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Kings Canyon National Park located in the Sierra Nevada mountains offers some of the best mountain camping in the state. Because this park is connected to the more well-known Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon is the lesser-visited park making it less crowded.
What makes Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks so special are the giant sequoia trees. But what differentiates the two parks is the canyon itself that rivals the glacier cut mountains of Yosemite.
Kings Canyon is split into two parts. There is the more southern section situated in the giant forest of Grant Grove. The visitor center is open year-round and offers some of the largest trees in the world.
The more northern part of the park only accessed during the summer along the 50-mile Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, will drop you into a canyon of rivers, mountains, and meadows. Both areas of the park have some of the most incredible nature and camping. That’s why we put together a complete list of Kings Canyon National Park camping for you! Read on to learn more.
Kings Canyon National Park Camping
One of the best ways to visit Kings Canyon is to stay in one of the many campgrounds in the parks. There is something for everyone from established national park service campgrounds that have individual sites and group sites to primitive boondocking sites in the nearby National Forest.
The Azalea Campground is conveniently located in the Grant Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park. It’s a large campground with 110 sites with 48 sites open during the winter. This is a first-come, first-serve campsite that allows RV’s. Spaces vary in length so check with a ranger before arriving to make sure you can fit. There are no hookups but for $18 a night there are flush toilets, picnic tables, water faucets, and fire pits.
Sheep Creek Campground
Sheep Creek Campground is located in the canyon portion of Kings Canyon National Park. This campground has 111 sites that are first-come, first-serve, and allow RVs. Site size varies so check with a ranger to confirm your RV can fit. This campground is $18 per night and offers flush toilets, tables, and fire pits. Note there are no hookups or dump stations either!
The Moraine Campground is located near the South Fork of the Kings River. This 121-site Kings Canyon National Park campground offers some of the best views of the granite mountains. This campground is first-come, first-serve, and can accommodate RV’s but site size varies. The campground has no hookups or dump station but for $18 a night you are provided flush toilets, tables, and fire pits.
Sentinel Campground is situated in the canyon near South Fork. This 82-site campground is perfectly located for hiking and sightseeing. These sites can be reserved and can accommodate an RV. As always, make sure to check with a ranger to make sure your RV can fit in the site. At $22 a night the campground offers flush toilets, tables, and fire pits. There are no hookups and no dump station.
Tenmile Road Camping Area NF Boondocking
Tenmile Road Camping Area is a free campground located in the National Forest 5 miles from Hume Lake. This is a primitive campground that offers no amenities, so make sure to pack in and pack out everything you need! There is lots of space but on the weekends it does fill up and can get noisy. There is no cell service so this campground isn’t ideal for working RVers.
Crystal Springs Campground
Crystal Springs Campground is situated in the Grant Grove area, perfect for accessing the many hiking trails in the area. There are 36 individual sites that are first-come, first-serve. Crystal Springs also has 14 group sites that require a reservation. When it comes to Kings Canyon National Park camping, we like this option because it’s a smaller campground and close to trailheads.
This campground can accommodate RVs but check with a ranger to see if your rig will fit. At $18 a night, there are no hookups or a dump station, but it does offer flush toilets, picnic tables, and fire pits.
Cherry Gap Camping Area NF Boondocking
Cherry Gap Camping Area is a free camping area situated one mile up a dirt road off CA-180. here are no amenities so pack in all you need and pack out all trash. This camping area is a great way to get away from the crowds and enjoy the beautiful mountains. If you like the $0 price tag, then this Kings Canyon National Park camping option is for you!
Tip: The road to this area is narrow so make sure no one is coming down the road before approaching.
Convict Flat Campground NF Boondocking
Convict Flat Campground is an established campground with 5 sites but is free to anyone willing to make the windy road drive to the site. This campground can accommodate small to mid-size RV’s and has vault toilets, tables, and fire pits. This is a beautiful and quiet campground making it the perfect getaway.
You now have eight campgrounds to choose from when exploring Kings Canyon National Park! We find the rates for all of them to be very reasonable, and you just can’t beat being inside the park. I know we said it throughout the article, but if you’re traveling with a big rig, please be sure to call and confirm they can accommodate your size.
Now that you know where to stay, be sure to read 10 Things You Must See In Kings Canyon National Park!