Tent Camping Near Yosemite

Tent Camping Near Yosemite
Yosemite National Park is located in Wawona, California on the western side of the U.S. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the park is home to one of North America's highest waterfalls, Yosemite Falls, at 2,425 feet. While the park offers a natural attraction that brings in several thousand visitors each year, many people choose to pitch their tent in areas around the outside of the park. Yosemite is surrounded by several campgrounds and parks that offer a primitive setting for tent campers.

Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging

For the avid tenter who wants to be near Yosemite Park, Yosemite Pines is a reasonable choice. Five miles from the gate of the west side of Yosemite Park, this 400-acre RV Park welcomes large travel trailers, RVs and primitive campers.

With over 30 tent sites at Yosemite Pines, you can choose from an individual site or group site for multiple camping groups. Sites are within close proximity to shower and bathroom facilities. These sites are primitive and do not include access to water via spigot. Sites do not have electrical hookups. Each site includes a picnic table and fire ring. Tent areas are partially wooded with grassy and sandy terrain.

Yosemite Pines is nestled around a lake and offers beach activities such as sunbathing, swimming and volleyball. This park is a membership campground and those who wish to tent here must pay for a membership pass through Thousand Trails Inc. or stay with a guest who has a membership. Beginning at $35 a night for the 2010 camping season, Yosemite Pines is affordable. The park offers an array of activities such as kayaking, hiking paths, mini-golf and mountain bike rentals.

Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging
20450 Old Highway 120
Groveland, CA 95321


Big Sandy Campground

The Big Sandy Campground, part of the Sierra National Forest is located just south of the border of Yosemite National Park. It is also adjacent to Big Creek and offers open campsites with clusters of trees for shade. This campground has minimal supervision by U.S. Forest Rangers, so camping is at your own risk. Sites are primitive, offer no running water or electricity and are a combination of paved and dirt driveways. There are fire rings, grills and picnic tables at each campsite. While this campground is small at only 18 sites, it is an inexpensive alternative to many of the Yosemite National Park campsites. Rates start at $17 a night for the 2010 season which runs May through September.

Big Sandy Campground
57003 Road 225
North Fork, CA 93643

Cherry Valley Campground

Cherry Valley Campground is located on the west side of Yosemite National Park. This is a good campground for tent camping and the outdoor enthusiast. Sites are wooded and primitive. The campground is located on Cherry Lake and is close to a public boat launch. No reservations are required. For the 2010 season, rates begin at $19 a night with a maximum of 14 nights.

The campground is mainly wooded and offers a variety of marked and unmarked trails. A hiker's favorite includes the Pilot Ridge Trail which includes rigorous terrain and is suitable for experienced hikers and backpackers. The nearby Cherry Valley Dam is a great sightseeing attraction to include in your camping trip. With the Cherry Creek's twisting and rapid waters, kayaks are encouraged. This campground is secluded yet close enough in proximity to Yosemite for a peaceful tenting excursion.

Cherry Valley Campground
19777 Greenley Road
Sonora, CA 95370


Article Written By Julie Boehlke

Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.

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