Campgrounds

 

Reservations are required for all campgrounds from approximately April through October. Reservations are extremely difficult to get: you should make a reservation as early as possible. Read answers to frequently asked questions and tips for making reservations.

There are three first-come, first-served campgrounds available in in late fall, winter, and early spring. These often fill, especially on weekends and holidays. First-come, first-served camping is not available from late May through October. However, some campgrounds listed below have reservations available two weeks in advance from around July to mid-October.

Campfires and Wood Smoke 

Campfires are allowed (in a fire ring and when attended), except they are only allowed from 5 pm to 10 pm in Yosemite Valley campgrounds and Hodgdon Meadow Campground. However, consider minimizing fire usage or not having a fire! Emissions from campfires can degrade air quality in and near campgrounds. This is especially true at night and in early morning, when inversions trap and concentrate fine particles from those campfires near the ground, creating local conditions that are potentially unhealthy for sensitive individuals.

 

Yosemite has 10 campgrounds that can accommodate RVs and trailers (including fifth wheels) of varying lengths. If you plan to spend the night in your RV, you must be in a designated standard or RV campsite—you can't park in a parking lot, along the side of the road, or in a tent-only campsite.

  • Reservations: campgrounds requiring reservations are usually full from around April through September. You should make a reservation as early as possible. If you don't have reservations, find out more about camping without reservations.
  • Electrical, water, and sewer hookups are not available in Yosemite, although dump stations (with fresh water) are available at Upper Pines Campground (all year), near Wawona Campground (summer only), and near Tuolumne Meadows Campground (closed until 2024, then summer only). Generator use is allowed, but only between 7 am and 9 am, noon and 2 pm, and 5 pm to 7 pm. Generator use is not allowed at other times.
  • Maximum RV/trailer lengths: In Yosemite Valley, the maximum RV length is 40 feet and maximum trailer length is 35 feet, however, only a total of 8 sites of this size are available (six sites in Lower Pines and two in North Pines, which are open spring through fall). Many more sites exist in Yosemite Valley and elsewhere in Yosemite that can take RVs up to 35 feet or trailers up to 24 feet.

  • RV length and trailer length are not the same! Please note that many campsites have different maximum lengths for RVs and trailers. This is because many of the campsites are back-in sites with limited turning radius. We do not enforce the length limits as long as the RV or trailer can fit on the parking pad in the site. However, if you reserve a site for equipment other than what you bring, and the site can't accommodate your RV or trailer, we will not be able to find a different campsite for you.

  • Food storage: You may store food in hard-sided RVs and trailers, as long the food is out of sight, and windows, doors, and vents are closed when you're not in your campsite. Food may not be stored in pop-up or tent trailers, or other soft-sided campers.

Group campsites are normally available all year at Wawona Campground, and during summer at Hodgdon MeadowBridalveil Creek, and Tuolumne Meadows (not in 2023) Campgrounds. Reservations are required.

Horse campsites are available during summer at WawonaBridalveil Creek, and Tuolumne Meadows (not in 2023) Campgrounds. Reservations are required.

 

Campground Details

  • Campground opening and closing dates in the "Open approx." column are tentative and can vary from year to year. View historical campground opening and closing dates.
  • Tap water and creek water: Campgrounds listed as having creek water have vault toilets (not regular restrooms). Campgrounds listed as having tap water have regular restrooms.
  • Showers are available at the Curry Village pool showerhouse for a fee. Showers are not available elsewhere in the park.
  • Dump stations are available at Upper Pines Campground (all year), near Wawona Campground (summer only), and near Tuolumne Meadows Campground (summer only). No campsites in Yosemite have hook-ups of any kind.
  • Read Yosemite's campground regulations.
 

Opening, Closing, and Reservation Updates

How quickly campgrounds open in spring or early summer depends on a variety of factors. Dates are tentative and subject to change.

  • All campgrounds will require a reservation from approximately April through October. First-come, first-served camping is not available during this time. Any canceled reservations will be available on Recreation.gov until the arrival date.
  • All reservations for North Pines Campground were available via the early access lottery. Any reservations still available after the lottery will be available on the regular on-sale dates five months in advance on the 15th of each month..
  • Tuolumne Meadows Campground is undergoing a major rehabilitation project and will remain closed in 2024.

Campground

Open

tentatively
in 2024

Elevation

Maximum
RV Length/
Trailer Length

Reserve?

Daily
Fee

Sites

Accessible Sites

for people with disabilities

Water

Notes

Yosemite Valley

Upper Pines

All year

4000 ft/1200 m

35 ft/24 ft

5 months ahead on 15th

$36

238

10

Tap

Lower Pines

Apr 23–Oct 1

4000 ft/1200 m

40 ft/35 ft

5 months ahead on 15th

$36

60

5

Tap

North Pines

Apr 16–Oct 1

4000 ft/1200 m

40 ft/35 ft

Lottery or 5 months ahead on 15th

$36

81

5

Tap

Camp 4

All year

4000 ft/1200 m

Walk-in/tents only
(no RVs/ trailers)

1 week ahead for Apr 13–Oct 27

$10/
pers.

61

2

Tap

Pets not allowed


South of Yosemite Valley

Wawona

All year

4000 ft/1200 m

35 ft/35 ft

5 months ahead on 15th for Apr 16–Oct 1

$36

93

2

Tap

Bridalveil Creek

Jul??–Sep 9

7200 ft/2200 m

35 ft/24 ft

2 weeks ahead

$36

110

0

Tap


North of Yosemite Valley

Hodgdon Meadow

All year

4900 ft/1500 m

35 ft/30 ft

5 months ahead on 15th for Apr 16–Oct 1

$36

105

0

Tap

Crane Flat

Jun/Jul??–Oct 1

6200 ft/1900 m

35 ft/35 ft

2 weeks ahead

$36

151

8

Tap

Tamarack Flat

Jun/Jul??–Oct 1

6300 ft/1900 m

No RVs/trailers

2 weeks ahead

$24

52

5

Creek
(boil)

White Wolf

Jul??–Sep 16

8000 ft/2400 m

27 ft/24 ft

2 weeks ahead

$36

74

0

Tap

Yosemite Creek

Jul??–Sep 2

7700 ft/2300 m

RVs/trailers not recommended

2 weeks ahead

$24

75

2

Creek
(boil)

Porcupine Flat

Jul??–Oct 1

8100 ft/2500 m

24 ft RV
(only 4 sites)

2 weeks ahead

$24

52

4

Creek
(boil)

Tuolumne Meadows

Closed until 2025

8600 ft/2600 m

35 ft/35 ft

$36

304

7

Tap

(Closing dates refer to the day the campground closes; the night before that is the last night to camp.)

Backcountry campgrounds at Little Yosemite Valley and near the High Sierra camps (Glen Aulin, May Lake, Sunrise, Merced Lake, and Vogelsang) are not part of the campground reservation system. A wilderness permit is required to stay at these campgrounds.

High Sierra Camps themselves and Housekeeping Camp are lodging facilities managed by Yosemite Hospitality.

 
Map showing campgrounds throughout the park Wawona Campground Bridalveil Creek Campground Hodgdon Meadow Campground Crane Flat Campground Tamarack Flat Campground White Wolf Campground Porcupine Flat Campground Tuolumne Meadows Campground Yosemite Creek Campground Pines Campgrounds Camp 4

Last updated: January 31, 2024

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