Camping in Yosemite National Park

Camping in Yosemite National Park
There are 13 campgrounds at Yosemite National Park. Each campground has its own guidelines regarding pets, RVs and whether it takes reservations. In addition, the campgrounds are located at a variety of different elevations from 4,000 feet to more than 8,000 feet. When planning a trip to Yosemite, be sure to do your research and choose the best camp site for your needs.

RV Camping

For those traveling by RV, Yosemite National park has 10 campgrounds set up for RVs located throughout Yosemite Valley, and both North and South of Yosemite Valley. Only three of these campgrounds are available year-round: Upper Pines, Wawona and Hogdon Meadow. Reservations are highly recommended, particularly between April and September. RV hookups are not available in Yosemite National Park; however, dump stations can be found at Upper Pines, Wawona and Tuolumne. The maximum RV length allowed at Yosemite is 40 feet, while the maximum trailer length is 35feet, but be sure to check with the individual camp site as different camp sites have different RV/trailer length restrictions.

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley has four camp sites. Upper Pines and Camp 4 are the only two year-round campsites located in Yosemite Valley. Upper Pines is the biggest camp site with more than 200 sites. The camp sites are all at an elevation of around 4,000 feet. Reservations are required for all of the campgrounds except Camp 4, which works on a first-come, first-served basis. The daily fee for all of the camp sites in Yosemite Valley except Camp 4 is $20, with Camp 4 costing $5 per person. Camp 4 is the only camp site that doesn't allow pets.

South of Yosemite Valley

There are two camp sites located south of Yosemite Valley. Wawona campground is located just a mile north of Wawona and sits at an elevation of just 4,000 feet. Bridalveil Creek is located on Glacier Point road and sits at an elevation of 7,200 feet. Both camp sites allow RVs, and both allow pets. Wawona is open year-round, while Bridalveil Creek is only open from July to September. Bridalveil Creek works on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wawona requires reservations between the busy months of May to September.

North of Yosemite Valley

There are seven camp sites north of Yosemite Valley. The camp sites vary in elevation-from 4,000 to 8,600 feet. Only one, Hogdon Meadow, is open year-round. All but Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek allow RVs. Tamarack Flat and Porcupine Flat are the only two camp sites that do not allow pets. For those who don't want to make a reservation, four of the camp sites, Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, Yosemite Creek and Porcupine Flat, do not require reservations.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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