Park Number: 16/59
First Visited: March 6, 2011
Kings Canyon often gets overlooked, which, I suppose, is a pun, as that is what you do at a canyon, but of the Sierra Nevada national parks, this one gets the least recognition. This is because it abuts Sequoia and they are monitored as one park. And then, over this conglomeration, Yosemite casts its mighty shadow.
Kings is a forgotten California park. An afterthought to a family vacation.
That is what I like about Kings. You get lost there. You feel wild. Forever free to wander the contiguous United States’ second largest expanse of unpaved land. The park, however, as with the entire Sierra range, is facing unprecedented future challenges with the growing threats of climate change, air pollution, and invasive species. It will be interesting to see how the NPS works to resolve these issues as California enters its worst drought in the last one thousand years.
My heart aches for the future, but that is only wasted torment. Now is the time to find meaningful solutions to our anthropogenic catastrophes, to enforce them, and to begin alleviating the environmental stress we've gifted this planet.