Kings Canyon National Park is located in the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range, south of Yosemite and directly north of Sequoia National Park. The park features beautiful views, including some of the largest trees in the United States. The park has over two million visitors each year.
Kings Canyon National Park consists of two points. The larger area to the east encompasses the majority of the park, including the Kings River and High Sierra. There are several mountains with peaks higher than 14,000 feet. The western portion of the park houses the giant redwood and sequoia trees.
One of the best features of the park is the canyon and Valley Of The Kings River. The narrow canyon is just outside the borders of the park.
The Spanish named the Kings Rivers and White explorers first visited the area in the 1820's. The land was known in the 1800's as some of the most rugged land in the country. In 1864 William Brewer and Charles Hoffman of the California State Geological Survey reconnoitered the area which provided much more information about the mountains, valleys, and rivers. Most of the park's land can only be accessed by trail.