Yosemite Camping Basics

Some park campgrounds are available by reservation, while others are first-come, first served, especially during the off-season.
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Tents at Yosemite's Bridalveil Campground. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

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Some park campgrounds are available by reservation, while others are first-come, first served, especially during the off-season (fall through spring). During the busiest months in the park (May through September), campgrounds fill up every night – either make campsite reservations up to five months in advance, or show up early in the morning to check for last-minute availability or to secure a first-come, first-served site.

Developed Campgrounds in Yosemite

Yosemite National Park offers 13 developed campgrounds. Call the Campground Status Line (209) 372-0266 for updates on availability. For reservations, call (877) 444-6777 or (518) 885-3639, or visit www.recreation.gov.

High Sierra Camps

During summer, several grassy campgrounds open in the Sierra Nevada high country called High Sierra Camps, all accessible off Tioga Road. Opening times of High Sierra Camps vary from year to year, depending on the weather, but most campgrounds are open from early July through early September. Many are first-come, first-served, although 50 percent of the sites at Tuolumne Meadows are reservable in advance. 888-413-8869 travelyosemite.com

Clean beds and square meals are available to hikers at tent cabins at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge or White Wolf Lodge, which also has rustic cabins for rent. These two facilities are also along accessible off Tioga Road.

Half Dome Village Tent Cabins and Lodging

In Yosemite Valley, Half Dome Village (previously Curry Village) is a concessionaire-run lodging option with safari tents and wooden cabins, if you’d rather not bring your own camping gear. 888-413-8869 travelyosemite.com

Housekeeping Camp in Yosemite National Park

During summer, the Housekeeping Camp opens next to the Merced River, where you can let yourself be lulled to sleep by the sounds of water from your semi-enclosed sleeping platform, each equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Reservations at 888-413-8869 travelyosemite.com

Backcountry Camping in Yosemite

All backcountry camping in the park requires a wilderness permit other than at the High Sierra Camps.

Campgrounds Near to Yosemite

Yosemite camping fills up quickly, but more campgrounds and backcountry sites are available at gateway towns and in the Sierra Mountains.