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General Grant Giant Sequoia Tree - Explore Kings Canyon
Hiking

Giant Sequoias : Nature’s Forest Masterpiece

The Giant Sequoias are ”nature’s forest masterpiece”. John Muir Did you know the world’s 2nd largest tree by volume is located right here in Kings Canyon National Park? General Grant Tree, a masterpiece of nature, is also designated as our Nation’s Christmas Tree.  It stands in honor of peace and

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Winter Snowplay Discounts for Kings Canyon
News

Winter Snow Play Deals

So you want to head up to the mountains and play in the snow for the day!  Here’s a list of participating businesses offering FREE deals and discounts this winter.  To claim your deal simply use the coupon code “EKCWINTER” during online checkout or just tell your server in person.

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Riffelhof Vineyards
Wine Tasting

Kings Canyon Food & Wine Trail

The Kings Canyon Food & Wine Trail is a 34 mile drive from the base of the Central Sierra Nevada Foothills to wineries perched on 3250 ft cliffs. Spend an afternoon tasting local wines from the region by following this link to our map. In addition to traditional red &

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Features

Five Must-See FREE Stops Along the King’s Canyon Hwy

The journey to Road’s End along the King’s Canyon Highway ascends to nearly 7000ft and then descends back down to 4000 feet. Driving the windy road is not for the feint of heart since most of the drive is along a canyon’s edge. Even the thought of taking one’s eyes

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Horseshoe Bend - Giant Sequoia National Forest, Kings Canyon CA
Camping

Secrets of Convict Flat Campground Near Horseshoe Bend in Sequoia National Forest

As I started to ponder this incredible endeavor, it led me to what is now named Convict Flat. “Weird name,” I thought, “now what’s behind that title?” We, the explorekingscanyon.com team headed towards Convict Flat, driving the 180 Scenic Highway and found Convict Flat Campground nineteen miles past Grant Grove Village heading to Cedar Grove the valley within Kings Canyon National Park.

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News

Our Story

Today I want to share a little story with you. A bit of the journey that led me here to these rugged California foothills, which I now call home. The story behind ExploreKingsCanyon.com. It all started about 15 years ago at the base of the Colorado front-range. The Rocky Mountains were the backdrop of my young adulthood, a natural playground that I soon learned to climb and conquer. These were the hills in which I learned to hike, snowboard, and explore. I was inspired by towns like Aspen and Breckenridge; entranced by the local way-of-life, the close-knit communities, and the adventure-culture that was the very essence of these high-up places and the people who gave them life.

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Features

Buck Rock Fire Lookout Tower

Exploring Kings Canyon is easier if you get a bird’s eye view and the Buck Rock Fire Lookout lets you do just that at 8504 ft high above the Canyon floor. Perched on top of the namesake’s granite dome, the lookout tower claims the dubious distinction of having first spotted

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Kings Gate - Giant Sequoia National Monument by Kings Canyon
News

Kings Canyon-The Royal Canyon

Seville Lake “It is a place so distractingly lovely that to visit it once is to long forever after for the renewal of the experience”.  Written by Joyce and Josef Muench’ two High Sierra enthusiasts and authors of ,  Along Sierra Trails Kings Canyon National Park, 1947 Eloquent words describing

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Hiking

Kit-Kit-Dizze

Olfactory memory links a certain smell directly to our emotions and memories.  Bear clover is the strong pungent earthy perfume of the forest.  An odor that can directly link your soul to the Sierra mountains, long after your visit.  Bear Clover or Kit-kit-dizze as called by the Miwok and Sierra

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Hiking

Grant Grove – Kings Canyon National Park

General Grant Grove is a 1/3 of a mile paved loop located just 1 mile northwest of the Kings Canyon Visitor Center. Showcasing nearly 2 dozen mature sequoias in 154 acres, this is a perfect trail for anyone (especially families with small children or those with limited mobility) to see

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Hiking

Unmanned Aircraft in the National Parks

Why did the NPS restrict unmanned aircraft?The National Park Service embraces many activities in national parks because they enhance visitor experiences with the iconic natural, historic and cultural landscapes in our care. However, due to serious concerns about the negative impact that flying unmanned aircraft can have for safety of

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