Group Camps are set aside for nearly any kind of group, whether Boy Scouts, a church group, or a photography club. The campsites are for between 13 and 30 people and must be reserved ahead of time.
Horse Camps are provided for campers with horses. The camps are placed well apart from the main campground. Corrals and other horse-related amenities may be provided.
Backpackers' Camps are for hikers with wilderness permits who need a place to spend a single night either just before they set off into the wilderness or immediately after a trip.
Camping in Yosemite National Park is a great way to immerse yourself in the wondrous beauty of this magnificent place. While the valley is the most popular Yosemite camping destination, for those seeking a little more privacy and quiet, there are a number of campgrounds outside the valley. Some of them have all the common amenities while others are more primitive.
Three main campgrounds in Yosemite Valley are among the most popular in the park - Lower Pines Campground, Upper Pines Campground, and North Pines Campground. The trio of campgrounds are located close to one another and right at the heart of Yosemite Valley attractions. Yosemite Falls, Mirror Lake, the Vernal Fall trail, restaurants and shops, the Visitor Center, and other wonderful places to go are easily reached from the campgrounds by walking, cycling, or free shuttle. Yosemite camping is very popular, so make your reservations early.
Three campgrounds are tents-only: Camp 4, Tamarack Flat, and Yosemite Creek. All the rest have spaces for RVs, trailers and tents. Some of them have specialty camps attached to them: Group Camps, Horse Camps, and Backpackers' Camps.
Yosemite Camping reservations open in blocks of one month at a time, 5 months in advance on the 15th of each month at 7:00 AM Pacific Time.
Prime reservations for Yosemite Camping fill within minutes. To improve your chances of obtaining a Yosemite camping reservation, be poised online, already on the reservation website at precisely 7:00 AM. Begin filling in the form before 7:00 AM. If you have 6 or fewer in your party, leave the Occupants space blank. You may only make 2 reservations per call or online visit. For more reservations, call or link again.
Yosemite makes these suggestions for Yosemite camping reservations: "Another approach is to try to get different campsites each night (rather than one campsite for your entire stay). To do this, change the arrival date to your first desired night, the departure date to the next day, and specify that you're flexible for the next two weeks. With this method, you can search campgrounds in and near Yosemite all at once. Once you've chosen a specific campground, click on the date range availability choice to see if some of your nights are available. If you don't find availability using these methods, it's worth checking back as often as possible: cancellations will appear on the website immediately."
Phone for Yosemite camping reservations: (877) 444-6777, or (877) 833-6777 for TDD, or (518) 885-3639 from outside the US & Canada.