Our family of four booked a campground for the July 4th. weekend back in February. Being able to book in advance really matters, because we tried to camp in Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP two years ago over the same holiday weekend without a reservation, and were disappointed.
Our site was almost level and close to the creek, but the creek was almost dry. NPS has stopped taking reservations for Dorst Creek due to a water shortage, so we had a number of emply sites. This was welcome, especially over the busy holiday weekend. The sites are dual use (tent or RV), and so some folks had generators running into the night. But generally these were not very noisy and were not a bother.
It was great to wake up to the twitter of birds in the morning, and to see a deer family peacefully grazing near our site. At night, the constellation of stars in the clear sky was amazing. We were planning to go on a ranger-led stargazing trip, but we ended up not having the time. The site does not have showers, and we had to wait in a long line for more than an hour and a half to get a ten minute shower ($4) at the public showers at Lodgepole Market.
We had hoped for ranger programs at the campground amphitheater, but it appeared to be not in use any more. We did go hiking on the hard-to-find Muir Grove trail, that starts near the group campsites, and saw a bear on our way back very close to the campgrounds.
Overall it was a lovely experience -- hopefully the water situation will improve so the park service reinstates advance reservations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dorst Campground has 204 campsites. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dorst Campground Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park