Fact Sheet

Superintendent Clayton F. Jordan
 
Important Dates September 25, 1890: Sequoia National Park established
October 1, 1890: General Grant National Park established
April 28, 1926: President Calvin Coolidge designated the General Grant Tree the "Nation's Christmas Tree"
July 3, 1926: Great Western Divide, Kern Canyon, and Mt. Whitney added to Sequoia National Park
March 4, 1940: Kings Canyon National Park established, General Grant National Park abolished
March 29, 1956: The General Grant Tree designated a national living shrine in honor of the men and women of the armed forces
August 6, 1965: Cedar Grove and Tehipite Valley added to Kings Canyon National Park
November 10, 1978: Mineral King added to Sequoia National Park
September 28, 1984: Sequoia and Kings Canyon Wilderness designated and Chimney Rock added to Kings Canyon National Park
December 4, 2001: Dillonwood Grove added to Sequoia National Park
March 30, 2009: John Krebs Wilderness designated and an expansion of acreage added to the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness
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August 25, 2016: Centennial (100th) Anniversary of the National Park Service
March 4, 2020: 80th Anniversary of Kings Canyon National Park
September 25, 2020: 130th Anniversary of Sequoia National Park
 
Acres Kings Canyon National Park: 461,901 acres, 722 square miles
Sequoia National Park: 404,063 acres, 631 square miles
Total: 865,964 acres, 1,353 square miles
 
Wilderness Acres Total acres designated and managed as wilderness: 837,594 acres / 1,310 square miles (96.7% of the parks)
Designated wilderness only: 808,078 acres / 1,263 square miles (93.3% of the parks)
 
Combined Visitation 1,211,163 (2020)
 
Base Budget $17,705,000 (FY21) Oct 1, 2020- Sept 30, 2021
 
NPS Staffing Permanent: 240
Temporary: 200
Volunteers: 459 volunteers contributed 13,778 hours valued at $393,224.00
(from October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021)
 
Campgrounds and Picnic Areas Standard sites (1 - 6 people, tents and/or RVS) .................. 14 campgrounds (1,192 sites)
Mid-sized group sites (7 - 19 people) .................................. 2 campgrounds (26 sites)
Large group sites (12 - 50 people) ...................................... 3 campgrounds (10 sites)
Picnic areas ......................................................................... 11 picnic areas
Make campground reservations at www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
 
Park Roads Primary (paved) ................................................................... 132 miles (206 km)
Secondary (unpaved) .......................................................... 22 miles (38 km)
 
Trails 866 miles (1,394 km)
 
Caves 275 caves, cumulative length of 35 miles
 
Wild and Scenic Rivers Kern River: North Fork (28.9 miles designated "Wild")
Kings River: Middle Fork (29.5 miles designated "Wild")
South Fork (24.1 miles designated "Wild" and 7.6 miles designated "Recreational")
 
Average Annual Precipitation Ash Mountain: 27.11 in. total precipitation
Lodgepole: 45.58 in. total precipitation
Grant Grove: 42.26 in. total precipitation
 
Wildlife Species Amphibians: 11 native 1 non-native 12 total
Birds: 192 native 9 non-native 201 total
Fish: 5 native 6 non-native 11 total
Mammals: 68 native 4 non-native 72 total
Reptiles: 21 native 0 non-native 21 total
Total: 297* native 20 non-native 317* total
*Excludes species of unknown status or those that are extirpated in the parks.
 
Federal Listings Native Extirpated Species: 4
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Foothill yellow-legged frog, grizzly/brown bear, wolverine, tundra swan
Endangered Species: 6 Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, mountain yellow-legged frog, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog,
Pacific fisher, Sierra Nevada red fox, California condor
Threatened Species: 2 Little Kern golden trout, Yosemite toad
 
Plants Total Species & Sub-species of Vascular Plants: 1,552 (26 deciduous tree species, 24 evergreen tree species)
 
Giant Sequoia Statistics Largest tree: General Sherman Tree - 274.9 ft. tall: 52,508 cubic ft./volume
Largest grove in Kings Canyon NP: Redwood Mountain - 2,558 acres
Largest grove in Sequoia NP: Giant Forest* - 2,312 acres
*Dillonwood-Garfield Grove may exceed this: studies needed.
Current best estimates are that roughly one-third of all naturally-occuring sequoias grow in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
 
Interesting Facts
  • Sequoia National Park is the second-oldest national park in the United States. Yellowstone is the oldest.
  • In 1903, Captain Charles Young led the Buffalo Soldiers and oversaw operations of Sequoia and General Grant National Parks. He was the first African-American acting superintendent of any national park.
  • Three of the top ten oldest species in the world live here: giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) - 3,266 yrs., western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis) - 2,675 yrs., and foxtail pine (Pinus balfouriana) - 2,123 years.
 
Points of Interest In alphabetical order by park
Sequoia Big Baldy Saddle, Highest point along Generals Highway
Crystal Cave
Foothills Visitor Center/Ash Mountain Headquarters
General Sherman Tree
Giant Forest Museum
Hospital Rock Picnic Area
Lodgepole Village
Middle Fork, Kaweah River, below Park Headquarters, Lowest point in the parks
Mineral King Ranger Station
Moro Rock
Mt. Whitney
Pear Lake Ski Hut
Wuksachi Lodge
Kings Canyon Cedar Grove Village
General Grant Tree
Grant Grove Village
Panoramic Point
More Info Visit www.nps.gov/seki or call 559-565-3341.

Last updated: February 15, 2022

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