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All Campgrounds Open for the Season in Yosemite National Park

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Date: July 16, 2010


All campgrounds in Yosemite National Park are now open for the summer season. Several campgrounds along the Tioga Road and the Bridalveil Creek Campground on the Glacier Point Road have been closed since the winter of 2009 due to seasonal road closures, a heavy snowpack, and water saturation. 

Multiple campgrounds along the Tioga Road, such as Tamarack and Porcupine Flat, are available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Yosemite Creek, a first-come, first-served campground open for the season, will now offer 35 more campsites for visitors to choose from. In January 1997, Yosemite experienced a major flood, which severely impacted the entire park. One of these impacts was the destruction of a bridge connecting two camping sections of the Yosemite Creek Campground, resulting in the back section being closed for 13 years. Yosemite National Park has now rebuilt the bridge connecting these two sections and the entire campground is now available to park visitors.
All campsites on the reservation system are full through the rest of the summer season. Visitors wishing to camp in Yosemite National Park are urged to arrive early in the day to secure a campsite at one of the many first-come, first-served campgrounds. Additionally, there is more space available during the weekdays as campsites generally fill on the weekends.

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.