Yosemite is one of the most well-known areas in California perfect for camping. It has been visited by thousands of people from all over the world, and many of these visitors come to enjoy the camping sites that Yosemite has long been boasting.
Many people consider Yosemite camping for several goods reasons. One of the most common reasons for this increasing preference is that Yosemite has a number of campgrounds available for visitors to stay. At these campgrounds, you’ll witness all sorts of natural wonders, including the high mountains, meadows, groves, waterfalls, the spectacular views of the Yosemite Valley, and quite a number of wildlife. Indeed, Yosemite is all about the wilderness.
Yosemite currently has about 13 popular campgrounds available for people to use. Of these campgrounds, about half offers reservations. These reservations are deemed important from April through the month of September as during these months a large number of campers flocked to Yosemite for different reasons. There are also other campgrounds that offer first-come, first-served basis for those who wish to experience the ultimate Yosemite camping. According to some reports, this first-come, first-served campsites are often filled by noon from the month of May through September.
The Yosemite camping sites are located within and outside the Yosemite National Park. Those that are located within the park and the valley usually accept visitors at 10 o’clock in the morning. This is also the exact time for checkouts. Also, it is interesting to know that for those who wish to explore the campgrounds through vehicles, the maximum length of the campgrounds is about 40 feet, much larger compared to the Yosemite camping sites located outside the valley which only covers about 35 feet. And, just like the rest of the camping sites, these campgrounds limit camping activities to seven days from the first day of May through the 15th day of September.
On the other hand, the Yosemite camping sites located outside the park and the valley open services for check-ins and check-outs at exactly 12 noon. There is also a 30-day camping limit within the perimeter in any calendar month. And, two of these Yosemite camping sites, Wawona and Hodgdon Meadow, are open for campers year-round. The others are only open during the summer months.
Just like the rest of the campgrounds, there are a lot of rules and regulations to follow while using Yosemite camping sites. For instance, only 6 people are allowed per campsite, and when the clock hits 10 PM, that marks the start of the quiet hours which last till 6 in the morning. Also, generators are available for use only between 7 AM and 7 PM, and the electrical extension cords must not be connected to the camping site’s restrooms. Pets are also allowed at these Yosemite camping sites, but only in specific areas.
So when planning to go on Yosemite camping, note all the regulations set by the campground of your choice. Also, consider reservations especially on peak seasons.