A Guide to Yosemite National Park

Camping in and near Yosemite

Visitors to Yosemite National Park can choose from camping areas within Yosemite National Park and camping areas outside but near Yosemite National Park. Some campgrounds are open all year and others are seasonal. Campsites in some campgrounds can be reserved. Most campgrounds accept both tents and RVs. There are campgrounds in Yosemite Valley and others elsewhere in Yosemite National Park. Outside but near Yosemite National Park are National Forest campgrounds, on public land, and commercial campgrounds on private land.

There are thirteen campgrounds within Yosemite National Park. The Upper Pines, Lower Pines, North Pines, and Camp 4 campgrounds are in Yosemite Valley. Elsewhere in Yosemite National Park are the Wawona, Bridalveil Creek, Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, Yosemite Creek, Porcupine Flat, and Tuolumne Meadows campgrounds.

Campgrounds outside Yosemite National Park include some near towns and others along remote roads. The U.S. Forest Service operates many campgrounds on its National Forest lands surrounding Yosemite National Park. Campsites at some of these campgrounds can be reserved. In addition, there are several campgrounds operated by private parties on private lands around Yosemite.

If you plan to sleep in a tent or RV that you are bringing with you, you will be camping. Otherwise, you are interested in lodging. Lodging within Yosemite includes tent cabins, Housekeeping Camp, and the High Sierra Camps. For information about lodging, see Lodging in and near Yosemite.

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April 2006