Top 10 RV Parks Near the Yosemite National Park, CA

Top 5 reasons why it’s a fun place to visit:

  1. Explore the Glacier Point
  2. Hike the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
  3. Enjoy the Tunnel View
  4. Check out the numerous waterfalls
  5. Look over the Sentinel Dome

List of top 10 RV Parks in the Yosemite, CA area:

(Disclaimer: information is a compilation of researched info as published online and does not necessarily reflect the experience or opinion of the author)

The RV parks have been ranked and are listed from “Most Recommended” to “Least Recommended” based on reviews, feedback, amenities, and preference. Cost was not the primary ranking driver. Please note that weekend RV families with children might have different needs than full-time RV “snowbirds”.

1. Bridalveil Creek Campground

Address: Yosemite National Park Rd, California 95389
Phone: (209)-375-9535
Email: [email protected]
Hours: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: nps.gov
Specs
Pricing: $36/daily, up to 14 days, no more than 30 days/year
Total RV sites: 110
Hookups: none
Pool/Hot tub: No
Showers: No
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: No

This park is breath-taking views and is in the southern area of Yosemite National Park along Glacier Point Road. It is a first-come first-served campground outside of Yosemite Valley.

Bridalveil Creek Campground

What makes this park unique?

This campground receives visitors from around the world due to its location. Past visitors rave about the magnificent views and the central location of this park to all the major sight-seeing points in Yosemite. According to the NPS website, “The Bridalveil Creek Campground is located along the Glacier Point Road near Bridalveil Creek and is surrounded by a beautiful forest of red fir and lodgepole pine. At an elevation of 7,200 feet (2,200m) the campground is located 7 miles west of Glacier Point, 9 miles east of the Wawona Road turnoff, and is approximately 45 minutes from Yosemite Valley. The spectacular views from Glacier Point are nearby, and numerous hiking trails are located along the Glacier Point Road. There are no services nearby.” (Source: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/bvcamp.htm)

Max RV length is 35 ft, max trailer length is 24 ft.

Note: this campground is closed until 2023 due to plumbing, water lines and generator repairs.

What we like about it
  • Remote
  • Quiet
  • Magnificent surroundings
  • Cheap
  • Fire ring
  • Picnic table
  • Food lockers
  • Bathrooms with running drinking water
  • Dump station nearby
Drawbacks
  • No showers, toilets are very crude at best
  • No cell phone or internet
  • tight parking lot

2. Lower Pines Campground

Address: 9000 Southside Dr, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389
Phone: (209)-372-8502
Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: recreation.gov
Specs
Pricing: $36-60/daily
Total RV sites: 11
Hookups: none
Pool/Hot tub: No
Showers: No
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: No

According to their Website, “Lower Pines Campground is in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California’s rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range at an elevation of 4,000 feet. The site is situated in the heart of Yosemite Valley, an awe-inspiring landscape containing many of the famous features for which Yosemite National Park is known. Within Yosemite, visitors gaze upon waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, vast wilderness areas and much more.” (Source: Lower Pines Campground, Yosemite National Park – Recreation.gov)

What makes this park unique?

This park has beautiful location, clean bathrooms, and tranquil environment. One has mountain views all around and this park is truly one-of-a-kind with the views.

Tip: make sure you create your reservation profile before the reservation window opens, as the sites sell out IN MINUTES (from 4/14-7/14 with reservations open on the 15th of each month).

What we like about it
  • Campfire
  • Picnic tables
  • Flush toilets
  • Drinking water
  • Food lockers
Drawbacks
  • No hookups

3. White Wolf Campground

Address: Directions: White Wolf Campground is located off the Tioga Road 24 miles west from Tioga Pass, the park’s east entrance (45 minutes). From Yosemite Valley, take the Big Oak Flat Road and Tioga Road 31 miles (approximately 1 hour). From Hwy. 120 west/Big Oak Flat Road, take the Big Oak Flat Road and Tioga Road 31 miles (35 minutes). You will find the campground north of the Tioga Road.
Phone: (209)-379-2123
Email: [email protected]
Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: nps.gov
Specs
Pricing: $30/daily
Total RV sites: 74
Hookups: none
Pool/Hot tub: No
Showers: No
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: No

According to their Website, “White Wolf Campground is located off the Tioga Road between Tuolumne Meadows and Crane Flat, approximately an hour from Yosemite Valley at 8,000 feet (2,400 m). The campground is tucked into the forest about a mile from Tioga Road near White Wolf Lodge. Trailheads nearby lead to Lukens and Harden Lakes and the area is popular for those accessing other wilderness destinations. Minimal services may be available at White Wolf Lodge (if open). There are no other visitor services close to the campground.” (Source: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wwcamp.htm)

What makes this park unique?

