Campgrounds in Yosemite National Park are operated by the National Park Service. There are 13 campgrounds in the park. They are: (in Yosemite Valley) Lower Pines, North Pines, Upper Pines and Sunnyside Walk-in, (outside Yosemite Valley) Bridalveil Creek, Crane Flat, Hodgdon Meadow, Porcupine Flat, Tamarack Flat, Tuolumne Meadows, Wawona, White Wolf and Yosemite Creek.
There is a 30 day camping limit within Yosemite National Park in any calendar year.
Visitors to Yosemite will be able to make campground and tour reservations again beginning 15 Mar 2000.
Reservations are also required at Group Camps in Wawona, Tuolumne Meadows, Hodgdon Meadow, and Bridalveil Creek.
Reservations for Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows campsites can be made up to five months in advance starting on the 15th of the month. To make reservations for the summer season, you will need to call on the 15th. The phone lines will be busy so you need to keep trying and expect delays.
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Telephone Reservations: 800-436-7275
Customer Service: 800-388-2733
Hours - Open Daily: 10:00 am -10:00 pm EDT
Sites at Upper Pines campground in Yosemite Valley will continue to be available on a first come, first served basis until the new reservation system is on line. Group Camp, Upper and Lower River campgrounds, and a portion of Lower Pines campgrounds in Yosemite Valley were destroyed by flooding in January 1997. Plans are underway to rebuild the majority of these campsites in Yosemite Valley.
|Campground||Open||Close||Sites||Water||Toilet||Pets Allowed||Dump Station||Reservation||Fee|
|Upper Pines||All Year||238||Tap||Flush||Yes||Yes||Yes||$15.00|
|Sunnyside Walk-in||All Year||35||Tap||Flush||No||No||No||$3.00 per person|
Additional Camping Information
Check in/check out time for Yosemite Valley campgrounds is 10:00 am.
Maximum length for recreational vehicles in Valley campgrounds is 40 feet.
There is a 30 day camping limit within Yosemite National Park in any calendar year; however, the camping limit in Yosemite Valley is seven days, 01 May - 15 Sep.
Sunnyside Walk-in Campground is open all year on a first come, first served basis; these campsites are not wheelchair accessible. Sites are rented on a "per person basis," and six people will be placed in each campsite regardless of the number of people in your party. Sunnyside fills (often before 9:00 am) each day May through Sep
|Campground||Open||Close||Sites||Water||Toilet||Pets Allowed||Dump Station||Reservation||Fee|
|Hodgdon Meadow||All Year||105||Tap||Flush||Yes||No||Yes*||$15.00|
* Reservations required approximately May - Sep, then first-come first-served.
** .5 advanced reservations, .5 same day reservation, 25 walk-in spaces available for backpacking and visitors without vehicles.
Additional Camping Information
Check-in/check-out time for campgrounds outside the Valley is Noon. Maximum length for recreational vehicles is 35 feet.
There is a 30-day camping limit within Yosemite National Park in any calendar year however, from 01 May to 15 Sep inclusive, the camping limit outside the Valley is limited to a total of not more than 14 days, except for Wawona, which is limited to 7 days. Wawona and Hodgdon Meadow are open all year. Other campgrounds outside the Valley are open only during the summer months.
There are four group campgrounds in Yosemite in Wawona, Tuolumne Meadows, Hodgdon Meadow, and Bridalveil Creek. A maximum of 30 people are allowed in each group campsite and check-in/check-out time is Noon. The Valley group campground was destroyed in the January 1997 flood.
There are no hookups in Yosemite campgrounds, but there are sanitary dump stations in Yosemite Valley (all year), Wawona, and Tuolumne Meadows (summer only). Shower and laundry facilities are available year-round in Yosemite Valley. Due to the closure of the Yosemite Valley stables, the kennels will not be available this summer.
Rules and Regulations
Firewood collection is prohibited in Yosemite Valley. This includes "dead and down" wood. Please start campfires with newspaper. Do not burn pine needles or cones as they create unnecessary smoke. To improve air quality in Yosemite Valley, campfires are permitted only between 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm from 01 May through 15 Oct. Outside the Valley, wood may not be gathered at elevations above 9,600 feet or in sequoia groves. Cutting standing trees or attached limbs, alive or dead, is prohibited, as is the use of chain saws. Campfires are permitted only in established fire rings.
