Sunset campground is centrally located in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in central California's rugged Sierra Nevada range. This campground is at an elevation of 6,500 feet. A number of hiking trails begin within walking distance of the campground including the one mile trail to the General Grant Tree.
There are numerous recreation opportunities in the immediate area. From your campsite, you can hike to a sequoia grove that includes the General Grant Tree, the Nation's Christmas Tree and only living memorial to our military veterans. Hike to the beautiful Ella Falls, a 50 foot waterfall or to Panoramic Point for a breathtaking view of the high Sierras.
Group sites A & B are for tents only and have paved parking areas. No recreational vehicles allowed. The two group sites include 6 picnic tables, fire rings and 6 bear boxes. Flush toilets and potable water are available in the campground. Each group site can accommodate 15-30 people. Vehicles are not allowed to drive in to sites for unloading ice chests or supplies. Food lockers dimensions for all campsites are 47" long X 33" deep X 28" high. Group sites are located across the street from Grant Grove Village.
Sunset campground is located in a mixed evergreen forest of sugar pines, incense cedar, fir and sequoia trees. Summer days can be warm and dry with cool nights.
Wildlife is abundant and includes black bear, mule deer, gray squirrel, golden-mantled ground squirrel, and a variety of resident birds, among many others.
The dynamic landscape of the park evolves from geologic processes working over millennia to sculpt granite, marble and other forms of rock. Here in the parks are canyons carved by rivers and glaciers, towering rugged peaks and miles of underground caverns. Found throughout the park are thousands of lakes and ponds and miles of rivers and streams.
Sunset campground is within an hour's drive of the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park, home of the biggest tree in the world, the General Sherman, and the Cedar Grove area of Kings Canyon National Park. Fishing is 30 minutes away at Hume Lake in Sequoia National Forest. The national forest also includes Converse Basin and the Chicago Stump, where you can learn the history of logging in the area. The Crystal Caves are about a two hour drive (16 miles/63 km) from the campground. Reserve your tickets in advance on Recreation.gov.
Charges & Cancellations
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Additional fees will apply for late cancellations. For individual campsites: All cancellations made between midnight on the day before arrival and check out time on the day after arrival are considered late cancellations and will incur a $10.00 cancellation fee and will also forfeit the first night’s use fee. Cancellations for a single night’s reservation will forfeit the entire use fee but no cancellation fee will apply. For group campsites: All cancellations made within 14 days of the scheduled arrival date are considered late cancellations and will incur the $10.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's use fee. Cancellations for a single night's use will forfeit the entire use fee but no cancellation fee will apply. ADA Access: N
I stayed here for 3 nights on 4th of July weekend. I really liked the campground location and layout but I was pretty disappointed with the level of noise throughout the night. It seems to be the standard at most of the popular national park campgrounds. It's just what happens when you have over 100 campsites in a relatively small area. That being said, hearing a car alarm going off over and over can really take away from your wilderness experience. We stayed at sites 132 & 133 with a group of 12 people and had plenty of room for our group. We were right next to the bathroom which was nice when you had to go, but not so nice when you can hear people walking through your camp all night going to use the bathroom. Bathrooms were pretty clean and had flushing toilets.
Good location. Close to visitor's center and General Grant tree trail. It is also a good central location if you are interested in seeing Cedar Grove and Lodgepole areas. You are about 1 hr from each at this campground. Azalea campground is very close by and appears to be similar to this one.
Overall, I usually go to the National Parks to enjoy the sights, trails, & back country, not my campsite. My experience in the park was still great even though I didn't really care for the campground. I felt lucky to have a campsite within the park close enough to all of the attractions and amenities. If total piece and serenity is what you are looking for, look into back country camping.