Yosemite National Park Campgrounds

Yosemite National Park Campgrounds are at a premium and not always easy to get.  Especially since a swag (hundreds) of the best sites were lost to a flood a few years back and are awaiting replacement. We guide you through some of the pitfalls and opportunities open to families with children or teenagers in what remains despite the population pressures - one of great remaining family camping adventures.

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How to get a great family campsite

Like many activities within Yosemite the prime source of much of your information should come from the NPS. Here is their advice on how to make the most of family camping opportunities in Yosemite:

A camp site may consist of up to six people and two cars. 13 Campsites exist  but they are not all open all year round in Yosemite. Only four are open all  year and they are quite difficult to get into without booking months or years  in advance for the summer. Higher elevation campgrounds have very limited  opening times. The camps are similar with fire-pits and bear proof food  facilities. As it is almost impossible to get a campsite on weekends or in the  summer it is best advised to keep away from these times. 

The best advice we can give is to look to get into a campsite away from the  valley itself. These more natural looking campsites are first in best dressed  and you don't need a reservation. May and June are even difficult in these  sites as well however due to excess snow. Als it's best to show up before 8.30  am during the busy time to get a site or call the camp status line on 209/372- 0266. Happy Camping :) Below you will find video of some of the best campsites.

Valley Camping Yosemite National Park

There are four main campgrounds in the popular valley area. As mentioned they are all open all year round and have running water. Also they book out months in advance except four Camp 4 which operates on first in best served basis and does not accept RV trailers. Coin operated showers are available at nearby Camp Curry.


Upper Pines Yosemite Campground

Pretty and pretty busy - especially in the summer months. Located Near Curry Village where you can have a nice shower for a couple of dollars (at the time of writing).  The camp accepts pets and RV's.


Lower Pines Yosemite Campground

The lower pines campground like the upper is also not a quiet place. But it is set in a great location with good clean facilities. 

North Pines Yosemite Campground

North Pines Campground is located by a river a little over 1km from Mirror Lake

Yosemite Wawona Campground

Yosemite Wawona Campground Review

Bridalveil Creek Yosemite Campground

Away from the busy crowds and set by a waterfall near Glacier Point, this camp is beautiful with a little snow on it. 

Video: Early Cold Morning at  Bridalveil Creek Yosemite Campground.

Hodgdon Meadow Yosemite Campground

Only a fer km from the tall trees, with flush toilets this is a good site to the south.

Tuolumne Meadows Yosemite Campground

One of the biggest and least crowded options for camping in the park.

For more detailed information on each of the camps than given below you can visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/campground.htm which has information  under the following category headings: Location, Elevation, Open, Reservations, Number of sites, RV length,  Trailer length, Dump station, Groceries, Showers, Pets.

Yosemite Camping Map 

Map of all the great camping spots around Yosemite.


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Family Vacation Deals

 The video below will help you see how to find the top family friendly accommodation options anywhere.

We recommend always to check reviews on TripAdvisor (use this link) before booking any travel deals. 

  • Accorhotels -  50% off second room for kids.
  • All Inclusive-  The top family all inclusive discounts
  • Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas -  Save up to 40%
  • Beaches Luxury Family Resorts-  65% off, free scuba and more.
  • CheapAir.com -  Cheap Airfares 
  • CheapOstay.com - Clearance Last Minute Inventory
  • Cheap Caribbean - Great family packaged deals by this network are available all over the Caribbean. Including up to 65% off.
  • Cruisedirect - Up to 80% OFF. .
  • Expedia - Discounted Family Vacation packages and last minute deals.
  • First Choice - Amazing all inclusive family holiday specialist in Europe.
  • FlipKey - Family Vacation Rentals in  1200 locations
  • Intrepid Family Adventure - Find Family adventures with 1600 itineraries.
  • G Family Adventures -Big clearance on last minute family itineraries worldwide.
  • Groupon - Time for a Family Trip!
  • Holiday Inn  - Kids Stay and Eat for Free
  • HomeExchange - We are into the sharing economy in a big way and this site makes it easy.
  • HomeForExchange - Another great family home exchange with 13,000 listings in 80+ countries
  • Motel 6 - Pet Friendly and budget offers. With kids stay free and rooms from $39 road trips are now affordable.
  • Priceline - Save with bidding and Package Offers of up to $500 off
  • TripAdvisor - Allows you to search by family friendly option. Go to place to read reviews. Also one of the best places to find vacation rentals.

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