Things to Do in Kings Canyon

Things to Do in Kings Canyon
Kings Canyon is a national park located in the southern portion of California and maintained by the United States Department of the Interior. This park has a number of different activities available throughout the year that will keep you active and prevent you from feeling bored. If you're ready to visit Kings Canyon, just decide on the right time of year to visit as the things to do vary depending on the season.


In the spring, Kings Canyon's warm temperatures allow visitors to choose from many things to do in the area. Camping is available, either primitive camping or camping in an RV on a spot with running water and electric. There are also wilderness trails running through the park for hiking or walking. Ranger tours are also available in which you're led through the park with a guide detailing the park's history and native plant life.

Campground information
(877) 444-6777

Ranger Tours


Camping is also available in the summer, but there are many other things to do as well. Rock climbing and cave tours are popular and some travelers come simply for the spelunking. The river fishing is highly popular at this time and there are trips or programs also available. You can take a tour of the park with a trained guide, or wander along one of the wilderness trails on your own.


Driving through the park is one of the more popular things to do in the fall, as there are numerous opportunities to sightsee along the road. You can also take a walking tour of the park and stop at one of the meadows for a short picnic lunch. Another option is horseback riding through the park. You can also try fishing in the early part of the season.

Grant Grove Stables
(559) 337-2314


Winter sports are popular once the snow begins falling in Kings Canyon. If you're looking for something to do, try skiing down one of the mountains in the area. The Pear Lake Ski Hut is six miles from the center of the park, but well worth the trip for the views. You can ski, cross-country ski or snowshoe to the hut. Just playing in the snow is another popular activity, with several shops in the area offering shovels, buckets and other items for sale.

Pear Lake Ski Hut
(559) 565-4222


Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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