High Sierra Camps
Yosemite Concession Services Corporation operates five High Sierra Camps, which are spaced 5.7 to 10 miles apart along a loop trail in Yosemite's beautiful high country. All lodging is in canvas tent cabins that have dormitory-style steel frame beds with mattresses, pillows, woolen blankets and comforters. Hot showers, soap and restroom facilities are available. However, guests must provide their own sheets or sleep-sacks and towels. Sleep-sacks and Trek Towels can be purchased through Yosemite Concession Services Corporation mail order for confirmed High Camp guests. Due to high demand, High Sierra camps are reserved on a lottery basis. Applications are available October 15 to November 30 annually.
For More Information on this campground please call 559-253-5674
Walk-in campgrounds are available seasonally in the Tuolumne Meadows Campground, at Hetch Hetchy, and behind North Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley. Wilderness permit holders may spend one night before and one night after a wilderness trip in any one of these campgrounds. The cost is $5.00 per person per night. Reservations are not necessary.
Wilderness Camping Permits
Free wilderness permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into Yosemite's wilderness. They are not required for day hikes. Yosemite uses a trailhead quota system which limits the number of people who may begin overnight hikes from each trailhead, each day.
This system is designed to avoid overcrowding and to reduce impacts to wilderness areas. At least 40% of each trailhead quota is available on a first come first served basis the day of, or one day prior to, the beginning of your trip.
If you are starting a trip outside the park, obtain a permit from the land agency who manages your entry trailhead. Please plan your trip before you apply for a wilderness permit or write for a reservation.
Permits are also available by advance reservation. Wilderness permits are not a registration; leave an accurate itinerary with family or friends before you begin your trip.
Wilderness Permit Station Locations
Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center - Open spring and fall
Located in Yosemite Village next to the post office. Wilderness permits are available from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm in the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center when the wilderness center is closed.
Big Oak Flat - Open summer only
For overnight trips in the Crane Flat area, wilderness permits are available at the Big Oak Flat Wilderness Center on Highway 120 on a self registration basis.
Tuolumne Meadows - Open summer only
Located in parking lot .25 mile from the Tuolumne Meadows Ranger Station.
Badger Pass - Open winter only
Ranger Station A-Frame at Badger Pass on Glacier Point Road.
Hetch Hetchy - Open summer only
Located in the Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station.
Permits for Wawona trails are available on a self registration basis at the Wawona Information Station in the Hill's Studio adjacent to the Wawona Hotel, just off the Wawona Road (Highway 41).
Please obtain your free first come first serve permit from the Wilderness Permit Station nearest your departure trailhead. Call: 209-372-0200 for open permit station locations and hours. For those making trips from Cherry Lake in the Stanislaus National Forest to Kibbie Lake and Lake Eleanor in Yosemite, you must get your permit from the Stanislaus National Forest Ranger Station on Highway 120 in Groveland.
For more information call: 209-962-7825.
For visitors entering the park from Chiquito Pass in Sierra National Forest, permits for the whole trip must be obtained from the Forest Service in North Fork.
Call: 559-877-2218 for more information.
Wilderness users who plan to enjoy Yosemite's beautiful high country during our peak season (May through September) are encouraged to make permit reservations.
Reservations for summer trips (mid-May thru September) are accepted from 2 weeks to up to 24 weeks in advance by writing to:
P.O. Box 545
Yosemite, CA 95389
Or call: 209-372-0740 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Monday - Friday. Please select the option on Permit Information for details on reservations.
Reservations are available from 24 weeks to two days in advance of the trip start date and can be made Online.
Have the following information ready at the time of your request:
Payment by check or money order should be made to the Yosemite Association. Credit card payments are accepted with valid card number and expiration date.
Reservation phone lines are often busy. You are encourage to make your request in writing. Mailed requests are processed simultaneously with phone requests.
General Provisions - (The following conditions apply in Yosemite and were designed to help you enjoy and protect your national park.)
Much of Yosemite's wilderness is over 8,000 feet in elevation. Acclimation of stock is advisable. Stock and riders with little or no mountain experience may have problems with glacial polished "slick rock," rapid stream crossings, slide areas, and other unfamiliar conditions. Stock should be trained to picket, stand tied or use hobbles before going overnight in the mountains.
On The Trail
Except where otherwise posted, all designated trails in the park are open to stock use (except closures listed below). Trails open to stock on the floor of Yosemite Valley are signed as bridle paths. Tuolumne Meadows has some frontcountry restrictions.
