Sequoia campground fees to increase next month

Fees at the four most popular campgrounds in Sequoia National Park — Lodgepole, Dorst Creek, Buckeye Flat, and Potwisha — will increase to $22 per night (from $18) on May 1. This is the first fee increase for Sequoia National Park campsites since 2003.

The fees will provide better customer service and pay for the cost of additional sites being available on the parks’ reservation system.

Potwisha (42 sites) and Buckeye Flat (28 sites; tents only) campgrounds, located in the foothills near Hospital Rock, will be available for the first time on the reservation system at www.Recreation.gov. Starting May 1, reservations will be available year-round for sites at Potwisha. 

There will still be a limited number of first-come, first-served sites available at Potwisha during the busy summer season.

To camp at Buckeye Flat, reservations will be required from May 21 to September 29. 

Reservations may be made up to six months advance for Lodgepole (214 sites), Dorst Creek (204 sites), Buckeye Flat, and Potwisha campgrounds at (877) 444-6777 or by logging onto www.recreation.gov.                    

The three other campgrounds in Sequoia — Mineral King/Atwell Mill (61 sites) and South Fork (10 sites) — do not require reservations.

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