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The Yosemite Guide contains information about camping, trip planning, activities, scheduled events, and hours of operations for different facilities and services.
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Wawona campground is set near the southern entrance to Yosemite.
Wawona campground is one of the alternatives to the packed campgrounds of Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Valley is about 25 miles from Wawona. Finding a nicely shaded spot can be a challenge along with finding a really flat campsite.
Wawona campsites are open year round with the exception of Horse sites which are open approximately April to September. Non Horse campsites at Wawona campground are first come first served after September and until April in Loop A (about 20 sites).
Several sites are situated along the South Fork of the Merced River. Campsites tend to be a bit more spacious than the Yosemite Valley campgrounds.
Reservations are required from April to September and are available by clicking the reservation icon to the right.
Horse site reservations are required and available only by calling 877/444-6777.
Campsites 69 and 70 are suitable for wheelchairs. Picnic tables at these sites have extended tops. These campsites are limited to people with disabilities.
Wawona has 93 campsites, 1 group sites (13 to 30 people) and 2 horse sites. There is a limit of 6 people per campsite.
Campsites can handle RV's up to 35 feet. No trailers in the group site and 27' trailer in the horse sites.
There is a fire ring, table and a bear proof food storage locker [33"(D)x45"(W)x18"(H)] at each site. Nearby are flush toilet restrooms and potable water.
A dump station is neaby on Forest Drive east of Wawona about a mile away during the summer months.
The famous Mariposa Grove of Sequoias is about 10 miles away and boasts the famous "Grizzly Giant" sequoia. Crowds tend to get pretty big after 9 or 10 in the morning so try to get there early to avoid the crowds. Click here for a video of the Grizzly Giant.
Wawona-Mariposa Grove Shuttle Bus
The free Wawona-Mariposa Grove shuttle bus shuttles passengers between Wawona and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias spring through fall. The bus picks up and drops off passengers at the Wawona Store, South Entrance, and at the Mariposa Grove Gift Shop. The Mariposa Grove Road closes several times each day from spring through fall when the parking lot becomes full. Visitors arriving on the shuttle bus are guaranteed access into the Mariposa Grove even when the parking lot is closed (as a result of being full).
Wawona to Yosemite Valley Shuttle Bus
This free bus departs daily from the Wawona Hotel at 8:30 am and from the Wawona Store at 8:35 am. Return trip departs from Yosemite Lodge at 3:30 pm. Operates approximately Memorial Day through Labor Day.
A small grocery store is in nearby Wawona.
Pets are allowed and must be kept on a leash. Pets are not allowed in the group site or the horse sites.
About 27 miles north northeast in Yosemite Valley is Half Dome Village stop 13b, (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), A small bar that 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 amphitheater, a public pool, showers and a Lounge that has open WIFI access.
Raft and Bicycle rentals are next to Half Dome Village at the Half Dome Village Recreation Center get off at Shuttle Stop 13a.
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.
Entrance Fee to the park is $20 per private vehicle.
Yosemite Village about 45 minutes away boasts several restaurants, a store and gift shop.
Degnan's Cafe features smoothies, coffee, baked goods and an internet kiosk. The cafe is usually open from April to September.
Degnan's Deli - sells deli sandwiches, salads, vegetarian and gourmet food, snacks, lattes and other beverages. The deli is open daily from 7am to 5pm.
Degnan's Loft - This Yosemite Village restaurant features pizza, salads, soups and appetizers - all served in this family-style loft restaurant located above Degnan's Deli. Wine and beer are also available. Open Spring to Fall. Open 5 to 9 pm Mon-Fri and
Village Grill - serves an excellent variety of grilled items, such as cheeseburgers, grilled chicken, veggie and salmon burgers. Don't pass on one of the Milkshakes. Open 11 am to 5 pm daily.
The country store at Yosemite Village is well stocked with groceries and has an excellent gift shop.
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