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Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It should be on everyone’s bucket list. Check out our California National Park road trip to check it off yours. The park has so much to offer from the famous valley views to incredible waterfalls, wildlife, and large open meadows. There are activities for all ages like hiking, rafting, golfing, dining, biking, and rock climbing. It’s a place you can’t just spend one day at and that’s why we put the ultimate list of places for Yosemite National Park camping.
Upper Pines Campground
Upper Pines Campground is a perfect campground if you want something centrally located. It’s a large campground with 238 sites that are set up for tents, RV’s up to 35 feet, and trailers up to 24 feet.
There are no hook-ups but each site does have a picnic table, fire pit, and a bear locker. There are also flush toilets and showers at the campground.
This campground is very popular because of its location. You are within walking distance of the most popular hikes in the park. The price is $26 a night.
Lower Pines Campground
Lower Pines Campground is also located within walking distance of all the best hikes near Curry Village. This campground is smaller with 60 sites. Although the spaces are a bit larger which can fit RVs up to 40 feet and trailers up to 35 feet.
There are flush toilets and showers available in the area. The price starts at $26 a night. Any campground in this area is very popular and will need a reservation.
North Pines Campground
North Pines Campground is located across the Merced River near Curry Village. This campground is a little further from the hiking trails but still nicely located in the valley.
There are 81 sites that can accommodate tents, RVs up to 40 feet, and trailers up to 35 feet. There are flush toilets and showers available.
Because everyone wants to be in the Upper Pines Campground, this one is a little quieter but still offers incredible views and a great location.
Tuolumne Meadows Campground
Tuolumne Meadows Campground provides a much different experience from being down in the valley. This campground is at a higher elevation which keeps it cool during the summer and closed during the winter.
There are some beautiful hikes that take you to the rim of the valley providing a panoramic view from above. This campground has 304 sites that accommodate tents, RV’s and trailers up to 35 feet.
There are no hook-ups but there are bathrooms with drinking water and flush toilets. There is also a dump station on site. A site costs $26 a night.
If you are hoping to make the drive into the valley be aware it is a 1.5-hour drive one way.
The Wawona Campground is located in the south end of the park. This part is at a lower elevation providing warmer weather.
It’s also located near the Yosemite redwood grove and the Yosemite golf course. It’s about a 45-minute drive to the valley from this campground.
There are 93 campsites that accommodate tents, RVs, and trailers up to 35 feet. No hook-ups are available but they offer drinking water and flush toilets. There is also a dump station nearby.
The price is $26 a night during summer and $18 during winter.
The Summerdale Campground is located just outside of Yosemite National Park at the south entrance. It’s about a 1.5-hour drive to the valley from this campground.
This is a beautifully located campground with meadows and a river. There are no hook-ups but there are vault toilets and drinking water provided.
Each campsite also has a fire pit and table. The maximum RV length is 25 feet. The price is $34 a night.
Indian Flat Campground
Indian Flat Campground is located outside of Yosemite National Park near the west entrance. It’s a 30-minute drive to the valley with no traffic.
This campground offers 25 tent sites and 25 RV sites with partial and full hookups. One of the amenities is you can use the pool at the lodge next door.
During the high-season prices start at $42 a night but are discounted during the off-season.
Yosemite Ridge Resort
Yosemite Ridge Resort is located outside of the National Park near the north entrance of the park. The drive to the valley is about one hour.
This campground has large and spaced out sites that can accommodate any size RV. Every site also has full hookups. During the summer, rates are $60 a night and, in the winter, they are $40 a night.
McCabe Flat Campground
If you are looking for something more off the grid and less crowded you should check out McCabe Flat Campground. This campground is located outside of the National Park on BLM land.
It’s an hour’s drive into the Yosemite Valley from this campground. There are no amenities except for fire pits, tables, and vault toilets. Make sure to pack in anything you need.
It’s not recommended any RV over 18 feet stay at this campground. Price is $10 a night.
Railroad Flat Campground
Railroad Flat Campground is another off the grid campground on BLM just outside of Yosemite National Park. It’s just over an hour’s drive to the valley from this campground.
No vehicles over 18 feet are allowed in this campground. There are very few amenities with only a vault toilet, fire pits, and tables.
This is a very quiet campground and every site is within 200 feet of the river. The camping fee is $10 a night.