The best times to visit Kings Canyon National Park for ideal weather are

April 16th to July 1st

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

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Weather in Kings Canyon National Park

Temperature

Average temperatures in Kings Canyon National Park vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 45th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Kings Canyon National Park, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early July where highs are regularly around 100.3°F (37.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 56.3°F (13.5°C) at night.

Kings Canyon National Park Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Kings Canyon National Park Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Kings Canyon National Park Perceived Temperature (F)

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Kings Canyon National Park Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Kings Canyon National Park Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 59.4 39.1 22.3
Feb 62 42.8 24.8
Mar 69.9 50.5 30.3
Apr 76 56.6 35.2
May 83.6 64.5 42.6
Jun 94.3 75 50.9
Jul 99.7 80.4 56.5
Aug 98 78 53.5
Sep 91.6 70.6 47.3
Oct 78.5 57.5 37.4
Nov 65.9 44.9 26.6
Dec 54.8 35.8 20.1

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 15.2 3.9 -5.4
Feb 16.7 6 -4
Mar 21.1 10.3 -0.9
Apr 24.4 13.7 1.8
May 28.7 18.1 5.9
Jun 34.6 23.9 10.5
Jul 37.6 26.9 13.6
Aug 36.7 25.6 11.9
Sep 33.1 21.4 8.5
Oct 25.8 14.2 3
Nov 18.8 7.2 -3
Dec 12.7 2.1 -6.6


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Kings Canyon National Park are September, April, and then November. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early March. For example, on the week of March 5th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late January with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of January 22nd.

When can you find snow in Kings Canyon National Park? Weather stations report moderate or seasonal snow likely to be deepest around December, especially close to late January. The best time to ski (if at all) in Kings Canyon National Park is often around around December 17th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chanceof Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Kings Canyon National Park.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Kings Canyon National Park (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 6% 1.7 1.1
Feb 4% 0 0.5
Mar 2% 0 0.3
Apr 1% 1.2 0.2
May 3% 0 0.3
Jun 2% 0 0.5
Jul 3% 0 0.2
Aug 1% 0 0.1
Sep 0% 0 0.1
Oct 4% 0 0.6
Nov 1% 0 0.1
Dec 5% 1.8 1

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 6 4.3 2.8
Feb 4 0 1.3
Mar 2 0 0.8
Apr 1 3 0.5
May 3 0 0.8
Jun 2 0 1.3
Jul 3 0 0.5
Aug 1 0 0.3
Sep 0 0 0.3
Oct 4 0 1.5
Nov 1 0 0.3
Dec 5 4.6 2.5

 

Humidity and Wind

Kings Canyon National Park has some months with regular humidity, with some very dry months. The least humid month is June (11% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (37.2%).

Wind in Kings Canyon National Park is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and March. April’s average wind speed of around 8.6 knots (10 MPH or 16 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid April where average top sustained speeds reach 20.6 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Kings Canyon National Park.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 6.3 Light breeze 13.2 Significant breeze
Feb 7.1 Gentle breeze 15.7 Significant breeze
Mar 7.6 Gentle breeze 16.9 Significant breeze
Apr 8.6 Gentle breeze 19 Strong breeze
May 8 Gentle breeze 18.2 Significant breeze
Jun 7.2 Gentle breeze 17.1 Strong breeze
Jul 7.1 Gentle breeze 17.7 Significant breeze
Aug 6.9 Light breeze 16.6 Significant breeze
Sep 6.2 Light breeze 14.4 Significant breeze
Oct 6.3 Light breeze 14.5 Significant breeze
Nov 6 Light breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
Dec 5.9 Light breeze 13.6 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 30.2%
Feb 27.8%
Mar 17.7%
Apr 13.9%
May 14.5%
Jun 11%
Jul 14.5%
Aug 13.4%
Sep 14.7%
Oct 21.8%
Nov 25.3%
Dec 37.2%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Kings Canyon National Park?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Jan 19, 2018 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Kings Canyon National Park, CA, US is June, followed by July and August. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Kings Canyon National Park in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 44.3 in November means 44.3% of the tourists vs. June.


Overall Kings Canyon National Park Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 88.6°F (31.4°C) and 62.6°F (17°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is extremely rare with 0 to 1 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Kings Canyon National Park, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 95°F (35°C) and 60.7°F (15.9°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a barely noticeable amount: 0 to 1 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Kings Canyon National Park to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 64.7°F (18.2°C) and 52°F (11.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 2 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

 

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