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Boulder Gulch Campground is situated within the Sequoia National Forest in California. The forest itself encompasses a vast area within the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range. Visitors to Boulder Gulch can expect to enjoy a scenic and tranquil environment surrounded by towering trees, including the majestic sequoias for which the forest is named.

Campground Features

Campsites: Boulder Gulch Campground offers several campsites suitable for both tent camping and RVs. The sites typically feature amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and pedestal grills. While there is a range of sites available, many provide a good level of privacy and shade.

Facilities: The campground is equipped with basic facilities including:

  • Flush toilets
  • Potable water spigots
  • A dump station for RVs (may require an additional fee)

Some sites might also have access to electrical hookups, but it's important to verify this information while making a reservation or upon arrival.


Boulder Gulch Campground serves as an excellent base camp for various outdoor activities:

  • Hiking: Numerous trails are accessible from the campground and throughout Sequoia National Forest, fit for various skill levels. Hikers can explore the natural beauty, from streams and meadows to the dense forest.
  • Fishing: The nearby lakes and streams can provide excellent opportunities for fishing. Anglers can try their luck at catching local fish species in accordance with state and federal fishing regulations.
  • Boating: If near a lake, visitors may be able to enjoy boating activities. Some locations may offer boat rentals.
  • Wildlife Watching: The forest is home to a diverse array of wildlife. With some patience and a bit of luck, you may encounter deer, bears, and a variety of bird species.

Operating Season

Boulder Gulch Campground typically operates from spring through fall. However, the opening and closing dates can change yearly based on weather conditions. It is always a good idea to check the current operating status before planning a trip.


Reservations for Boulder Gulch can be made in advance, which is highly recommended during peak camping season to ensure you secure a spot. Walk-up sites may be available, but they tend to fill up quickly. Reservations can usually be made through a national reservation service or the Forest Service's website.


  • Wildlife: As with any campground in wilderness areas, it's essential to be aware of wildlife and store food securely to prevent attracting animals to the campsites.
  • Weather: Mountain weather can be unpredictable, so come prepared with appropriate clothing and gear for cold, rain, or heat, depending on the season.
  • Altitude: Since Sequoia National Forest is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, altitude sickness can be a concern. Ensure you acclimate properly and stay hydrated.

Additional Considerations:

  • Fire Safety: Pay attention to fire regulations, as they can change with conditions. Campfires may be restricted during periods of high fire danger.
  • Recreation Passes: Certain areas within the national forest may require a recreation pass, which can be purchased in advance or at local ranger stations.
  • Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace principles to help preserve the natural beauty of the area for future visitors.
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