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 to stay at the campground. Half Dome day hiker permit holders may not stay at backpackers' campgrounds.

The fee is $6 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.

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). 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).

If you have a PCTA permit, you may not stay at this campground, except in spring and fall when Tuolumne Meadows post office is closed for the season, or if you are starting or ending your PCT hike.

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 Half Dome Village (formerly Curry Village) day use parking.

Tuolumne Meadows

These sites are inside the Tuolumne Meadows Campground, behind the A loop. Open July through late September (approximately).

White Wolf

These sites are at the back of the White Wolf Campground. Open July through mid September (approximately).

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 16, 2017

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