22 Parks near Yosemite National Park, California
Apr 2015 - $35.00
Lovely campground right on the river. Just a 30 minute drive to the valley. There is a pretty busy road right above the campground. The noise wasn't too bad, but it made walking anywhere a little hazardouse. No hiking trails right from the campsite, you pretty much need to drive everywhere. The sites are very small and we didn't have much of a "patio" area to set up on, had to walk around the opposite side to get to our fire pit and you share a common area. Overall, nice and quite and away from the crowds of the valley. No hookups and only port-a-potties but they were clean. - KShipps
Apr 2015 - $13.00
Needing a nice National Park experience. There are no hookups, so you are "dry camping." We did have cell phone service. The sewer dump and clean water tank fill station is located 2 miles away down Forest Road in Wawona "town." South fork of Merced River right there in camp for water play. No trails in campground. We were too early for ranger "fire" talks in the evening. - GrammaGinny
Apr 2014 - $10.00
We stayed in Yosemite for 4 weeks, 2 weeks at Wawona. We really liked the campground and the area. We had a site along the river and our 30' 5th wheel fit easily, though the site was seriously unlevel. The sites varied a lot, some were very large and private, others less so, but overall the campground had a great feel and was way less busy and noisy than the valley campgrounds. - MrSunshine
Sep 2010 - $20.00
Summerdale Campground is located in the Sierra National Forest one and a half mile south of Yosemite National Park entrance on Hwy 41. The CG is a single loop around a grassy meadow full of wildflowers and shade for most sites is provided by Cedar, Fir and Cottonwood trees. This campground offers good fishing and cool summertime temperatures. I gave it a 7 rating not because of facilities but because of the setting and site size. All sites have tables, fire rings and grills. About half the sites are 20-footers with the balance being 30 and 40-foot pads. The campground loop is narrow and might be difficult to negotiate for a very long trailer. Motorhomes should disconnect their toads when checking in. The camp host isn't real friendly and is hardly ever around so if you have a need get to him when you see him. Water bibs (with threads) are scattered throughout the loop. Vault toilets. No showers or dump station. The sites are rustic and very pretty and could be a good option for Yosemite NP visitors who don't have a reservation in the Park. Reservations can be made between Memorial Day and Sept 30 but not for a specific site number. This CG qualifies those with a senior discount pass for a $10 rate. - exportman
Jul 2016 - $48.00
The location is the closest private cg to Yosemite NP. The sites are as close together as possible. We had no table or fire ring. Our cable connection was on a tree beside the rv parked in front of us needing two coax cables combined resulting in a terrible picture. The manager was extremely rude to us and to people he was speaking to on the phone when we walked in. We will not camp here again. - geeman53
Oct 2015 - $45.00
The sites were difficult to negotiate even for our 30 ft coach. Once parked each coach was front to front with little room to walk in between. The hookups were awkwardly placed. If we backed in, our door opened into a tree, if we drove in, as was the preferred method, our door opened over a slope. It was all dirt with minimal gravel. I cannot begin to convey how rude and confrontational the white haired "host" was. We had just driven up to our campsite when my sister-in-law came over to ask if we could be together since he had originally said it would not be a problem when they came in 2 days prior. He suddenly, in a nanosecond, went ballistic... screaming and with arms flailing. I found him to be crude and rude. I usually feel somewhat safe in most campgrounds...not at all here. This guy has no social skills, nor people skills, and definitely has no business in any position dealing with the public. He is in desperate need of some anger management! - Bindi1
May 2015 - $35.00
If you are going to Yosemite to camp with a good size rig, there are not too many options for you. Indian Flat is a good one. This is not an RV resort by any means. Expect real basic plug in camping. Location is what you need and this has it. Good enough restaurant/lodge next door, (same ownership complex as RV park), and you can use pool at the lodge and their showers.
