Camping

 

General Information

Greetings campers! Whether you plan to meet old friends, have a quiet mountainous getaway, or teach your children to roast marshmallows, our campgrounds offer something for everyone. There are fourteen campgrounds in the parks, including three that are open year-round. Campsites hold up to six people and each has a picnic table, fire ring with grill, and a metal food-storage box. Nearly all campgrounds require advance reservations and sites fill quickly. Make reservations at each of the camping webpages below, or on Recreation.gov.

Reservations can be made no more than 30 days in advance of your stay.

2022 Camping Announcements

All campgrounds in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are currently open, except Dorst Creek Campground which is closed for the season.

This year, most campgrounds in the parks require a reservation in advance of your stay. Reservations will be available one month in advance of your stay, but can also be made on the same day of your visit. We recommend that you make reservations as far in advance of your stay as possible. Reservations can be made directly on each campground's NPS web page, or at Recreation.gov.

There are no showers or laundry facilities available in the parks in 2022.

All opening dates are subject to change due to safety or facility maintenance concerns. A campground that is currently scheduled to open may not be able to open on time, or may need to remain closed for the year due to unforeseen circumstances.

 

The campgrounds in Sequoia and Kings Canyon open each year following a set opening and closing date pattern. All opening and closing dates are subject to change. These changes are a result of emergency or unplanned events, such as weather, wildfire, hazardous tree fall, utilities failure, rock fall, lack of drinking water, or other notable environmental or facility issue. Please refer to each campground's web page to obtain their opening and closing dates.

Our official map has the location of all campgrounds in these parks.


South Fork Campground – typically open year-round

Cold Springs Campground – typically opens the Wednesday before Memorial Day and closes the last Wednesday in October

Atwell Mill Campground - – typically opens the Wednesday before Memorial Day and closes the last Wednesday in October

Potwisha Campground – typically open year-round

Buckeye Flat Campground – typically opens the last day of March and closes the last Wednesday of September

Lodgepole Campground – typically opens the Wednesday before Memorial Day; campground and closes in phases, typically beginning the last Wednesday of September with all sites closed by the Wednesday after Thanksgiving

Dorst Creek Campground – typically opens the Wednesday before July 4, and closes the last Wednesday in September

In 2022, Dorst Creek Campground will not open. Due to impacts from the KNP Fire and the need to remove hazard trees to make the campground safe, the campground will be closed; we're hoping to reopen the campground for the 2023 season.

Azalea Campground – typically open year-round

Sunset Campground – typically opens the Wednesday before Memorial Day and closes the Wednesday after Labor Day

Crystal Springs Campground – typically opens the Wednesday before Memorial Day and closes Wednesday after Memorial Day; it reopens the Wednesday before 4th of July and closes the Wednesday after Labor Day

Sentinel Campground -typically opens the fourth Friday of April and closes the Monday after Veteran’s Day

Sheep Creek Campground -typically opens the Wednesday before Memorial Day and closes the third Wednesday of September

Canyon View Campground – all sites typically open the Wednesday before Memorial Day and closes the Wednesday after Labor Day

Moraine Campground - typically opens the Wednesday before Memorial Day and closes the Wednesday after Labor Day

Review campground regulations in advance of your trip.

Check vehicle-length limits on park roads before deciding which road to take into these parks. If you have a longer vehicle, use the northern park entrance in Kings Canyon National Park via Highway 180.

Look 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 website for more information.

Learn how to stay safe while camping in our parks.
South Fork Campground doesn't require reservations. Potwisha and Azalea campgrounds do not require reservations in the off season. Please see the individual campground pages for detailed reservation information. Availability is extremely limited in summer months. You may book from the individual campground's web page, or you may make a reservation on Recreation.gov


How far in advance of my trip can I make a reservation?
You may make a reservation one month in advance of your stay. Reservations are made available on Recreation.gov at 7 am PST one month prior to the first day of your reservation.

Will first-come, first-served campsites be available in summer 2022?
Only South Fork Campground will offer first-come, first-served campsites.

Have reservation fees changed?
For some campgrounds, yes. Campgrounds that were not previously available by reservation on Recreation.gov have recently increased an average of $4 per night to cover online processing costs.

If my reservation is cancelled by the parks, will processing fees be refunded?
If your reservation is cancelled by the National Park Service for any reason, your refund will be automatic and will include your processing fee.

What if I cancel my reservation, anticipating a park closure or other emergency? Will I be refunded my processing fee?
If you choose to cancel your reservation at any time, you will not be refunded the processing fee.

