John Muir Lodge in Kings Canyon National Park

Located right near the entrance of Kings Canyon National Park in the General Grant Village, John Muir Lodge is a fantastic jumping off point for exploring the park. The lodge itself is walking distance from the visitor center and General Grant Grove, plus it has a full restaurant and a fireplace where you can make s’mores. It is a great place to stay in the park and here is all the information on it.

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  • Amenities: TV, coffee maker, communal room with fireplace, restaurant

The Lodge

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The lodge itself is a large two-story log cabin that has been designed to have all the modern amenities while still feeling outdoorsy.

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The rooms have flat screen tv’s, mini fridges and most have a small table and chairs.

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The lodge has outdoor seating on both the top and bottom floor. These spots quickly became my favorite places to just sit and watch the sun go down with a book.

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If you come in the winter you will also enjoy the indoor fireplace area, which has lots of seating, a big fireplace, a fantastic painting of John Muir and a selection of games and puzzles for your enjoyment.

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Add to this list the fact that you are a quick 5 minute drive from one of the best sunrise views in the park and you have the recipe for a fantastic spot.

The Restaurant

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If you are staying in the park then you will no doubt try the restaurant while there. I was fortunate enough to have both breakfast and dinner there as well as grabbing a sandwich to-go for a hike I went on during lunch time.


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I grabbed a coffee, omelet and orange juice while I was there. It wasn’t anything to write home about but it is was a great way to start a day of exploration.


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If you are interested in a packed lunch you can grab the order sheet from the front desk and place your order with a room number and a time to pick up. I really enjoyed my sandwich and would recommend it as an easy and filling way to eat lunch in the park.


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The dinner was also better than I even expected, with lots of options ranging from cheese and fruit for appetizers to pizza and steak for dinner. I opted for the pizza and it was a generous amount that I couldn’t even fully finish.

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I did have room to grab a slice of pie though. I went with peach and it was a fabulous way to end the night.

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All in all this is a great spot to stay while visiting Kings Canyon. It is priced fairly and has a charm that leaves you wanting more. Be sure to check it out if you are in the park, I plan to go back again and see it in the winter time as well. Let me know if you have been in the comments and what you thought.

Disclosure: This hotel was provided free of charge, all opinions are my own.

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