Visiting Yosemite With an RV
Public transportation is available both to Yosemite and within Yosemite. Since parking for RVs and trailers is limited in Yosemite, we strongly encourage you to park your RV outside Yosemite [1 MB PDF] and use YARTS to travel into the park if you're not staying the night in Yosemite. Once you're inside Yosemite, or if you're camping inside Yosemite, free shuttles and fee-based tours are available to get you to many areas of the park.
If you're driving in or around Yosemite, most roads are adequate for RVs and travel trailers. However, some roads, particularly the Glacier Point Road, Mariposa Grove Road, and Hetch Hetchy Road, have restrictions that affect some RVs and most trailers. Some visitors find that Yosemite's winding and often-steep mountain roads and traffic congestion on busy days make for intimidating or challenging travel conditions, particularly for those drivers with limited experience driving large RVs or trailers. If you notice cars behind you, use a turnout to allow them to pass.
Parking for RVs, trailers, and other oversized vehicles is limited and can fill by late morning during summer, especially on weekends.Parking for larger class A and B vehicles is available at the Half Dome Village Day Use Park (formerly Curry Village Day Use Parking) or in the parking lot west of Yosemite Valley Lodge (formerly Yosemite Lodge), across the road from Camp 4. For smaller class C RVs, parking is available in the day-use parking area at Yosemite Village or in the parking area west of Yosemite Valley Lodge.
Yosemite's roads are steep and winding, often having no shoulders, with steep slopes alongside them. You will frequently find stopped vehicles, people walking or standing on roads, and wildlife standing or crossing roads. The following tips will help make your driving experience in Yosemite safer.
Bears and Food StorageHundreds of black bears live in Yosemite. While you're unlikely to see a bear during your visit, be sure to protect yourself and bears by storing your food properly, day and night.