Southwest Campground

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The Southwest Campground is CLOSED for the 2022/2023 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.
    * Tents are not permitted in any location during the 2022 season until the closure has been lifted.
  • Winter/Spring (approximately November-May): Tent camping is permitted in the oversnow area throughout the winter snow season
    * Tents are not permitted in any location during the 2022/2023 winter season until the closure has been lifted.
 
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Winter/Spring Snow Season Camping

Approximately November to May

Oversnow camping is off-limits at the SW CG due to post Dixie Fire hazards. Self-contained camping is still allowed in the SW parking area, fees apply, no tents. Fires and fire pans including portable gas fire pits are prohibited in the winter.

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 not permitted in any location including the parking area during the 2022/2023 winter season. Fire hazards exist in the oversnow area and will remain closed throughout the snow season.

  • 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.
 
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Southwest Area Winter Map including overnight parking locations. Note the Oversnow Tent Camping area shown on map is not open.
 
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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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Southwest Walk-in Campground Map

Last updated: November 17, 2022

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Mineral , CA 96063

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530 595-4480

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