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7 Yosemite Campgrounds & RV Parks Worth Visiting

Yosemite National Park in California is famous for its giant sequoia trees, waterfalls, and massive granite cliffs, and it is home to black bears, deer, bobcats, and many more. It is an absolute must-visit for your USA road trip! It is essential to plan well ahead for your visit. There are no hookups inside the park, so you will not be able to connect your van to power or refill your water. However, there are a few main dump stations where you’ll be able to empty your holding tank. Reservations for campgrounds in the national park open 5 months in advance and fill up very quickly. We recommend booking as far in advance as possible. If you miss out on reservations, there are some campgrounds with first-come, first-served campsites, and privately run RV parks nearby.

The Pines Campgrounds (Upper Pines Campground, Lower Pines & North Pines)

This group of campgrounds, consisting of Upper Pines, Lower Pines, and North Pines, is located in Yosemite Valley, close to Curry Village and major trailheads, and it offers views of the iconic El Capitan and Half Dome granite cliffs. It is the ideal choice for your first visit to Yosemite. Having an unbeatable location also means these campgrounds are extremely popular and book out months in advance.

Upper Pines Campground is the largest of the three and the only one open year-round. With 238 campsites, it is not the place to go to get away from the crowds and can feel cramped at times. The campsites are bigger and more spaced at North Pines. This campground is generally quieter than Upper Pines and has scenic riverside sites as well as views of the granite cliffs. It is open from March to October, and like all campgrounds in Yosemite, you should book your campsite as soon as reservations open (5 months in advance).

The facilities at the campgrounds include flushing toilets and bathrooms with drinking water. There is a dump station at the entrance to Upper Pines. You can find showers and groceries in nearby Curry Village.