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“Sunset CG #37: The "Crown Jewel" Of the Sequoia--KC Park Complex” 5 of 5 stars
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Grant Grove, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA   |  
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“Sunset CG #37: The "Crown Jewel" Of the Sequoia--KC Park Complex”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2008

Excellent does not say it adequately. Not within a Texas Mile or more. This is a superb CG and it runs right to the ridge overlooking Sequoia Lake below. If you read my previous review for Azalea CG, next door, my wife and I spent 110 days in the Sequoia--KC complex. We stayed the vast majority in Sunset and of that time the majority of that in site #37. Now this site overlooks Sequoia Lake. You go straight back and go all the way to the back. Just as you begin to go left, look up to your right, and there she is. And what a jewel this campsite is. You'll be the envy of all who camp there. You have a private walkway out unto the Ridge at night, where I set up my telescope and spent the nights traveling the heavens, in search of planets and galaxies, and the like. The Sunsets here--the name of the CG no doubt has something to do with it--are BREATHTAKING. Fire overhangs the ridge, like a descending caldron of bright red and orange and yellow and purple. Venus appears, ultimately, over the ridge, and governs many nights during the Summer, along with Jupiter and Saturn. The Belt of Venus is stunning from this location--utterly stunning in its beauty. It is a short walk to the restroom. all other campsites are beginning to drop away below you, to your left more so, and to your right also, but less rapidly. On a Monday morning we stood without a view of another camper as we arose for coffee after a summer rain. Everyone else went home except the RV's and trailers near the front, by the road. This is THE CAMPSITE. Lodgepole is a bit down the road but a lovely drive. Grant grove is right next door almost. The Converse Basin, a monument to the stupidity of mankind, is just around the corner, on a dirt road that is easily driven. Nearby, towards Sequoia is the Redwood Grove, the largest standing grove of Giant Sequoia on planet earth. You may have racoons visit at night as well as bear. We had a bit of a flurry with hornets but we prevailed by burying their hive underneath the rocks with dirt and with sticks and with rocks. And we did not get stung. The ranger and other staff are friendly and supportive IF you know what you're doing, you live by the rules, and you don't make a nuisance of yourself--e.g. with drugs and alcohol. Loud and foulmouthed Drunks and Druggies won't much like it here because they have a jail ready for you. Go elsewhere if that's you, you're not likely to have a good time if you're rowdy and into chemicals. This is a superb CG, for peace and quiet. It is great for families. and it is quiet. I say that a bit tongue-in-cheek because overhead you can often hear the wind going thru the trees at a pace that roars, truly like a river, even the nearby Kings River, except at the picnic table, only a small, delicate breeze. You've never seen anything like it anywhere else. One last thing, think about how to park without Jeffrey Pine cones (very, very large) landing on your car or SUV, as they can do damage. Enjoy~!

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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Address: Grant Grove, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Ranked #18 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 157
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Sunset Campground Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park

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