Visiting Kings Canyon National Park

Planning a trip to Kings Canyon National Park and need some help planning your trip?

Here is the National Park Obsessed guide for visiting Kings Canyon National Park, California.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting Kings Canyon National Park

Kings Canyon National Park Basics

Region: Pacific-West / West Coast / Pacific

Park Size: 461,901 acres (721.72 sq miles) (1,869.25 sq km)

Location: Fresno Tulare Counties

Closest Cities: Fresno, California

Busy Season: May to September

Visitation: 1,246,053 (in 2019)

How much does Kings Canyon National Park Cost?

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park costs the following:

  • 7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $35
  • 7-day Motorcycle Pass – $30
  • 7-day Individual Pass – $20

An annual Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park Pass costs $70 but it is not recommended you buy this pass. For an extra $10 you can get an American the Beautiful Pass. This $80 pass offers free admission to all 116 fee-charging National Park Units.

When is Kings Canyon National Park Open?

Kings Canyon National Park is open year-round, but during winter some park roads close.

Are dogs allowed in Kings Canyon National Park?

Yes, pets are welcome in Kings Canyon National Park but are limited to developed areas such as roads, parking areas, picnic areas, and campgrounds. Pets are not allowed on the trails in the park. Please review the Kings Canyon Pet Policy before bringing your dog to Kings Canyon.

Where are Kings Canyon National Park’s visitor centers?

Foothills Visitor Center – Open Year Round

Giant Forest Museum – Open Year Round

Lodgepole Visitor Center – May to October

Kings Canyon Visitor Center – Open Year Round

Cedar Grove Visitor Center – Open Summer Season

Mineral King Ranger Station – May to September

Land Acknowledgments for Kings Canyon National Park

The National Park known as Kings Canyon National Park sits on Northern Paiute, Eastern Mono/Monache, and Western Mono/Monache.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

Where to stamp your National Parks Passport Book in Kings Canyon National Park?

The National Park Passport Book is the BEST and cheapest National Park souvenir. Every National Park Obsessed person should have one of these books.

If you are new to the National Parks, you can learn more about the National Parks Passport program here or jump right in by ordering:

IMPORTANT: Do NOT stamp your government-issued passport.

There are two official stamps for Kings Canyon National Park. Here is the list of National Park Passport Stamps you can get in Kings Canyon National Park:

  • Cedar Grove Visitor Center
  • Kings Canyon Visitor Center

Kings Canyon National Park Passport Stamp Locations

Here are all the locations to find the Kings Canyon National Park Passport Stamps. Not every stamp is available at every location.

  • Cedar Grove Visitor Center
  • Kings Canyon Visitor Center
  • Roads End Wilderness Permit Station
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