Bears and Food Storage
Yosemite National Park is home to hundreds of American black bears; these bears have a voracious appetite. They also are incredibly curious and have an amazing sense of smell. This combination tempts them to seek our high-calorie food. Sometimes bears that routinely get our food become aggressive, and sometimes have to be killed as a result. By storing your food properly, you can prevent a bear's unnecessary death.
Please note that these food storage regulations have the force and effect of federal law: Failure to store your food properly may result in impoundment of your food or car and/or a fine of up to $5,000 and/or revocation of your camping permit.
What is Food?
How to Store Your Food...
In your car
Food lockers are available at Curry Village parking lots and at nearly all trailhead parking areas.
In campgrounds, Housekeeping Camp, and Curry Village tent cabins
Food lockers are available at every campsite, Housekeeping unit, and Curry Village tent cabin.
Food may be stored out of sight in hard-sided trailers and RVs, as long as windows, doors, and vents are closed when you're not there. Food may not be stored in pop-up or tent trailers, or other soft-sided campers.
In your hotel room or cabin
Photo by Sean Crom
In picnic areas and while hiking on the trail
While backpacking in the Wilderness
Did You Know?
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