Check-in is at 12 pm or later. Check out before 12 pm. If you have not checked in by noon on the second day of your reserved period, your reserved site may be considered unoccupied and opened to new campers.

If you are self-registering for a first-come, first-served campsite, you can check in anytime (24 hours a day).

On campground opening and closing dates, gates open/close at 12 pm.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.
There are no RV hookups available in campgrounds in these parks.

Generator hours are from 9 am to 9 pm, except at Lodgepole and Dorst Creek campgrounds, where generators can run from 8 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 8 pm.

Dump stations are located at Potwisha, Lodgepole, and Dorst Creek campgrounds (Dorst not available in 2022). There are no dump stations in Grant Grove or Cedar Grove, but there is a dump station at Princess Campground in Sequoia National Forest near Hume Lake. Dump stations at Lodgepole and Princess campgrounds are only available during the summer months.
In summer, fire restrictions may be in effect if conditions are dry, even at higher-elevation campgrounds. When fire danger is very high, wood and charcoal fires (including campfires in fire rings and wood-burning stoves) may be prohibited. Check current fire restrictions online or at park bulletin boards before you camp.

Have you ever heard that your shouldn't travel with firewood? Learn more about how you protect park resources by getting firewood at or near your campsite. Buy firewood at local markets, including those inside the parks, or gather dead and down wood near your site. Do not cut living or standing trees, and leave any remaining firewood after your trip.
 
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.

 

Lodgepole Area 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.

 

Grant Grove Area Campgrounds

  • A blue and white pop-up trailer is nestled among pines in a campground.

    Sunset Campground

    Bring your tent, trailer, or RV to Sunset Campground, and camp between early spring and late fall.

  • A campsite with a picnic table in grill is covered in pine litter from trees above.

    Azalea Campground

    Kings Canyon's only year-round, high-elevation campground. Open to tents, RVs, and trailers.

  • A brown wood sign with white routed lettering says Crystal Springs Campground.

    Crystal Springs Campground

    Enjoy both regular and group camping here. Located near Grant Grove Village and open to all camping units, early spring through late fall.

 

Grant Grove Village 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 lead to giant sequoia groves, meadows, waterfalls and vistas of the high Sierra. Numerous services are available a short distance from all three campgrounds.

 

Cedar Grove Area Campgrounds

  • Three colorful tents are tucked in among the trees at a riverside campsite.

    Canyon View Campground

    Enjoy group camping along the river. Reserve early to ensure you get a site.

  • Two adults with two small children stand on the cobble river shoreline.

    Sentinel Campground

    Situated near Cedar Grove Visitor Center and Village, Sentinel is open to tents, RVs and trailers from early spring through late fall.

  • A green and gray tent is located under mature red-barked pines.

    Sheep Creek Campground

    Tucked away beneath white firs, Sheep Creek has some of the shadiest sites in Cedar Grove. Open from late spring through early fall.

  • A man and woman sit at a picnic table on the river's edge.

    Moraine Campground

    Open to tents, RVs and trailers from late spring through early fall, Moraine offers stunning views of Kings Canyon.

 

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.

 

Mineral King Area Campgrounds

  • Campsites with a picnic table and food storage boxes are located in a wooded sequoia grove.

    Atwell Mill Campground

    Tent camp among cedar and giant sequoia trees in the once-logged Atwell Grove. Follow the Mineral King Road from Three Rivers, CA.

  • A brown sign with white letters says Cold Springs Campground

    Cold Springs Campground

    Tent camp near the river in this remote, high-elevation campground at the end of the Mineral King Road.

 

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.

 

Foothills Area Campgrounds

  • Light filters through a shaded campsite in Buckeye Flat Campground.

    Buckeye Flat Campground

    Looking to camp in a quiet, riverside location? Buckeye Flat offers tent-only camping from early spring through fall.

  • A gazebo at Potwisha Campground features two info panels and a self-serve fee station.

    Potwisha Campground

    Camping here is open year-round, and features a nearby RV waste station.

  • A campsite features a table, grill, and food storage box and is surrounded by oak trees.

    South Fork Campground

    This small, remote campground is accessed via Three Rivers, CA. The rugged road to this area may not be suitable for low-clearance vehicles.

 

At an elevation of 2,500-3,000 (750-920 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.

 
 

Wolverton Stock Campsites

Campsites cost $22 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.

Last updated: July 23, 2022

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