Camping is an extraordinarily popular way of spending the night in the Yosemite Mariposa area. For those campgrounds that do accept reservations, don’t expect to find a site without a reservation from April through September. Please note that sleeping in your car or RV is not permitted within Yosemite except in individual campsites.
Yosemite Mariposa County has numerous camping sites and campgrounds that can accommodate RVs and trailers (including fifth wheels) of varying lengths.
If you plan to spend the night in your RV, you must be in a designated campsite–you can’t park in a parking lot or along the side of the road. Hookups are not available in the Park but there are campgrounds outside the Park that offer hookups and dump stations. Dump stations are available within the Park at Upper Pines Campground (all year), near Wawona Campground (summer only), and near Tuolumne Meadows Campground (summer only).
RV length and trailer length are not the same! Please note that many campsites have different maximum lengths for RVs and trailers. This is because many of the campsites are back-in sites with limited turning radius. You may store food in hard-sided RVs and trailers, as long the food is out of sight, and windows, doors, and vents are closed when you’re not in your campsite. Food may not be stored in pop-up or tent trailers, or other soft-sided campers. You won’t believe what a bear looking for food, can do to a trailer or car with their claws until it happens to you – they will open your vehicle just like a tin can!
Overnight Hiking in Wilderness – nearly 95% of Yosemite National Park is designated Wilderness. Wilderness permits are required. Please inform friends or families of the wilderness places you plan to go to, and make yourself familiar with the backpacking regulations and tips.