This park is very remote but has incredible wildlife and views that make it worthwhile to come and stay and unplug from the hustle and bustle of life. Note: RVs up to 27 ft and travel trailers up to 24 ft are allowed. Also, this park is closed seasonally due to snow.

What we like about it
  • Picnic tables
  • Firepit
  • Walking trails
  • Flushing toilet (seasonal)
Drawbacks
  • none

4. Wawona Campground

Address: The Wawona Campground is located along the Wawona Road. From the South Entrance drive 6 miles north on the Wawona Road (continuation of Highway 41); approximately 1 mile north of Wawona, the campground is located on the left. From Yosemite Valley, drive south 27 miles (approximately 45 minutes) and just before you reach Wawona itself, the campground will be on the right.
Phone: (209)-375-9535

Email: [email protected]
Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: nps.gov

Specs
Pricing: $36/daily
Total RV sites: 72 (reservations only!)
Hookups: none, seasonal dump station on site
Pool/Hot tub: No
Showers: No
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: No (but accd. to NPS Website, the cell phone coverage is good there)

According to their Website, ” The Wawona Campground is located along the South Fork Merced River close to historic Wawona. At an elevation of 4,000 feet (1,219 m), the campground is in the southern end of the park, 27 miles and approximately 45 minutes from Yosemite Valley. The majestic Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is just a short drive away and the Pioneer History Center is in nearby Wawona where you can see some of the park’s oldest structures. Wawona offers a visitor center and a market.” (Source: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wawonacamp.htm)

What makes this park unique?

This park is close to the giant and ancient Sequoias. The staff is on site seasonally. There are food lockers that must be always used to deter from bear break-ins. This park is open seasonally only. The max length of RVs and travel trailers is 35 ft.

What we like about it
  • Potable water
  • Flush toilets
  • Seasonal dump station
  • Nature
  • Amphitheater (seasonal)
  • Food storage
  • Trash
  • Wood and charcoal permitted year-round
  • Picnic tables
Drawbacks
  • Challenging to get a site

5. Upper Pines Campground

Address: 9024 Southside Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389; GPS: 37° 44′ 10.0000″ N 119° 33′ 45.0000″ W; Directions: Take Highway 41 north from Fresno, Highway 140 east from Merced, or Highway 120 east from Manteca into Yosemite National Park. Follow signs to Yosemite Valley and the campgrounds.
Phone: (209)-372-8502
Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: recreation.gov
Specs
Pricing: $36/daily
Total RV sites: 29
Hookups: none
Pool/Hot tub: No 
Showers: No
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: No

According to their Website: “Upper Pines Campground is the largest of the three reservation campgrounds in Yosemite Valley. It offers paved roads and parking spurs, flush toilets, and drinking water. Each campsite contains a picnic table, fire ring, and a food storage locker. Yosemite’s free shuttle bus stops near the campground entrance.
Nearby, historic Curry Village offers a general store, restaurants and bar, amphitheater and a tour and activities desk.” (Source: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232447?tab=info)

What makes this park unique?

This is s seasonal park (like all in Yosemite), from May 1 to September 15. Max stay duration is 30 days a year and only 14 consecutive days total.

What we like about it
  • Host on site
  • Shuttle
  • Food locker
  • Drinking water
  • Flush toilet
Drawbacks
  • None

6. North Pines Campground

Address: East Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Phone: (209)-372-8502

Email: [email protected]
Hours: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Website: nps.gov

Specs
Pricing: $36/daily
Total RV sites: 89
Hookups: none
Pool/Hot tub: No
Showers: No
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: No

According to their Website, “Upper Pines is located near the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Valley is centrally located in the park and boasts some of Yosemite’s most iconic features. This large campground is located at 4,000 feet (1,219 m) elevation and can be accessed from all park roads. Upper Pines is within biking and walking distance of many services and trailheads in Yosemite Valley and is located on the free shuttle route. There are food and grocery services nearby at Curry Village and Yosemite Village.” (Source: Pines Campgrounds – Yosemite National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov))

What makes this park unique?

This park will be available to reserve by lottery system (check the Early Access System on their Website). This park has partial cell service and no hookups, but is very wooded and remote, with beautiful flora and fauna all around. Max length of RV is 35 ft and max trailer length is 24 ft.

