Sequoia and Kings Canyon Lodging

Wuksachi Lodge at Sequoia National Park
••• Wuksachi Lodge at Sequoia National Park. Panoramic Images/Getty Images

If you're looking for lodging in Sequoia National Park or in its sister park Kings Canyon, you need to know a few things before you get started.

You'll need more than just a place to sleep while you're in Sequoia and Kings Canyon. You also need a good plan. Take a look at things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon for a weekend getaway.

Differences Between Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are two separate parks administered jointly by the National Park Service.

They share a common border. If you didn't see the signs posted, you could easily think it was all the same place.

That seemingly trivial distinction is important to you because companies called concessioners take care of the lodging - and in this case, they are different and provide varying levels of service.

Locations for Sequoia National Park Lodging

When you're thinking about a place to stay at Sequoia, you have several options.

Inside the parks, you'll find places to stay as listed below.

Other options within easy driving distance: The town of Three Rivers is just outside the southern entrance of Sequoia. Visalia is also an option, and so is Fresno, but if you're going to the parks for more than one day, it's a long drive to get there and back from either of those towns.

Finding a Hotel Inside the Parks

Because the contiguous wilderness areas are operated by no less than four different government entities and two concessionaires, it can be difficult to find out about all your lodging options.

We've collected them all here, regardless of who runs them.

Mineral King Lodging

Mineral King is inside Sequoia National Park, reached by turning off CA Hwy 198 near Three Rivers. This area is closed in winter.

  • The Cabin on Mineral King Road: An off-the-grid experience about 7 miles from the town of Three Rivers. Big enough for a large family or small group of friends.
  • Silver City Resort: Open May through October, it's a 90-minute drive from the main parts of the park. 

Sequoia National Park Lodging

  • Wuksachi Lodge: This hotel is the newest lodging in the parks.
  • Sequoia High Sierra Camp: No bare-bones camping here, where 36 luxury canvas cabins combine a wilderness camping adventure with the comforts of home. To get there, you can drive to a trailhead and hike just 1.5 miles. Open July through October.

National Forest and National Monument Lodging

  • Montecito-Sequoia Lodge: A family that is sandwiched between the two parks. Their all-inclusive rates make it easy to stay there.
  • Stony Creek Lodge: It's not technically in Sequoia National Park but is on the General's Highway in Sequoia National Forest, open from May through early October. 

Kings Canyon National Park Lodging

  • Grant Grove Cabins: 41 individual cabins in the middle of the park, close to a restaurant and small store. 
  • John Muir Lodge: 36 rooms in Grant Grove with a restaurant nearby
  • Cedar Grove Lodge: At the end of the road in Kings Canyon with 18 rooms, a store and snack bar. It's open only when the road to Kings Canyon is open. 

Finding a Hotel Outside Sequoia and Kings Canyon

If you decide to stay outside the national parks, here's how to find it. Look at a map and decide what town or towns you want to stay in. Don't just look at the distance in miles. Instead, use an online mapping service or app to find out how long the drive takes. Options include Lemon Cove, Three Rivers, Visalia, and Fresno. Then use the same process we use to choose our recommended hotels.

Once you've picked a few suitable candidates, apply all the best tricks to get the lowest possible rate.

Finding a B&B Near Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Bed and breakfast inns are mostly located in or near the town of Three Rivers along CA Hwy 198 just outside the Ash Mountain entrance. It can be hard to find all of them without spending countless hours searching online. Bedandbreakfast.com gives you a handy place to check on many of them at once.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon Vacation Rentals

You can find places to stay by searching for Sequoia National Park at Airbnb. Keep an eye on the map when you do that. Otherwise, you might end up staying much further from the parks than you intended. In fact, if you zoom out, you could end up choosing something on the other side of the mountains that could take hours to drive to.