Manager was bend over backwards accommodating. A great guy. Hope he is still there when you visit. We really enjoyed the stay, and... it WAS camping, albeit with full hookups. We could get Dish TV from our site, but I bet not all sites could do that. Trees and mountains around. It will not be one of your greatest camping experiences, but visiting so close Yosemite will be. - Elmo and Gracie
Jan 2015 - $18.00
Stayed for one night on a great January weekend. Only upper pines was open in the valley and it filled up on Saturday. Absolutely cannot beat the location or scenery. We had a great time exploring the valley. - pokeyt
May 2014 - $10.00
Campsites are close together in Upper Pines area with no amenities. My site required minimal leveling, was near the bathroom, and had sufficient parking for RV and tow. Large rigs my have problems getting into spaces so pay close attention to site description. Reservations are a must. There is a daily waiting list but during summer months that would really be taking a chance. Reservations are taken 6 months prior to arrival date and sites book up very fast. Sites were sold out in 15 minutes for the date I wanted to arrive. The park is amazing. I was there for 7 nights (the maximum allowed in summer) and could have enjoyed another 7 nights. Middle of May and upper elevations received enough snow that 2 of the roads were closed. Plenty of hiking trails, waterfalls, wildlife, and meadows to enjoy. Bears in the campgrounds have been an issue and they emphasize food storage. I didn't see a bear but heard some commotion one night. I did see a gray wolf in the campground. I'm sure a rare sighting. Bicycles are very popular mode of transportation and you can rent one for 31.50 a day. Free shuttle bus throughout the Valley. Convenient to use and saves frustration of looking for a parking spot. Definitely a Park to visit. Lower Pines campground has larger sites but is extremely hard to get reservation there. Will definitely go back. Rate reflects Senior Pass discount. Park entrance fee is additional $20 a car. Worth every dollar. - obxblond
Sep 2012 - $10.00
Rate reflects senior access discount. Bring your bike! Once in Yosemite valley, leave the car behind with all the parking headaches and get around with a bike. No showers, but you have to check out the kitchen washing station! I watched people using it, took pictures, and even had to use it too... Looks like a giant toilet. For millions of people who love Yosemite to death, this campground is very clean but certainly not private. The Village Store at the Village is a large, complete grocery. The Village Garage can fix your vehicle but you can't get gas anywhere in the valley so be aware. You can get a shower at the Housekeeping complex, but it'll cost $5. The laundromat is a better deal. - Thunderboldt
Mar 2016 - $26.00
This was my first time visiting Yosemite. What a way to do it. Site selection is very important; there are definitely sites that will not fit a long trailer or prove to be too difficult to maneuver into. Pay close attention when reserving. We stayed in site #36. As you know there are no hookups; we brought a full tank of water from home and ran out on the last night. I guess we don't know how to ration water. Water is available at the bathrooms to fill up containers. Water (and a dump station) is available at North Pines across the street. I didn't see any showers. The bathrooms were a little gross. Let's just say it's good to have your own facilities on board. Generator hours are 7 - 9am, 12 - 2pm, and 5 - 7pm. Everybody pays a $25 park access fee for the week just to enter the park. Lower Pines is very well located in the Valley. Lots of trails are nearby as well as the 2 villages. - Arash
Jun 2013 - $17.00
Loved the campground, Host, and was very clean! Can't wait to return for another visit. We stayed for 7 days and so much to see and do. - Jayntina
Apr 2013 - $20.00
This was a beautiful camp site with many hiking trails within close vicinity. It has trails for all levels of hikers and ages. I will definitely be going back. The park rangers are all very friendly and willing to share any information that you might need. My wife loved this camp site. - RVParkConnoisseur
Apr 2016 - $13.00
Wow, how do you separate your opinion of the park from the campsite. Personally I don't think it is possible. What a fantastic place and a wonderful camping experience. Sure the sites are kind of close and the roadways narrow, but when you can walk a couple of feet and see half-dome or Yosemite falls. The site itself is acceptable and held our 37 ft. trailer, but be aware that there are only 6 sites that will hold a fairly large rig. We managed to get 8 nights and would love to go back. - jtl2
Apr 2016 - $26.00
