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Top RV Parks & Campgrounds in Yosemite National Park

Start planning your road trip to Yosemite as early as possible to ensure you can secure a campsite at your first choice of RV Parks in the area. While some areas are restricted to tents, most of the campgrounds in and near Yosemite National Park allow motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheels. However, you must have a campground reservation during peak travel season. Let’s get started so you can make that coveted reservation! Here is your guide to the best RV parks and campgrounds in Yosemite National Park.

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Lake and granite cliffs of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park
Blake Carroll, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

You must have a reservation to drive into Yosemite from April through October.

Yosemite Campgrounds Reservations

We crafted this list of the top RV parks and campgrounds based on the firsthand experiences of our travel team. In addition, we consider amenities offered, campground ratings, and feedback from our RV and camping enthusiast friends.

As with most things in life, especially when it comes to our choice of activities and lifestyle, the things one person considers best are not always the top choice for another person. Accordingly, our list includes a range of options, including smaller remote parks as well as campgrounds with a full list of comfort amenities.

There are many more campgrounds in the area, but this list is centered around RV compatible parks.

Please let us know if there are other parks you think should be on this list that will help our readers as they travel to see the breathtaking Yosemite National Park.

What to Know about Yosemite Campground Reservations

First off, you should know that getting a reservation in Yosemite is hard. These campsites are in high demand and reservations are typically fully booked within minutes of becoming available.

If you plan on staying at one of the campgrounds within the park, it’s important to know the following facts about booking an RV campsite reservation.

  • Reservations are required. You will not find a first-come, first-served campground during peak season.
  • You must be logged into your account to finalize a reservation. For the best chance of securing a reservation, create your login at Recreation, the federal park’s reservation system, in advance.
  • The reservation system will only allow you to book up to two reservations at campgrounds within Yosemite National Park per transaction.
  • A maximum of 14 nights is allowed during the peak season, which runs from May through September 14.
  • You are limited to a total of 30 nights per calendar year across all 13 campgrounds within Yosemite.
  • Adhere to the listed maximum allowable RV or trailer length limits of the selected campsite. If your vehicle length is too long you may not be able to maneuver windy access roads. In addition, you will be prohibited from using the RV campsite if all wheels do not fit onto the parking pad.

Road Conditions

Call 209-372-0200 for road conditions within Yosemite National Park and 1-800-427-ROAD for conditions outside of the park.

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View of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
View of Half Dome from Glacier Point (Diliff, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Top-Rated RV Campgrounds in Yosemite

Golden Pine RV Motorcoach Resort

  • Location: Located off Highway 158 at 98 Gull Lake Rd, June Lake, California
  • GPS Coordinates: 37.77748, -119.07800
  • RV Hookups: Full hookups at all 25 sites
  • Reservations: Use the park’s online system to book a reservation.

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and surrounded by Stanislaus National Forest, Golden Pine RV Park (now Golden Pine RV Motorcoach Resort) is located in a stunning location with exceptional opportunities for anyone who loves outdoor adventure. There is an abundance of hiking, mountain biking, fishing, and other activities in and near the campground.

RV Park Amenities & Policies

  • Clubhouse and onsite concierge to help you plan your adventures
  • Clean restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities
  • Fish cleaning area
  • Potable water
  • Community fire pit
  • Quiet hours are from 10:00pm to 7:00am

RV Sites Overview

Golden Pine RV Park offers 25 back-in RV sites.

  • Water, 30-am / 50-amp electric service, and sewer hookups
  • Picnic table
  • Fire pit

Hodgdon Meadow Campground

  • Location: Located at Big Oak Flat Rd, Groveland, California near the Big Oak Flat Entrance, which is accessible from Highway 120 east.
  • GPS Coordinates: 37° 47′ 56.0000″ N 119° 51′ 56.9999″ W
  • RV Hookups: Standard nonelectric sites
  • Reservations: Book your campsite reservation through Recreation, the national park service reservation system

On your way to Hodgdon, consider stopping in Groveland, a quaint town located approximately 24 miles from the park entrance. While there you can enjoy live outdoor music, wine tasting, and quaint shopping.

From the campground, take Evergreen Road off Highway 120 to Hetch Hetchy Road for numerous day hikes and stunning views of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Access the Wapama and Rancheria Fall trailhead for moderate-level up and downhill hikes of up to 14 miles round-trip.

