Also located in Kings Canyon like nearby Sentinel Campground, this campground is on the middle fork of the Kings River. Located at 4,600 feet,...
Despite being one of the larger campgrounds in Kings Canyon (there are 157 individual sites and 2 group sites), the high elevation means nice...
Sheep's Creek is THE spot to camp in King's Canyon. One can fall asleep to the sound of rushing water from anywhere in the campgrounds, though there are plenty of spots to grab right along the river (caution is advised when camping near any river). The spaces are some of the largest I've seen anywhere in the country, especially the sites along the outer edge. This gives a feeling of seclusion even when the next site over is occupied. The trees are numerous, providing plenty of shade in the afternoon, and many hammock hanging opportunities.
I suggest higher grounds (Sequoia) in the summer, as the heat and bugs can be intense here.
If you do wind up getting delayed, check out the little town of Three Rivers. It’s a lovely spot with yummy local food and art galleries.
Make sure you either bring or rent a lock box (before you get to the park). Nature usually finds a way to make it into your car (hot dogs are worth it when your diet is nuts and berries).
It gets chilly, even in the summer, so bring layers and plenty of blankets for those crisp, cool nights.
The same thing that makes this park great also means that there is no cell service, so be prepared for no GPS.
Humans have traveled or lived in the Southern Sierra for at least 6-7,000 years. In the higher mountains, and also down into the western foothills, lived hunters and gatherers remembered today as the Monache or Western Mono. West of the Monache in the lowest foothills and also across the expanses of the Great Central Valley were a second group, the Yokuts.
In the late 1700s and early 1800s, Spanish agents began exploring the edge of the Sierra Nevada Range. Within 50 years or so, trappers, sheepherders, miners, and loggers poured into the Sierra seeking to use the mountains' resources. By the end of the 19th century, San Joaquin Valley communities increasingly looked to the Sierra for water and recreation. In the struggle between all these competing interests, two national parks were born that became known as Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Today, the parks together protect well over 500 Native American archeological sites and over 100 historic sites. The number of recorded sites grows each year because of project surveys.