Camping

There are 14 campgrounds within these parks, including three that are open year-round. Most campgrounds are first-come, first-served with a maximum of six people allowed per standard site. Potwisha, Buckeye Flat, Lodgepole, Dorst Creek, Sunset, and all group campsites accept reservations.

Camping Information and Tips

Making Reservations
Reservations can be made at Recreation.gov up to six months in advance for standard campsites (1-6 people) and up to one year in advance for group sites (7-50 people).

Availability of First-come, First-Served Campsites
Campgrounds are often full on Saturday nights in July and August.Generally, Sunday through Friday afternoons offer the best chance of finding an available campsite, though Lodgepole Campground, which usually has limited sites even mid-week. During summer holidays, campgrounds fill up earlier than usual.

Store Food and Scented Items to Protect Bears
When camping, all food, trash, and any item with a scent must be stored in metal food-storage boxes.

Campsite Amenities
Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring with grill, and a metal food-storage box.

Camping with RVs or Trailers
There are no RV hookups in the parks.
Generator hours are from 9 am to 9 pm, except at Lodgepole and Dorst Creek campgrounds, where generators can run only from 8-11 am. and 5-8 pm. Dump stations are located at Potwisha, Lodgepole, and Dorst Creek campgrounds. There is also a dump station at Princess Campground in Sequoia National Forest near Hume Lake.

Check-in and Check-out Times
Whether you have reservations or you self-register, you can check in anytime (24 hours a day).
Check out is by 12:00 p.m. (noon). On campground opening and closing dates, gates open or close at 12:00 (noon). Camping is limited to 14 days per campground, and/or a total of 30 days per year in both parks.

Other Camping Areas
Backpackers can camp in park wilderness areas. Wilderness permits are required to camp outside of designated campgrounds. Camping is also available nearby in Sequoia National Forest's Hume Lake Ranger District.

Camping Safety

For more information about staying safe in these parks, visit our safety page.

Falling Objects
Branches and entire trees may fall at any time. A pine cone falling from a great height can be dangerous. Rocks may tumble from above you. Be observant of potential hazards when you choose a campsite or a place to linger, and while out exploring the parks.

Trees and branches have been falling more frequently, possibly due to the drought and beetle damage. Listen and watch for falling trees!

Reduce Your Risk of Plague, Hantavirus, and Other Diseases
Fleas on rodents can carry plague and deer-mouse feces can carry hantavirus. Avoid walking, camping, or allowing pets near burrows or other rodent activity. Do not feed or touch any wild or dead animals. Tell a ranger if you see a dead rodent.

Choosing a Campground

Check our general information pages to learn about campgrounds in each area of these parks.

Grant Grove Campgrounds
Lodgepole and Dorst Creek Campgrounds
Cedar Grove Campgrounds
Foothills Campgrounds
Mineral King Campgrounds

Campground Opening and Closing Dates

Campground opening and closing dates may change due to fires, weather, or other circumstances.

Open

Status

Elevation

Sites

Fee

Rest-
rooms

Notes

Foothills Area
In Sequoia National Park near the Highway 198 entrance. The warmest part of the park, generally snow-free.

Potwisha

All year

OPEN

2,100'

42

$22

Flush

Reservations;
Fire restrictions

Buckeye Flat

3/25-9/28;

TBD for 2016

CLOSED

2,800'

28

$22

Flush

Reservations;
No RVs or trailers;
Fire restrictions

South Fork

All year;
fee charged
5/20-10/14

OPEN

3,600'

10

$12

Vault

No RVs or trailers;
No drinking water; non-potable water off as of 10/14;
Fire restrictions


Mineral King Area
In Sequoia National Park. Mineral King Road is 1 mile west of Hwy 198 entrance. Closed in winter.

