Sentinel Campground

Cedar Grove
Kings Canyon National Park

The Sphinx

Sentinel Campground, Cedar Grove, Kings Canyon National Park

Sentinel Campground

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks
Attractions and Activities

Kings Canyon and Sequoia visitors have many wonderful places to explore in the parks. Campers at Sentinel Campground in Cedar Grove are close to great hiking trails, \waterfalls, and good fishing in the Kings River.

  • Load up your day-pack and hit the trail for nearby Cedar Grove destinations such as Knapps's Cabin, Canyon View Lookout, and Roaring River Falls.
  • Participate in Ranger-led Programs at Grant Grove, Cedar Grove, Wuksachi Lodge, and John Muir Lodge.
  • Head out fishing along the Kings River in Cedar Grove or hike to Mist Falls.
  • Take advantage of a 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 up to Hume Lake for fishing and swimming.
  • Children can participate in the Junior Ranger Program.
  • Enjoy the annual Dark Sky Festival, September 7-9, 2018. Enjoy telescope viewings, solar observations, activities, and tours.

Key Sentinel Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must always be on leash and always attended. Except for service dogs, dogs are not permitted on any park trails or on the summer shuttle.
  2. Follow park directions regarding bears and store food and scented items in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles.
  3. Generators may only 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.

Sentinel Campground

Sentinel Campground is located at Cedar Grove near Road's End in Kings Canyon National Park. Cedar Grove is 30 miles from Grant Grove, down a winding canyon road with spectacular views of the Middle and South Forks of the Kings River. The campsites are near the South Fork of the Kings River in a beautiful, open conifer forest. Towering canyon walls rise on either side of the valley. Sentinel, Moraine, and Sheep Creek campgrounds are side by side and nearly identical.

Some campsites at Sentinel Campground will accommodate trailers up to 30 feet. All camps are provided with bear-proof lockers for storing food and any scented items. Nearby trails lead out to wonderful destinations such as Mist Falls, scenic views of the Sphinx, Bubbs Creek, and Paradise Valley.

Sentinel Campground Basics
Sentinel Campground Location: Cedar Grove, Kings Canyon National Park
Mileage/Driving Time: From Fresno - 89 miles, 2:10
Elevation: 4,600 feet
Number of Sites: 82
Open - Closed: late-April through early November
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: On leash, always attended
Call for up-to-date 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: varies
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated, but some facilities are accessible
Favorite Campsites: #7, 11, 12, 19, 55, 76
Fees: $18
Check-in, check-out: Check-in anytime, out at Noon

Sentinel Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, bear-proof food locker, fire ring
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater nearby
Showers and laundry: in Cedar Grove Village
Dump station: Princess Campground at Hwy. 180 at Hume Lake junction
Campground map: Sentinel Campground Map
Nearby facilities: Cedar Grove Village with lodge, restaurant, and store
Attractions near Sentinel Campground: Try your luck at fishing along the Kings River. Visit Cedar Grove Stables for trail rides. Follow scenic hiking trails to Mist Falls, Canyon View, and Roaring River Falls. Stop by the visitor center. Enjoy the local bike path. Attend interesting summer ranger programs.

Sentinel Campground, Cedar Grove, Kings Canyon National Park

Sentinel 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. 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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