A high, open glacial canyon bumping up the peaks of the Great Western Divide in the Sierra Nevada. Threatened with development of a major ski resort in the 1960s and 1970s, it was transferred from national forest to Sequoia National Park in 1978. It was settled in 1873 with the discovery of silver, and there are a small number of private cabins still in the canyon on park service land.

Travel advisory: the marmots of Mineral King are not only accustomed to humans, but are noted for chewing on car hoses, bumpers, and wiring. Check under your hood before leaving the park.