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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, located at the southern end of California's Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, are really two parks in one. Created on September 25, 1890, Sequoia, the older of the two is our country's second-oldest national park. Farsighted local residents pushed for the park's creation, in part because these forested watersheds are a vital water source for the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Within a week of its creation, Congress named the new park Sequoia National Park and established another park just to its north. Known originally as General Grant National Park, this northerly neighbor was enlarged and renamed Kings Canyon National Park in 1940. Today, the 880,000 acres which make up Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are managed as one unit.

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