Campgrounds in the Lodgepole and Dorst Creek areas are in conifer forests at an elevation of 6700 to 6800 feet (2040 - 2070 m). Lodgepole Campground is part of Lodgepole Village, which also offers a visitor center, market, laundry, and showers. Evening programs are presented in the campground's amphitheater on most summer weekends. Dorst Creek Campground is farther north from this develop area but is in a central location for anyone wishing to visit both the Giant Forest and Grant Grove or Cedar Grove.
Both campgrounds have flush toilets. Despite the end of the five-year drought, we still encourage you to conserve water, especially at Dorst Creek, as the source of water there may be limited even in wetter years.
In 2017, the Lodgepole Campground opening date was delayed to May 3 because of snow, and the closing date is noon on November 29, depending on weather. This large, popular campground has 214 sites for tents, RVs, and trailers. It costs $22 per night. Reservations are available in summer and fall and are strongly recommended. It is a few miles from the Giant Forest sequoia grove and next to Lodgepole Village, where summer services include a market, deli, gift shop, showers, and laundry. The free Sequoia Shuttle to Giant Forest and Wuksachi Lodge stops in the campground.
Sited between Grant Grove and the Giant Forest, Dorst Creek offers a good place from which to explore both Sequoia and Kings Canyon. It has 218 individual sites and four large group sites. It allows tents, RVs, and trailers. The campground is now closed for the 2017 season. In 2018, it's expected to be open from late June to early September, depending on weather conditions and water availability. Reservations are available online. The free Sequoia Shuttle stops at the campground.