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East Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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#5 of 25 Speciality lodging in Yosemite National Park
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John H wrote a review Jun 2021
Parkville, Maryland50 contributions7 helpful votes
From start to finish, this was a perfect outing, and the best of my four visits to Yosemite NP. Booking online was very easy, and a helpful Park Ranger in charge of the website gave great advice; I didn't actually book my sites until the week before my stay, having missed the opening of the booking window. I got lucky when a couple timely cancellations happened, so definitely check Recreation.gov daily and look for those openings! When I arrived, the check-in process was very easy as well: the booth as you drive into the campground is where it's located, and you don't need the paper confirmation of your reservation, although I had mine just in case. They just check your ID. The Rangers at the booth were super-friendly and helpful. As for my sites, the locations were perfect, setup was easy, and I loved being able to sleep under those tall pines. It was a bonus being so close to the trailhead for the Mist Trail, which was within easy walking distance, and Curry Village was an equally short walk in the other direction. Mirror Lake is closeby as well, and I lucked out big time with a Black Bear sighting on my last morning. For reference, I had site 78 my first day, and site 9 the last. Both were primo, with no problems, and there were so many fine people. Hard to be in anything other than a great mood in such a setting. I give Upper Pines Campground my strongest recommendation, and will be back in '22!
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Date of stay: May 2021
Shortelement wrote a review Aug 2020
San Francisco, California23 contributions1 helpful vote
I camped here in late August 2020. It's a great spot when waking up early for a hike because it's so close to the Nevada Falls/Half Dome trail head, especially since the bus system is not operating during Covid. I was camped within walking distance to the restroom, which had a place to dump gray water like used dishwater as well as a place to fill up on drinking water. Two downsides were that there were no soap in the men's restroom and no showers during Covid. Luckily I read a a mid-August 2020 review that said there wasn't any soap so I brought my own. I swam in the nearby river which was low but this allowed me to stay cleaner. I also brought face/body wipes. Overall, I would definitely recommend this place.
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Date of stay: August 2020
ccalvillo8 wrote a review Apr 2020
67 contributions19 helpful votes
The campgrounds were amazing!! the drive getting to the campgrounds was one of my favorite. I personally enjoyed this campground because it was close to so many hikes. Waking up in the morning with the tall trees next to you and mountain view far away. It is just breathtaking. I highly recommend everyone stay here. The park rangers were super friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Room Tip: go all the way to the top of the vernal falls hike. it is worth it.
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Backpacker wrote a review Feb 2020
San Luis Obispo, California980 contributions223 helpful votes
The sites are extremely close together, and just like with any campground, there are always noisy, inconsiderate people making noise in the quiet period. The shocking thing is that there are camp hosts, but they don't get involved unless a complaint has been made. In any time other than winter, this campground is probably hell, but I was there in winter. The campground was full, but the crowd was a different crowd than normal. Yes, there were still inconsiderate, noisy people, but even they settled down about 1.5 hours after quiet hours started. Unlike most people, who want all the normal distractions as they have at home - music, loud talking, screaming, etc. I don't get it, why go to nature then??? Anyway, since it was winter, the campground was pretty good for a public campground in an extremely popular place.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Jesse A wrote a review Oct 2019
Westminster, California5 contributions6 helpful votes
If you are going to hike Halfdome this is the spot. Walking distance to trailhead and 5 minutes away from Curry Village. PSA Showers are free at Curry Village as long as you bring your own towle. Fresh Drinkable water, bear box and plenty of clean restrooms. FYI Book your camping trip 5 months ahead of time.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Upper Pines Campground
Which popular attractions are close to Upper Pines Campground?
Nearby attractions include Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (5.7 km), Yosemite Valley Loop Trail (0.00 km), and Chilnualna Falls (3.0 km).
What are some restaurants close to Upper Pines Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Wawona Hotel Dining Room, White Chief Mountain Restaurant, and Grains of Virtue Brewing Company.
Does Upper Pines Campground have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Upper Pines Campground offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Upper Pines Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Upper Pines Campground?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wawona Tunnel Tree (5.7 km).