Southwest Campground

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The Southwest Campground is CLOSED for the 2022 season due to hazardous conditions from the Dixie Fire. It is normally open year-round.

Camping in self-contained vehicles is OPEN and permitted in the adjacent parking area year-round with a camping fee.

Tent camping varies with the seasons: 

  • Summer/Fall (approximately June-October): 21 walk-in campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Winter/Spring (approximately November-May): Tents are permitted within the oversnow tent camping area on the south side of the parking area.
A man peeks out of a white and yellow tent on snow with two backpacks and ski gear nearby.

Winter/Spring Snow Season Camping

Approximately November to May
When snow is on the ground, the location of the Southwest Campground changes to an oversnow area south of the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center parking area. Tents are permitted only in the oversnow tent camping area, not in the parking area.

  • Water is not available in the campground; water and restrooms are available inside the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center 24-hour vestibule.
  • The winter/spring camping fee is $10 per night for up to three tents or for each self-contained vehicle. Please self-register and pay for camping at the entrance station. The camping fee is in addition to the park entrance fee and must be paid separately.
  • Overnight vehicles must park between islands to allow for snow plowing operations.
  • Fires and fire pans are not permitted in the winter. Self-contained barbecues and gas stoves are allowed in the paved parking area.
  • See the Southwest Area winter map below for more details.
Map of Southwest Area including visitor center, parking area, campground, and highway
Southwest Area Winter Map including overnight parking locations.
A blue shade structure and orange tent at the base of a jagged mountain peak.

Summer/Fall Camping

Notice: 2022 Season Closed Due to Dixie Fire
The summer walk-in campsites will remain closed in 2022 due to impacts from the 2021 Dixie Fire. There is no estimate for when the campsites will be available, however the Southwest Campground is a high-priority for post-fire rehabilitation.

Approximately June through October
Walk-in tent campsites are 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 of the 21 sites. The Mill Creek Falls Trail begins from the north side of the campground, below the amphitheater.

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Fire/Stove Policy

Toilet Types

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Closures & Seasonal Exceptions


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Accessibility Information
Southwest campground map
Southwest Walk-in Campground Map

Last updated: May 28, 2022

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PO Box 100
Mineral , CA 96063


530 595-4480

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