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Kings Canyon camping

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Kings Canyon camping

I am planning a camping trip to Kings Canyon(Cedar Grove area) in July and would like some suggestions/info. What is the best campground & campsite to stay at ? Can you float or raft on the river ? Is there a minimum amount of time to stay(considering the drive,etc.) to see the highlights of the valley in a relaxing way? Is Boyden Cave worth seeing? What are the facilities like in the valley(store,resturants,etc) Any tips/suggestions will be appreciated. We camp alot (normally go to Yosemite) but thought I would try something different this year.....


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1. Re: Kings Canyon camping

It's been at least 10 years since I was there. There are 3 campgrounds in the Cedar grove area, we always stayed at the one closest to the store, this is where the Ranger Station and Ampitheater is located. The campsites closest to the meadow had great views, but more mosquitoes and bugs were found there. Somewhere nearer the river was always preferred by us. Make us of the bear lockers for all your food. Leaving as little as a pack of gum in your car can be enouigh to tempt a bear to break into it.

We would float or tube down the river, if the river is high it can be damgerous. Take advantage of the Ranger guided walks they have, you can learn a lot. The walk up to Mist Falls is well worth the effort.

We usually stayed a week and thought that was not enough time.

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2. Re: Kings Canyon camping

You may not have a choice as they open on need. i have often camped there with only one open. I like to say the Kings/Sequoia has every thing Yosemite has Except the Crowds, Floating inside the Park is not allowed. Only in the Actual Canyon (not park controlled) can this be done & it is VERY DANGEROUS! Fish, relax, visit the water falls, picnic, ride horses, take the cave tour but stay out of the river except where fly fishing is permitted but even there be carefully. If you do a bit of "backside" Exploring you can find spots along the river where you can spend the day alone.

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