Camping Without a Reservation
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.
May through June
July through September (approximately)
October through April (approximately)
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).
In May and June, you're very unlikely to find a first-come, first-served campsite (until later in June, when additional campgrounds open).
If all else fails, try to find a campsite outside of Yosemite National Park.
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?
The Yosemite Leadership Program partners with UC Merced, to bring students to the park each summer for hands-on professional development through internships. Students work alongside scientists, educators, interpreters, business managers, and many other professionals of the NPS and park partner organizations. Some go on to become National Park Service rangers.