Camping

An image of a green tent set up in a forested campground in Kings Canyon National Park.

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General Information

There are fourteen campgrounds in the parks, including two that are open during all four seasons. Campsites hold up to six people. Each has a picnic table, fire ring with grill, and a metal food-storage box. Nearly all campgrounds require advance reservations; sites fill quickly. Make reservations using the links below or at Recreation.gov. Please review the campground regulations and camping safety tips prior to your arrival.

Fire Restrictions

Restrictions on campfires in lower-elevation campgrounds in the Foothills are common, especially during summer months. Please check current fire restrictions before you visit for information and restrictions on wood and charcoal fires, gas or propane stoves, and smoking.

Camping Fees

Campground fees for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Site Type

Fee

Standard Campsite (up to 6 people)

$32

Stock Campsite

$40

Mid-sized Group Campsite 

$50 

Large Group Campsite 

$60,$70, or $80 

Download the Recreation.gov App

Adventure is at your fingertips with the Recreation.gov mobile app! From booking to planning, the Recreation.gov app helps you find and reserve campsites, review location details for your trip, and quickly access information on past and upcoming reservations. Download it today at Mobile App - Recreation.gov


 
A metal food storage box is provided at each campsite.
Store Food to Protect Wildlife

Bears are active day and night. When camping or picnicking, all food, trash, and any item with a scent must be stored in food-storage boxes.

A group of adults and youth in wheelchairs and camp chairs roast marshmallows over a grill.
Camping Accessibility Film

Take a tour of accessible campground features with a family as they share insider tips for your visit.

People around a campfire
Fire Restrictions

Campfires may be prohibited when fire danger is extreme.

 
 

Campgrounds in Kings Canyon National Park

 

Grant Grove Campgrounds

Grant Grove Village serves as the gateway to Kings Canyon National Park. At 6,500 feet (1981 m), this area offers moderate temperatures in the summer, and is usually snow covered in the winter. Trails lead to giant sequoia groves, meadows, waterfalls and vistas of the high Sierra. Numerous services are available a short distance from all three campgrounds.

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Cedar Grove Campgrounds

Located at 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) and an hour’s drive from Grant Grove, the Cedar Grove area is a more remote area of Kings Canyon National Park. It is open from early spring to late fall. Campgrounds are next to the South Fork of the Kings River and offer views of the glaciated Kings Canyon. Trails 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.

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Campgrounds in Sequoia National Park

 

Foothills Campgrounds

At an elevation of 2,500-3,000 feet (762-914 m), the foothills of Sequoia National Park are hot and dry in summer, and cool and wet in winter with occasional light snow. Nearby 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 (6.7 m) are not advised on this road. In summer, fire restrictions are often in effect in these campgrounds due to high temperatures and dry conditions.

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Lodgepole and Giant Forest Campgrounds

The Lodgepole area is centrally located in Sequoia National Park at an elevation of 6,700 feet (2050 m). The area is a 45-minute drive from the Hwy 180 entrance in Kings Canyon National Park, or a one-hour drive from the Hwy 198 entrance in Sequoia National Park. Enter the parks via Highway 180 if your vehicle is over 22 feet (6.7 m) long.

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Mineral King Campgrounds

The Mineral King area features the highest elevation campground in the parks. At 7,500 feet (2280 m), it is only open during the summer months. A narrow, winding, largely unpaved road leads to the area and its two campgrounds. RVs and trailers are not recommended on Mineral King Road and are not permitted in campgrounds. Mineral King is not connected to the rest of Sequoia National Park by roads. To get here, turn off of Highway 198 in Three Rivers, California.

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Additional Campgrounds

 

South Fork Campground (Closed for 2024)

South Fork Campground and its access road were heavily and extensively damaged by floods and landslides from winter storms. The campground is closed until further notice.

 

Wolverton Stock Campsites

Campsites are $40 per night. Reservations will be available on Recreation.gov. No first-come, first-served sites are available.

 

U.S. Forest Service Campgrounds

The U.S. Forest Service maintains campgrounds in the Hume Lake District that borders Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. These campgrounds are not managed by the parks.

Dispersed Camping
Dispersed camping is not allowed within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks except for those who are hiking into the backcountry with backcountry permits. Dispersed camping is allowed only in specific areas within the Sequoia National Forest, restrictions apply. Areas that are closed to dispersed camping include:

  • Hume Lake Recreation Area
  • Stony Creek Recreation Area
  • Historical and archaeological sites

Call Sequoia National Forest at 559-784-1500 or stop by a National Park Service visitor center for more information.

Last updated: July 13, 2024

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47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271

Phone:

559 565-3341

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