to Cedar Grove Village is known as the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway. This is a beautiful drive that zigzags down into the canyon, passing many wonderful sights on the way. Deep in the heart of Kings Canyon Cedar Grove Village is a lush place of tumbling waterfalls, grassy meadows, and miles of quiet hiking trails. At Grant Grove Village, you can take a 2.3 mile road to Panoramic Point. A short trail will take you to the 7,520 foot high ridge with a magnificent view of the High Sierra, including Hume Lake and Kings Canyon.
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