Camping In Sequoia National Park

Imagine standing among giants so tall they blot out the sky. Somehow, only the sun is able to streak through a myriad of outstretched fingers. Welcome to Sequoia National Park, a place where one upward glance gives life new perspective. This national park lies on the western slope of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, home to the largest tree in the world.

“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.” — Preservationist John Muir

Sequoia National Park sits adjacent to Kings Canyon National Park, and the two together amass more than 860,000 acres of wilderness with low-winding valleys, ever-majestic forests and high-mountain peaks waiting to be discovered. You can even explore the underground world of Sequoia, embarking on a crystal cave tour. Or venture upward, like the great Sequoias, scrambling over granite cliffs to reach towering domes, like Moro Rock.
Camping in the Sequoia National Park only heightens the experience. Nine of the 14 campgrounds allow RV camping, but of course, you’ll want to make sure the sits can accommodate the length of your Fleetwood RV. You’ll also want to note that none of the campgrounds offer hookups. The Lodgepole Campground is the park’s busiest, making it arguably the best campground in Sequoia National Park. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance. The campground offers 214 sites with close proximity to Lodgepole Village’s market, laundry, showers, and visitor center and is just a few miles from the Giant Forest Sequoia Grove, home to four of the five largest sequoias in the world.

Things To Do In Sequoia National Park

  1. Hike until your heart’s content. Foothill trails offer lower-elevation hikes among lush foliage, or you can hike through forests of giant sequoias. Meanwhile, looming granite walls and Moro Rock’s historic staircase provide stunning vistas. 
  2. Admire the many rivers, but make sure to steer clear of the water itself. The rivers are swift and cold, and drowning is one of the park’s top causes of death. Fishing is permitted, boating is not, and only advanced kayakers are allowed on the river.
  3. Watch for animals! More than 260 native vertebrate species call the parks home. Keep your eyes peeled for gray foxes, pocket gophers, California quail and mule deer. Bird watching is plentiful here, too. Be on alert for bears, snakes, and bobcats!
  4. Trading in your hiking boots for horseshoes. Guided horseback rides are available, or you can bring your own horse. Just make sure to you familiarize yourself with the parks “Stock Use” guidelines to help protect these forests.
  5. And of course, what’s a trip to Sequoia National Park without hitting the iconic stops — the Giant Forest with more than 8,000 colossal sequoia trees and the Crystal Cave with subterranean discoveries. (Take a 45-minute cave tour or the 4+-hour adventure tour.)

Campground Near Sequoia National Park

If you don’t want to dry camp inside the park, consider staying at the Sequoia RV Ranch, only 8 miles from the southern entrance of Sequoia National Park. Open year-round, the ranch offers everything from premium pull-thrus to deluxe river sites, and nestled near Kaweah River, RVers can enjoy a spring-fed swimming hole. Click here to learn more.