There are no hook-up sites at this campground. It is a NPS campground with spacious sites with plenty of forest shade. It is sandwiched between the Merced River and Tenaya Creek. There are bear-proof food storage containers, fire ring and table at each site. Beautiful location in Yosemite Valley. Cell service is spotty at best, but there are pay phones at the campground. - ArmandV
Aug 2015 - $28.00
It was Yosemite so that starts off everything real good. Campgrounds were clean and trash dumped daily. Park has bears around so that is very important for all. Roads are not very wide and can be a bit challenging to navigate through. Although North Pines has Trailer sites up to 35ft, I would not recommend one more the 26. Very tight. Staff was very helpful and informative. Some sites seem very close together but you never feel crowded. Overall very nice. - Tom_OC
Sep 2012 - $20.00
OK campground. No hookups or dump station. Need to go into the valley to dump (45 min drive). Very unlevel. 3 tires off the ground and still not completely level. Had a difficult time getting into the space as did most folks. Good location for seeing the Northern sections of the park. - JimSC
Aug 2012 - $20.00
The main benefits of this site were being in the park and the beautiful surroundings. You are about 15 miles from the main Yosemite Valley. It is not really set up for a large 31ft RV. The pitches are nowhere near level although the access was OK. We had a firepit, bear locker and picnic table which were great. The bathroom wasn't that clean by the end of the day and there were no lights at night! However, we enjoyed the peace of the site after being in the Valley all day. - Treetop
Aug 2009 - $20.00
This is a wilderness type campground in a beautiful, quiet area of Yosemite. 50% of the sites are reservable, the rest first come/first serve. We enjoyed camping here even with the primitive nature of the campground. There is water available in the park, just not at every campsite. There is a waste water disposal drain next to the restrooms for Grey water. There are adequate numbers of restroom facilities with flush toilets. I don't think the toilets are cleaned very often which is kind of unfortunate given the heavy use that the campground has in the summer months. Showers available 17 miles away in Yosemite Valley. Food storage restrictions enforced because of bears. We did actually see a bear, too. We would return to this campground. - benidew
May 2016 - $57.00
Starting with the phone call for a reservation, and continuing when we checked in, the employees have an attitude. Then when the WiFi wouldn't connect (it's Tengo, the worst service on the planet), their attitude was "well, it works on my phone." Many of their cable connection are male (should be female). At the office, they have double female adapters, if you ask for one. Sites are not level, and roads are narrow. To register, you have to drive to the back of the park, register, then turn around and go to your site (which you passed on the way in). They only recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Other than that, the facility is nice. - ta96silver
Apr 2016 - $60.00
Great place to stay to see Yosemite National Park. Front staff very friendly!
Very nicely landscaped and nicely layed out.
Rock drives and had to do some leveling.
Will definitely return. Very safe area and close to a nice town with shops and restaurants.
We were in a 35' motorhome with tow and had a pull through spot. Wifi worked great too! Picnic table and grill at each site. - 3TexasRats
Sep 2015 - $60.00
Good KOA with sites cut into a hill side giving a spacious feel to your camp site. The Wi-Fi is usable and all other utilities function good. The restroom and laundry are very clean. There is a nice dog run. Less than a hour from Yosemite this KOA is high priced but a fair value giving its location. We would stay here again. - OldeJohn
Apr 2016 - $15.00
The other reviews pretty much summed this place up. I just want to add that there is a good strong free wifi signal (I'm using to write this review) available from the Elks Club. The water tastes pretty bad, if you don't have a good filter system, bring bottled water. We called ahead of time to see if space was available and received a return call a short time later. Host said," he never saw the place completely full." Passport America price for non-members is $15.00 a night.. - john5079
Jul 2015 - $30.00
General info: This is a no-frills location to camp. It really is no more than a dirt/gravel lot with electricity and water hook-ups (no sewer or dump available on site). No on-site staff, so the payment is do it yourself style by placing a check for the correct amount into an envelope provide where you write your personal info, as well as your vehicle(s) and dates of stay. You then drop the envelope down a mail slot.