Atwell Mill

5/20-10/26;
last night 10/25;
TBD for 2016

CLOSED

6,650'

21

$12

Vault

No RVs or trailers;
No water after 10/14

Cold Springs

5/20-10/26;
last night 10/25;
TBD for 2016

CLOSED

7,500'

40

$12

Vault

No RVs or trailers;
No water after 10/14


Giant Forest / Lodgepole Area
In Sequoia National Park, 1 hour north of the Ash Mountain Entrance on Highway 198 and 1 hour south of the Big Stump entrance on Highway 180. Mid-elevation in conifer forest.

Lodgepole

3/27-11/30;
last night 11/29;
TBD for 2016

CLOSED

6,700'

214

$22

Flush

No hook-ups;
Reservations

Dorst Creek

6/17-9/9;
TBD for 2016

CLOSED

6,800'

218 + 4

large group sites

$22


$50-70

Flush

No hook-ups; Reservations


Grant Grove Area

Azalea

All year

OPEN

6,500'

110

$18

Flush

No hook-ups;

Crystal Springs

Standard sites
7/1-9/8;
TBD for 2016

group sites
5/20-9/29;
TBD for 2016

CLOSED



CLOSED

6,500'

36 + 14 mid-size group sites

$18

$40

Flush

No hook-ups;
Group site reservations

Sunset

5/20-9/9;
TBD for 2016

CLOSED

6,500'

157 + 2 large group sites

$22

$50

Flush

No hook-ups;
Reservations


Cedar Grove Area
In Kings Canyon National Park near the Big Stump park entrance at Highway 180. In the Kings Canyon. Closed in winter.

Sentinel

4/24-11/12;
last night 11/11;
TBD for 2016

CLOSED

4,600'

82

$18

Flush

No hook-ups

Sheep Creek

5/20-10/13;
last night 10/12;
TBD for 2016

CLOSED

4,600'

111

$18

Flush

No hook-ups

Canyon View

5/20-9/28;
TBD for 2016

CLOSED

4,600'

16 group sites
(4 large, 12 mid-size)

$40-60

Flush

No hook-ups;
Group site reservations

Moraine

7/1-8/19 &
9/2-9/8;
last night 9/7;
TBD for 2016

CLOSED

4,600'

120

$18

Flush

No hook-ups

 

Sequoia & Kings Canyon Campgrounds

A map showing campgrounds of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
 

Campgrounds in Sequoia National Forest and
Giant Sequoia National Monument

All campgrounds in this area are closed until further notice due to smoke and activity from the nearby Rough Fire.

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) maintains 10 campgrounds in the Hume Lake District that border Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Please visit the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument website for information on reservations and regulations, or click on one of the campground links below to go directly to ReserveUSA. A free campfire permit, required for any fire on Forest Service lands, may be obtained at the USFS Hume Lake District Office, the Kings Canyon Visitor Center (Grant Grove), or downloaded from the USFS website.

Fire Restrictions for campfires, barbecues, and cook stoves may be in place at these campgrounds.

Open(Approx)

Elevation

Sites

Fee

Rest-rooms

Water

Hume Lake Area
(North of the Hwy 180 entrance to Kings Canyon National Park)

Princess

CLOSED

5,900'

88

$18

Vault

Yes;
Dump station $10

Hume Lake

CLOSED

5,200'

74

$20

Flush

Yes

Tenmile

CLOSED

5,800'

13

$16

Vault

No

Landslide

CLOSED

5,800'

9

$16

Vault

Yes

Convict Flat

CLOSED

3,000'

5

$0

Vault

No


Big Meadows and Stony Creek Areas
(South of the Hwy 180 entrance to Kings Canyon National Park
via the Generals Hwy)

Stony Creek

CLOSED

6,400'

49

$20

Flush

Yes

Upper Stony Creek

CLOSED

6,400'

18

$16

Vault

Yes

Horse Camp

CLOSED(closes with snow; opens with snowmelt)

7,600'

5

$0

Vault

No

Buck Rock

CLOSED(closes with snow; opens with snowmelt)

7,600'

11

$0

Vault

No

Big Meadows

CLOSED(closes with snow; opens with snowmelt)

7,600'

40

$0

Vault

No


Please call 559-338-2251 for the most up-to-date Sequoia National Forest information. Campground opening/closing dates are approximate.

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