With breathtaking waterfalls, deep valleys, beautiful meadows, and a vast amount of scenic wilderness to explore, Yosemite is not a national park that can be fully appreciated in just one day. Luckily, the park offers 13 campgrounds where visitors can stay and take in all that Yosemite has to offer. Here are five of the most popular options to consider.
1. North Pines
North Pines is one of Yosemite’s most popular campgrounds due to its beautiful views, great central location, and cooling shade. There are 81 sites available and RVs up to 40 feet are allowed.
2. Tuolumne Meadows
Yosemite is a popular place to camp in the summer. Usually, you need to book your spot months in advance. Half of the campsites in Tuolumne Meadows are first-come, first-served campgrounds, which means you can still camp without a reservation. Located in the Sierra Nevada at 8,775 feet, this campground is the perfect location for hikers.
3. Yosemite Creek
Yosemite Creek is just an hour from the valley and is also first-come, first-served. One of the more secluded campsites, it is good for campers who prefer privacy, peace, and quiet on their trips.
4. White Wolf
Those who enjoy the views of the high country but don’t want to spend their trip backpacking can camp at White Wolf. The campground is at an elevation of 8,000 feet and has trails leading to Lukens and Harden Lakes. It also contains a ring fire and food storage locker. It is located only 30 minutes away from the grocery store, so you can bring along your portable kitchen and cook a gourmet meal easily.
Wawona campground is in a great location, close to Mariposa Grove and the Merced River. Take in the beautiful sequoia trees or spend the afternoon fishing by the river.