Cold Springs Campground

Mineral King - Sequoia National Park

Mineral King

Cold Springs Campground, Mineral King, Sequoia National Park

Cold Springs Campground

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to Kings Canyon and Sequoia enjoy a wide range of scenic places to visit.

  • Free shuttle to key sites in Sequoia's Lodgepole and Giant Forest area
  • In Sequoia visit Crystal Cave, climb the trail up Moro Rock, see the Sherman Tree, visit the Giant Forest Museum
  • Take a driving tour of some of the spectacular vistas in the parks
  • Junior Ranger Program
  • Create Art in the Park programs - poetry, sketching, painting, writing fiction
  • Dark Sky Festival, August 21 - 23, 2017. Telescope viewings, solar observations, activities, tours.
  • Ranger-led Programs at Grant Grove, Cedar Grove, Wuksachi Lodge, and John Muir Lodge
  • Fish along the Kings River in Cedar Grove or hike to Mist Falls

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Bears: Food and similar items must be stored in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles.
  2. Generators are not permitted at Atwell Mill Campground

Nearby Campgrounds

Mineral King - Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park Campgrounds

Foothills - Sequoia National Park

Grant Grove - Kings Canyon National Park

Cold Springs Campground

Cold Springs Campground is located in Mineral King in southern Sequoia National Park. Access to the tent-only campground is via the Mineral King Road which turns off Highway 198 a short distance east of Three Rivers. The 25-mile, winding road to Mineral King is steep and narrow. It is not recommended for RVs or trailers. Visitors to Mineral King are rewarded with spectacular scenery, waterfalls, and a number of exciting trails leading up into the surrounding high country.

Of the 31 tent-only campsites at Cold Springs, 9 of them are walk-in sites. Most of the sites are nicely shaded among the trees and offer good privacy. The East Fork of the Kaweah River flows past the campground.

Marmots are common at Mineral King and have been known to crawl into cars and chew through radiator hoses. Read Sequoia National Park's information about marmots and how to protect your vehicle from damage.

Campground Basics
Location: Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park
Elevation: 7,500 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: From Visalia - 57 miles, 1:49
Number of Sites: 31
Open - Closed: late May to late October
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Information: (559) 565-3341

No Reservations: first-come, first served
Camping Limit: 14 nights from June 14 to September 14 with 30 days total per year
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: None - tents only
Accessible Sites: None designated
Favorite Campsites: #4, 5, 25, 31
Fees: $12 per night
Check-in, check-out: Check-in anytime, check-out Noon

Cold Springs Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: Pit toilets, tap water available late May to mid-October, otherwise no potable water
Showers: available at nearby Silver City Resort
Dump station: No
Campground map: Cold Springs Campground Map
Nearby attractions: Hiking trails, East Fork Kaweah River, Silver City Mountain Resort with store and restaurant

Cold Springs Campground, Mineral King, Sequoia National Park

Cold Springs Campground

General Camping Information for
Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. On opening days, campground gates open at noon. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.


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