DH and I decided to go to Sequoia/Kings Canyon over the Fourth of July weekend. Since we've never been there we were worried about getting a first-come / first-served site so we went up early Wednesday the third. We arrived about 9:30am and had lots of sites to choose from although we were a bit limited due to the size of our tent (10' X 16'). We picked out site 58 and it is great! Very large and private with nobody behind us and way off the road. The first night there was nobody in the site right in front of us (site 56, I think, which is rather small and right on the road) which was ideal. But even with people in that site it was far enough away that it didn't really bother us. The only downside to this site is it is really far from the bathrooms.
Speaking of the bathrooms...as others have noted, there is only cold water and no hand soap. Two stalls in the woman's and one stall and a urinal in the men's. Showers are across the road at Grant. The showers are $1.00 for three minutes (quarters only). On the busy weekend there was usually a line. They are advertised as available from 9am - 4pm but we were able to go much later than 4pm. The showers were cold if multiple people were using them and there is no way to adjust the temperature.
Other reviewers have said that you must have exact cash to pay as they don't take credit cards. This is NOT true. Once you pick your site you fill out a little envelope and you have the option of putting cash or check inside ($18 per night) or filling out your credit card info and dropping it in the drop box.
The campgrounds are about 30ish miles from Kings Canyon in one direction and the same distance to General Sherman's Tree, Moro Rock, Big Tree Trail and Crescent Meadow in the other direction. Allow a good hour to drive the beautiful, windy roads and allow more time for stops along the way.
We are already counting the days until we can go again and will definitely stay in Azalea and hopefully get site 58 again. In fact, the day before we left an older gentleman with an Airstream asked us if he could have the spot when we left. He and his wife have been coming here every year for over 20 years and they always try to get #58. Of course they have an advantage of having their own bathroom!
Oh, one final tip: on the fourth the campgrounds were full and stayed that way until the fifth. However, even when people started leaving the Full sign stayed up quite a long time afterwards so I would say don't see the full sign and believe it. It is probably worth it to drive through and check for yourself if it really is full. That same couple that wanted our site said the same thing...never believe the full sign.
- 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