My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights at the end of May 2013. We arrived on Friday around noon on May 24th and stayed until Monday the 27th. It was $18 per night. Make sure to bring the correct amount of CASH because you cannot pay for this campsite with a credit card like some others. Also, note that some guidebooks (Fodor's) state that Azalea has showers. This is NOT true - as I discovered after driving around the campground and asking around like an idiot! There are showers in the nearby Grant Grove village area, but they are ONLY open to the public from 11am-4pm which didn't work for me. One night we drove down to Stony Creek (25 minutes away) to use their showers (hours 8am-8pm) $4 for 10 minutes.
My husband and I set up our tent in between three trees which was quite lovely. We stayed in site #95 near the meadow which was really pretty! The meadow has a shallow pool of water (as all the meadows in the parks do) so it's not great to play in, although I saw some college-aged kids throwing a football around in the meadow. I wouldn't encourage adults or children to play in the meadow because, although their are no signs, meadows are delicate environments which shouldn't be disturbed - also you never know what animals lurk within.
The park rangers were not very attentive to the campground, as compared to Potwisha where we stayed our first night. At Azalea, I didn't see a ranger on the way in and only saw them once or twice driving around in their vehicle. This is in contrast to Potwisha where the ranger made rounds on foot twice daily.
It was COLD when I was there in May - 42 degrees in the mornings. The water in the bathrooms is NOT warm - it was freezing! BRRR. They did have a sink to wash dishes in.
In terms of neighbors - we had some loud college-aged kids on one side and some screaming children on the other but people seemed to go to bed early so there were no quiet hour violations. Also the campsites were far enough away from one another that it wasn't very disruptive.
Overall recommended. I had a nice stay :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A scenic campground surrounded by sequoia trees and good hiking trails. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Azalea Campground Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park