Upper Pines Campground
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Upper Pines Campground located at the far east end of Yosemite Valley is open year round. Reservations are required from March 15th through November. This campground becomes a first come first served campground in late November.
Click the "Reserve Now" icon to the right to make a reservation at Upper Pines.
There are 238 campsites that can accomodate RV's up to 35' in length and trailers up to 24' in length.
Upper Pines Campground is the largest of the three reservation campgrounds in Yosemite Valley. North Pines Campground and Lower Pines Campground are basically across the street from each other and within walking distance. The Merced River flows adjacent to the campground. To reach the Mirror Lake trail , a very popular trail in the valley floor, exit the campground and head across the bridge towards the trailhead. You can also jump on the Yosemite Shuttle and get off on stop 17 (Mirror Lake Trailhead).
If you plan on hiking the Mist Trail, Upper Pines Campground is the closest campground to Happy Isles , the starting point of the hike.
There are no water or electric hookups for RV's in the campground. There is a dump station and water station for RV's at the entrance to the Upper Pines and is free to use for registered campers.
Restrooms are spread throughout the campground and the toilets are flush type.
Each campsite includes a fire ring, a table and bear proof food lockers [33"(D)x45"(W)x18"(H)]. Some sites have larger food lockers. Storing all of your food items, toiletries and coolers is required for the protection of the bears in the area. DO NOT LEAVE FOOD IN YOUR CAR OR RV. Please dispose of all trash immediatly in the bear proof trash cans located around the campground.
Some sites are ADA accessible. Campsites 21, 27, and 42 are suitable for wheelchairs. Picnic tables at these sites have extended tops. These campsites are limited to people with disabilities.
Pets are allowed but must be kept on a 6' leash and may not be left unattended.
When you arrive, have your reservation receipt with you and check in at the kiosk at the entrance of the campground. ID will be required to occupy your site. Any questions you might have about Upper Pines Campground can be answered at the kiosk or any of the camp hosts on site. If you show up after the kiosk is closed (usually 5pm) then just go to your site and check back in the morning.
Campsites at Upper Pines as with all of the pines campgrounds are pretty cramped, But it seemed to me that Upper Pines had slightly more room between campsites than the other two.
Upper Pines is at an elevation of 4000', and is located near many of the features that make Yosemite Famous including Half Dome, Mirror Lake , Yosemite Falls , the Mist Trail , Nevada and Vernal Falls.
For those interested in horseback riding, the Yosemite Stables are located at the entrance of North Pines Campground . To get there, when you get to the entrance to Upper Pines, turn right and go over the bridge and the stables will be on the left. The walk to Yosemite Stables is about 300 yards.
Raft and Bicycle rentals are next to Half Dome Village at the Half Dome Village Recreation Center get off at Shuttle Stop 13a.
Cost per night is $20 and each site can accomodate up to 6 people.
Nearby Half Dome Village (click for a fantastic map from the National Park Service) offers several restaurants including a Pizza Deck (some of the best Pizza I have ever had and should be a stop on everyone's trip to Yosemite), ice cream shop/ coffee bar, a taqueria, a Dining Pavilion (Buffet style), the Half Dome Bar and Grill serves an excellent local draft selection located next to the Pizza Deck. Also at Half Dome Village is a mountaineering shop and mountaineering school, a store and gift shop, an amphiteather, a public pool, showers and a Lounge that has open WIFI access.
Road conditions can change at any time. Please check road and weather before arriving at (209)372-0200 for conditions inside Yosemite, and 1-800-427-ROAD for conditions outside the park. Highway 120 over Tioga Pass from Lee Vining and the Glacier Point Road are closed seasonally.
If arriving one or more days late, call (209)372-8502. Your reservation will be forfeited if we do not hear from you within 24hrs of your arrival date.
Entrance Fee to the park is $20 per private vehicle.
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