A Rival to Yosemite
In 1873, John Muir, the famous naturalist, visited Kings Canyon and was impressed by its similarity to the terrain of the Yosemite Valley. "A rival to the Yosemite," wrote Muir. It was he who advocated the creation of "one grand national park," that included Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon to protect them for future generations to enjoy.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National
Parks are world-renowned for their giant sequoias, the signature tree in both
parks. These adjoining parks, however, located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
of California, offer the visitor many extraordinary sights to see beyond the
largest living trees in the world.
In the process
of exploring these parks, visitors will not only discover the natural beauty
of Sequoia and Kings Canyon, but the human history, which had both positive
and negative effects on this area. From walking a trail that reveals the remains
of the early logging of sequoias, to experiencing the grandeur of these parks
through the eyes of John Muir, Sequoia and Kings Canyon parks are a great place
to teach children, and remind ourselves, about the importance of protecting
our environment.John Muir's Legacy
Sequoia and Kings Canyon rival Yosemite National Park in natural beauty, but visitors can enjoy these parks without the crowds that plague Yosemite every summer.