All Campgrounds Open for the Season in Yosemite National Park
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.
Did You Know?
In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.