As with most things in Yosemite, bigger is better. Upper Pines Campground is no exception, boasting 240 campsites. It very well may be the most popular campground in Yosemite Valley, due, in part, to the views of surrounding icons, like El Capitan and Half Dome. Each site features a fire ring, food locker, and picnic table, and costs $26 per night. Upper Pines gets crowded in a hurry, so go in with the knowledge that you'll be nestled up next to your neighbor, with very little privacy (I is Yosemite Valley after all). That being said, the central location and convenience of Upper Pines makes it a no-brainer when visiting Yosemite

Word on the street (or in the park)—the best campsites are: 8, 9, 10, 21, 46, 62, 69, 99, 108, 137, 156, 172, 179, 182, 197, 202, 204, 206, 207, 208, 210, 211, 216, 220, 222, 226, 228, 230, 238, 239, 240

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
240 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA 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 Upper Pines Campground.

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Swimming hole
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Hipcamper Courtney
Courtney B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 25th, 2015

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.

Tight quarters but we still had room for 3 tents. Site 64Lots of shade here and great views of the towering walls of rock surrounding you
Hipcamper Peter
Peter D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 7th, 2015

November is a perfect time to camp in Yosemite. The weather is moderate, the bugs & tourists are gone, campfires are more enjoyable & most roads are still open.

November is a perfect time to camp in Yosemite. The weather is moderate, the bugs & tourists are gone, campfires are more enjoyable & most roads are still open.
Hipcamper Arnie
Arnie B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 18th, 2015

Easily accessible to Curry Village, Mirror Lake (albeit a bit of a walk) and a multitude of hiking trails makes Upper Pines a fantastic site to pitch a tent and call home.

Hipcamper Jaymee
Jaymee T.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 17th, 2015

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!

Hipcamper Sadie
Sadie W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 19th, 2016

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

Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel N.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 17th, 2016

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.

Hipcamper Ivan
Ivan R.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 5th, 2016

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.

overlooking the Half Dome. mirror lake 2 miles from upper pinesHalf domeupper pines at night. look up more often
Hipcamper Olivia
Olivia V.
recommends this listing.
March 6th, 2017

Don't come on a three-day weekend! Its already a crowded spot.

Hipcamper Emily
Emily P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 2nd, 2016

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.

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Yosemite National Park
United States
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(209) 372-0200
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37.736° N, 119.564° W
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