What we like about it
  • Clean
  • Dump site (seasonal)
  • Potable water
  • Food box
  • Trash (seasonal)
  • Staff on site (seasonal)
Drawbacks
  • none

7. Bass Lake at Yosemite

Address: 39744 Road 274, Bass Lake, CA 93604
Phone: (559)-608-3418
Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: basslakeatyosemite.com
Specs
Pricing: $66/daily (discounts available for military, first responders, Good Sam etc.)
Total RV sites: 178
Hookups: full (30/50, water, sewer)
Pool/Hot tub: Yes 
Showers: Yes 
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: Yes 

This park is located about 18 miles from Yosemite’s South Park entrance. It is in nature, with luxury of full hookups and cable TV.

Bass Lake at Yosemite

What makes this park unique?

Nestled along the oak trees yet close to the water, this park is an amazing RV park alternative to the State and Federal Parks. This park is within walking distance to Bass Lake.

What we like about it
  • Kids’ playroom
  • Playground
  • Adult lounge with fireplace
  • Café
  • Cable TV
Drawbacks
  • Booking issues
  • Sites are not always level
  • Tight sites (no privacy)

8. Yosemite Lakes RV Resort

Address: 31191 Hardin Flat Rd., Groveland, CA 95321
Phone: (800)-388-7788
Hours: 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Website: thousandtrails.com
Specs
Pricing: $69/daily (unless one signs up for annual membership)
Total RV sites: 490
Hookups: full (30/50, water, sewer)
Pool/Hot tub: Yes 
Showers: Yes 
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: Yes 

According to their Website, “Yosemite Lakes RV Resort is the perfect camping destination for enjoying a scenic summer in California. Just five miles from Yosemite National Park, this campground features 400 acres of wonderland and activity. The South Fork of the Tuolumne River running through the preserve is ideal for swimming, fishing, and panning for gold. Just 35 miles to the west, Lake Don Pedro offers boating, water skiing and fishing. Moaning Cavern is another area attraction, the largest public cavern in the state.” (Source: Yosemite Lakes RV Campground | RV Resorts in California (thousandtrails.com))

What makes this park unique?

This Thousand Trails Park underwent many upgrades and renovations in the last year, including bathroom upgrades, playground and 50 Amp site add-ons and an added trail, as well as pickleball courts.

What we like about it
  • Playground
  • Cabins/cottages
  • Pickleball courts
  • Clubhouse
  • Laundry
  • Basketball
  • Fishing
  • Billiard
  • Satellite TV
  • Horseshoes
  • Picnic tables
Drawbacks
  • None

9. High Sierra RV Park and Campground

Address: 40389 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644
Phone: (559)-683-7662

Email: [email protected]
Hours: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Website: highsierrarv.com

Specs
Pricing: $22-68/daily (depending on site and season), $600/month (Good Sam etc. discounts available)
Total RV sites: approx. 110
Hookups: full (20/30/50, water, sewer)
Pool/Hot tub: No
Showers: Yes 
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: Yes 

This park is not IN the Yosemite National Park, but it is a good fit for visitors who need full hookups and all the amenities of an RV park with the close access to Yosemite during the day.

High Sierra RV Park and Campground

What makes this park unique?

This is a small, clean park to stay at in the Yosemite area. There is a mix of short- and long-term stay RVs, as well as cabins and mobile homes. It is located next to a stream where one can swim in during the warmer months.

What we like about it
  • Surroundings
  • Full hookups
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Cabin rental
  • Laundry
  • Close to town
  • Dump station
  • Rec hall
  • Propane on site
  • RV storage
Drawbacks
  • Wi-Fi is NOT INCLUDED in price

10. The Lakes RV and Golf Resort

Address: 5001 E. Robertson Blvd. Chowchilla, CA 93610
Phone: (559) 665-6980
Hours: 9:30 AM-6:00 PM
Website: thelakesrv.com
Specs
Pricing: $42-60/daily, $252-360/weekly, $995-1500/monthly (depending on site and season), no discounts
Total RV sites: 75
Hookups: full (30/50, water, sewer)
Pool/Hot tub: Yes 
Showers: Yes 
Pets Allowed: Yes 
Wi-Fi: Yes 

The Yosemite National Park is located east of the RV park. This park is also within driving distance to Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, and Napa Wine Country.

The Lakes RV and Golf Resort

What makes this park unique?

This park is immaculate and a true resort, with manicured lots and many activities to stay busy with, such as tennis, shuffleboard, or horseshoes.

What we like about it
  • Laundry
  • Lots available for purchase
Drawbacks
  • none

TIPS TO GET TO YOSEMITE

When coming from Carson City, NV, one will exit I-580 onto US-395 going South towards Yosemite National Park and Mammoth Lakes. The other main way of accessing Yosemite is via CA-120 when coming from the West and traveling East from Stockton via Sonora toward Yosemite Valley. The roads are winding and hilly, so take care when pulling a longer RV.

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