Yosemite National Park Camping

Yosemite National Park Camping

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

Yosemite National Park Camping Guide

Camping Reservations

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.

Click here to make a reservations Online.
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.

Yosemite Valley Campground Information

Campground Open Close Sites Water Toilet Pets Allowed Dump Station Reservation Fee
Lower Pines Mar Oct 60 Tap Flush No No Yes $15.00
North Pines Apr Oct 85 Tap Flush No No Yes $15.00
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.

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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

Campgrounds Outside Yosemite Valley

Campground Open Close Sites Water Toilet Pets Allowed Dump Station Reservation Fee
Bridalveil Creek Jun Sep 110 Tap Flush Yes No No $10.00
Crane Flat Jun Sep 166 Tap Flush Yes No Yes $15.00
Hodgdon Meadow All Year   105 Tap Flush Yes No Yes* $15.00
Porcupine Flat Jun Sep 52 Stream Pit No No No $6.00
Tamarack Flat Jul Sep 52 Stream Pit No No No $6.00
Tuolumne Meadows Jul Sep 314 Tap Flush Yes Yes Yes** $15.00
Wawona All Year   100 Tap Flush Yes Yes Yes* $15.00
White Wolf Jul Sep 87 Tap Flush Yes No No $10.00
Yosemite Creek Jul Sep 75 Stream Pit Yes No No $6.00

* 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.

Group Campgrounds
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

  • Camping / sleeping in vehicles is permitted only in designated campsites.
  • Maximum of six people per campsite including children.
  • Pets are permitted only in specific campgrounds. Pets must be on a leash at all times, are not allowed on any hiking trails, and may not be left unattended while tied in a campsite.
  • Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.
  • Generators may be used sparingly between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm.
  • Dishwater and sewage must be disposed of in designated utility drains.
  • Electrical extension cords may not be connected to campground restroom outlets.

Campfires

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

Backpackers’ Campgrounds
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.

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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.

In Camp Always…

  • Use a hardened site at least four miles from the trailhead. Select your campsite carefully.
  • Camp and tie stock at least 100 feet from water.
  • Tie stock so they cannot chew on tree bark or eat the leaves of woody vegetation. A hitch line between trees is recommended. Wrap trees under rope to protect bark.
  • Pack out all trash, including any trash left in a campfire pit.
  • Rake or scatter manure at all rest stops and when breaking camp.
  • Fill in all holes and return all trampled areas to their natural state.

Never…

  • Tie stock to trees, except for rest or loading and unloading.
  • Picket stock in wet meadows.
  • Make permanent improvements, i.e. corrals, hitching rails, tables, or benches.

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