Camping on USFS Land

The USFS offers developed, undeveloped, group, and remote camping opportunities. For specific information on camping in USFS areas, contact the nearest office, or visit the National Forest Service website at: or visit:, the Sequoia National Forest website. You can make campground reservations using the National Recreation Reservation System at (877) 444-6777 or visit:

Except where prohibited, back country camping is allowed one mile away from a developed area, paved road, or “day use only” area. Camp only in previously disturbed areas, and park your vehicle close to the roadway to minimize impact. Back country campsites must be more than 100 yards from any water source to protect these fragile areas for wildlife use.


Regulations governing campfires are specific to each National Forest and can change with weather conditions and the seasons. To protect yourself and the forest, before each visit, check with the Forest Service for current campfire restrictions.

Open fires—including stoves—may be banned completely during periods of high fire danger. Outside of existing campfire rings, please use a metal fire pan. Firewood collection is restricted to downed and dead materials. Always “Drown, Stir and Feel” to ensure any fire is completely out. Contact local agency offices for further fire information.

Hunting and Shooting

Before operating a firearm, make sure that you are in a legal area, and it is safe to shoot. Pick up ALL targets, cartridges, and other trash before leaving.

All state laws regarding hunting, including the possession of valid state hunting license, are in effect on public lands. Hunting opportunities exist for migratory birds, upland game, fur-bearing mammals, and big game,
except where prohibited by state or local laws, or posted otherwise. Although hunting is allowed, target shooting is prohibited in Wilderness Areas. Questions regarding these opportunities should be directed to the local land management field office. For information on hunting or fishing regulations, call the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at (916) 445-0411 or visit:

The shooting or discharge of firearms is generally permitted on USFS and BLM-managed lands unless posted otherwise, as long as such activity is permitted by state and local laws. Shooters are prohibited from destroying any natural features, including rock formations and plants. All targets and cartridges must be cleaned up and removed from public lands. A firearm may not be discharged within 150 yards of any developed area.

Domestic Animals

Pets are welcome on USFS land, but it is best to keep them on leash as they may chase after prey and get lost. Small dogs can fall victim to coyotes, raptors, or mountain lions. Please clean up after your pet. Leaving a pet in a vehicle or trailer can be dangerous or fatal in warm temperatures.


Motorized vehicles, motorized equipment, or any other form of mechanical transport, are prohibited in all wilderness areas. For current information about permits, regulations, and tips for your wilderness adventure, please contact the managing agency.
All visitors should utilize the “Leave No Trace Seven Principles:”

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

The member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. This copyrighted information has been reprinted with permission from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Learn more at:

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