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Last minute campground availability

PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:59 am
by Kris
Planning for my Yosemite trip (first week of June) is coming along, but I've learned that I should have reserved campsites months ago. I will be making use of the backpackers' camp for several nights (thanks to wilderness permits), but I'm concerned about the remaining nights. One park employee told me that Camp 4 is the only hope for non-rez campers, but a ranger said there are multple camp sites for non-rez campers. So, what is it? Pray for a spot at Camp 4, or multiple options?

Re: Last minute campground availability

PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:39 am
by dan
This is a good unofficial website that shows what campsites are available: ... Yosemite/9

June is gone, but late July and early August will open up on March 15th. The rule is 5 months ahead and the dates open up on the 15th of the month. For example, reservations for July 15 - August 14th become available on March 15th.

Your alternative is Camp 4, but there's few sites there. You can also reserve campsites outside the valley, but still in the park, in Hodgdon Meadow and Bridalveil Creek.

Crane Flats has 50% non-reserved campgrounds. All campgrounds at Bridalveil Creek are non-reserved, but it may not be open in early June.