John Muir Lodge in Kings Canyon National Park

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

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 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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  • Book Here
  • Amenities: TV, coffee maker, communal room with fireplace, restaurant
  • Information from my visit in 2016
  • Close to General Grant Grove

The Lodge

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The lodge 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 TVs, 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 floors. These spots quickly became my favorite places just to 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 lunchtime.


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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 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 wintertime as well. Let me know if you have been in the comments and what you thought.

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