Yosemite Creek Campground

Yosemite National Park

Half Dome, Yosemite

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National park

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite National Park
Attractions and Activities

For those camping at Yosemite Creek Campground there are many wondrous sites to enjoy only a short drive away. Once visitors reach Yosemite Valley they 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 Yosemite Creek Campground Regulations

  1. Bears: Store all food and similar items in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles.
  2. Generators may only be operated from 7 AM to 9 AM, Noon to 2 PM, and 5 PM to 7 PM.

Yosemite Creek Campground

Yosemite Creek Campground is 4.7 miles off Tioga Road (Highway 120), about 26 miles west of Tuolumne Meadows and a little more than an hour's drive from Yosemite Valley. Most of the 75 campsites at Yosemite Creek Campground are close to Yosemite Creek. RVs and trailers are not allowed at this tent-only, primitive campground.

Yosemite Creek supplies the water for the famous Yosemite Falls, 6 miles downstream from the campground.

No tap water is available at Yosemite Creek Campground. Visitors should filter, treat, or boil creek water before use. Be sure to store all food items in the bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles.

Campground Basics
Yosemite Creek Campground Location: 4.7 miles off Tioga Rd., Yosemite
Elevation: 7,700 feet
Distance & Driving Time
from gateway cities:
Stockton - 140 miles, 3:07
Fresno -140 miles, 3:36
Number of Sites: 75
Open - Closed: June to early September
Max. People per Site: 6 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2

No Reservations: first come, first served
Camping Limit: 14 nights from May 1 to September 15
Accessible Sites: 47, 49
Fees: $12
Check-in, check-out: Noon
Pets: On leash, always attended
Note: No potable water, treat or filter creek water

Yosemite Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring
Campground: restrooms with vault toilets
Showers: Showers are available in Yosemite Valley at Half Dome (Curry) Village or Housekeeping Camp
Attractions near Yosemite Creek Campground: Tamarack Creek, Water Hole swim area by campsite 51, hiking trails, Tuolumne Meadows

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.

TIPS for Finding First Come, First Served Campsites

Recorded campground availability message: (209) 372-0266

map of campground locations on Tioga Road, including Yosemite Creek Campground, Yosemite National Park


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