Description

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 mean...it 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
Tent or RV sites
240 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available

Activities

Offered near the campground.

Biking

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

Fishing

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

Hiking

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

Paddling

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

Climbing

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

Swimming

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

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Upper Pines Campground.

Forest
Lake
River, stream, or...
Swimming hole
Waterfall
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Hipcamper Robert
Robert M.
recommends this listing.
September 28th, 2020

Few places, if any, can match the majesty of Yosemite National Park. Upper Pines Campground sits in the heart of the Yosemite Valley and allows campers to be fully immersed in the beauty of nature and its wild life. The campground is large and has the full amenities needed for tent and RV camping. Our site was set back along the perimeter of the campground with enough space between other campers.
The campground is a short distance away from the Curry Village, restaurants, and Visitor Center, as well as natural features such as the Merced River and Cooks Meadow. Countless, close by trailheads can take hikers to Glacier Point, Sentinel Dome, as well as North Dome and Eagle Peak via the Yosemite Falls Trail. Our hike up to the rim took us to

Wildlife everywhere!Hikers paradiseSun rays across Half DomeOne brilliant sky above Yosemite Valley
Hipcamper Jamie
Jamie P.
recommends this listing.
April 18th, 2019

Reserve way in advance! This is one of the most popular campgrounds in the park!

Hipcamper Troy
Troy G.
recommends this listing.
December 4th, 2018

Be sure no food or toiletries are left in car.m Use bear boxes. I saw a bear tear a car door off to get food (not my car, thankfully)

Hipcamper Darius
Darius N.
recommends this listing.
November 25th, 2018

Great walking access to Mist Trail, but also very very busy in terms of people

Hipcamper Sara + Mike
Sara + Mike (.
recommends this listing.
November 7th, 2018

Our particular site backed up to an open field where we had a fantastic close-up view of Half Dome!

Hipcamper Stephanie
Stephanie S.
recommends this listing.
November 5th, 2018

LOTS of amenities. You could basically show up in a car with nothing and buy everything you need at the nearby store. The site we stayed at had basic toilets and running water as well as trash receptacles and bear boxes. Laundry facilities and showers nearby (didn't use). Great for a beginner!

Hipcamper Kim
Kim C.
recommends this listing.
November 2nd, 2018

In April the Dogwood are in bloom. In the center of the park is a single Pink Dogwood it is majestic in full bloom!I have been alot of places, seen some amazing sights. That grand tree never leaves my mind.

Hipcamper Audrey
Audrey D.
recommends this listing.
October 22nd, 2018

get on the booking site before 7am, and know almost exactly what site you want for best results. But really - take anything. Yosemite is magical.

Hipcamper PATRICIA
Patricia S.
recommends this listing.
October 6th, 2018

Don't leave any food or food items in your tent, not even toothpaste. Bears may roam at night through the campsites.

Park
Yosemite National Park
State
California
Country
United States
Phone Number
(209) 372-0200
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
37.736° N, 119.564° W
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