Upper Pines: not for getting away from people. You are crammed in. People will walk through your campsite. But it really can't be beat location wise. You can shower at Curry Village. Bring a bike! And something to float on in the river. And cold beer.
If solitude, peace and quiet is what you want, this is not the campground. However, it is conveniently positioned near major trail heads. Though the spaces are small and cramped, the other campers are respectful and obey quiet hours. Bathrooms are clean!
I try to get this site every time we go to Yosemite (at least annually). Such a great spot location-wise. Definitely not a ton of privacy, but it's much quieter than the rest of Yosemite's sites. Mild winters make for great off-season camping
Five of us stayed in Upper Pines campground this weekend (November 11-13). Although it is the "off season" it seemed like every spot was full, but it is Yosemite. We were in site number 70. It was on the inside of the loop, which I think gave us a smaller campsite. We had three tents and were pretty close to other campers. We didn't spend too much time in the campsite, because we were in Yosemite and wanted to explore! It was pretty cold in our site, and that side of the valley. The sun is often hidden behind the cliffs. But the location cannot be beat. You are in the valley with all the adventures right there! If you want a less crowded campsite you might want to camp elsewhere.
Woke up at 7am on wed and thinking about the mountains and 15mins later packed and drove 310miles to Yosemite to see this beauty. Didn't know the weather was going to drop 26-29degrees for 2 nights but I survived the cold and the hike. You just have to be there to see the valley and the pine trees 🌲. Telling you how gorgeous Yosemite is just won't cut it.
Not perfect for solitude, but it's great the day before or after your backpacking trip. It gives you a chance to get ready for the trip out or relax once you are back in the village.
Cute and homey. The combination of people camping in actual tents and the retro bicycles everyone is renting and the smell of wood smoke make for a surreal scene straight out of that kind, magical woodland world you're nostalgic for but that never really existed, except here in Yosemite Valley: one of the most beautiful places on earth.
The campground was full but we let a random Asian kid share our site with us, because everyone should get to experience this place.
Definitely rent a bike and ride the trails around the campground. And walk over to Awahnee Lodge to check out the awesome decor.
Pretty empty and quiet here in the winter. Camped during a nice snowstorm in February. Easy to book via walk in when I went. Walking distance to food, supplies, and hiking trails.
Upper Pines is a large campsite with both tents and RVs. The location is incredible as you can see many of the notable landmarks right from your fire pit. My husband and I stayed on plot 202 and it was great. Close enough to restrooms without being blinded all night by the lights, enough flat land tents, and a few great trees for any hammock campers. Loved every minute of being in this campsite.
Camped at 208 over thanksgiving week. A bit crowded, as it was one of the only campgrounds open. Curry village is very close, there is a store there in case you forgot anything or need a replacement (or need a bit of whiskey). The park bus system has a pickup/drop off location just outside the campground also. Easy access to trailheads is definitely a plus.
lots of people if you go in August - bring ear plugs and try to get a backcountry pass!
Although I greatly prefer camping in the backcountry (backpacking), over New Years the snow level made that impossible and instead camped here. Even with snow and frigid temps, the place was packed. Wish it was a bit more spaced out - but c'mon, YOU ARE IN YOSEMITE. IT'S BEAUTIFUL.