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Camping outside of Yosemite

Camping outside of yosemite is good option . Sometimes the worst thing about your National Parks adventure? Finding somewhere to rest your head at nights. It is not uncommon for campsites within the parks to be crowded, expensive and often full of bears.

Yosemite, just like many National Parks in the United States, is surrounded on all sides by National Forests as well as BLM land and private camping sites. These are often more remote from the main park attractions but can provide a simpler and sometimes better alternative. We've selected the best campgrounds near Yosemite National Park.

*Yosemite Park is an enormous park that offers plenty of sights beyond the main Valley. Yet, we know that most visitors want to see these iconic waterfalls and cliffs created by glaciers. This is why we calculated how long it would take to drive from these campgrounds up to the 'valley" at the top of each section.

There are numerous camping opportunities in the Yosemite region. Whether you are looking for an organized campground with utilities (water, electric, etc.) and toilets or permitted camping in National Forests, the Yosemite Region has it all.

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RV & Camping

Spend the night in your RV & camping in Yosemite National Park and its surrounding communities and gateways have numerous campgrounds that are able to accommodate anything from RVs and trailers, to family and group tents. If you’re planning to spend the night in your RV, you need to be in a designated campsite.

Please note: Yosemite campgrounds that require reservations are usually full from around April through September. Make your reservations as EARLY as possible. There are hookups available in Yosemite, near Wawona Campground (summer only), and near Tuolumne Meadows Campground (summer only).

Camping is a great (and popular) way of spending the night in Yosemite. For campgrounds that accept reservations, expect to find sites filling up with reservations from April through September.


Interested in Camping

in the Yosemite or the Yosemite Region? See which Yosemite campsite is right for you.

Pines Campground


Lower Pines

Yosemite National Park, CA

Location: Yosemite Valley, near Curry Village Elevation: 4,000 ft (1,200 m) Open: March through October (approximately).


North Pines

(877) 444-6777

Yosemite National Park, CA

This campground is located right in Yosemite Valley, near Curry Village, and also accepts RV's and trailers.


Upper Pines

(877) 444-6777


Yosemite National Park Rangers

This Campground is located right in Yosemite Valley, near Curry Village at an elevation of 4,000 ft (1,200 m) Open all year but reservations are required and available online from March 15 through


Camp 4

(877) 444-6777 

Yosemite National Park, CA

Location: Yosemite Valley, near Yosemite Lodge. NO RV's or trailers. Elevation: 4,000 ft (1,200 m) Open: All year Reservations: First come first served, and the campground fills early most mornin...


High Sierra RV Park

Oakhurst, CA

A short drive from spectacular Yosemite National Park, High Sierra RV Park & Campground sits directly on the banks of the seasonal Fresno River in Oakhurst, CA.



Housekeeping Camp

Yosemite National Park, CA

Each of the 266 units in the Housekeeping Camp area will sleep up to six people.

(801) 559 5000


Lake McClure Lake McSwain Camping

Snelling, CA

Over 600 spacious campsites are available in the five major recreation areas, each with their own table and barbeque grill. Many have shade ramadas and cupboards.


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