Crystal Springs Campground

Grant Grove, Kings Canyon National Park


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Crystal Springs Campground, Grant Grove, Kings Canyon National Park

Crystal Springs Campground

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks
Attractions and Activities

Everyone visiting Kings Canyon and Sequoia will discover a wide range of scenic places to visit. Campers at Crystal Springs Campground in Grants Grove have easy access to all the scenic wonders of the two parks.

  • Participate in Ranger-led Programs at Grant Grove, Cedar Grove, Wuksachi Lodge, and John Muir Lodge.
  • Cast your fishing line in the Kings River in Cedar Grove or hike to Mist Falls.
  • In Sequoia, hop on the free shuttle to key sites in Sequoia's Lodgepole and Giant Forest area .
  • In Sequoia, tour Crystal Cave, climb the trail up Moro Rock, stand before the towering Sherman Tree, and visit the Giant Forest Museum.
  • Take a scenic driving tour of some of the spectacular vistas in the parks.
  • Drive down to beautiful Hume Lake for fishing and swimming.
  • Children will enjoy participating in the Junior Ranger Program.
  • try not to miss the annual Dark Sky Festival, August 21 - 23, 2017. Enjoy telescope viewings, solar observations, activities, and tours.

Key Crystal Springs Campground Regulations

  1. Keep your supplies away from bears by storing food and similar items in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles. Use of the lockers is required.
  2. Generators are only permitted to be operated from 9 AM to 9 PM. In Lodgepole and Dorst campgrounds, only operate generators from 8 AM to 11 AM and 5 PM to 8 PM.
  3. Dogs (except for service dogs) are not permitted on any park trails or on the summer shuttle.

Crystal Springs Campground

Crystal Springs Campground is located at Grant Grove near the entrance to Kings Canyon National Park. Campsites are spread through a mixed conifer forest. Centrally located, Crystal Springs Campground is a popular camping destination. There are also Group Camps for small groups.

The group camps require reservations while the standard family campsites are first come, first served.

The 36 campsites at Crystal Springs Campground are within easy walking distance of the Visitor Center and other facilities at Grant Grove. A nearby trail leads down to the popular Grant Grove area of Giant Sequoias. In the summer campfire programs are offered at the nearby amphitheater.

Crystal Springs Campground Basics
Crystal Springs Campground Location: Grant Grove, Kings Canyon National Park
Mileage/Driving Time: From Fresno - 68 miles, 1:35
Elevation: 6,500 feet
Number of Sites: 36
Open - Closed: late-May, and then again July through September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: On leash, always attended
Park phone contact: (559) 565-3341

Reservations at Crystal Springs Campground
No Reservations: Standard sites - first come, first served
Camping Limit: 14 nights from June 14 to September 14 with 30 days total per year
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 22 feet
Accessible Sites: Group site F
Favorite Campsites: #4, 10, 11, 16, 29, 30, 31, 34
Fees: $18
Check-in, check-out: Check-in anytime, out at Noon

Crystal Springs Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater nearby
Showers and laundry: Grant Grove, coin operated
Dump station: Dorst Creek Campground in Sequoia (summer only) and Princess Campground at Hwy. 180 at Hume Lake junction
Campground map: Crystal Springs Campground Map
Nearby facilities: Grant Grove Village with grocery store, gift shop, post office, restaurant
Attractions near Crystal Springs Campground: Participate in the many Ranger programs in summer. Take the short walk to General Grant Tree and Giant Sequoia groves. Set out on local hiking trails. Stop in at the Grant Grove Stables for trail rides among the trees. Visit Panoramic Point.

Crystal Springs Group Campground, Grant Grove, Kings Canyon National Park

Crystal Springs Group Campsite

Crystal Springs Group Camps

Crystal Springs Group Campsites are for groups from 7 to 15 people. There are 13 tent-only group sites in the campground, designated A - N. Site F is an accessible site. Reservations are available from late May to the end of September, up to 12 months in advance.

Each campsite has 3 picnic tables, a fire ring, and 2 bear-proof food storage boxes.

Reservations: Crystal Springs Group Campground
Fee: $35

General Camping Information for
Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. 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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