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. You can reserve sites at Potwisha, Buckeye Flat, Lodgepole, Dorst Creek, Sunset, and Sentinel campgrounds, and also any group campsites. You can make reservations up to six months in advance for standard tent and RV campsites, and up to one year in advance for group sites.
First-come, First-served Campsites
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.
Store Food and Scented Items to Protect Bears
When camping, all food, trash, and any item with a scent must be stored in metal food-storage boxes provided at each campsite.
Camping with RVs or Trailers
There are no RV hookups in the parks. Generator hours are from 9 am to 9 pm, except at Lodgepole and Dorst Creek campgrounds, where generators can run only from 8-11 am. and 5-8 pm. Dump stations are located at Potwisha, Lodgepole, and Dorst Creek campgrounds. There is also a dump station at Princess Campground in Sequoia National Forest near Hume Lake. Dump stations at Lodgepole, Dorst Creek, and Princess campgrounds are only available during the summer months. There are no dump stations in Grant Grove or Cedar Grove. Check vehicle-length limits on park roads before deciding which road to take into these parks.
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 is by 12 pm (noon). On campground opening and closing dates, gates open or close at 12 pm (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.
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.