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, and trailhead parking areas
Each campsite has one locker (except those at Camp 4, where each site contains four lockers). Each Housekeeping Camp unit has one of these lockers, plus a smaller one (measuring 17 inches by 49 inches by 17 inches). Most trailheads in Yosemite have several lockers 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.
New lockers (mostly) in Upper Pines Campground
The following campsites contain these larger lockers:
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).
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.
Food lockers are available in parking lots at these locations. These lockers measure 17 inches deep by 49 inches wide by 17 inches high (43 cm x 124 cm x 43 cm). Be sure to clip the locker shut, otherwise a bear may open the locker.
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?
Youth from local communities show off their artistic talent through poetry and art in Yosemite National Park’s Gateway Expressions Art and Poetry Contest. Families and park staff celebrate the creative talents of these local students through a special exhibit at The Ansel Adams Gallery in the fall.