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Camper's Guide for a Trip to Yosemite

Camper's Guide for a Trip to Yosemite

by Arshpreet Multani | March 20, 2019

Yosemite National Park is a travel destination that attracts wanderers from across the globe: the park is known for its scenic views, towering sequoia trees, and the infamous cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. This guide will allow you to become accustomed with the park, so that you can fully immerse yourself in the beautiful community!

General Information

This national park sits in central California, and falls just within the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year (reservations recommended for lodging, camping, and backpacking). Keep in mind that some roads can be closed from snowfall from the months of November through early June. All four seasons offer their own unique perks, depending on what the traveler is searching for. Parking at Yosemite varies based on what part of the park you are traveling to. Visitors are recommended to park their car during their stay, and avoid driving from site to site.

Recommended Campsites

Experienced campers have raved about two great campsites that offer spectacular views of the park.

  1. Campsite No. 38 in Lower Pines: Located with a backdrop of Half Dome. Travelers should be wary that this location offers minimal shade, and it can get toasty during the summer. Visiting during spring and fall is the optimal time to start your adventures at this site.
  2. Campsite No. 504 in North Pines: Located along the Merced River and Tenaya Creek, this site contains a spacious setting, a private beach, and beautiful sights of Yosemite Falls. This campsite offers substantial shade, which is why it is a great summer destination.

Activities in Yosemite

  • For active folks: First time visitors are recommended to hop on a bus from Yosemite Lodge down to Glacier Point, and proceed to hike back to the valley from Nevada and Vernal falls. This hike is essentially downhill, and you’ll have a great view of Half Dome. 
  • On a budget: Choose from a variety of activities including free camera walks by The Ansel Adams Gallery, waterfall tours of Lower Yosemite Fall, and ski tours in Dewey Point.
  • When hunger strikes: Head over to The Pizza Desk at Curry Village before the line expands. This joint offers a wide array of beers and top notch pizza.

Arrive Tips

  • Help maintain the parks natural beauty by being respectful of the space.
  • Drive safely, and be alert of surrounding animals.
  • Pack the appropriate gear if you plan on hiking or climbing. Be sure to pack water and food, proper shoes, clothing for different weather, and a headlamp or flashlight with batteries.

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