Crane Flat is a popular campground northwest of Yosemite Valley. Wake up to the sunlight filtering through the branches, and stop by the amphitheater right across from this huge campground, which might have some events going on!
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
161 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


If you prefer to travel on a two wheeled vehicle, then you’re in luck! Why is that? Well there are over 12 miles of paved bike ...Read more


There is a plethora of fishing options in Yosemite and the surrounding areas. The season for stream and river fishing begins on...Read more


Yosemite has unbelievable amount of goodness to offer the hiker. Just simply walking around the park is one of the best ways to...Read more

Horseback riding

Why not see Yosemite... via a mule or on horseback !? Guided mule rides, both pack and saddle trips, overnight boarding facili...Read more


Within Yosemite’s vast natural wonder are many places to go kayaking . Visitors can enjoy the park by water on the Merced Rive...Read more


We don’t often use the words “world renowned” unless it is something truly deserving. Which brings us the the world renowned cl...Read more

Snow sports

Yosemite can definitely be a winter wonderland. During certain parts of the year, the park is available for a variety of winte...Read more


You could go swimming at one of the outdoor pools available during the summer time at Curry Village and Yosemite Lodge , howev...Read more

Whitewater paddling

A popular activity is rafting along the Merced River. It is a great way to cover a lot of ground in little time and is very rel...Read more

Wildlife watching

Part of what makes Yosemite so epic is it’s year round inhabitants of the furry nature . Yosemite National Park supports more...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Crane Flat Campground.

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Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Sierra
Sierra R.
recommends this listing.
March 1st, 2019

Yes, it's within Yosemite National Park, but it's farther than you think from the Valley where all the main "easy" access views are. Just remember that as the sun is setting and you haven't left the valley yet -- you don't want to have to set up camp in the dark.

Hipcamper Jean
Jean S.
recommends this listing.
January 22nd, 2019

Sites are not level

Hipcamper Cam
Cam A.
recommends this listing.
August 21st, 2018

Love this site! Super convenient for gas/Cathedral peak too.

Hipcamper Amy
Amy G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 12th, 2018

Some sites are ok, but others feel way too crowded with no privacy. If you are on the 200 loop, go to the far end of the loop. Anything near 205 is far too crowded.

Hipcamper Audrey
Audrey T.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 14th, 2017

We camped here in early September so that we could hike to Half Dome. We were a group of 6 that went and our campsite was huge! It seemed like it was meant for 2 campsites. The bathroom was semi clean. The sink kept getting clogged. But other than that the place was really nice. There’s also access to water , which is really nice.

Hipcamper Andy
Andy F.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 22nd, 2017

I love Yosemite - it's my favorite place in the world - not an amazing campground but it's serviceable if there are no other campsites available.

Large campsites with large fire pits. Each campsite has its own bear box, but it's not super large and won't be able to store large coolers and if you have a large group, might be difficult to fit all your supplies in it. Ample wood laying around that if you have an axe, you probably shouldn't have to buy wood. Gas station nearby with food, but closes at 7. No showers and the bathrooms were the dirtiest I've ever seen at any campground. Crane Flat pretty far out on its own and you're looking at nearly an hour drive to most of the best places in the park - even at 2am.

Hipcamper Jenna
Jenna C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 4th, 2017

Really great campground! Highly recommend getting a site along the outer ring. The campground felt large, and our campsite felt somewhat private with our back to a hill and trees. Very helpful rangers!

Hipcamper Backstage
Backstage G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 21st, 2016

Best camping spot is 308 by the meadow. No Showers. Buy solar shower at nearest store for $18 or bring one.

Hipcamper Ryan and Danielle
Ryan And Danielle G.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 1st, 2015

This is a great campground for exploring various areas in Yosemite. It's a short drive to Yosemite Valley, but far enough away from all the traffic and crowds, which makes it a great spot for relaxing in the evenings. It also makes a good base camp for exploring areas off of Tioga Road. There is also a general store nearby. We camped here in August and did not encounter any bears.

Yosemite National Park
United States
Phone Number
(209) 379-2123 OR (209) 372-8502
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37.748° N, 119.8° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 74 Sites
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