OK campground. No hookups or dump station. Need to go into the valley to dump (45 min drive). Very unlevel. 3 tires off the ground and still not completely level. Had a difficult time getting into the space as did most folks. Good location for seeing the Northern sections of the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The main benefits of this site were being in the park and the beautiful surroundings. You are about 15 miles from the main Yosemite Valley. It is not really set up for a large 31ft RV. The pitches are nowhere near level although the access was OK. We had a firepit, bear locker and picnic table which were great. The bathroom wasn't that clean by the end of the day and there were no lights at night! However, we enjoyed the peace of the site after being in the Valley all day. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a wilderness type campground in a beautiful, quiet area of Yosemite. 50% of the sites are reservable, the rest first come/first serve. We enjoyed camping here even with the primitive nature of the campground. There is water available in the park, just not at every campsite. There is a waste water disposal drain next to the restrooms for Grey water. There are adequate numbers of restroom facilities with flush toilets. I don't think the toilets are cleaned very often which is kind of unfortunate given the heavy use that the campground has in the summer months. Showers available 17 miles away in Yosemite Valley. Food storage restrictions enforced because of bears. We did actually see a bear, too. We would return to this campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Please beware that it is next to impossible to tow a trailer up Tioga Pass: we only made it to 9000 ft. It was a very intimidating tow, and physically impossible for our Expedition to tow our 18 ft trailer up the Mountain Pass. We tried to phone and cancel, but there are no phone signals in the area, plus they give you a run-around on the phones. They do not return phone calls, and don't expect to get any refunds. Also, we received an email about a burn off. We tried to call, left messages, with no replies. Frustrating to try and get information, and cancel with no response. Yet, we were charged for being a no show. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Managed to reserve a tent site here for 2 nights on recreation.gov about a week ahead of time. Clean restrooms with cold water only and no showers. Close to the entrance to Yosemite, about a 40 minute drive to Yosemite Valley. Lots of big big trees and not too dusty. Only complaint is nearest store is a 20-minute drive to Crane Flat. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Tent.
The best way to Yosemite is to stay in the park. Lower Pines is one of the smaller campgrounds in the park, as much of it was flooded and destroyed in 1997. It also has the amphitheater and the ranger presentations at night. Otherwise they are all about the same in the valley. Yosemite is always beautiful, especially in the spring. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We were in site #31.Park has 89 regular sites and 3 double sites. No hookups for anything. Generator use from 9a-7p for only 45 minutes at a time. Sites vary in size, some are double wide enough to park a car and RV in next to each other and some are single width and cars must be parked in front of RV. If you cannot fit your toad in you must park it about ½ mile away in Curry Village parking lot. Our site came with a picnic table that has bear instructions mounted to it, a bear box big enough for a couple of coolers, and a fire ring/grill combo. Parking pad is asphalt and most of them are cracked and uneven. All of them have curbing to keep you off the forest ground, as well as big rocks placed on the curbs so you don't wander off the road. Campfires in summer season (starts May 1) are allowed only from 5p-10p. Campground does get smoky if everyone is having a campfire, take note if you have breathing problems. Pets are allowed but there is no designated place to walk them. Park was quiet during day but was extremely quiet at night probably because it was still cold out (41 degrees). Bathrooms each have two stalls and two sinks all cold water. There is a potable water faucet that you need a water thief to use because it is not threaded, as well as a utility toilet to dump grey water in (small batches only). There is a complete dump station at the entrance to Upper Pines across the street that has potable water fills and a dump area. Our site was a corner one and worked OK, we were only able to put out one slide because a tree blocked the other slide. Without having been there we believed Reserve America's descriptions when we booked so we thought it was OK. In our opinion Lower Pines was the nicest of the Pines campgrounds because it is the smallest. It has the best view of the canyon walls and waterfalls and part of it is on the river. The other campgrounds have more sites so more traffic into and out of them. Lower Pines sites are more spread out as well. You can get everything you need nearby including camping supplies, except