Southwest Walk-In Campground

Campsite at Southwest Walk-in Campground

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Summer/Fall Camping

The Southwest Walk-in Campground is located on the east side of the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center parking area. A short walk along a paved walkway provides easy access to each site. The Mill Creek Trail begins from the north side of the campground.

Winter Snow Season Camping

When snow is on the ground, the location of the Southwest Campground changes to an over-the-snow area south of the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center parking area. Winter camping registration is located at the fee booth located south of the parking area. See the Southwest Area winter map below for more details.

Generally, the winter location is in effect from November to May.




6700 feet


Open year round; over-the-snow camping in winter


First-come, first-served only


$16 / $10 (no water or winter camping)

Number of sites


Maximum RV length

Camping in vehicles in adjacent parking area only. No length restrictions; please park between islands.

Maximum trailer length

See above


Sites nearest comfort station provide easiest access.


Flush toilets available mid-May until mid-October (Flush toilets available year-round in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center 24-hour vestibule)


Potable water available mid-May until mid-October (Water available year-round in the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center 24-hour vestibule)

Food storage

Metal food lockers available outside of winter, snow season (mid-May until mid-October). Learn more about food storage.

Dump station



Cafe & gift shop in adjacent visitor center (see operating hours)


Leashed pets welcome (more about pet regulations)

Ranger-led programs

Scheduled programs are offered at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center


Emergency phone in visitor center vestibule; WiFi in visitor center


Hiking, backpacking


  • Reservation cards may be posted by the park for park sponsored groups.
  • The walk-in is located adjacent to the parking area and campsites are accessed via a short walk on a paved path.
  • Camping in vehicles is permitted in the parking area with camping fee. Please park between islands in the winter snow season to allow for plowing operations.

    Download the Southwest Campground handout with map (pdf, 144KB).
Southwest campground map
Southwest Walk-in Campground Map
Map of Southwest Area including visitor center, parking area, winter over-the-snow campground, and highway.
Southwest Area Winter Map including the winter, snow season campground and overnight parking locations.

Last updated: May 27, 2020

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PO Box 100
Mineral, CA 96063


(530) 595-4480

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