The Good: There are large trees nearby that provide some shade. It is very close to the entrance to Yosemite, off of hwy 41. It feels secluded and lonely, but it's well lit. Sites have available wood picnic tables. Checkout time is a generous 6pm!
The Bad: Completely dirt/gravel, so expect some dust in summer or mud during rain/snow season. Poor weed removal maintenance. Upper level has low hanging oak branches, which would probably damage taller rigs. Lower level is fine and easy to maneuver. 30 amp only. Low water pressure. No amenities (cable TV, pool, etc.
If we were going back to Yosemite, we would probably camp here again. It's worth the money for no frills when compared to other parks on our trip. - ADMD
Mar 2015 - $20.00
Other reviewers gave good descriptions, so I will cover other points:
Getting there: From Oakhurst, drive North on hwy 41 to the intersection of hwy 222. Turns left, then immediately turn right and drive up hill on a narrow paved road to a signed junction for the lower campground
There are about 20 sites in this area, a few suitable for large rigs. A steel stairway is provided to get to the lodge. We stayed in this area. We were there in late March, and it was nearly empty, except for a motor home at the far end that appeared to be stored. Two other one night campers were there during our three night stay.
To reach the upper campground, continue to the lodge parking lot and turn right at the far end and continue up hill. Camping is in a circular area, with about 6 sites. One is on a slab with a large motor home, which I assume is used by the camp host during the busy season. One site was empty, (a deep site suitable for a big rig, not super level), and the remainder filled. There is an exit road at the far end, so a U-turn is not needed to leave. This campground has shade and is a little nicer in appearance.
This lodge is unusual, in that non-members are welcome. We used the self-registration at the lodge. We were not there when meals were available, but Elks lodges typically have good cafeteria-type meals, and a bar that serves drinks that are not watered down with both meals and drinks available at reasonable prices. We are Elks, and a prime reason for joining is the RV site availability at many lodges, particularly in the Western states. We have a small travel trailer, and will definitely stay again. Non-Elks fee is $25. - Jim22
May 2015 - $35.00
Interesting rv park. As others have said a quick uphill climb and then about a mile drive to the park.
Park was clean,did need a few few trees trimmed but overall a quiet place with golf course nearby.
We will be back. - ChiefUSN
Aug 2014 - $42.00
We do not recommend you stay here. The 1.5 mile entrance road is filled with tight turns. Two of them had signs recommending just 10 MPH! The first quarter mile of the entrance road is an incredible 8 percent uphill grade. Very difficult to get into golf course club house parking lot to register. You must reverse course to get back to the actual RV park. Roads in the campground are narrow. Over half of the park was inaccessible due to narrow roads, tight turns and trees right up against the road. Half the accessible pads had a steep section at beginning or end of the slot which would make it very easy to scrape the back of your RV. Only three other RVs there when we arrived. We now know why. Unless you have an overpowered engine and are a risk-taker, avoid this site! - Vince & Charlette
Sep 2013 - $44.00
Keep looking. Road to campground is not good. Lots of sharp turns and hairpins. You have to go past the campground to the golf pro shop to check in. When we called about 30 minutes out they didn't bother to tell us that. The drive into the campground is narrow and requires a very careful turn. Have to make 3 (or more) point turn to get to first row. Pads are crumbling asphalt. Site is dirt. No where near level. Doubt you will be able to level even with pads. No TV. We asked for a site that would allow us to use our dish. Host didn't have a clue as to which ones would. We finally got it to work. Glad we unhooked at golf parking lot, would have been near impossible to find a level spot in campground to unhook. Grossly over priced for what little they have to offer. As I said, keep looking. In 4 years this campground ranks in the top 5 of the worst ones we have stayed in. We would Not stay here again. - Scott Charlton