We stayed in site 1 from 6/31 to 7/6 2013. Our site was fabulous. Although it is close to the entrance to the campground and the road that leads to Grant tree it was surprisingly quiet. It is a large site with decent elevation in case it rains. We had a doe visit us two times while we were camping and she didn't seem to mind us. It is close to the bathrooms, has a water spigot and it's own bear box.
When we first arrived the campground had many open spaces. We were actually surprised how empty it was. I thought being the week of July 4th it would be a mad dash to get any kind of a site. As the week went on it was a different story. It seemed every rule was being broken and no one of authority enforced them. The 6 people to a site and 2 tents was a joke. My husband and I took a walk around the entire campground and found 6+ areas that included multiple sites that large groups had occupied with lots of tents. A 3 site area had 8 tents (not an exaggeration). Even in the middle of the night (3am) you could expect to wait to use the bathroom. The number of people in each site was not enforced. It was miserable with that many people. The bathrooms would run out of toilet paper and get filthy and the dishes sink was always in use and disgusting.
Our family learned how to camp among bears last year and we are very careful to follow the rules of nothing scented in the tent, no food left out, no doing dishes or washing things in our site. That did not seem to be the practice of everyone else in the campground though. I watched our neighbors washing dishes in their site and dump the soap water in the fire ring. 75% of sites had their bear boxes open and/or food items, etc. laying all over their site. I watched the rangers and the "bear patrol" drive through and say nothing to these campers. I was so disappointed to hear that a young bear wandered into camp and was said to not be afraid of people. While we were there an adult bear was seen just outside of the campground too. I realize holidays bring out the weekend warrior type camper. Had the camp host or the rangers handed out a few fines, word would have spread and everyone would have been more diligent about following the rules. It's not just about human safety, it's about protecting the wildlife!
Quiet time was a joke. You could hear partying every night at 2-3am. We had a large group (about 20+) looking at the site next to us and I quickly went to registration to pay for it to be empty. The number of people per site was WAY more than 6!
An rv was parked in the "tent only" section. A ranger visited them and they did pull out the next day but were allowed to stay overnight.
I believe there is only one campground host and they were located in the upper section near the registration station. This campground is spread out and needs a host in each section.
This campground is close to Grant Village and centrally located within the park.
If it weren't for the holiday camper twits, this would have been a great campground! Better management is definitely a must here.
- 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