Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Feature


Best Campgrounds in Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Campgrounds in Sequoia and Kings Canyon occupy wonderful settings, with lots of shade and nearby hiking trails. Some campgrounds are open year-round, others only seasonally. Except for Bearpaw (just under $200 a night including meals), fees at the campgrounds listed range from $12 to $35, depending on location and size. There are no RV hookups at any of the campgrounds; expect a table and a fire ring with a grill at standard sites. Only Bearpaw and Lodgepole accept reservations, and for both of these you'll need to book well ahead. The rest are first-come, first served. Campgrounds around Lodgepole and Grant Grove get busy in summer with vacationing families. Keep in mind that this is black-bear country. Carefully follow posted instructions about storing food—you'll be fined if you don't. Bear-proof metal containers are provided at many campgrounds.

In Sequoia

Atwell Mill Campground. At 6,650 feet, this peaceful, tent-only campground is just south of the Western Divide. Mineral King Rd., 20 miles east of Rte. 198 559/565–3341.

Bearpaw High Sierra Camp. Classy camping is the order of the day at this tent hotel and restaurant. Make reservations starting on January 2nd. High Sierra Trail, 11.5 miles from Lodgepole Village 888/252–5757

Dorst Creek Campground. Wildlife sightings are common at this large campground at elevation 6,700 feet. Generals Hwy., 8 miles north of Lodgepole Visitor Center 559/565–3341.

Lodgepole Campground. The largest Lodgepole-area campground is also the noisiest, though things quiet down at night. Off Generals Hwy. beyond Lodgepole Village 559/565–3341 or 877/444–6777.

Potwisha Campground. On the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River, this midsize campground, open year-round, at elevation 2,100 feet gets no snow in winter and can be hot in summer. Generals Hwy., 4 miles north of Foothills Visitor Center 559/565–3341.

In Kings Canyon

Azalea Campground. Of the three campgrounds in the Grant Grove area, Azalea is the only one open year-round. It sits at 6,500 feet amid giant sequoias. Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, ¼ mile north of Grant Grove Village 559/565–3341.

Sentinel Campground. At 4,600 feet and within walking distance of Cedar Grove Village, Sentinel fills up fast in summer. Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, ¼ mile west of Cedar Grove Village 559/565–3341.

Sheep Creek Campground. Of the overflow campgrounds, this is one of the prettiest. Off Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, 1 mile west of Cedar Grove Village No phone.

Sunset Campground. Many of the easiest trails through Grant Grove are adjacent to this large camp, near the giant sequoias at 6,500 feet. Off Generals Hwy., near Grant Grove Visitor Center No phone.

Updated: 2014-03-12

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