Kit Carson Campground

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest


Hope Valley


Kit Carson Campground, Humboldt_Toiyabe National Forest, CA

Kit Carson Campground

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Attractions

Campers at the Kit Carson Campground in the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest on the east side of Carson Pass find many wonderful places to explore.

  • Drive out to Blue Lakes for fishing, hiking, and horse back riding.
  • Hike into the Mokelumne Wilderness.
  • Explore OHV routes around Hope Valley
  • Follow the emigrant trail up from Hope Valley over Carson Pass
  • Mountain bike along a network of logging roads
  • Fish and boat on Silver Lake and Caples Lake.
  • Visit Kirkwood for both winter and summer activities from skiing to mountain biking.
  • Enjoy a meal at Kit Carson Lodge or Caples Lake Resort.
  • Discover the beauty of Hope Valley and visit famous Sorensen's Resort for lodging, meals, and activities.
  • Take in the scenery of waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, and rushing mountain streams.

Key Kit Carson Campground Regulations

  1. Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings.
  2. To avoid problems with bears. please store all foods, soap, and garbage in bear boxes.
  3. Keep dogs on leash at all times.

Kit Carson Campground

Kit Carson Campground is located in a pretty setting along the West Carson River only a mile from Hope Valley. Visitors to the campground appreciate its intimate setting and close proximity to great fishing in the Carson River. Many great attractions are within easy driving distance, including South Lake Tahoe, Carson Pass, and Blue Lakes.

Kit Carson Campground has 12 sites. Three of the sites are designated for tents only, while the rest can accommodate RVs, trailers and tents. Campsites are among a forest of aspens and Jeffrey pines. Several campsites are next to the river.

Campground Basics
Kit Carson Campground Location: On Highway 88, 1 miles east of the highway's junction with Highway 89 and 10 miles east of Carson Pass
Elevation: 6,900 feet
Miles from gateway city: Sacramento - 115 miles
South Lake Tahoe - 22 miles
Campground Open: Late May through early September
Number of Sites: 12
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Maximum Length of Stay: 14 days
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Carson Ranger District: (775) 882-2766

Reservations for Kit Carson Campground
Reservations available whenever campground is open
Booking Window: from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $18 per night
Reservations: Kit Carson Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 1:00 PM

Kit Carson Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grills, bear-proof food storage boxes
Campground: Vault toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Kit Carson Campground Map
Attractions near Kit Carson Campground: Enjoy Swimming, fishing and boating on Blue Lakes and Twin Lake. Set out for OHV adventures, hiking trails, or horseback riding. Visit Tamarack Lake, Indian Valley and the Pacific Crest Trail. For more about recreation around Carson Pass see Up and Over Carson Pass.

Carson Pass Infiormation Station, Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, CA

Carson Pass Information Station

General Camping Information

When making reservations be sure that your vehicle will fit in the space indicated on the reservations website.
For campground purposes, a vehicle is any equipment that is required to be licensed/registered. This includes RVs, trailers, cars/trucks, boat/car trailer, motorcycle/atv, etc. Vehicles parked in a truck or on a trailer are not counted separately.

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