gas which is only available in Wawona and Crane Flat, both over an hour away. Plenty of shopping, post office, restaurants, and things to do like hiking, biking, horseback riding, ranger programs, and such. There is also an amphitheater in Lower Pines that has a ranger led talk each night at 8:30p. Plenty of shade trees. We did not put up our TV antennae but others told us there is no reception anyway and unless you have a clear shot which is hard to get no satellite either. Verizon cell did not work for us but ATT did at certain times. There are phone booths near the check in station at each campground if you need to make calls. There are also park provided shuttle buses to take you anywhere in the village area. Outside of that you will have to drive to get to where you want to go. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We liked camping here and enjoyed all the sights. You can ride shuttle buses everywhere. We were in the first row (100s) which is right next to the stables, with a corresponding odor. Don't book in the 200s unless you have a very small rig and can make the hairpin turn. The new generator hours are 7-9 AM, 12-2 PM, 5-7 PM. It was the first week in June but the temp hit 95 on the day we left. Next time we'll try May. Bring mosquito repellent. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
What an amazing experience! The drive there is a little harrowing with all the curves and narrow roads, but if you take your time it's all good. Lots of rental units (RV's) here too. Dump station and fresh potable water is available at Upper Pines (right around the corner) so you don't need to pack in/out all your "fluids". Everyone was respectful of quiet times, and they ask you to not run your generator for more than 45 minutes at a time (they don't want people just continually running their generators all day long). Some sites are very tight with trees, and some are short, so make sure you have a site that will fit your rig. Also, half of the campground was flooded due to high snow pack. This was not so much of a challenge as there are lot's of people who don't show for their reservations so even though the park was sold out, there were lot's of spaces (people moved spots too). Rangers and camp hosts are great, too! Bring your bike as things are spaced pretty far apart. Bears, deer, etc. in the camp sites, and waking up to look at half dome and Yosemite Falls around the corner can't be beat! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful campground with many trees, some waterfront sites, and views of the giant granite cliffs that are Yosemite. There is much wildlife (including a bear in the campground both nights we were there). Free shuttle to other points in Yosemite is available at the campground entrance. From an RV point of view, you need to be aware that: there are no hook-ups, no dump station (though there is one in Yosemite at another campground) and the roads through this park are extremely tight. We had to maneuver through two trees that were barely far enough apart for the motorhome to fit. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Some of the sites I rate a 6 and some a 10, depends on which one you get. No matter which one you get though, staying in the park is a 10. With everything to see and do we weren't in our site much. At Upper Pines Campground (about 100 yards
away) there is potable (drinking) water to fill your tanks with and a dump station. You can rent a raft $13.50/person, or bring your own and pay $2/person to take the shuttle back. Bring bikes, the park shuttle buses are too crowded. I definitely recommend staying in the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Only half of the sites are reserved so there is a good chance you can get in at last minute. Sites are well spaced and clean. As with any park setting, many sites are not that level. Whether good or bad, cell phone service is available here. Not many services here, but just being here is special. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Access roads were in pretty rough condition for my 34’ motorhome. Camp sites are not well marked and sometimes difficult to define. Campground is very rustic. Be ready to implement more than normal setup for larger rigs. Noted smaller motorhomes were very popular and moved around easier. 80% of motorhomes in parks are rentals this time of year. Be prepared for inexperienced and sometimes aggressive motorhome operators. Campground definitely not large motorhome friendly. While campground environment was average, the Yosemite National Park's awesomeness is truly beyond belief. I will return but possibly staying in a RV facility on edge of park and day tripping into Yosemite. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful place to camp. We drove our toad to curry village and the kids went swimming all day. The camp ground was a little rustic but it was what we expected from a national park. We should have entered the park from the rear entrance, the drive from the front was too long. I would return again but maybe next time in a camp site in the valley. We camped here in a Motorhome.