Stock use in any part of the park may be limited or prohibited when, at the discretion of the Superintendent, such action is necessary to protect park values or safety of park visitors. Any such closure will be published and posted.
Yosemite Falls Trail from Yosemite Valley to the top of upper Yosemite Falls. Check Permit Stations for current trail conditions and any temporary closures.
Overnight boarding facilities, spot packing, and day rides are available from Yosemite Concession Services, Corp. (YCS) whose liveries are located within Yosemite National Park. Horse owners are responsible for making advance arrangements for overnight use and reservations are suggested for all services. Information may be obtained by calling YCS at: 209-372-1000.
To gain further information on available pack station operations, please contact the following:
Yosemite Concession Services
Attn: Stables Operation
Yosemite, CA 95389
Privately owned stock may be kept overnight only in campgrounds with designated stock sites.
Stock sites are available in the Wawona, Bridalveil Creek, and Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds. Wilderness stock users may also use sites at the Hetch Hetchy Stock Campground.
Advanced reservations should be made for most stock sites. Detailed information on the location, size, and reservation process for stock camps is available by writing:
Public Information Office
Yosemite National Park
PO Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389
Each year black bears are killed in Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks as a direct result of human carelessness and improper food storage.
Yosemite National Park is the home of a large and healthy bear population. Unfortunately, their natural behavior, foraging habits, distribution, and numbers have been altered by access to human food in the park. Bears habituated to these unnatural foods all too often lose their instinctive fear of humans. They become aggressive and can cause extensive damage to motor vehicles, trailers, tents, ice chests, and other camping equipment while searching for human food. When bears become too aggressive and destructive, they often have to be killed. The only way to stop this devastating cycle is to make sure that all food items are stored properly.
You Can Save A Bear's Life
Store all food and food related supplies in metal storage boxes where provided; clips must be used to secure bear boxes.
Bears recognize ice chests and cans, so store them the same as food.
Also, store grocery bags, garbage, and scented articles such as soap, sunscreen, hairspray, and toothpaste.
Sealing foods in air-tight containers will help minimize smells.
When storage boxes are not available, put all food and related supplies (especially ice chests), out of sight in your vehicle trunk.
In vehicles without trunks, all food, ice chests and related supplies must be stored out of sight. Cover them completely with a tarp or blanket to hide them from view. Close windows tightly.
In Picnic Areas and Campgrounds
Never leave food unattended in a picnic area or campsite, and always dispose of all garbage properly.
Always store all food and related supplies properly, including ice chests.
Store food day and night.
Bears may enter campsites or picnic areas during the day, even if people are there.
Keep a clean camp. Put trash in bear-proof cans and dumpsters regularly.
At the trailhead, store all food and related supplies properly, including ice chests.
Don't leave your backpack and walk off to take a photograph. Bears know packs are a source of food.
Plan ahead to store food and any scented items in one of these three ways, listed in order of effectiveness
Rent or buy National Park Service tested bear resistant portable food canisters (available at the Yosemite Valley Sports Shop, Curry Village Mountain Shop, Crane Flat Grocery, Wawona Store, Tuolumne Meadows Sport Shop). Bear Canisters can be purchased at the Wilderness Center in the Valley.
When available, use installed devices such as metal storage boxes, poles, or cabins (check locations before departure). Carefully hang food and related supplies using the counter-balance method (see Wilderness Food Storage). Use this option only if others are not available, and practice it before your trip.
It is strongly recommended that no food be left in vehicles. Store all food and related supplies left at trailheads properly, including ice chests.
In hard-sided cabins and rooms, store all food and related supplies indoors.
In canvas tent cabins, all food supplies and scented items must he stored in lockers where available or stored properly in vehicles.
Always put all garbage in bear-proof cans and dumpsters.
Never approach a bear, regardless of its size. If you encounter a bear, act immediately: throw small stones or pine cones towards it from a safe distance. The idea is to SCARE the bear NOT harm the bear. Yell, clap hands, and bang pots together. If there is more than one person, stand together to present a more intimidating figure, but do not surround the bear. Use caution if you see cubs, as a mother may act aggressively to defend them.
When done immediately, these actions have been successful in scaring bears away, but never try to directly retrieve anything once a bear has it. Report all incidents and sightings to a ranger.
