My wife and I camped, and I know this may sound both difficult or extraordinary, and surely it was both, for over 110 days in the Summer of 2005. I can verify it. We became locals of Grant Grove area, and it all began, on June 2nd, 2005, at Azalea. The campground is a nice campground, and has a little of something for everyone. If someone likes to have a remote space, on unlevel ground, it's available here. If one prefers a space that is level, right by the bathroom and the parking lot, that too is available here. It was here that we had frequent visitors, in the form of the White headed Woodpecker (Picoides albolarvatus), both a male and a female, and, ostensibly, a mating pair. Similarly, at this same campground, we were regularly frequented by the Tanagers, both a male and a female, and again, they visited together. When we arrived, that Summer, there was still some small segments of snow remaining. The nights were cold and so were the mornings. As we eased into our epic Summer in the forest, Azalea was the place to begin. It is directly next to the majestic Grant Grove, just down the road and below. It is just above Sequoia Lake. Technically, the USFS has a 14-Day rule/ 30-Day Max rule, but we were allowed to stay. We obeyed the rules re bears and our bear vault without failure. Our camp was spotless and clean. We paid our rent space on time and in large blocks of 1-2 weeks at a time, usually the latter. There is a pizza parlor at Grant Grove that serves a delicious pizza and has ice-cold beer and other menu and drink items. It is (or was) on the other side of the actual eatery there, which is both expensive and touchy. We went to shower and do laundry at Lodgepole, down the road, and Sunday morning early is the best time to go in for that. You'll likely face no other person the entire trip to Lodgepole, except, perhaps, a lonely Coyote, as we did, bounding down the road, walking right by our stopped car as if WE were the miscreants. Azalea is a lovely campground. We preferred Sunset, which is next door, and it is where we finished our Summer. We did all of June at Azalea, and we did the rest of it at Sunset. We would absolutely recommend Azalea Campground to anyone.
- 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