Delayed Opening Dates
In 2019, several campgrounds throughout these parks will open late due to deep snowpack and hazard trees. If you're planning on camping, please check this schedule for updated opening dates.
Campground reservations for 2019 are now available at Recreation.gov.
Bring a crowd! Our group sites can hold from 7 to 50 people and have extra parking, picnic tables, and other amenities.
Store Food to Protect Wildlife
Bears are active day and night. When camping, all food, trash, and any item with a scent must be stored in food-storage boxes at each site.
Learn and Explore
There are fourteen campgrounds in these parks, including three that are open year-round. Most campgrounds are first-come, first-served, with up to six people allowed per standard site. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring with grill, and a metal food-storage box.
Make reservations for park campgrounds at Recreation.gov. Sites can be reserved at Potwisha, Buckeye Flat, Lodgepole, Dorst Creek, Sunset, and Sentinel campgrounds, and also at any campground with group campsites. Campground reservations for 2019 are now available, up to six months in advance of your stay.
First-come, First-served Campgrounds
First-come, first-served only campgrounds are Azalea, Sheep Creek, Moraine, Atwell Mill, Cold Springs, and South Fork. Campgrounds often fill on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights in June, July, and August. Generally, Sunday through Thursday afternoons offer the best chance of finding an available campsite (except at Lodgepole Campground, which usually has few sites available, even mid-week). During holidays, campgrounds fill up earlier than usual.
Camping with RVs or Trailers
Check vehicle-length limits on park roads before deciding which road to take into these parks. If you have a longer vehicle and plan to drive to sequoia groves, use the northern park entrance in Kings Canyon National Park via Highway 180.
Check-in, Check-out, and Opening and Closing Dates
Whether you have reservations or you self-register, you can check in anytime (24 hours a day). Check out time is noon. On campground opening and closing dates, gates open or close at noon. Camping is limited to 30 days total per year in both parks, with no more than 14 days camping between June 14 and September 14. Opening and closing dates may change due to weather, fire, or other circumstances.
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.
Wolverton Stock Campsites
While reservations are now available for stock campsites at the Wolverton Corrals, a delayed opening is expected. The park is currently removing hazardous trees in the area. Campsites cost $22 per night. Please review the reservation request form for details about camping with stock. Complete your reservation request form and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a response to your request within 5 business days. If your request is approved you will receive a welcome packet and orientation information via e-mail.
General Information about Camping in National Parks
Are you looking for tips on how to set up a campsite or ideas for meals or gear to bring? Check the National Park Service's general camping site for more information.
Trees and branches have been falling more frequently, possibly due to drought and beetle damage. Listen and watch for falling trees! Branches and entire trees may fall at any time. Even a pine cone falling from a great height can be dangerous. Rocks may tumble from above you. Look for potential hazards when you choose a campsite or a place to linger, and while out exploring the parks.
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 rodent burrows or other areas of rodent activity. Do not feed or touch any wild or dead animals. Tell a ranger if you see a dead rodent. For more information about staying safe in these parks, visit our safety page.
Lodgepole and Giant Forest
The Lodgepole/Giant Forest Area is centrally located in Sequoia National Park at an elevation of 6,700 feet (2050 m). The area can be reached from either park entrance: a 45-minute drive from the Hwy 180 entrance at Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park, or a one-hour drive from Hwy 198, the main entrance to Sequoia National Park (vehicles over 22 feet long are not advised between Potwisha Campground and Giant Forest in Sequoia).
Campgrounds in the Lodgepole/Giant Forest area include Lodgepole Campground, which is open from early spring through late fall, and Dorst Creek Campground, which is open from early summer through fall. Both are available for camping with tents, RVs, and trailers. Reservations are recommended for both campgrounds.
At an elevation of 2,500-3,000 (750 - 920 m), the foothills of Sequoia National Park are usually hot and dry in summer and cool and wet in winter, with occasional light snow. In this area, trails lead to oak woodlands, river canyons, and spring wildflowers. A 45-minute winding drive leads to the Giant Forest sequoia grove (vehicles over 22 feet are not advised between Potwisha Campground and Giant Forest). In summer, fire restrictions are often in effect in these campgrounds due to high temperatures and dry conditions.
Campgrounds in the Foothills area include Potwisha Campground, which is open to tents, RVS and trailer camping all year, Buckeye Flat Campground, which is open for tent camping from early spring through late fall. The primitive South Fork Campground is in a more remote area of the foothills and is open year-round for tent camping.
Mineral King Area
Featuring the highest elevation campground in the park at 7,500 feet (2280 m), the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park is only open during the summer months. A narrow, winding road leads to the area and its two campgrounds. The road to the area is open from late spring through fall. RVs and trailers are not recommended on Mineral King Road and are not permitted in campgrounds here. Mineral King is connected to the rest of Sequoia National Park only by trail.
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Grant Grove Area
Grant Grove serves as the gateway to Kings Canyon National Park. At 6,500 feet (2000 m), this area offers moderate temperatures in the summer, and is usually snow covered in the winter. Trails in this area lead to giant sequoia groves, meadows, waterfalls and vistas of the high Sierra. Services are available in Grant Grove Village, a short distance from all three campgrounds.
Campgrounds in Grant Grove include Azalea Campground, which is open to tents, RVs, and trailers year-round, Sunset Campground, which is open to tents, RVs, and trailers from early spring through late fall, and Crystal Springs Campground, which is open to group camping for tents, RVs, and trailers from early spring through late fall.
Cedar Grove Area
Located at 4,000 feet (1200 m) and an hour’s drive from Grant Grove, Cedar Grove is a quieter area of Kings Canyon National Park. This area is open from early spring to late fall. Campgrounds in this area are on the South Fork of the Kings River and offer views of the glaciated Kings Canyon. Trails here lead to meadows and waterfalls, and also provide some of the best access to the high Sierra wilderness. All campgrounds in this area contain a bicycle trail which connects them to services at Cedar Grove Village.
All Cedar Grove campgrounds are open to tents, RVs and trailers. They include Sentinel Campground, which is open from early spring through late fall, Sheep Creek Campground and Moraine Campground, both open from late spring through early fall, and Canyon View Campground, which is for groups only and is also open from late spring through early fall. Reservations are available in summer and fall for group sites.
Campgrounds in Sequoia National Forest and
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) maintains campgrounds in the Hume Lake District that border Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. All are open seasonally, and opening dates may vary depending on snowmelt and weather conditions. Please visit the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument website for information about all campgrounds in the area, including opening and closing dates, cost, and reservations.
A free campfire permit, required for any fire on Forest Service lands, may be obtained at the USFS Hume Lake District Office, 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.
Hume Lake Area Campgrounds
Hume Lake Campground
Convict Flat Campground
Big Meadows and Stony Creek Areas
These campgrounds are along or near the Generals Highway south of the Highway 180 junction.
Stony Creek Campground
Upper Stony Creek Campground
Horse Camp Campground
Buck Rock Campground
Big Meadows Campground
Last updated: April 22, 2019