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Daily Campsite Availability Website

Discussion of camping and road-accessible campgrounds in and near Yosemite National Park

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Daily Campsite Availability Website

Postby archive » Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:25 pm

Author: Jeff (---.san.rr.com)
Date: 04-28-01 15:33

Anyone who has tried to reserve a camp site with the NPS has probably been frustrated by their somewhat limited interface. With the hope of easing everyone's pain, I've created a web site that displays the daily availability of camp sites in Yosemite!

Providing much more that just season info, I actually query the NPS database on a daily basis to discover exactly how many camp sites are available in each campground. With one glance you can see which days are available in Upper, Lower, North Pines - and all the rest as well.

This resource is currently, and will always remain, free to everyone.

Since we're going into the winter, only Upper and Lower Pines Campgrounds are open in the Valley, but once spring arrives this resource will be a major time saver over randomly selecting dates on the NPS web site.

If this sounds useful to you, have a look, and don't hesitate to let me know how I can make this more useful for everyone.


Thanks, Jeff

Re: Daily Campsite Availability Website
Author: Stacy (---.jnj.com)
Date: 06-05-01 08:28

Saw your site - very helpful! I'm looking for a little more detail describing the different campgrounds. I know some have very small, crowded sites and others are a little more spaced. Any advise on finding this info?

Re: Daily Campsite Availability Website
Author: Dan Anderson (---.drydog.com)
Date: 06-05-01 08:52

The Pines Campground in Yosemite has crowded campsites and is loud. Lots of unsupervised hyperactive kids. The Tuolumne Campground on the Tioga Road is a little crowded (not all campsites). The other campgrounds are fine (Wawona, Hodgdon Meadow, Bridalveil Creek, Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, Porcupine Flat, and Yosemite Creek). Tamarack Flat and Porcupine Flat are isolated and crowded. I like Bridalveil Creek as it's above the south rim of Yosemite Valley and there's lots of trails to various overlooks from the campground and along the nearby Glacier Point Road.

In addition to the excellent http://www.yosemitesites.com/ (unofficial) web site mentioned above, see http://www.nps.gov/yose/camping.htm for official campground information.

Re: Daily Campsite Availability Website
Author: Mark (207.193.172.---)
Date: 01-13-02 14:55

I am to visit 7/28-7/31. Would appreciatte any recomendations. March 15th is my reservation window. I have been told avoid the valley and use a hike-to campground.
Do you reserve these type?
I would be grateful for any info.

Re: Daily Campsite Availability Website
Author: Dan Anderson (---.san.rr.com)
Date: 01-13-02 15:30

I think the recommendation is a little extreme. Try the campgrounds along the Tioga Road: Tamarack Flat, Yosemite Creek, and Porcupine Flat. They are cold at nite, but not crowded. You can even hike from mose of these sites to great views of the Valley from the North rim.

Also good are Tuolumne Campground, Crane Flat, and Hodgdon Meadow campgrounds. Bridalveil Campground is on the south rim. You can hike to the South rim and have great valley views.

The Pines Campgrounds in Yosemite are in a great location, but the place is loud with hyperactive kids (and some adults) long into the night, and the campgrounds are very close together.

In any case, visit the Valley. Stay away from Yosemite Village (except the Visitor Center and Ansel Adams Gallery). People tend to cluster around the supermarket (and you can see plenty of those at home!). Walk the Valley loop trail on the north and south sides of the Valley. You'll see few people for the most part on these trails, even during the crowded months of July and August.

Re: Daily Campsite Availability Website
Author: Thuy Phan (---.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net)
Date: 07-26-05 00:09

I didn't find any information about the Bridalveil Creek camping site. It is a no reservation required site. How full is this for the weekend of Aug 12-14. Will it be possible to get 2 campsites?

Re: Daily Campsite Availability Website
Author: Dan Anderson (---.west.biz.rr.com)
Date: 07-26-05 10:34

The middle of the week is the best time to get a campsite. Usually that is Tues. or Wed. Thurs. might be OK, especially if you get there in the middle of the day, after people have left and before people have arrived.

Since there are no reservations, there's no guarantees.
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