Getting a reservation for a campsite in Yosemite Nationwide
Park, particularly one in Yosemite Valley in the summertime, is a difficult
activity.  Following the following tips might assist.

Making a Reservation


On the official web site, arrange a membership.  When attainable, choose the campsite of your
selection and efficiently make a reservation. 
Be sure you convey a affirmation of this reservation alongside along with your
photograph ID.

“Tenting in Yosemite” info from the Nationwide Park Service  right here  Be sure you fastidiously learn the laws.  For instance, a campsite is restricted to six folks (together with youngsters.)  ALL of your meals should match within the bear locker.

For fashionable instances of the 12 months, it’s excellent to order a
campsite on the actual second that reservations open.  That is on the 15th of every month
at 7am Pacific Time, about Four months prematurely. 

Reservation Date                    Arrival

Dec 15                                    April
15 – Might 14

Jan 15                                     Might
15 – June 14

Feb 15                                    June
15 – July 14

Mar 15                                    July
15 – August 14

Apr 15                                     August
15 – September 14


Apply making a reservation.  Create a listing of campsites that can go well with
your journey group (RV, close to a toilet, close to the shuttle cease, no matter.)  If attainable, have a number of computer systems going at
the identical time.  At this level, it’s
unclear if all of the computer systems may be logged into the identical membership
ID or if every pc consumer wants his/her personal membership.   You
can not have greater than two reservations in your Buying Cart, so having every
pc manned by a member is a good suggestion.  (Should you’re fortunate and also you every get a campsite
for a similar evening, cancel the one you don’t need earlier than finishing the


On the appointed day, be prepared along with your most popular campsite
exhibiting in your pc.  Use the quickest pc and web connection out there. Watch the official time right here: Official NIST US Time At 7 am (on the second), attempt
to place the campsite into your “procuring cart” on the web site.  If another person snagged it first, attempt to get
one other one.  Proceed making an attempt for about 5
or 6 minutes.  Then all of the campsites are
in all probability gone.  Wait a number of extra
minutes.  Round 7:15, the fortunate people who
put a number of campsites into their “procuring cart” will resolve which one(s) they
need and return the remaining to be chosen by people who’re nonetheless ready to seek out
one thing.  Should you don’t have something by
7:30 or 7:35, it’s unlikely you’ll discover one thing at the moment.


Word which you could seek for all campsites that meet your
standards to your chosen date.  Put in “RV
29 ft” or “any website” or no matter you want. 
Put in your date and variety of nights. 
Then search.  Seize something that
seems good to you.  Keep in mind which you could
solely have two “objects” in your procuring cart earlier than you have to full the


Extra Ideas 

Lengthen your go to ahead. 
Should you’re planning to reach on the 15th, contemplate shifting
your plans as much as the 14th. 
For instance, your plan is to reach on July 15 and to remain for 4
nights.  The reservation window opens on March
15th for arrival dates between July 15 – August 14.  You scramble to get Four nights.  As an alternative, plan to reach on July 14.  The reservation window for this date opens on
February 15th.  Make your
reservation for July 14 AND the extra three nights that move into the following
week.  You do not want to attend till
March 15 to order the nights of July 15, 16, and 17; they’re a part of your
reservation that you simply make on February 15. 

River.  Campsites by
the river are good however could also be flooded in spring.  These websites are usually the most well-liked and
most tough to get. 

Discovering Cancellations: Journey plans change and a few people
cancel their reservations ($10 payment) and their campsites are returned.  Should you verify the reservation web site usually,
you would possibly discover one thing out there.  This
method additionally works for folk who didn’t get in on the primary reservation day
and who at the moment are in search of reservations.

Typically campsites close to the river are held again and never
supplied on the reservation web site.  When
the rangers decide that the spring water has receded and that the bottom is
dry sufficient, these websites might be launched on the web site. 

Names & ID.  You
will want photograph ID to verify into the campsite. 
If the one that made the reservation can’t go, pay $10 to have the
title modified.

Trails, shuttles, close by facilities. There are shortcuts or
social trails by the campgrounds that result in the free shuttle, to the
river, to the bogs, or to Park sights.  Chances are you’ll or might not need to be close to these
social trails. 

Be Versatile. Take into account shifting campsites for those who can’t get a
block of nights in a single campsite.  Transferring
your tent is best than not going in any respect. You possibly can change your search choice to “versatile” and seek for 1 evening just for the following 2 or Four weeks.  You could possibly piece collectively one thing to your a number of nights keep. 


Campground Data

Once more, the three campgrounds in Yosemite Valley replenish
quickest.  There’s a 4th
campground within the Valley (Camp 4), however it’s First Come First Served, shared
campsite, walk-in solely.  In summer time, it’s
normally full by 7 am, generally as late as eight am. And a few days Camp Four has no
availability in any respect.

Tuolumne Meadows Campground is the best to discover a
reservation.  This large campground will not be
website particular.  You solely make a
reservation for a tent website or an RV website. 
The rangers on the entrance kiosk will assign you to a campsite once you

Hodgdon Meadow has a number of tent-only walk-in campsites.  These won’t work for folk who plan to sleep of their automobiles and positively will not work for RVs or Campervans.  Be sure you fastidiously verify the small print concerning the campsite you’re reserving.  Should you present up and the campsite doesn’t give you the results you want (RV too lengthy, no tent for a tent-only walk-in campsite, and so forth), there isn’t any refund; you’ll not be allowed to remain. 

The opposite campgrounds within the reservation system are away
from the principle “sights” in Yosemite NP. 
Select your location fastidiously, contemplating what you’re planning on doing
to your time in Yosemite NP.  These
campgrounds can work properly for some folks as they’re quieter and normally
smaller.  Mileages to Yosemite Valley


Right here is an article about getting a non-reservable First Come
First Served campsite.  ARTICLE

Yosemite map with campgrounds marked 

MAPS of every campground

Campsite PHOTOS

Extra PHOTOS  


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