Kings Canyon National Park is a national park adjacent to Sequoia National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, just 53 miles (84 km) west of Fresno, California. It’s been at the center of work supported by the Dark Skies Field Team, comprised of International Dark Sky Association 2019 Award Winners. In the summer, there are public programs and events to celebrate astronomy and the dark sky. Kings Canyon is known for its huge sequoia trees, notably the gigantic General Grant Tree in Grant Grove. To the east, Cedar Grove is surrounded by towering granite canyon walls. From here, trails lead to Zumwalt Meadow along the Kings River, and to Roaring River Falls; rattlesnakes, bears, and cougars have made a home here. Even camping is available. For more information, please visit online or call the park at 559-565-3341.
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