• Rainbow over Half Dome


    National Park California

Bearproof Food Lockers

Metal food lockers are available in every campsite, most trailhead parking areas, and at lodging areas with tent cabins (Curry Village, White Wolf, and Tuolumne Meadows). Lockers are also available at Little Yosemite Valley and High Sierra Camp backpacker campgrounds.

While a bear can smell food in a locker, the bear can't get into the locker if it's closed and latched properly. Be sure to keep your locker closed and latched at all times, even if you are in your campsite.

Campgrounds, Housekeeping Camp, Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, and Trailhead Parking Areas
Food locker measuring 33 inches deep by 45 inches wide by 18 inches tall

Some Upper Pines campsites have larger lockers; see below for details.

Campgrounds: Each campsite has one locker (except those at Camp 4, where each site contains four lockers).

Housekeeping Camp:
Each unit has one of these lockers, plus a smaller one (measuring 17 inches by 49 inches by 17 inches).

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge:
Lockers are available in the parking lot. Additionally, small lockers measuring 12 inches by 12 inches are available at restrooms.

Most trailheads in Yosemite have several lockers available. (View a list of trailheads; the notes indicate if lockers are not available.)

Please ensure that all your ice chests and food, drinks, and toiletries will fit in this locker; all these items must be stored in a locker.

Food locker measuring 35 inches deep by 43 inches wide by 28 inches tall

These lockers are only available in a limited number of campsites in Upper Pines Campground.

New Lockers in Parts of the Pines and White Wolf Campgrounds

The following campsites contain these larger lockers:

Upper Pines:
First loop: 1-52
Second loop: 92, 93, and 94; old lockers in 53-91
Third loop: 95-120; old lockers in 121-124
Fourth loop: 125-156
Fifth loop: 157-187
Sixth loop: 188-240

Lower Pines: 7, 13, and 14 (which are wheelchair-accessible sites reserved for people with disabilities).

North Pines: 125 and 129 (which are wheelchair-accessible sites reserved for people with disabilities).

White Wolf: All campsites


Curry Village

Each tent cabin at Curry Village has a locker; locker size depends on tent cabin size. If three or fewer people are staying in one tent cabin, the locker size is 20.5 inches deep by 35½ inches wide by 23 inches high (52 cm x 90 cm x 58 cm). If four or five are people staying in one tent cabin, the locker size is 20½ inches deep by 47½ inches wide by 23 inches high (52 cm x 120 cm x 58 cm). Be sure to keep your locker completely closed, even while you're in or around your tent cabin: a bear may try to get food from the locker even in your presence.

White Wolf Lodge and Backpacker Campgrounds at Little Yosemite Valley and High Sierra Camps

Shared food lockers are available at each of these locations. The lockers measure 17 inches deep by 49 inches wide by 17 inches high (43 cm x 124 cm x 43 cm). Be sure to keep the locker closed and clipped: a bear may enter your campsite even in your presence.

Did You Know?

Train traveling along the Merced River to Yosemite National Park.

Starting in 1907, the Yosemite Valley Railroad brought passengers bound for Yosemite Valley up the Merced River canyon to El Portal. From there, they would take stagecoaches to the Valley. Some of the old train cars are now on display in El Portal.