Wawona Campground

Yosemite National Park

Half Dome, Yosemite

Wawona Campground, Yosemite National Park

Wawona Campground

Activities and Attractions around Wawona

  • Pioneer History Center - historic cabins, jail, and other buildings. Covered bridge. Summer docents in costume and free stagecoach ride. Square dances in summer on some Saturdays.
  • Historic Wawona Hotel - lodging, dining
  • Wawona Golf Course- 9-hole course
  • Pedestrian Swinging Bridge - about 2½ miles out Forest Drive, popular swimming spot when water levels are safe. As always, use caution.

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

Yosemite Park has announced that, "The Mariposa Grove Road and the Mariposa Grove will be temporarily closed for about 24 months, tentatively beginning June or July 2015."

In the late fall of 2017, when the grove re-opens, a free Wawona-Mariposa Grove shuttle bus will carry visitors between Wawona and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias from spring through fall. Board the bus at the Wawona Store. The Mariposa Grove Road closes several times each day from spring through fall when the parking lot becomes full. Visitors on the shuttle bus are guaranteed access into the Mariposa Grove even when the parking lot is full.

Key Wawona Campground Regulations

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

Wawona Campground

Wawona Campground is located one mile north of Wawona along Highway 41 in southern Yosemite National Park. Home to the historic Wawona Hotel (now called the Big Trees Hotel), the Wawona area of Yosemite offers a history center, hiking trails, and proximity to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. (Note that the Mariposa Grove is closed until fall 2017.) The drive from Wawona to Yosemite Valley is about 45 minutes.

Wawona Campground has 92 campsites along with a Group Camp and a Horse Camp. Forty-seven of the campsites are designated for tents only, while 4 are limited to RVs or trailers only. The remaining 41 campsites accept RVs, trailers, and tents. Not all sites will accommodate the maximum lengths shown below. Read vehicle limitations on the reservation site carefully before making a reservation.

Campground Basics
Wawona Campground Location: Wawona, Hwy. 41, near south entrance
Elevation: 4,000 feet
Distance & Driving Time
from gateway cities:
Mariposa - 47 miles, 1:05
Fresno - 66 miles, 1:23
Number of Sites: 92 sites on 3 loops
Open - Closed: Loop A year-round, B & C Apr.-Oct.
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (209) 375-9535

Reservations Required: from mid-April through mid-October
Reservations Available: 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
Max. RV/Trailer Length: 35 feet and 35 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: In Loop C, sites 69 and 70
Favorite Campsites: C Loop, sites 45 - 99, especially sites #46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 62
Also favorites: #32, 37, 43, 44
A Loop is close to the main road and sites are crowded together
Fees: $26, $18 in off-season
Online Reservations: Wawona Campground Reservations
Winter camping: Loop A only
Check-in, check-out: Noon

Wawona Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, amphitheater
Showers: Available in Yosemite Valley at Curry Village or Housekeeping Camp
Dump station: Summer only on Forest Dr., east of Wawona
Campground map: Wawona Campground Map
Attractions near Wawona Campground: Mariposa Grove, Wawona Hotel, Glacier Point, Pioneer History Center
Note: The free shuttle from Wawona to Mariposa Grove has been suspended until fall 2017 (see right).

Wawona Group Camp

Wawona Group Camp has a single site for from 13 to 30 people located in Loop A. The campsite is open year-round. Reservations are required: Wawona Campground. A maximum of 5 vehicles are permitted to park at the site. No trailers or pets are allowed in the group site.
Fee: $50 per night

Wawona Horse Camp

The Wawona Horse Camp is open from April through September. Reservations are required: Wawona Campground. Each of its 2 campsites can accommodate 2 vehicles, 2 stock trailers up to 25 feet, 6 people, and 6 head of stock. Campers should bring plenty of large sacks for disposal of horse manure. There are no horse corrals.
Fees: $30 per night

Many good trails are available for riding in the area.

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

Regarding First Come, First Served Campsite in Summer

Camp 4 Campground usually fills by 9:00 AM. Tuolumne Meadows Campground usually fills by 8:30 AM on weekends.

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. Designated Accessible sites are not available for those without a disability placard or license plate. Anyone who forget their placard can pick up a temporary one at an entrance gate or visitor center.

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