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9 Best Campgrounds in Yosemite National Park, CA

Chaitra Suraj Saxena
Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the US. It is well known for its waterfalls, giant sequoia groves, clear water streams, meadows, glaciers and biological diversity.
Every year, close to 4 million people visit Yosemite National Park for various reasons. While many come here for hiking, sightseeing, etc., the major reason for tourism is Yosemite National Park camping. Discover these best campgrounds.

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North Pines Campground – Beautiful River View

North Pines Campground is inside the Yosemite National Park and is one of the three campgrounds in the beautiful Yosemite Valley.
It has 81 sites next to a rushing river. This campground is open from April to November.

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Upper Pines Campground – The Largest Yosemite Campground

This campground has 238 campsites which are covered by beautiful pines and cedars.
This campground is open all through the year and open to advance bookings. Upper pines is close to many hiking trails and has a lively atmosphere.

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Lower Pines Campground – The Smallest Yosemite Campground

Lower Pines Campground has limited campsites with beautiful views all around.
If you are looking for enjoying solitude, this is the campground for you. Lower Pine is open between March to November.

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Camp 4 – Walk-in Campground With a History

Camp 4 is a legendary Yosemite campground - the birthplace of rock climbing.
It has 35 walk-in tents that you have to share with other people. Registration has to be done on per person basis.

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Hodgdon Meadow Campground – Alluring Campsite

Hodgdon Meadow is a beautiful campsite outside of the well-known Yosemite Valley.
Here, you can rent a rustic cabin or a canvas tent with wooden floor, light, beds and propane heater. This campsite is open all through the year.

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Crane Flat Campground – Pet Friendly Campsite

Crane Flat Campground is a good place for camping near Yosemite Valley. This is a huge ground with 166 sites. It is open between July and October. Pets are welcome here!
The campsite offers facilities like fire ring, picnic table, food locker and drinking water and washrooms.

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White Wolf Campground – Easily Reachable

White Wolf Camp Ground is a concession area outside Yosemite Valley.
It is located right on the Tioga Road, so there is no rough drive to the camping area. This campsite is open from June to September.

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Porcupine Flat Campground – Serene Campground

Porcupine Flat Campground is located in the northern part of Yosemite.
It is one of the most secluded and remote campgrounds outside Yosemite Valley. This place does not take reservations and sites are available on first-come, first-serve basis which are open from July to October.

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Tuolumne Meadows - Breathtaking Campground

Tuolumne Meadows is a sub-alpine meadow with breathtaking views.
It is one of the highest places in Yosemite National Park. This campsite has 69 cabins, but there is a power outage. Hence, do carry flashlights or torches. This place is open only in summers.

Important Things to Remember:

1. Drinking water is not available on all campgrounds. So, it is best to carry a big water container.
2. Dirty water from dish washing, has to be dumped in the restrooms.
3. Washrooms do not have light, bringing flashlights is advised.
4. Tents are not compulsory in Yosemite, but staying at a campground is a must.
5. Campsites have a lot of smoke and dust; allergic and asthmatic people need to be extra careful.
6. Campsites inside Yosemite may cause altitude sickness.
7. RV owners will have to hunt for parking and ensure safety from bears.