Tent Camping Locations in Yosemite

Tent Camping Locations in Yosemite
Yosemite National Park is a popular destination for people who enjoy the outdoors. Campsites fill up in a hurry. Reservations need to be made months in advance on those sites that have reservations available. The sites that do not take reservations within the park fill up quickly. In the summer, they are usually filled before noon. Camping is allowed only in specific marked areas. Yosemite has 13 campgrounds within its borders.
 

Bridalveil Creek Group and Horse Camp

Bridalveil Creek Group and Horse Camp is for people who want to get into horseback riding along with their camping. You must have a horse to camp here. There is also a family campground that is part of the same complex where horses are not required. Two group sites for up to 30 people are available on a reservation basis. There are 110 additional family sites. Water is available, but there are no utilities for individual sites. The campground is on Glacier Point Road, 26 miles from Yosemite Valley, but still in the confines of the park at 7,200 feet elevation.

Bridalveil Creek Group and Horse Camp
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
877-444-6777
us-parks.com/yosemite-national-park/bridalveil-creek-campground.html

 
 

Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows is remote enough that you can get away from it all even in summer at one of the nation's most crowded national parks. Campsites are often available, even on the busiest days. This campground is an enormous meadow, with streams, trails and mountains all around. Camping is relatively primitive. There are family sites that have a fire ring, picnic table and food locker. There are no utilities, but there is a bathroom and water available. The campground is along Tioga Road, 55 miles from the Yosemite Valley, but still within the park. It is at 8,600 feet elevation.

Tuolumne Meadows
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
209-372-4025
recreation.gov/camping/Tuolumne_Meadows/r/campgroundDetails.do?page=details&contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70926&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

Lower Pines

Lower Pines is in Yosemite Valley, which is where most of the major attractions are. This makes it convenient, but it also can make it crowded. It is one of three campgrounds in the valley. The other two are Upper Pines and North Pines. There are no electric, water or sewer hookups. Bathrooms and bath houses are available. Campsites have a picnic table, fire ring and food locker. Pets are allowed on leashes. Lower Pines has 59 sites, North Pines has 53 and Upper Pines has 192.

Lower Pines
9024 Southside Drive
Yosemite National Park CA 95389
209-372-8502
recreation.gov/camping/Lower_Pines/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70928&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

 

Article Written By James Jordan

James Jordan has been a writer and photographer since 1980. He has worked for newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas, winning state press association awards for writing, photography and page design. In 1995 he received his master's in Christian education and completed two years of Ancient Greek at the graduate level. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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