Proper Food Storage
Federal law requires proper storage of food throughout Yosemite National Park. This includes all food related items and toiletries. Anything with an odor will be attractive to bears.
The National Park Service strongly advises all backpackers to carry and use bear resistant food storage canisters. Use of bear canisters is required above 9,600 feet, in the Rancheria Falls area, and at High Sierra Camps (if a bear box is not used). Bears are routinely obtaining properly hung food.
Bear resistant food storage canisters are currently the only effective portable means of food storage in Yosemite�s wilderness.
These portable containers are the most effective way for backpackers to store food in wilderness. Each plastic canister weighs less than 3 pounds, fits in a full-sized backpack, and is capable of holding up to 3 to 5 days worth of food for one person. Canisters are available for rent for $5.00 a trip at permit stations and many stores within Yosemite. Canisters can be returned at any rental location.
Rental/Purchase Locations (year-round): Curry Village Mountain Shop, Yosemite Village Sports Shop, Crane Flat Grocery, and the Wawona Store. Canisters are also available for sale at Yosemite Association's online bookstore (proceeds from sale of canisters goes to supporting the rental program).
Rental/Purchase Locations (seasonal): Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center, Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Permit Station, Big Oak Flat Wilderness Permit/Information Station, Wawona Wilderness Permit/Information Station, Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station (rentals only),.Tuolumne Meadows Sport Shop, and the Tuolumne Meadows Store.
In 2001, additional food storage containers were approved for use in Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks and Inyo National Forest. Two levels of approval apply to each type of container. Conditional approval is given to containers that have passed an inspection and zoo tests. Full approval is given to containers that have been given conditional approval and that have been used by visitors or park staff for a summer without any problems. Either type of approval may be rescinded if unforseen problems occur in the field.
Full Approval - Backpacker Model 812-C (Garcia)
Conditional Approval - Bearikade / Kodiak-Kan (Wild Ideas), BearCan BK-01 (Geo Enterprises)
Ursack Ultra Conditional Approval - Revoked: The Sierra Interagency Black Bear Group (SIBBG) gave the Ursack Ultra conditional approval on June 4. Unfortunately, the SIBBG had to revoke the approval on July 23 due to failures of the Ursack. No models of the Ursack are approved for use in Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks or in Inyo National Forest.
Berner Bear Box (Westfab Inc.)
*Steel Salvage Drums with a Security Lid may be used until Panniers are purchased. [Model K1035, 8 gallon head - Dozier - and - Model 9M-9117, 8 gallon head - Lab Safety Supply Co.]
Cougars - Mountain Lions
Mountain lion sightings and encounters have increased throughout Yosemite over the past several years. The lions are an important part of the park ecosystem, helping to keep deer and other prey populations in check. Although lion attacks are rare, they are possible, as is injury from any wild animal. We offer the following recommendations to increase your safety:
Pets can attract mountain lions into developed areas.
Avoid walking alone.
Watch children closely and never let them run ahead or lag behind on the trail.
Talk to children about lions and teach them what to do if they meet one.
Store food according to park regulations. (See Food Storage in the Bear Section.)
Never approach a mountain lion, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation. Always give them a way to escape. Don't run. Stay calm. Hold your ground, or back away slowly. Face the lion and stand upright. Do all you can to appear larger. Grab a stick. Raise your arms. If you have small children with you, pick them up. If the lion behaves aggressively, wave your arms, shout and throw objects at it. The goal is to convince it that you are not prey and may be dangerous yourself. If attacked, fight back!
Generally, mountain lions are calm, quiet, and elusive. The chance of being attacked by a mountain lion is quite low compared to may other natural hazards. There is, for example, a far greater risk of being struck by lightning than being attacked by a mountain lion.
Fishing regulations for Yosemite National Park follow those set by the State of California, including the requirement that a valid California sport fishing license must be displayed by all persons 16 years of age and older who are fishing in Yosemite National Park. Licenses must be plainly visible, attached to outer clothing at or above the waist line. To obtain licenses and additional information, inquire at concession facilities in Yosemite Valley and Wawona.
Yosemite's streams and river fishing season is closed until the last Sat of April. The only exception is Frog Creek near Lake Eleanor where fishing season doesn't open until 15 Jun in order to protect spawning rainbow trout. All lakes and reservoirs are open to fishing year round.
There are some special regulations that apply within the park:
Tick Borne Diseases
Be aware that ticks may exist in the park. Consult your doctor if you believe you've been bitten.
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