Campground Amenities

Like most of the campgrounds in and near Yosemite, Hodgdon Meadow is sparse on amenities. This is a place for outdoor enthusiasts who want to enjoy the natural outdoors. Trailheads for Merced Grove and Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias are located within a short drive from Hodgdon Meadow.

  • Potable water
  • Year-round food storage lockers
  • Trash and recycling collection
  • Wood and charcoal fires are permitted (with the exception of times when burn bans are in effect). No firewood is for sale at the campground.

RV Sites Overview

There are just over 100 sites that allow camping in a tent, RV, camper van, car, trailer, or truck camper. To ensure your vehicle will fit, double check (then check again) the length limits when booking your reservation at Hodgdon Meadow Campground.

I suggest reviewing the site map before reservations open up. Make a list of your preferred sites that will accommodate your equipment. Have that list on hand when you’re ready to book your reservation.

  • Back-in
  • Maximum RV length is 40 feet. Maximum trailer length is 30 feet.
  • Sites are not level
  • Pets allowed
  • Picnic table and fire ring
Map of campsites available at Hodgdon Meadow Campground in Yosemite
Hodgdon Meadow Campground, U.S. National Park Service via public domain

Indian Flat RV Park

  • Location: 9988 CA-140, El Portal, California
  • GPS Coordinates: 37.66089, -119.84859
  • RV Hookups: Full hookups are available.
  • Reservations: The campground can book up as early as a year in advance. Plan accordingly. Book your reservation through Campspot.

A Yosemite Resorts campground, Indian Flat RV Park is located near Yosemite Valley. In addition to RV sites, the campground offers tent sites, cabins, and cottages.

While there are more amenities compared to many of the national campgrounds located within Yosemite Park, you should be aware of the fee structure at Indian Flat. You will incur a fee for pets, an additional vehicle, use of the dump station, showers, and wi-fi. There is an upside. Since it’s not all inclusive, I do not pay for services I do not use.

Campground Amenities

  • Small gift shop
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Wi-fi (fee applies)
  • Generators are not allowed

RV Sites Overview

There are 25 RV sites at Indian Flat campground. Use Campspot to easily narrow your search and filter for specific sites by type of amenity as well as the size your RV.

  • Back-in
  • Each site has water and 30/50 amp electricity. Select sites offer sewer hookups.
  • Charcoal grill and picnic table

North Pines Campground

  • Location: 9024 Southside Drive, Yosemite National Park, California
  • GPS Coordinates: 37° 44′ 30.9998″ N 119° 33′ 56.0002″ W
  • RV Hookups: No hookups; campsites are standard nonelectric
  • Reservations: Use Recreation, the park’s online reservation platform, to book your site

Take the shuttle bus to view the incredible reasons Yosemite is one of the most visited national parks in the country. Head to Glacier Point for panoramic views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and Nevada Falls.

Another popular option is to enjoy a scenic drive along Tioga Road. You will experience stunning sights of natural grand meadows, lakes, and granite domes. Pack a picnic lunch and soak in all the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada countryside.

North Pines, which is close to Mirror Lake and offers views of Half Dome, is a great place for photography enthusiasts and hikers to set up a perfect base camp.

Campground Amenities

You can take the shuttle to nearby Curry Village. The historic area offers a general store, showers, restaurants, and an activities center.

  • Pet-friendly
  • Shuttle bus service
  • Accessible campsites
  • Flush toilets
  • Drinking water

RV Sites Overview

The campsites are quiet, which allows you to enjoy the peaceful sounds of the river and experience wildlife sightings.

  • Standard nonelectric sites
  • Picnic table and campfire ring
  • Food storage lockers

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Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes

  • Location: 31191 Hardin Flat Rd, Groveland, California. The campground is located approximately five miles from the park’s west entrance.
  • GPS Coordinates: 37.8112, -119.9465
  • RV Hookups: Full hookups
  • Reservations: Membership is not required to book a stay

This year-round campground is a great option for those of you who will be traveling outside of the summer months. It offers spacious campsites and nearby hiking trails, fishing, and other outdoor adventure activities.

Campground Amenities & Policies

Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes offers various ways to stay, including cabins, tent sites, and RV sites. There are plenty of amenities and activities onsite. Everyone in your group should find something to stay busy and enjoy.

