Yosemite Information, Camping, and Map

Yosemite National Park spans eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in east central California. The park covers an area of 761,268 acres and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Over 3.7 million people visit Yosemite each year: most spend their time in the seven square miles of Yosemite Valley.  Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. Although not the first designated national park, Yosemite was central to the development of the national park idea, largely owing to the work of people like Galen Clark and John Muir.
 
History

For tens of thousands of years, humans have changed, and have been changed by, this place we now call Yosemite. The Ahwahneechee lived here for generations, followed by the arrival of Europeans in the mid-1800s. The rugged terrain challenged many early travelers, with just a few—only 650 from the mid-1850s to mid-1860s—making the journey to Yosemite Valley by horseback or stagecoach. By 1907, construction of the Yosemite Valley Railroad from Merced to El Portal eased the journey, thereby, increasing visitation. Today, 3.5 million people enter the park’s gates to explore. We learn from the stories of those who walked Yosemite’s trails before us, allowing appreciation of their lasting footprints that led to conscious preservation.


 

  
Campgrounds

Campground

Open
approx.
(2010)

Max.
RV
Length

Max.
Trailer
Length

Reserve?

Daily
Fee

Sites

Pets

Water

Yosemite Valley


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upper Pines

All year

35 ft

24 ft

Mar 15-
Nov 29

$20

238

Yes

Tap

Lower Pines

Mar 24-
Nov 2

40 ft

35 ft

Yes

$20

60

Yes

Tap

North Pines

Mar 26-
Oct 12

40 ft

35 ft

Yes

$20

81

Yes

Tap

Camp 4

All year

No RVs/trailers

First-come,
first-served

$5/
pers.

35

No

Tap


South of Yosemite Valley


 

 

 

 

 

 

Wawona

All
year

35 ft

35 ft

Apr 1-
Sep 27

$20

93

Yes

Tap

Bridalveil Creek

July 9-
TBD

35 ft

24 ft

First-come,
first-served

$14

110

Yes

Tap


North of Yosemite Valley


 

 

 

 

 

 

Hodgdon Meadow

All
year

35 ft

27 ft

Apr 1-
Oct 12

$20

105

Yes

Tap

Crane Flat

Jul 1-
Oct 12

35 ft

27 ft

50%

$20

166

Yes

Tap

Tamarack Flat

Jul 1-
Oct 15

No RVs/trailers

First-come,
first-served

$10

52

No

Creek
(boil)

White Wolf

Jul 9-
Sep 13

27 ft

24 ft

First-come,
first-served

$14

74

Yes

Tap

Yosemite Creek

Jul 1-
TBD

No RVs/trailers

First-come,
first-served

$10

40

Yes

Creek
(boil)

Porcupine Flat

Jul 8-
Oct 15

24 ft
(limited)

20 ft

First-come,
first-served

$10

52

No

Creek
(boil)

Tuolumne Meadows

Jul 1-
Sep 27

35 ft

35 ft

50%

$20

304

Yes

Tap


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.

Housekeeping Camp is a lodging facility managed by DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite.


Contacting Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park - NPS Website
PO Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389-0577
Phone: 209-372-0200

Map of Yosemite National Park
 



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