Kings Canyon National Park is only the 20th largest National Park in the US. It is slightly larger than the neighboring Sequoia National Park, and smaller than the more popular Yosemite National Park to the north.
VISIT Kings Canyon National Park:
Kings Canyon National Park was established on October 1, 1890, and has a total area of 461,901 acres (722 square miles, or 1,870 square kilometers).
|Address||47050 Generals Highway, Three Rivers, CA, 93271|
|Hours||Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.|
|Entrance Fee||$35 per vehicle, valid for 7 days. Includes access to Sequoia|
|Learn More||Official Website|
When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation
Kings Canyon National Park is the 107th most visited park in the country.
We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Kings Canyon National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Kings Canyon National Park is.
Our data shows the best months to visit Kings Canyon National Park are August, July, June & April.
Kings Canyon National Park Road Trips
Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Kings Canyon National Park is visited.
Other Nearby National Park Sites
From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Kings Canyon National Park.
|Sequoia National Park||20 mi|
|Manzanar National Historic Site||29 mi|
|Devils Postpile National Monument||62 mi|
|Yosemite National Park||83 mi|
|César E. Chávez National Monument||108 mi|
|Death Valley National Park||109 mi|
|Pinnacles National Park||140 mi|
|Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area||185 mi|
|Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument||192 mi|
|Channel Islands National Park||197 mi|
Nearby Campsites & RV Parks
If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Kings Canyon National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.
|Sentinel - Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park||Cedar Grove, CA more||0 miles|
|Sheep Creek - Kings Canyon National Park||Cedar Grove, CA more||0 miles|
|Canyon View - Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park||Cedar Grove, CA more||0 miles|
|Moraine - Kings Canyon National Park||Cedar Grove, CA more||1 miles|
|Convict Flat||CA more||9 miles|
|Big Meadow||CA more||9 miles|
|Eastern Big Meadow Road||CA more||10 miles|
|Buck Rock||CA more||11 miles|
|Landslide||Hume, CA more||12 miles|
|Upper Stony Creek||Dunlap, CA more||12 miles|
Nearest Ski Resorts
For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Kings Canyon National Park:
|Big Bear Mountain||Big Bear Lake, CA||8,805 ft||50%||32 mi|
|Mammoth Mountain||Mammoth Lakes, CA||11,053 ft||70%||62 mi|
|June Mountain||June Lake, CA||10,090 ft||68%||71 mi|
When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Kings Canyon National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.
A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Kings Canyon National Park.
|Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport||SJC||San Jose, CA||184 mi|
|Reno–Tahoe International Airport||RNO||Reno, NV||196 mi|
|Los Angeles International Airport||LAX||Los Angeles, CA||197 mi|
|Ontario International Airport||ONT||Ontario, CA||198 mi|
|Harry Reid International Airport||LAS||Las Vegas, NV||202 mi|
|Oakland International Airport||OAK||Oakland, CA||205 mi|
|Sacramento International Airport||SMF||Sacramento, CA||207 mi|
A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Kings Canyon National Park.
|Fresno Yosemite International Airport||FAT||Fresno, CA||58 mi|
|Meadows Field||BFL||Bakersfield, CA||96 mi|
|San Luis County Regional Airport||SBP||San Luis Obispo, CA||154 mi|
|Santa Maria Public Airport Captain G Allan Hancock Field||SMX||Santa Maria, CA||164 mi|
|Santa Barbara Municipal Airport||SBA||Santa Barbara, CA||176 mi|
|Monterey Peninsula Airport||MRY||Monterey, CA||176 mi|
|Hollywood Burbank Airport||BUR||Burbank, CA||180 mi|
Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.