Dorst Creek Campground

Sequoia National Park

Kaweah River Canyon

Dorst Creek Campground, Sequoia National Park

Dorst Creek 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 5-7, 2016. 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 may only be operated from from 8 AM to 11 AM and 5 PM to 8 PM.

Nearby Campgrounds

Sequoia National Park Campgrounds

Grant Grove - Kings Canyon National Park

Foothills - Sequoia National Park

Mineral King - Sequoia National Park

Dorst Creek Campground

Dorst Creek Campground is along the Generals Highway between Grant Grove and Lodgepole, 10 miles northwest of Lodgepole. Campsites are in a confer forest with nearby meadows and streams. Dorst Creek's central location makes it an excellent basecamp for visiting sites in both Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Besides its more than 200 individual campsites, Dorst Creek also has 4 Group Campsites.

Some campsites are designated for RVs or trailers only, some as walk-in tent-only sites, some as tent-only, and many as tents, RVs or trailers. The campground is among the most modern in the area with ungraded facilities and excellent amenities. The spacious campground is popular with families. Children have room to ride their bikes, clamber on rocks, and explore the area.

Campground Basics
Location: Off Generals Highway, 10 miles NW of Lodgepole, Sequoia National Park
Elevation: 6,800 feet
Mileage/Driving Time: From Visalia - 62 miles, 1:35
Number of Sites: 218 sites
Open - Closed: mid-June through early September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground and Park Information: (559) 565-3341 or (559) 565-4487

Campsite Designations
RV or Trailer Only Sites: #1-61
Walk-in, Tent-only Sites: #62-73
Tent, RV, or Trailer Sites: #74-163
Tent-only Sites: #164-192
Group Sites: A-D

Reservations recommended: whenever the campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 3 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Camping Limit: 14 nights from June 14 to September 14 with 30 days total per year
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 30 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: #6, 11, 172-175, 177, 180
Favorite Campsites: #12, 15, 95, 105, 147, 156, 204, 205, 208
Entire 99-127 loop, especially #105,
Campground map: Dorst Creek Campground Map
Fees: $22
Reservations: Dorst Creek Campground
Check-in, check-out: Noon

Dorst Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Showers and laundry: 10 miles away at Lodgepole Market
Dump and water station: Yes
Nearby attractions: At campground - Trail to Lost Grove, Ranger programs in summer. Nearby in Lodgepole - trail to Tokopah Falls, Lodgepole Village. Within easy driving or shuttle distance - General Sherman Tree, Moro Rock, Crystal Cave (purchase tickets in Lodgepole Visitor Center, not sold at cave entrance), Tunnel Log, Tharp's Log Cabin, fishing

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.

Dorst Creek Campground, Sequoia National Park

Dorst Creek Campground

Dorst Creek Group Campsites

Dorst Creek has 4 group sites:

  • Sites A and B - 12 to 15 people, $50 per night
  • Site C - 12 to 50 people, $70 per night
  • Site D - 12 to 40 people, $60 per night

Sites can accept up to 2 RVs or trailers or 11 vehicles if they fit on the paved parking area designated for that group. They may be used for sleeping and other inside the vehicle activities. All other activities must occur in the site (not the parking area). Sites have picnic tables, fire pits, tap water, and food lockers.

Campsites open from mid-June to one day after Labor Day. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance by calling (877) 444-6777 or at Dorst Creek Group Campground Reservations.

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