New mobile app enhances Sequoia-Kings Canyon exploration
The National Park Service has released the new NPS Sequoia & Kings Canyon app, which is now available from the Apple App Store. An Android version will be available soon.
This free, official mobile app provides a new way to explore the parks, in person or virtually. The app is easy to use and provides information to anyone, no matter how they may prefer to visit the parks: driving, hiking, or from a living room sofa. New mobile app enhances Sequoia-Kings Canyon exploration
Cell service and Wi-Fi are limited in the parks, so visitors are encouraged to install the app before they arrive. Most app content can also be downloaded before arriving in the parks and used offline.
Wi-Fi in Sequoia and Kings Canyon:
Foothills Visitor Center
Wuksachi Lodge main building
Kings Canyon Visitor Center
John Muir Lodge lobby
Site information for nearly 200 locations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon is available through the app. People can access information in a map view or by browsing categories.
Each site includes photos, an area map, directions, and local services. Some sites also include parking details, accessibility information, and links to related park sites.
“We are always looking for ways to improve the visitor experience, and this not only puts information at their fingertips, even with no cell service, but we also have an incredible opportunity to reach people from around the world,” said Christy Brigham, acting superintendent for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks said, “I hope we are able to connect more people with the natural and cultural wonders of our parks, and inspire even more people to get outdoors.”
People can now experience the parks through a guided tour from their mobile device. Simply click on “Guided Tours” for step-by-step directions through an informational tour of several park sites, including the General Sherman and General Grant trees. Then follow the route to notable features and outdoor exhibits using the map or “Park Lens”. New mobile app enhances Sequoia-Kings Canyon exploration
Audio tours are available for those with visual impairments. The app provides audio descriptions of park features, including text from wayside exhibits, all by clicking on “Audio Description (AD)” through the Settings page.
In addition, accessibility categories guide people to accessible features and facilities, identify wheelchair-accessible trails, and can filter map views to show wheelchair-accessible sites.
Visitors can create their own souvenir photo collage using photos from their phone and share it with family and friends through social media. There is also a Park Lens to experience surroundings with augmented reality by holding up the mobile device and looking through the activated camera view to identify park locations. New mobile app enhances Sequoia-Kings Canyon exploration
The app is also a great tool for trip planning:
Save a list of sites to see
Find trail information
See the activities and events calendar
Get park alerts
Share sites and information
Connect to your notes or other apps
Connect to the Sequoia-Kings Canyon website
The NPS Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks app was developed in partnership with the National Park Service and Colorado State University. Key contributors include park volunteers John and Ann Brantingham, who assisted with text development, and a group of dedicated photographers who donate their work to support park projects, including Kiel Maddox, Alison Taggart-Barone, and Kirke Wrench. Development of the app was funded in part by park entrance fees.
More information is available here.