Yosemite camping in Yosemite Nat Park or its surrounding areas requires you to make your reservations early! Reservations are required year round. May through September are the busiest months and therefore the hardest months to get a tent or RV spot for camping in Yosemite National Park.
There are some camp grounds are on a first come, first serve basis.
I have put together several choices for you to choose where to pitch your tent, park your RV or fifth wheel.
I think that alot of people go camping because it makes for an affordable family vacation. All all campsites will give you a metal bear locker to store your food in. Bears are more often found in campsites because of the food. Some campsites are only for tents. Others are set up for RV's and trailers.
IN YOSEMITE VALLEY
Upper Pines (first come/first serve basis)
Lower Pines (reservations are needed)
North Pines (reservations are needed)
Camp 4 (first come/first serve basis)
SOUTH OF YOSEMITE VALLEY
Wawona (reservations are needed)
Bridalveil Creek (first come/first serve basis)
NORTH OF YOSEMITE VALLEY
Hodgdon Meadow (reservations are needed)
Crane Flat (reservations are needed)
Tuolumne Meadows (reservations are needed)
Tamarack Flat (first come/first serve basis)
White Wolf (first come/first serve basis)
Yosemite Creek (first come/first serve basis)
Porcupine Flat (first come/first serve basis)
If you don't have all your camping gear or need to replace some gear, then I recommend the Camping Gear at REI.
If all campgrounds are full, I think it is okay to camp just outside of Yosemite National Park. And I know that there are tons of nearby campgrounds :)
Hook ups are not available at sites for RV's and 5th wheels. Dump stations are nearby. RV's cannot be longer than 40 feet. Fifth wheels cannot be longer than 35 feet.
My best visual map of all the campgrounds that are mentioned above:
If you would like to sleep in the wilderness of Yosemite National Forest, then you need a permit. Yosemite camping will get you a fine if you do not have a permit. There is over 1,100 square miles for to choose where to pitch your tent!
Remember that what you pack in you need to pack out. Please be aware of
safety before you go. Bear proof lockers to hold your food are only
available in designated areas of Little Yosemite Valley and the
surrounding area. I recommend that you carry canisters because bear
lockers may be full when a lot of people are visiting Yosemite. Food
lockers are for everyone to use. Personal locks are not allowed and will
be cut off if found.
Tips and advice about the RV lifestyle.
My friend, Vern has had his RV in Yosemite. Take a look at his site for
details about bringing your RV to Yosemite National Park.
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