Visiting Yosemite With an RV

RV traveling along Tioga Road
RV traveling along the Tioga Road.

Bob Roney

 
Camping


Most campgrounds in Yosemite allow RVs and trailers, but plan on getting a campground reservation if visiting Yosemite from March through October. If you're unable to get a reservation, some first-come, first-served campgrounds may have space if you arrive early in the day. Sleeping in your RV overnight is not allowed outside of campgrounds.


Getting Around

Public Transportation

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.

Driving

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

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.


Driving Safety

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.

  • Drive no faster than the posted speed limit or safe conditions allow
  • If you notice cars behind you, use a turnout to allow them to pass
  • Stay in your lane: the lanes are wide enough for your RV
  • Pay attention to your RV's engine temperature; if it is rising, slow down or pull over into a turnout to let your engine cool
  • Use low gear while traveling downhill to reduce brake usage
  • If traveling in Yosemite from October through April, be prepared for tire chain requirements due to snowy or icy roads.

Bears and Food Storage

Hundreds 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.

  • You can store food (including drinks, toiletries, and other scented items) in your RV while you're away from it, as long as:
    • the RV's windows, doors, and vents are completely closed,
    • all food is out of sight (e.g., in cupboards), and
    • the RV is completely hard-sided
  • Do not leave food, drinks, toiletries, or other scented items—including ice chests or boxes containing these items—strapped or otherwise attached to the outside of your RV.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Phone:

(209) 372-0200
The public information office is open from 9 am to 5 pm Pacific time (closed for lunch). Once connected, dial 3 then 5. If the ranger is already on the line, you'll be returned to the main menu. If the ranger is not there, you can leave a message and we will return your call.

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