RV Camping In and Around Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

RV campers who have never experienced the extraordinary beauty of Yosemite owe it to themselves to make the trip. No matter what the season, there are special joys to be experienced at Yosemite National Park. To make your journey easier, we’ve pulled together some top tips for RV camping in and around Yosemite. Read through our ideas and then start planning your trip today. There’s a world of wonder waiting when you journey to Yosemite.

Finding an RV Rental Near Yosemite
If you’re in need of an RV rental before you camp, we suggest contacting the El Monte RV Dublin RV Rentals location.

RV Camping Within Yosemite
RV camping is allowed within Yosemite National Park, and can be a great experience with some preparation. The first thing you should know is that there are no RV hookups within the Park. During the summer, there are two dump stations available to make things easier.

There are ten campgrounds inside the Park boundaries that can accommodate RVs, with some specific length restrictions. Most of them have potable water and all are relatively inexpensive.

These campsites are primarily on the valley floor and can be crowded during the summer months. It’s important to make your reservation far in advance, because Yosemite sees millions of visitors each year. Here’s the Yosemite National Park Campground Reservations link for learning what dates each year those reservations can be made.

One more very important thing to know about camping within Yosemite National Park has to do with not tempting the wildlife by leaving food lying about. To keep yourself and your RV safe from hungry bears and other creatures, food must be kept out of sight and all windows, vents and doors of your RV closed tight.

To make yourself familiar with the rules and regulations of RV camping within Yosemite, click here to learn more about RV Camping in Yosemite National Park.

RV Camping Around Yosemite National Park
RV campgrounds can be found in beautiful mountain settings surrounding Yosemite. About fifteen miles west of the Park in El Portal, Indian Flat Campground is the closest RV camp to the Park on the Highway 140 route. Enjoy camping along the Merced River each night as you return from Yosemite.

Thirty miles west of Yosemite near the historic mining town of Mariposa, you’ll find Yosemite West/Mariposa KOA Kampground. With a convenient shuttle to Yosemite, and a whole host of optional activities available, this campground is a great base for your trip.

Another beautifully scenic RV campground is twelve miles from the West Gate within the Stanislaus National Forest. Yosemite Ridge Resort in “Buck Meadows” features a waterfall and swimming hole your kids are sure to remember, plus a general store, vintage campsite buildings and an on-site restaurant.

One more place to consider for RV camping outside Yosemite National Park is High Sierra RV Park & Campground in Oakhurst, California. The spectacular mountain setting and abundant amenities make this one of the most highly-ranked RV parks in the area.

No matter where you camp when you visit Yosemite, it’s a vacation of a lifetime. Sights like El Capitan and Half Dome restore our wonder for America’s natural beauty. Yosemite Valley and the Falls are photo opportunities from every angle. Plan enough time to absorb the glory of Yosemite. It’s definitely a place where you’ll long to linger once you’ve arrived.

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3 Responses to RV Camping In and Around Yosemite National Park

  1. Jerry says:

    We stayed at Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging http://www.yosemitepinesrv.com/ in Groveland, California about a halh hour drive from the western entrance to the park. Yosemite Pines is great for kids as they have a pool, playground, volleyball, gold mine tour, petting zoo. In addition to campsites they also have cabins and yurts.

  2. Jason says:

    Our last trip to Yosemite in our RV was a bit disappointing. There was so much generator noise around the campsite that it didn’t really feel like you were in the woods at all. I guess at a minimum maybe it helps to keep the bears away. Other than that it was a phenomenal experience.

  3. Monty says:

    Glad to hear you had a great experience, Jason, other than the generator noise, that is. Unfortunately, that is one of the drawbacks of dry camping, but being in Yosemite is just incredible!

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