Camping Without a Reservation
If you plan to camp in Yosemite during summer without a reservation, you are limited to the following campgrounds.
View a list of all campgrounds with this year's estimated opening and closing dates and other information.
Very few first-come, first-served campsites are available in May and June. Typically, only Camp 4 (a walk-in campground) is open during this period, but some other first-come, first-served campgrounds can open in late June if conditions allow. (When known, opening dates for all campgrounds are posted on our campground page.) Also, it's worth searching recreation.gov frequently; you might find a cancellation in a reservations campground.
In order to have a reasonable chance of finding a campsite, you should arrive at the campground of your choice before noon on weekdays and mid-morning on weekends. (Camp 4 usually fills by 9 am; Tuolumne Meadows Campground may fill by 8:30 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Other campgrounds are easier to find space in.) Also, it's worth searching recreation.gov frequently; you might find a cancellation in a reservations campground.
From fall through early spring, you may be able to find a campsite at one of the reservation campgrounds or at Wawona and Hodgdon Meadow Campgrounds, which operate on a first-come, first-served basis from October through April. You can also double-check the reservations website to check for any last-minute availability or cancellations. Campground reservations are not available anywhere in Yosemite approximately December to mid-March; Upper Pines Campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis during that time.
Daily campground availability information is available by calling 209/372-0266 (this is a recording).
Once you get a campsite, you can register for more than one night. You register at the campground (Camp 4 and Tuolumne Meadows are staffed by a ranger; the others are self-registration).
Within Yosemite National Park, you may not sleep in your car or RV except in a campsite that you're registered to stay in (except at Camp 4, where sleeping in cars is not allowed because it's a walk-in campground).
Did You Know?
Yosemite and Huangshan are sister parks. Huangshan, which protects over 77 magnificent granite peaks 3,000 feet (1,000 m) or higher, is one of China's most famous and sacred scenic areas. Countless poems and writings dating back 2,200 years attest to its beauty. More...