Campgrounds

Three Campgrounds Open Year-round
Fourteen Campgrounds Open in Summer

(See the "View Park Map" link at the bottom of the main menu for campground locations).

Most campgrounds are first-come, first-serve with a maximum of six people allowed per standard site. Potwisha, Buckeye Flat, and Lodgepole, and all group campsites accept reservations.

Reservations for standard campsites (1-6 people) may be made up to 6 months in advance of the date you want to camp. Reservations for group sites (7-50 people) may be made up to 1 year in advance of the date you want to camp.

Campgrounds often fill up on Saturday nights in July and August. Generally, Sunday through Friday afternoons offer the best chance of finding a first-come, first-serve campsite, with the exception of Lodgepole which usually has limited sites even mid-week. Summer holidays fill up earlier than the average weekend. Campground gates open or close at 12 noon on the opening or closing dates.

Campsite amenities: Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring with grill and a metal food storage box. There are no hookups in the parks. Generator hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. only! At Lodgepole and Dorst Creek 8-11 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. only!

Dump stations are located at: Potwisha, Lodgepole, and Dorst Creek campgrounds. There is also a dump station located in Princess Campground in the Sequoia National Forest on Hwy 180 near the Hume Lake junction.

Campground check-in/check-out times/self-registration: Check in anytime (24 hours a day); check out 12:00 p.m. (noon)

Select a campground below to learn more. Camping is limited to 14 days per campground, and/or a total of 30 days per year (both parks combined).

For those who like to truly "rough it," additional camping may be available in the parks' wilderness by permit only. For more info, visit Wilderness Permits

2015 Camping Season Open/Close Dates:

Open (Approx.)

Status

Elevation

Sites

Fee

Rest-
rooms

Notes

Foothills Area
(Sequoia National Park, closest to Hwy 198 entrance)

Potwisha

All year

OPEN

2,100'

42

$22

Flush

Reservations
No hook-ups
Fire restrictions

Buckeye Flat

3/25-9/28

OPEN

2,800'

28

$22

Flush

Reservations
No RVs or trailers
Fire restrictions

South Fork

All year, with fee:
5/20-10/14

OPEN

3,600'

10

$12

Vault

No RVs or trailers;
Dry camping
after 10/14
;
Fire restrictions


Mineral King Area
(Sequoia National Park, 1 mile west of Hwy 198 entrance)

Atwell Mill

5/20-10/26

OPEN

6,650'

21

$12

Vault

No RVs or trailers
Dry camping after 10/14

Cold Springs

5/20-10/26

OPEN

7,500'

40

$12

Vault

No RVs or trailers
Dry camping after 10/14


Giant Forest / Lodgepole Area
(Sequoia National Park, 1 hour north of Hwy 198 entrance & 1 hour south of Hwy 180 entrance)

Lodgepole

3/27-10/20

OPEN

6,700'

214

$22

Flush

No hook-ups
Reservations

Dorst Creek

6/17-9/9

CLOSED

6,800'

218 + 4 Large group sites

$22

Flush

No hook-ups
*No new reservations accepted. More info: Dorst Creek


Grant Grove Area
(Kings Canyon National Park, closest to Hwy 180 entrance)

Azalea

All year

OPEN

6,500'

110
40

$18

Flush

No hook-ups
40 sites available for spring camping.

Crystal Springs

5/20-5/27 &
7/1-9/8
Group sites:
5/20-9/29

OPEN

6,500'

36 + 14 Mid-size group sites

$18

Flush

No hook-ups
Group site reservations

Sunset

5/20-9/9

OPEN

6,500'

157 + 2 Large group sites

$18-40

Flush

No hook-ups;
Group site reservations


Cedar Grove Area
(Kings Canyon National Park, closest to Hwy 180 entrance)

Sentinel

4/24-11/12

OPEN

4,600'

82

$18

Flush

No hook-ups

Sheep Creek

5/20-10/13

OPEN

4,600'

111

$18

Flush

No hook-ups

Canyon View

5/20-9/28

OPEN

4,600'

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

$35-$50

Flush

No hook-ups
Group site reservations

Moraine

5/20-5/27 &
7/1-8/19 &
9/2-9/8

OPEN

4,600'

120

$18

Flush

No hook-ups

 

Additional Campgrounds in Sequoia National Forest and
Giant Sequoia National Monument

The National Forest Service maintains 10 campsites that border Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Please visit their website below for information on reservations and regulations, or click on one of the links below to go directly to ReserveUSA. A free campfire permit for forest service campgrounds may be obtained at the Hume Lake District Office or the Kings Canyon Visitor Center (Grant Grove).
Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument

Fire restrictions have been terminated as of November 4, 2014 in Sequoia National Forest
and Giant Sequoia National Monument. For more info visit: Fire Restrictions

Open(Approx)

Elevation

Sites

Fee

Restrooms

Water

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

Princess

OPEN
5/21

5,900'

88

$18

Vault

Yes;
Dump station $10

Hume Lake

OPEN

5,200'

74

$20

Flush

Yes

Tenmile

OPEN

5,800'

13

$16

Vault

No

Landslide

OPEN

5,800'

9

$16

Vault

Yes

Convict Flat

OPEN

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

OPEN 5/22

6,400'

49

$20

Flush

Yes

Upper Stony Creek

OPEN 5/22

6,400'

18

$16

Vault

Yes

Horse Camp

OPEN 5/15(closes with snow; opens with snowmelt)

7,600'

5

$0

Vault

No

Buck Rock

OPEN 5/15(closes with snow; opens with snowmelt)

7,600'

11

$0

Vault

No

Big Meadows

OPEN 5/15(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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