Yosemite National Park will open additional campgrounds during the 2021 summer camping season, with social distancing measures in place. All open campgrounds will require reservations. First-come, first-served camping will not be available in 2021. These modifications are temporary and are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At 7 am PDT on Monday, March 15, 2021, camping reservations will go on sale on Recreation.gov for dates through August 14, 2021.

Yosemite Valley

Upper Pines Campground: On March 15, reservations will become available for arrivals between July 15–August 14 for 120 sites (with 17 additional sites available between May 1 and August 14). The sixth loop of Upper Pines will be used (at reduced capacity) for administrative sites in 2021, which will reduce the number of administrative sites in Lower and North Pines Campgrounds. The following sites are closed in 2021: 004, 008, 012, 016, 020, 038, 040, 056, 058, 060, 063, 065, 070, 079, 081, 084, 094, 097, 101, 107, 115, 118, 122, 123, 127, 130, 131, 134, 138, 148, 149, 152, 157, 160, 161, 164, 165, 166, 168, 169, 173, 174, 177, 180, 181, 183, 188–240.

Lower Pines Campground: On March 15, reservations will become available for April 19–August 14 (reservations for June 14–July 15 became available on February 15). Lower Pines Campground will open April 19–October 25 with 64 sites. The following sites are closed in 2021: 022, 032, 046, 047, 056, 057, 064, 066, 074, 075.

North Pines Campground: On March 15, reservations will become available for April 15–August 14 (reservations for June 14–July 15 became available on February 15). North Pines Campground will open April 15–October 25 with 58 sites. The following sites are closed in 2021: 103, 107, 115, 201, 206, 210, 217, 301, 303, 308, 311, 312, 318, 321, 322, 400, 404, 503, 507, 513, 517, 525, 529.

Camp 4will open on April 15. Reservations are required and available one day in advance by lottery. While the usual practice is for sites to be shared, each site will be assigned to a single group (of up to six people).

Outside Yosemite Valley

Bridalveil Creek Campground: There will be an update about this campground soon. The group sites are not open in 2021.

Tuolumne Meadows Campground: On March 15, reservations (required in 2021) will become available for July 15–August 14. The Tuolumne Meadows Campground will open July 15–September 20 with 137 sites (and four horse sites). The group sites are not open in 2021.

Wawona Campground: On March 15, reservations will become available for June 15–August 14. The Wawona Campground will open June 15–October 25 with 72 sites (and two horse sites). The following sites are closed in 2021: Group, 002, 012, 013, 016, 020, 024, 029, 031, 038, 039, 045, 048, 056, 060, 061, 063, 071, 079, 081, 083, 087, 088, 091, 095, 097.

Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, Yosemite Creek, and Porcupine Flat Campgrounds will not open in 2021.

Tuolumne Meadows Campground

On the Tioga Road at Tuolumne Meadows, about 1.5 hours northeast of Yosemite Valley, at 8,600 feet (2,600 m) elevation. Season is approximately July through late September 

Reservations

Loops A-G: Reservations are available online for half of all campsites. The other half of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. $26/night
Group sites: Required and available online. $50/night
Horse sites: Required and available only by calling 209/375-9535. $30/night

Campsite Details

Tent and RV sites: 304 sites with space for RVs and trailers up to 35 feet
Group sites: 7 (no RVs or trailers allowed)
Horse sites: 4 with space for trailers up to 27 feet

Not every site can accommodate equipment of these lengths. Be sure to read the site details when making a reservation on recreation.gov to ensure your equipment will fit into the site you’re reserving. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions about length limits and site types or call the Tuolumne Meadows campground office at 209/372-4025.

Each campsite contains a fire ringpicnic table, and food locker [33″(D)x45″(W)x18″(H)], and is near a bathroom with drinking water and flushing toilets. The group sites have five food lockers.

Closed in 2021

Additional Notes

Backcountry campgrounds at Little Yosemite Valley and near the High Sierra camps (Glen Aulin, May Lake, Sunrise, Merced Lake, and Vogelsang) are not part of the campground reservation system. A wilderness permit is required to stay at these campgrounds.

High Sierra Camps themselves and Housekeeping Camp are lodging facilities managed by Yosemite Hospitality.

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