Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior

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The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are home to giants: immense
mountains, deep canyons, and huge trees. Thanks to their huge elevational
range, 1,500' to 14,491', these parks protect stunningly diverse habitats. The
Generals Highway climbs over 5000 feet from chaparral and oak-studded foothills
to the awe-inspiring sequoia groves. From there, trails lead to the high-alpine
wilderness which makes up most of these parks. Beneath the surface lie over 200
fascinating caverns.

Although Congress created these two parks at different times, Sequoia and Kings
Canyon share miles of boundary and are managed as one park. Sequoia was the
second national park designated in this country. General Grant National Park,
the forerunner of Kings Canyon, was third.


[Summary provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior.]

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