Campground Regulations


Camping Outside of Campgrounds and Sleeping in Vehicles

Camping or sleeping in vehicles is permitted only in designated campsites. Sleeping in vehicles is not permitted anywhere else in Yosemite.

People per Campsite

A maximum of six people (including children) are allowed per campsite.

Vehicles per Campsite

A maximum of two motor vehicles are allowed per campsite. Most campsites can accommodate two motor vehicles, however, pay attention to the site details on, as some sites can only accommodate one. All vehicles must be parked on a parking pad. Trailers don't count against the vehicle limit as long as they fit on the parking pad. Additional parking is available near each campground for no additional charge; for some campgrounds additional parking is very limited.

Camping Limit

There is a 30-night camping limit within Yosemite National Park in a calendar year; however, May 1 to September 15, the camping limit in Yosemite is 14 nights, and only seven of those nights can be in Yosemite Valley or Wawona.


Pets are permitted in all campgrounds except Camp 4 and all group campsites. Pets must be on a leash, and must not be left unattended while tied to an object. Read more about pet regulations.

Quiet and Generator Hours

Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am. Generator use is allowed only from 7 am to 9 am, noon to 2 pm, and 5 pm to 7 pm. Generator use is not allowed at other times.

Slacklines, Hammocks, Clotheslines, etc.

You may attached hammocks, clotheslines, and other tensioned lines in campgrounds as long as they do not create a hazardous condition. Please pad the trees to prevent damage. Slacklines may not be attached to oak trees.

Slacklines are allowed within 200 feet of Camp 4, consistent with the regulations above, as long as the owner is registered to stay at Camp 4. Slacklines are not allowed in other campgrounds.


Camp wastewater must be disposed of in designated utility drains. Sewage must be disposed of at designated dump stations (Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and Tuolumne Meadows).


Connecting to any utility system (e.g., water spigots, electrical outlets) in the campgrounds is prohibited. No hookups are available in Yosemite.

Check-in/Checkout Time

Check-in and checkout time is noon. If you have a reservation, you can arrive any time after noon on your arrival date, but must check in prior to 10 am the morning after the first night of your reservation or your reservation will be cancelled.

Last updated: May 2, 2024

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