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Kings Canyon and Sequoia are contiguous parks which have been combined, at least for park management purposes. King's Canyon was established in 1940, 50 years after Sequoia reached park status. Three years later, in 1943, the parks became jointly administered and are now a 66 mile long combined park.
King's Canyon is located about 2 hours east of Fresno along highway 180 The last ten or so miles of the road wind, curve and climb in their ascent above the canyon, taking visitors farther and farther away from small towns and chain restaurants and closer to the wilderness that lies ahead.
The majority of the park is wilderness. Only one road passes through the area. In King's Canyon, that road is known as the King's Highway, and it runs for about 40 miles from the Big Stump entrance to Cedar Grove and the end of the road. The remainder of the park is wide open for backpackers to explore and animals to roam.
While Sequoia is known for its towering trees, King's Canyon is known for its large canyon, the largest in the United States. The park's other highlights include Grant Grove, Cedar Grove and the panoramic viewpoints along Kings Canyon Highway.
- Pros:Beautiful scenery and far less crowded than Yosemite
- Cons:Steep winding roads that are difficult to drive
- In a nutshell:Worth seeing in conjunction with Sequoia for the diverse scenery
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