An amazing place!!! The drive, in a 32ft RV,was fine and absolutely stunning. We had never been here before but always wanted to return to Yosemite and visit Toulumne Meadows. It did not disappoint and was even more refreshing after the noisewe encountered at Upper Pines. Tioga Road had only opened 3 weeks prior to our trip and this campground had only opened 2 days before we stayed here. It was beautiful, the stream running along it is stunning and the campground was very peaceful. Toulumne Meadows itself is beautiful and much quieter than the village area of Yosemite, definitely worth a visit. Each evening the Park ranger gives talks at the local campfire and there are even ones for the children. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Amazing location in the high country, with flush toilets! Interior roads are very narrow and bumpy -- most sites are not suitable for big rigs. It was tight for our little 14 foot trailer. No water at the campsites -- you have to carry it to your rig. Fairly good privacy between campsites. Not very level, so bring your jacks and blocks. It gets cold at night in the Fall, but that's a good thing. Staff is generally friendly but not too knowledgeable about which sites are best suited for trailers and RVs. Lots of space available midweek off-season, but the rest of the season they are booked up. Online reservations are a must. The campground generally closes in late September. We will be back, if at all possible. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Very good location in the valley. You can bicycle from here to just about everything in the valley. No power or water at the sites. There is a dump station at the entrance to the campground where you can dump and get water. The sites are small and stacked right on top of one another. The staff were not friendly nor helpful, maybe this was because it was near the end of the season. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Rate reflects senior access discount. Bring your bike! Once in Yosemite valley, leave the car behind with all the parking headaches and get around with a bike. No showers, but you have to check out the kitchen washing station! I watched people using it, took pictures, and even had to use it too... Looks like a giant toilet. For millions of people who love Yosemite to death, this campground is very clean but certainly not private. The Village Store at the Village is a large, complete grocery. The Village Garage can fix your vehicle but you can't get gas anywhere in the valley so be aware. You can get a shower at the Housekeeping complex, but it'll cost $5. The laundromat is a better deal. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I gave an 9 due to our campsite was on the outside of the loop at the apex. Inside the loop sites looked cramped and would have resulted in a 7. The site we had was perfect and had a small creek at the back. Campsite was level. Some sites at this CG can handle a trailer a little longer than advised on the park site, some I would have trouble getting into with the recommended trailer length. Look at the pictures when you reserve and you should be able to tell for yourself and your skill level. As far as location, this is the best of the three valley campgrounds IMHO. The trees were less dense in the others and I liked the far location of this CG, allowing me to take my cup of coffee and hike the Mist Trail each morning out the back of my site. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Not sure what I can add to what others have said. Try to get a site in the last loop along the stream. We saw a huge bear one morning 25' from the back of our site. There are no showers in the campground, only in Curry Village at $5 a pop. This campground is the best. Very shady, almost dark, and so the sun sets early. We'll be back. Reservations were essential even during the week in mid-October. We camped here in a Motorhome.
For scenery alone, this campground is incredible. Sites, however, were cramped. We were in the middle of a loop and our table was literally five feet away from our neighbor's campfire ring. If you get an outside site on the end of a loop, you'll be fine. Roads within the park are narrow and one class-C owner I spoke to complained that he couldn't fit in the original site he had booked. He was staying one night in the site next to us until he could figure out what to do. Since we're in a hybrid, food storage was an issue. We had to put all of our food in the locker provided at the campsite. This was my first time camping at Yosemite in years. My last trip wasn't the best because of campers "partying" all night long. I was amazed at how quiet it was after 10:00 PM. Rangers have done an excellent job at making sure people are following the rules. If you are a rule follower, that's great. If you tend to slack off or break some of the rules, you might have an issue. Two more things, the wildlife in the valley is incredible! We saw so many deer, it was ridiculous. We also saw a bear crossing the Merced River about 75 feet from where we were fishing (and this was about 200 yards from our campsite). If you have kids, check out the Junior Ranger Program. My sons got their badges and they had a small "ceremony" at the Visitor Center. Classic! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We were really lucky with this site as we had tried to book online but all the sites were booked. We read in the Lonely Planet Guide that you could turn up at the reservations desk at Curry Village and put your name on a list. At 3pm you return to see if there are any available sites where people have left early at which point they will sell them on a first come first serve basis. We put our name on the list at 9.30am and managed to get a site in Upper Pines. The day we got our site there were 24 sites available but the previous day there were only 7 so its very hit and miss but worth a go. We had always said we would return to Yosemite in an RV after staying at Camp 4 in a tiny 2 man tent so were very excited when we got our pitch. Unfortunately our excitement was shortlived as we had 2 rude families staying either side of us. They would walk right through our site, stand on either side of our picnic bench and throw the ball to each other or just talk to each other but shouting over our heads. These were the only rude Americans we met on our whole trip!! Anyway back to our site.. It was a really pretty area to be in and close to all the amenities. There are no hook ups but you are allowed your generator on for a short time, they regulate this to keep the noise down but unfortunately due to the amount of noisy people on this site it wouldn't matter. People were still being noisy at midnight and we had one ignorant guy who thought his guitar playing was worth listening to at 1am!! Basically this site is really nice but due to it being a busy place there is a lot of noise. Definitely stay if you want to visit Yosemite Village and hopefully you will have more considerate neighbors. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is Yosemite's largest campground. If you have a choice, get a site on an outside loop--some of the ones in the 200s loop border a creek. It's shaded with big glacial boulders all around and pine needles on the ground. We had 3 different sites -- we made reservations in January for May and couldn't get 4 nights all in the same spot. Spot 85 in the lower loop had the advantage of being a short walk from shuttle stop 19 and was next to the bathrooms (cold water only, 2 stalls). Spot 201 was less shaded and farther from the campground entrance, although you could cut through the woods and pick up the shuttle at stop 16. The spots to park the rig on are mostly very small and narrow, but there is a lot of room around them to put your stuff. Spot 215 was too close to the bathroom and had a dumpster next to it, so people were always banging around the place. You can get wi-fi at Yosemite Lodge for $5.95 for 5 days; sit in the lobby. The breakfast buffet at Curry Village is a good deal, $9.50 including drinks, and had some very good food. Overall, the campground could be a little cleaner, and there could be more policing of other campers, but it was pretty quiet most of the time. Beware of careless children riding their bikes around, especially when you're trying to park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
You can't beat staying in the park! As long as you are able to camp self contained, this is the way to go. The sites are all nicely wooded. The campground tends to be crowded during the weekend, but it's worth it. Make sure you check the length of the campsite driveway when you make reservations. Some tend to be short. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
No hookups, leveled and big site (we had the number 34). There is a general dump station. Friendly volunteer staff. $10 with the National Parks Annual pass. You must keep the food in cabinets and freezer. The Bear-Lockers are not necessary with RV. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Probably one of the best campgrounds in the state. Stayed in site 99, which was easy to back my 28' TT into. Not as loud as some of the previous reviewers have noted, but not silent either. There was an enormous area around the site where the kids could run around and hang with the other camper kids. They keep restrooms and showers clean and well stocked. We'll certainly stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
First time camping here in our 35' Class A. If you have anything larger, forget it. We made it ok, but all of the trees along the access roads bear the battle scars of those less fortunate. Make sure that you read the site descriptions carefully. Camping in the shadow of Glacier Point and North Dome it doesn't get any better. The only reason for the point deduction is because of the bathrooms. They were convienient to use (to keep from filling our holding tanks) but if you've ever smelled a NPS restroom, you know why I deducted a point. This campground is convenient to Vernal Falls trails. The bus line makes 2 stops around this CG. Didn't bring our car this trip and didn't miss a thing. Bus line is very good. This has to be on the Top 10 list of camping experiences in America. We camped here in a Motorhome.