  • Onsite Welcome center
  • General store offers groceries, firewood, sundries, and fuel
  • Hiking trails, waterfront, fishing
  • Playground
  • Restroom, shower facilities, and coin-operated laundry facilities
  • Picnic and grilling area
  • Sports games, including basketball, billiards, shuffleboard, mini golf, volleyball, and horseshoes
  • Wifi
  • Pet friendly (fee applies)

RV Sites Overview

There are over 250 full hookup RV sites as well as tent sites, cabins, and yurts. Rates listed for RV sites are for four people. You will incur a fee for each additional person. A limited number of 45-foot sites are available.

  • Gravel surfaces
  • Most sites offer full hookups
  • 30-amp electrical service
  • Check-in before 10:30pm
  • Picnic tables and fire rings with grills

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Tuolumne Meadows Campground

  • Location: Tioga Pass Rd, Tuolumne Meadows, California
  • GPS Coordinates: 37° 52′ 16.0000″ N 119° 21′ 36.0000″ W
  • RV Hookups: There are no hookups at the campsites
  • Reservations: Reservations are typically available from May through mid-September.


Tuolumne is closed through 2024 for rehabilitation work at the campground. Mark your calendars to stay up to date on this campground so you can reserve a site once it reopens.

This is a beautiful area to set up your home base. Hiking trails include Soda Springs and Parsons Lodge, Lyell Canyon via the John Muir Trail, and Glen Aulin. You can also enjoy swimming followed by an afternoon picnic at Tenaya Lake.

Campground Amenities

  • Close proximity to Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center, which has a general store and gas station
  • Food storage lockers
  • Generators are not allowed
  • Campground has horse sites

RV Sites Overview

Tuolumne offers both tent sites and RV sites.

  • Standard, nonelectric sites
  • Each site has a picnic table and fire ring

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Upper Pines Campground

  • Location: 9024 Southside Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
  • GPS Coordinates: 37° 44′ 10.0000″ N 119° 33′ 45.0000″ W
  • RV Hookups: There are no electric, water, or sewer hookups
  • Camping Allowed: RV, Trailer, Fifth Wheel, Camper Van, Truck Camper, Pop Up, Tent
  • Reservations: Open at 7:00am (PST) five months prior to the 15th of each month. Book your reservation using the online Recreation system.

Here are the highway routes to get to Upper Pines Campground:

  • From Fresno: Take Highway 41 North
  • From Merced: Take Highway 140 East
  • From Manteca: Take Highway 120 East

Campsites at Upper Pines typically sell out within minutes of becoming available. You must be logged into your account to confirm the reservation. So create your login at Recreation, the federal park’s reservation system, in advance.

Of the three campgrounds within Yosemite Valley available for reservation, Upper Pines is the largest. The roads are paved and there is a free shuttle bus stop at the entrance. Take the shuttle to Curry Village, which offers a general store, restaurants, and an information service center for activities.

Enjoy all the natural beauty of Yosemite Valley where you can experience Ponderosa pine and California black oak trees, granite cliffs, and the extraordinary Merced River. The river is highly acclaimed for its beauty and a great place for water sports activities, including rafting, gold-panning, and fishing.

Wooded area adjacent to Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite National Park.
Upper Pines (Andrew Burnham, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Campground Amenities

  • General store and fee showers available at nearby Curry Village
  • Flush toilets
  • Free dump station and recycling bins
  • Potable drinking water
  • RV sites, trailer sites, and tent sites
  • Bear-resistant food storage lockers

RV Sites Overview

The Upper Pines Campground offers 211 campsites for RV camping.

  • No electric, water, or sewer hookups
  • Picnic table
  • Fire ring
  • Food storage locker
  • Pet-friendly
  • Shady sites

Related Reading: Free Printable Checklist and Map of US National Parks

Merced River flows through Yosemite National Park in California
Merced River (Pavel Špindler, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

White Wolf Campground

  • Location: Located 24 miles west from the east entrance at Tioga Pass. The campground is located between Tuolumne Meadows and Crane Flat. Take Big Oak Flat Road and Tioga Road.
  • GPS Coordinates: 37° 52′ 13.0800″ N 119° 38′ 53.8800″ W
  • RV Hookups: No hookups and no dump station
  • Reservations: Camping in Yosemite Valley is limited to 7 nights. Book your campsite reservation through the online Recreation reservation system.

Despite the limited amenities of this campground, we include White Wolf Campground on our best-of list because if you’re looking to be surrounded by the great outdoors and beauty of the Sierra Nevada, this may be a great spot for you.

