The rustic hotel at the end of the winding 35-mile drive that descends deep into Kings Canyon normally opens on Memorial Day weekend. But this year it will open May 8.
The 21-room lodge typically books up quickly for the summer, so the early opening allows visitors to get a room without planning as much in advance.
The remodel is ongoing and includes new furniture, bedding, drapes, wall art and paint. It is expected to be finished in mid summer.