Lower Pines Campground

California's Best Camping

Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Lower Pines Campground

Yosemite National Park

Lower Pines Campground

Lower Pines Campground is located along the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. Set among towering pines and within walking distance of Curry Village (now called Half Dome Village), the campground is among the most popular in California.

As in all campgrounds in Yosemite, visitors at Lower Pines Campground are required to follow strict guidelines about storing food in bear-proof lockers provided at each campsite. Food may not be stored in vehicles. Visitors who follow Yosemite's guidelines rarely have problems with bears. Not all sites will accommodate the maximum trailer and RV lengths shown below. Read vehicle limitations on the reservation site carefully before making a reservation.

Lower Pines Campground has 60 campsites, including 3 double sites. Ten of the campsites are designated for RVs or trailers only. The rest of the campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents.

Lower Pines Campground Basics
Lower Pines Campground Location: Yosemite Valley near Half Dome (Curry) Village
Elevation: 4,000 feet
Distance & Driving Time from gateway cities: Stockton - 115 miles, 3:15
Fresno - 94 miles, 2:15
Number of Sites: 60
Camping Season: Usually open late April through mid-October, depending on weather
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children); double sites, 12
Vehicles per Site: 2 (3 in double sites)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Operated by Yosemite National Park
Campground Office: (209) 372-8502

Reservations for Lower Pins Capground
Reservations Required: Reservations are required for camping dates whenever the campground is open. Finding a first-come, first-served site during the summer is unlikely.
Booking Window: Reservations can be made up to 5+ months in advance of arrival date. New dates are released in 1-month blocks on the 15th of each month at 7:00 AM Pacific time.
Peak Season Camping Limit: 7 nights from May 1 to September 15
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: RVs 40 feet
Trilers 35 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: 7, 13, 14*, 18, 20
*Site 14 has electric charging available for electric wheelchairs.
Favorite Campsites: #23, 35, 37, 38, 39, 43, 63, 71
Fees: $26 per night, double sites $36
Online Reservations: Lower Pines Campground Reservations
Winter camping: None
Check-in, check-out: Noon, Noon

Lower Pines Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, bear-proof food locker, fire ring
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Showers: Showers are available in nearby Curry Village or Housekeeping Camp.
Dump station: A dump station is available at Upper Pines Campground.
Campground map: Lower Pines Campground Map
Note: A free shuttle service stops at Lower Pines Campground and all around the valley.

Reservations Tips

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 fill within minutes. To improve your chances of obtaining a reservation, be poised online, already on the reservation website (linked above) 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: "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 reservations: (877) 444-6777, or (877) 833-6777 for TDD, or (518) 885-3639 from outside the US & Canada.

Recorded campground availability message: (209) 372-0266

General Camping Information for Yosemite

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate For visitors who are temporarily disabled or do not have their permanent accessible parking placard with them, pick up a temporary placard at the entrance station or a visitor center.

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Attractions and Activities

Visitors camping at Lower Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley can take advantage of the free shuttle to deliver them to almost all the favorite attractions in the valley.

  • Take the short hike to Mirror Lake with close-up views of Half Dome.
  • Tour the Valley Visitor and Wilderness centers.
  • Enjoy easy scenic trails all around the valley and along the Merced River, connecting to viewpoints and picnic areas.
  • Glacier Point offers spectacular views of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley.
  • Visit Happy Isles with a Nature Center and trails to Vernal and Nevada falls.
  • Experience Nature and History Programs - nature and photography walks, history tours, art classes, children's programs, and more. Most free, some with modest fees.
  • Join in Outdoor Adventures - nature and photography walks, history tours, art classes, children's programs, and more. Fees.

Key Lower Pines Campground Regulations

  1. Campfires from May through September are only allowed from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
  2. Bears: Store all food and similar items in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles.
  3. Generators may only be operated from 7 AM to 9 AM, Noon to 2 PM, and 5 PM to 7 PM.

    Check Yosemite National Park - Lower Pines Campground for a complete list of regulations and any campground updates.
    Check Yosemite National Park - Current Conditions for up-to-date park information.

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