You will have easy access to hiking trails to Lukens Lake, Harden Lake, and the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. In addition, the Crane Flat, which offers an incredible 3-mile roundtrip hike to experience the Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias and Tuolumne Meadows is located approximately 20 miles west of the campground.

Campground Amenities

There are limited facilities available at White Wolf and what is available onsite is seasonal, typically open from July through September. Call the campground in advance to confirm what amenities are available during your stay.

  • Onsite staff
  • Amphitheater
  • Potable water and flush toilets
  • Trash and recycling collection
  • Food storage locker

RV Sites Overview

Full hook-ups are not available. There are no water, sewer, or electric hookups at White Wolf campsites.

  • Fire ring
  • Picnic table

Yosemite RV Resort

  • Location: 34094 CA State Highway 41, Coarsegold, CA 93614
  • GPS Coordinates: 37.245446, -119.706006
  • RV Hookups: The resort offers water and electrical service hookups.
  • Reservations: Call 559-683-7855 or use their online reservation system

Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, approximately 25 miles from the south entrance of Yosemite National Park, this pet-friendly campground offers a variety of accommodation options, including RV sites, tent sites, cabins, and yurts.

Yosemite RV Resort is operated and managed by RVC Outdoor Destinations.

Campground Amenities

All amenities at the resort are complimentary for RV guests.

  • General store and gift shop
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor movie theater, playground, and lawn games
  • Bath house with showers
  • Laundry facilities
  • Dump stations and recycling area
  • Wi-fi
  • Extended stay options

RV Sites Overview

  • Back-in, Pull-thru, Executive pull-thru
  • Water, 30-amp / 50-amp service
  • Picnic table
  • Fire ring (check for any burn ban restrictions that may be in effect during your stay)

Additional Yosemite Campgrounds

There are many other campgrounds and RV parks near Yosemite. While these didn’t make it into our select list, they may be worth consideration if your preferred choices above are booked for the season.

  • Camp 4. This popular walk-in campground within Yosemite National Park attracts mountain climbers from around the world. Camp 4 offers restrooms, drinking water, and clean showers.
  • It’s a beautiful area with views of Upper Falls. If you’re looking for primitive camping, this is a great home base with hiking trails to Mirror Lake and Half Dome, and close proximity to recreational activities throughout Yosemite Park, including rafting the Merced River, horse riding, fishing, rock climbing, and more adventure.
  • Campsite reservations are opened 7 days in advance of the arrival date, starting at 10:00am EST. For example, on August 1st bookings become available for August 8th forward.
  • This is a walk-in, tents-only campground. Accordingly, vehicles are prohibited from entering. You may not sleep in any type of vehicle in the parking lot.
  • Furthermore, it’s a shared site campground with six individuals at each campsite. Each campsite has a picnic table, food storage lockers, and fire rings.
  • Golden Pines RV Park. A paradise for nature lovers, Golden Pine is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and surrounded by Stanislaus National Forest.
  • Porcupine Flat Campground. This campground didn’t make our main list because of the size (52 sites) coupled with the limited amenities. There are no RV hookups, showers, or potable water. You must haul your own water to the campground or boil water from the creek for drinking. That said, the views and location are stunning. So if you’re up for dry camping in Yosemite, this campground may be the perfect place.
  • Porcupine Flat is a great spot to set up your home base for a North Dome hiking adventure.
  • Yosemite Creek Campground. Located deep in the forest along Yosemite Creek, this campground is a top choice for campers seeking solitude, peace, and pure nature.

Tips for Visiting Yosemite National Park

What to Know

Here are a few key tips to keep in mind when planning your travels to Yosemite National Park.

  • Reservations are required for entry into Yosemite. You can purchase a Yosemite National Park Entry ticket using the online travel planning and reservation platform of the National Park Service.
  • Check the campground websites before departing on your trip to confirm opening and closing dates as seasonal dates do change.
  • Make a reservation for your campground as early as possible.
  • Big rig owners should call the RV park to ensure the roads and campsite can accommodate both your recreational vehicle and tow vehicle.
  • Always remember that this area is bear habitat. Dispose of food and toiletries at all times. Use food storage lockers and bear-proof dumpsters. Do not store your food in vehicles.

This is Bear Habitat

Always use the bear-resistant food storage lockers provided onsite at the campground. Do not leave food outside or store food in your vehicle.

Bear-resistant food storage locker at campground in Yosemite National Park
Bear-resistant food storage locker. (Mx. Granger, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Additional Resources

The following list offers additional information and resources to help you plan your trip to Yosemite National Park.

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