Yosemite National Park is a beautiful spot to visit year-round. From the bustling summer to the quiet snow-covered winter months, the beauty of Yosemite changes with each season. Camping reservations in the valley are hard to come but there are plenty of nearby options for a camping vacation.
Yosemite Valley Campgrounds
Here is an overview of the campgrounds at Yosemite National Park to help you plan your trip. The level of amenities at each campground vary, so if your heart is set on staying in a certain area, be sure to plan well in advance to get your reservation.
Upper Pines Campground
Upper Pines Campground located in Yosemite Valley and is open all year. Reservations required for stays from March through November. The rest of the year is on a first come, first serve. There are 238 sites and RV’s up to 35 feet and trailers up to 24 feet are allowed. Easy walking distance to Half Dome Village and the falls.
Lower Pines Campground is situated near Half Dome Village in Yosemite Valley. It is typically open March through October. Reservations required and can be made up to five months in advance. There are 60 sites and RV’s up to 40 feet and trailers up to 35 feet are available. Adjacent to the Merced River.
North Pines Campground
A seasonal campground located near Half Dome Village in Yosemite Valley. It is typically open April through September. Reservations required and can be made up to five months in advance. There are 81 sites and RV’s up to 40 feet and trailers up to 35 feet are allowed. The most popular campsites are next to the Merced River. Sites101 up to109.
Camp 4 Yosemite Valley
The final Yosemite Valley is Camp 4 – This campground is open all year and is located at 4,000 feet elevation. It is located in the valley near the Yosemite Lodge. Reservations are not taken at this location, but the campground does fill up early spring through fall.
Campgrounds Near Yosemite Valley
Wawona Campground is located at approximately 4,000 feet on the South Fork of the Merced River It is open year-round and reservations are required April through September, and the rest of the year is on a first come, first serve basis. There are 93 sites, plus a group site as well as equestrian-oriented sites. RV’s and trailers up to 35 feet.
Big Oak Flat Campground
A 105-site campground is located near the Big Oak Flat entrance station at about 4,900 feet. The campground is open year-round and reservations are required. RV’s up to 35 feet and trailers up to 27 feet are permitted. Group campsites are also available spring through fall. 17 miles from Yosemite Valley.
Crane Flat Campground
Crane Flat 166-site campground is located about 30 minutes from Yosemite Valley. It is typically open July to September and reservations are required. Two of the sites are accessible for wheelchairs. RV’s up to 35 feet and trailers up to 27 feet can be accommodated.
Tamarack Flat Campground
Tamarack Flat 52-site campground is located about 45 minutes north of Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 6,300 feet. It is typically open June through September. This campground is first to come, first serve only. RV’s and trailers are not recommended. No potable water on site.
Rounding out campgrounds near the valley are Yosemite Creek – This 75-site campground is located about one hour north of Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 7,700 feet. It is typically open July through September. This campground is first to come, first serve only. RV’s and trailers not recommended.
Campgrounds Yosemite National Park
Hodgdon Meadow Campground 45 minutes from the Yosemite Valley of Highway 120 (Tioga Road.) 104 campsites with Each campsite contains a picnic table, fire ring, and a food storage locker. A gas station and general store are eight miles away at Crane Flat. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding are all nearby.
Tuolumne Meadows Campground is located 1.5 hours from Yosemite Valley at approximately 8,600 feet. It is typically open July through September. There are 304 sites and half are available on a reservation basis, and the rest are first to come to the first service. RV’s and trailers up to 35 feet are allowed. Equestrian sites are also available. Tioga Road five miles from the Tioga Pass Entrance StationMost state and federal campgrounds let you make reservations up to seven months in advance.
Private campgrounds reservations are easier to get during the summer but tend to be more expensive. If you are looking for more creature comforts while exploring Yosemite check out the Gateway to Yosemite”– Merced, California. Public Campgrounds can be reserved through nps.gov.
Yosemite National Park is always open, and you can enter or leave the park at any time except for Hetch Hetchy entrance, which is open approximately during daylight hours.