Upper Pines Campground

Yosemite National Park

Half Dome, Yosemite

Upper Pines Campground, Yosemite National Park

Upper Pines Campground

Yosemite Valley
Attractions and Activities

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

  • 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,
  • 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.
  • 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 Upper 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.

Upper Pines Campground

Upper Pines Campground, located amid stately pines in the heart of Yosemite Valley, is one of the most sought-after camping destinations in the country. The campground offers easy access to all the popular attractions in the valley.

As in all campgrounds in Yosemite, visitors at Upper Pines Campground are required to follow strict guidelines about storing food and scented items in bear-proof lockers provided at each campsite. Food may not be stored in cars. Visitors who follow Yosemite's guidelines usually have no problems with bears.

Upper Pines Campground, has 240 campsites. Of those, 32 are designated for RVs or trailers only and 5 for tents only. The remaining 203 sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. 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.

Campground Basics
Upper Pines Campground Location: Yosemite Valley near Curry Village (now called Half Dome Village)
Elevation: 4,000 feet
Distance & Driving Time from gateway cities: Stockton - 115 miles, 3:15
Fresno - 94 miles, 2:15
Number of Sites: 240
Open - Closed: Open year-round
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: On leash, always attended
Campground Office: (209) 372-8502

Reservations Required: March 23 to November 30
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 2 days 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.
Camping Limit: 7 nights from May 1 to September 15
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 35 feet and 24 feet
Accessible Sites: #6, 7, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29, 39, 43
Favorite Campsites: #21, 54, 69, 121, 139, 175, 182, 184, 197, 216, 240
Accessible site: #113
Not recommended: #38
Fees: $26 per site per night
Online Reservations: Upper Pines Campground Reservations
Winter camping: First come, first served
Check-in, check-out: Noon

Upper Pines Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with flush toilets, tap water
Showers: Showers are available in nearby Curry Village or Housekeeping Camp.
Dump station: A dump station is available at Upper Pines Campground.
Campground map: Upper Pines Campground Map
Attractions near Upper Pines Campground: Mirror Lake, Visitors Center, Museum, Trails
Note: A free shuttle service stops at Upper Pines Campground and connects to stops all around the valley.

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.

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

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