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 touring Kings Canyon and Sequoia find many scenic and interesting places to explore. At Cold Springs Campground visitors are in Mineral King, a beautiful area often overlooked by park visitors.

  • Hike out some of the scenic trails leading out of Mineral King.
  • In Sequoia, tour Crystal Cave, climb the trail up Moro Rock for great vistas, stand before the towering Sherman Tree, and visit the Giant Forest Museum.
  • In Sequoia, take advantage of a free shuttle to key sites in Sequoia's Lodgepole and Giant Forest area.
  • Take a driving tour of some of the spectacular vistas in the parks.
  • Children can participate in the Junior Ranger Program.
  • Don't miss the annual Dark Sky Festival, August 21 - 23, 2017. Enjoy telescope viewings, solar observations, activities, and tours.
  • Join in 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 Cold Springs Campground Regulations

  1. Avoid problems with bears by securing food and scented items in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles.
  2. Generators are not permitted at Cold Springs Campground
  3. Cold Springs Campground is a tents-only site.

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Mineral King - Sequoia National Park

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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 Campground, 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.

Cold Springs Campground Basics
Cold Springs Campground 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
Attractions near Cold Springs Campground: Find scenic hiking trails nearby. Fish the East Fork of the Kaweah River. Stop by Silver City Mountain Resort with a 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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