Camping Yosemite

If you are looking for a great place for camping in California, Yosemite National Park is one of the best bets you have. This beautiful national park has almost everything you need and want with its unparalleled natural beauties and many different services. To learn everything you need to know before booking a campsite in Yosemite National Park, just keep on reading.

Geography

Yosemite National Park is huge. It is more than 3,000 km² (roughly 1,200 sq mi) large and houses 1,600 miles of streams, 800 miles of hiking trails and thousands of ponds and lakes. There are countless large and dense forests, granite cliffs, huge mountains, meadows, waterfalls, and more. It is %95 wilderness and its natural beauties provide you some of the best sceneries you can see in the world, no matter what activity you take part in.

Its main attraction is Yosemite Valley, which is one of the most famous locations for many recreational activities in all of the United States. It is 7.5 miles long and 3,500 feet deep. It houses many scenic wonders like Half Dome and El Capitan and is a huge tourist hub. Both Half Dome and El Capitan are huge rock formations that are a wonder to look at. El Capitan is also a popular rock-climbing spot.

Weather

Snow arrives at Yosemite quite early, so keep that in mind. It can come as early as October and remains until spring. After snow is gone, main roads and trials start opening in May and June.

Yosemite is quite chilly year-round, and only goes above 70 °F during summer months. It receives little to no rain during summer.

Yosemite is not only great for its campgrounds and natural beauties. It is also prominent in winter sports, since the snows stays for a good amount of time. Its main attraction in this field is Yosemite’s Ski & Snowboard Area.

Campgrounds

Yosemite National Park is available for an infinite number of outdoor activities, and camping is no exception. In fact, it is one of its main attractions. There are various campgrounds in Yosemite suitable for all kinds of camping. It will depend largely on what you want.

If you want a place in high country, you can select from a group of five High Sierra Camps (Vogelsang, Glen Aulin, May Lake, Sunrise and Merced Lake).

If you want to camp in Yosemite Valley, you can try Pines Campgrounds or Camp 4.

If you wish to get away from the crowded areas, Hodgdon Meadow Campground and Crane Flat Campground can be good choices.

For access to great hiking trails, Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley and Hetch Hetchy-Lake Vernon Loop are amazing locations.

In terms of natural beauty, Yosemite Creek Campground is one of the most beautiful spots in the park.

If you don’t want to make a reservation and are looking for a first-come, first-served campground, Bridalveil Creek Campground, Tamarack Flat Campground and White Wolf Campground and Porcupine Flat Campground are suitable.

It is also important to note that there are showers at only Housekeeping Camp and Curry Village.

There are 10 RV campgrounds available in Yosemite, but be careful as they have length limitations for RVs and trailers. You can even rent them in Yosemite, but each campground has different limitations about RV heights, so check them beforehand.

Best Time to Visit Yosemite National Park

If you want to camp in Yosemite National Park, be sure to book a place at least 4-5 months before your planned trip. Because of the seasonal park closures, the park is very populated during summer months. Every year, nearly 4 million people visit Yosemite. Booking for May or September is the best way of avoiding dense populations in trails, roads and campgrounds while still getting a chance to enjoy its natural beauties at their prime time. After September, temperatures drop, roads start closing and streams lose their volume.

If you don’t mind the crowds, booking for summer does make sense, especially if you want a summer-camping experience.

Are you planning a camp? Explore the camp checklist.

Are you new? Check out the camping beginner's guide.

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