One of the most beautiful places to camp! No hookups, so bring a charged battery and a full water tank. Make sure to have all your food in the cabinets. If you have a hard sided RV (no pop-ups) you'll be able to keep your food inside, rather than have to move everything into the bear safes. Reservations are necessary on weekends. There is a dump at this site. You can park your rig and use the park shuttle to get around. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Yosemite National Park is one the most scenic places on earth; and being able to use the Upper Pines campground as your home base is ideal. You're right next to the free shuttle that takes you to all the hot sports, and only a 10 minute walk to Curry Village. The campsite itself is pretty primitive and a bit crowded, but it does quiet down after dinner. Potable water is nearby, and you're allowed to use generators (sparingly). The restrooms were clean, but no hot water. There are showers and a pool in Curry Village, if you don't mind a 10 minute walk. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The information below is TOP SECRET. If you breathe a word of it, Tony and his boys are going to pay you a visit, and they won't be bringing graham crackers and marshmallows for mores. Camping in Yosemite is definitely one of the things you have to do before you die. As previously mentioned, the back row of Upper Pines is the best, with no rigs behind you, only a small creek (and an occasional bear). The best part is that you are just a short walk away from the Happy Isles shuttle stop. (Not to worry, however, the busses are quiet, and they stop running to Happy Isles in the early evening.) The sheer beauty and majesty of Yosemite more than makes up for the lack of hookups, generator restrictions (only sparingly between 7 AM to 7 PM), campfire restrictions (5PM-10PM only), and the distance to the nearest showers (over a mile). You are literally in the shadow of Half Dome, steps away from miles of hiking and biking trails. You don't mind the restrictions, because the sound of the wind whispering through the pines and the creek gurgling by (and the Merced River roaring in the spring and early summer) is so peaceful and calming. Campfires all day would enshroud the valley in smoke, and generators would drown out the natural sound. Best way to get around is to take the shuttle, or even better, RIDE YOUR BIKES! If you didn't bring any, you can rent. Most places in the valley are easily accessible via bike and shuttle. In the summer, the pool is very refreshing (for a fee, of course). Bring your own food, because the food in the cafeteria is basically non-eatable. The pizza is OK, though. Oh, and don't even THINK of getting site 210. That's OURS. Actually, if you are in 210, 211, or 213, expect a bit of foot traffic past your site, since it is the most direct route to the shuttle stop. When we camp there, we just use it as an opportunity to say 'howdy'. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Site #94 worked out fine for us but it's not a great site. It is right next to the restrooms and the trash bins so there is a quite bit of noise and foot traffic nearby. The site was paved, fairly level, shaded with just enough room for our 30 ft class A and toad. Upper Pines sites 211-240 looked a lot better to us (depending on size), more private with no one camped behind and many of the sites in the Lower and North Pines CG's were even nicer. The dump station was easy to access with two ports and potable water for filling tanks. Even though the Glacier Point and Tioga Road were still closed there was lots to do in the valley. We drove to Hetch Hetchy one day and loved the hike to Wapama Falls. Nightly rate reflects the Interagency Senior Pass discount. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We always love this campground. The sites are close together and the place is crowded, but this park is the most beautiful place in the world. There is something for everybody here. You can ride the shuttle bus to go get an ice cream cone or go backpacking up into the back country. The choice is yours. I particularly like this campground, especially the last loop, because you will usually get a bear in your campsite every night! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
If you are looking for the "camping experience," look no further. No hookups, but water and dump station are available. Don't expect cell phones to work. But who cares. I almost don't want to tell you this for fear that you'll do it and take my spot away. Come in the early spring. The park is much less crowded. (Dang, there goes my secret.) The rivers and waterfalls are full of snowmelt. (Dang, again.) Just say Yo. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Rate reflects senior access pass discount. Loop A is a grassy circle next to the roadway with group and single camp sites. Not as nice as Loop C, but smaller number of sites mean less people around. Great place to get to the Mariposa grove and Glacier Point areas. No showers, but the restrooms were clean and had kitchen washing stations. The local Pine Tree Market in Wawona has most basic groceries including fruits and veggies. No AT&T cell coverage. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We camped in site 16 on loop A. You basically share the area with sites 14 and 18. As a result we made friends with our neighbors and shared meals together. The rangers are very friendly and the bathrooms were clean. We could see and hear the creek from our site but we were not on the creek side. It is a hour drive into Yosemite Valley but there is a small grocery mart just a few minutes down the road at the Wawona hotel. There is a golf course there too. I would have given it a 10 if there were showers. Closest showers are at Housekeeping camp or Curry Village. We would definitely camp here again if we go back to Yosemite. We loved that it was not in the hustle and bustle of the valley. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Originally we had tried to get a campsite in Yosemite Valley but they were full and we're so glad they were. Otherwise, we would have missed staying at this wonderful campground. We had site #17, with the Merced River right in our front yard! The location of the campground was perfect too. A small market and gas station were about 1/2 mile away where we were also able to catch a free shuttle to the Mariposa Grove. The Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point were both a 45 minute drive. We highly recommend skipping the crowds in the Valley and staying at peaceful, uncrowded Wawona. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you like dry camping in the mountains, beside a river, then this place is perfect! The temperatures were low-mid 70s during the day, low 40s at night. The river was gushing, which swimmers ought to be very careful because they can easily get swept away. It took about 45-60 minutes to drive to Yosemite Valley; a little longer than usual because of road construction delays. All of the waterfalls were raging, which is a must-see for anyone. Glacier Point was still closed (due to open in mid-June, according to the rangers). We didn't encounter any bears (probably too early in the season). Some of the RV sites are pretty tight, so make sure your rig isn't too long. Also, if you get a spot along the river, be prepared to do some work getting your rig level because they slope downward toward the riverside. All in all, it was an awesome trip, an awesome camp site and we'll return for sure!!! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground provided a very nice, dry camping experience. Stayed in the A loop which is much more open and friendly to larger rigs, although the C loop did have several very nice sites in among the trees that would accommodate larger rigs. This campground is about 30 miles from the main tourist area in Yosemite Valley, but is much quieter and the overall appearance is cleaner and better maintained. Be sure to do your homework in picking a site, as most sites will definitely not accommodate anything but a tent. We stayed in site 17 with a 30 ft fifth wheel and were pleased with the choice. This will be our choice of campgrounds whenever we visit Yosemite. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Some sites were really unlevel. A very undeveloped campground (Upper Pines was much better!!!). The staff was not very friendly. Of course there are no hookups and there is no general dump. There is near a river. By the way, if you want to visit the Sequoias go to Sequoia National Park directly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I stayed here for 3 nights, site #23 was right near the river. The sound of the water in the evening was very relaxing. I have 5 children, and they really enjoyed walking along the river's edge and exploring everything that they could get their hands on. The Wawona Hotel is nearby, with the Yosemite Pioneer center next door as well. The self guided tour is very interesting. I also went on a hike to Chuinuala Falls, which is a 2.5 mile hike, it was very beautiful. I would recommend staying here anytime. I often camp in upper pines campground in the valley but, there really is something special to experience from Wawona. Oh yeah don't forget to go look at the Mariposa Grove, the Grizzly Giant tree will blow you away. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We had site #53, a very long pull-off type site that gave us plenty of room for our 30 ft class A and toad. The site was wide enough that our roadside slide didn't feel too exposed and after our levelers jacked us up to get level we were able to get our dining slide open over the large boulders lining the river/meadow side of the site. If we were to do it again we'd probably take the time to turn around so that our awning side would be away from the road even though you'd have to do another 180 to depart in the correct direction on the one-way road. We really liked this site, the meadow area between us and the river was huge with some very nice trees for shade. We liked the Wawona Meadows hike across the street from the Wawona Hotel. One unfortunate drawback was the terrible condition of the road in the campground. It was ridiculously rutted and potholed. There are no hook-ups in this campground and the dump station is a ways down the road near the pioneer museum. Nightly rate reflects the Interagency Senior Pass discount. We camped here in a Motorhome.
On higher grounds, a super spot for hikes and a day rest on a long tip. If you want to get away from all the tourists in the park, (like ourselves), this is the place. All spots are under high pine trees, friendly people, good explanation of the hikes, beautiful lake nearby (4.6 miles roundtrip). We enjoyed being in the nature. We camped here in a Motorhome.