Rusty, antique farm equipment bakes in the Independence sun and squeak in the Eastside winds. The old tractors and plows sit in the front yard of the Eastern California Museum. The exhibits start before opening the door.
Established in 1940, Kings Canyon National Park encompasses 461,901 acres of mountains and lushly forested land that’s accessible by car from Fresno via U.S. Highway 180 heading west. On the eastern side the closest large town is Independence just off Highway 395 and there are many hiking trails leading into the park from that direction.