Backpackers Campgrounds

Backpackers campgrounds are available for wilderness permit holders to spend one night before and one night after a wilderness trip. Reservations are neither necessary nor required. However, a valid wilderness permit is required for backpackers to stay at the campground. Backpackers may not camp in backpackers campgrounds when they are closed. Half Dome day hiker permit holders may not stay at backpackers campgrounds.

Visitors arriving to Yosemite by bicycle or foot may also spend one night in each backpackers campground.

The fee is $8 per person (pay using envelopes at the campground; exact change required). Parking is not available at campgrounds; instead park at designated overnight parking areas and walk to the backpackers campground.

Campground regulations apply in backpackers campgrounds.

Yosemite Valley

The backpackers campground is behind North Pines Campground (and across the footbridge). It is open the same dates as North Pines, April through late October/early November (approximately); camping in the campground is only allowed when it is open. If arriving at night, please be quiet as you unload your car in the unloading zone and walk to the campground. This campground has vault toilets and no potable water (potable water is available nearby in North Pines Campground).

Collecting wood is not allowed in Yosemite Valley. Campfires are only allowed from 5 pm to 10 pm, May through September.

While you may park for 15 minutes at the entrance to the backpackers campground (in North Pines Campground) to unload your gear, park overnight at the trailhead parking or at Curry Village parking.

Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows Campground (including backpackers campground) will be closed in 2022, 2023 or 2024.
These sites are inside the Tuolumne Meadows Campground, behind the A loop. It is open the same dates as Tuolumne Meadows Campground, July through late September (approximately); camping in the campground is only allowed when the campground is open. .

White Wolf

These sites are at the back of the White Wolf Campground. Open July through mid September (approximately); camping in the campground is only allowed when the campground is open.

Hetch Hetchy

The campground is next to the overnight parking area. Open all year (but only accessible by car approximately during daylight hours).

Wawona and Glacier Point

No backpackers campground. Yosemite Valley has the closest backpackers campground.

Read more about camprounds in Yosemite and see estimated opening and closing dates for this year.

Last updated: October 5, 2021

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