Despite being one of the larger campgrounds in Kings Canyon (there are 157 individual sites and 2 group sites), the high elevation means nice temperatures in the summertime and the sites are nicely spaced. This campground is really an ideal car-camping spot, which is nice if you are planning to cover ground during your trip. Also located near Grant Grove, it makes a nice jumping-off spot to explore the park, no matter how you decide to travel. The campground is first-come, first-serve, but generally does have available spots, making it a nice choice for a last minute trip. As with almost every camping spot in this park, you will want to bring or rent a bear locker so critters don’t get into your camping snacks before you do. As weather can affect whether a campground is open or not, always be sure to call 559-565-3341 before you go to double check.
Campsite area
Tent sites
159 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
No wheelchair access
No campfires
No toilet
No pets
No potable water
No showers
No picnic table


Offered near the campground.


While biking is only allowed on designated roads (not usually trails), there are still many opportunities to explore the area o...Read more


While motorized crafts aren’t allowed, there are still many awesome ways to explore these lovely waterways. Checkout our kayaki...Read more


There’s a reason they call it “fishing,” not catching, but while you may not catch the whopper you’ve always wanted in these wa...Read more


On foot is a great way to see this park, which offers many rewards in the form of gorgeous vistas and hidden scenery to those w...Read more

Horseback riding

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Kings Canyon also has a wealth of beautiful rivers that flow through the park, but kayakers and canoers should use extreme caut...Read more


The good news? There are some absolutely incredible rock formations at this park. The even better news? A ton of them are ava...Read more

Snow sports

Towering pines rise up from fresh powder, their evergreen branches crisp and startling against the stark white glare. Open mead...Read more

Whitewater paddling

If your ideal style of kaying is a little more fast paced, check out some of the great white-water opportunities in and around ...Read more

Wildlife watching

With hundreds of acres of landscape that range in climate, elevation and habitat, you can bet that there are lots of critters ...Read more

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Hipcamper Nicki
Nicki P.
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April 28th, 2021

One of my favorite campgrounds in one of my favorite parks. If you or a member of your party is disabled, the campground has two fully accessible sites (116 and 26) and some of the sites around them might work too. Beware though - many of the other sites have steep inclines and non-accessible restrooms. I personally love site 116 (and some others near it that I can't recall) because the accessible walkway to the accessible restroom is just lovely. Sunset Campground fills up really early, so good luck reserving a spot! As of today (April 2021), they only allow booking one month in advance, so stake out the website at 7AM PST one month from your camping date to secure your spot!

Hipcamper Lara
Lara L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 29th, 2019

Last year we booked for August and will definitely be back! so it's strange that this site says that it's first come first served. check the park website.
Sunset Campground earns its name as the show going down on the west side of the campground is not to be missed! However, if you manage to secure one of those coveted sites, plan to be inundated the rest of camp. We found it nice as we met our neighbors :) Sunset is close to much in the grant grove area, including General Grant, panorama point, and from there you can hike to the park ridge trail to fire lookout.
This campground has toilets, trash and I water. Please also be sure to use the bear lockers provided to protect yourself and the bears!

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Anna P.
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Hipcamper Mark
Mark C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 3rd, 2017

The site lists this as a first come, first served camp ground, but that is not the case. The park service website takes reservations. Not sure if there is any point showing up on dates that the website shows as fully booked. Crystal Springs and Azalea are first come first served only, while Sentinel sets aside some sites for walk ins.

This is a great website for privately run campgrounds, but for public campgrounds, I would not make it my primary source of information.

Hipcamper Tracey
Tracey S.
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May 30th, 2017

Be sure to secure all food and cooking supplies in the bear box.

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Jeremy F.
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March 1st, 2017

We showed up on a Friday morning in July without a reservation and had our pick of about 4 sites that were still open.

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Kings Canyon National Park
United States
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36.738° N, 118.967° W
Tent Only - Hike In: 157 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)
Tent Only - Group: 2 Sites
(Up to 30 people per site)