Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground)

     


Yosemite National Park, California
Phone: (209) 372-8502

Sites: 240
Recent Rate: $10 5/2014


Latitude: 37.7353243619669
Longitude: -119.563844203949

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview

20 Reviews

These reviews are the opinion of an RVParkReviews’ member and not the views of RVParkReviews.com

obxblond

Review Count: 104
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Thunderboldt

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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JimSC

Review Count: 94
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Very good location in the valley. You can bicycle from here to just about everything in the valley. No power or water at the sites. There is a dump station at the entrance to the campground where you can dump and get water. The sites are small and stacked right on top of one another. The staff were not friendly nor helpful, maybe this was because it was near the end of the season. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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steammaker

Review Count: 21
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

I gave an 9 due to our campsite was on the outside of the loop at the apex. Inside the loop sites looked cramped and would have resulted in a 7. The site we had was perfect and had a small creek at the back. Campsite was level. Some sites at this CG can handle a trailer a little longer than advised on the park site, some I would have trouble getting into with the recommended trailer length. Look at the pictures when you reserve and you should be able to tell for yourself and your skill level. As far as location, this is the best of the three valley campgrounds IMHO. The trees were less dense in the others and I liked the far location of this CG, allowing me to take my cup of coffee and hike the Mist Trail each morning out the back of my site. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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NancyB

Review Count: 144
States Visited: 45
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Not sure what I can add to what others have said. Try to get a site in the last loop along the stream. We saw a huge bear one morning 25' from the back of our site. There are no showers in the campground, only in Curry Village at $5 a pop. This campground is the best. Very shady, almost dark, and so the sun sets early. We'll be back. Reservations were essential even during the week in mid-October. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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SierraCamper

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

For scenery alone, this campground is incredible. Sites, however, were cramped. We were in the middle of a loop and our table was literally five feet away from our neighbor's campfire ring. If you get an outside site on the end of a loop, you'll be fine. Roads within the park are narrow and one class-C owner I spoke to complained that he couldn't fit in the original site he had booked. He was staying one night in the site next to us until he could figure out what to do. Since we're in a hybrid, food storage was an issue. We had to put all of our food in the locker provided at the campsite. This was my first time camping at Yosemite in years. My last trip wasn't the best because of campers "partying" all night long. I was amazed at how quiet it was after 10:00 PM. Rangers have done an excellent job at making sure people are following the rules. If you are a rule follower, that's great. If you tend to slack off or break some of the rules, you might have an issue. Two more things, the wildlife in the valley is incredible! We saw so many deer, it was ridiculous. We also saw a bear crossing the Merced River about 75 feet from where we were fishing (and this was about 200 yards from our campsite). If you have kids, check out the Junior Ranger Program. My sons got their badges and they had a small "ceremony" at the Visitor Center. Classic! We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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clairew

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We were really lucky with this site as we had tried to book online but all the sites were booked. We read in the Lonely Planet Guide that you could turn up at the reservations desk at Curry Village and put your name on a list. At 3pm you return to see if there are any available sites where people have left early at which point they will sell them on a first come first serve basis. We put our name on the list at 9.30am and managed to get a site in Upper Pines. The day we got our site there were 24 sites available but the previous day there were only 7 so its very hit and miss but worth a go. We had always said we would return to Yosemite in an RV after staying at Camp 4 in a tiny 2 man tent so were very excited when we got our pitch. Unfortunately our excitement was shortlived as we had 2 rude families staying either side of us. They would walk right through our site, stand on either side of our picnic bench and throw the ball to each other or just talk to each other but shouting over our heads. These were the only rude Americans we met on our whole trip!! Anyway back to our site.. It was a really pretty area to be in and close to all the amenities. There are no hook ups but you are allowed your generator on for a short time, they regulate this to keep the noise down but unfortunately due to the amount of noisy people on this site it wouldn't matter. People were still being noisy at midnight and we had one ignorant guy who thought his guitar playing was worth listening to at 1am!! Basically this site is really nice but due to it being a busy place there is a lot of noise. Definitely stay if you want to visit Yosemite Village and hopefully you will have more considerate neighbors. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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sierramom

Review Count: 150
States Visited: 43
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is Yosemite's largest campground. If you have a choice, get a site on an outside loop--some of the ones in the 200s loop border a creek. It's shaded with big glacial boulders all around and pine needles on the ground. We had 3 different sites -- we made reservations in January for May and couldn't get 4 nights all in the same spot. Spot 85 in the lower loop had the advantage of being a short walk from shuttle stop 19 and was next to the bathrooms (cold water only, 2 stalls). Spot 201 was less shaded and farther from the campground entrance, although you could cut through the woods and pick up the shuttle at stop 16. The spots to park the rig on are mostly very small and narrow, but there is a lot of room around them to put your stuff. Spot 215 was too close to the bathroom and had a dumpster next to it, so people were always banging around the place. You can get wi-fi at Yosemite Lodge for $5.95 for 5 days; sit in the lobby. The breakfast buffet at Curry Village is a good deal, $9.50 including drinks, and had some very good food. Overall, the campground could be a little cleaner, and there could be more policing of other campers, but it was pretty quiet most of the time. Beware of careless children riding their bikes around, especially when you're trying to park. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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IanS

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Good campground - feels spacious even when full, which it will almost always be. The best sites are the ones near the edge, overlooking the creek. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Ugly SAM

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

You can't beat staying in the park! As long as you are able to camp self contained, this is the way to go. The sites are all nicely wooded. The campground tends to be crowded during the weekend, but it's worth it. Make sure you check the length of the campsite driveway when you make reservations. Some tend to be short. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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FromSpain

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

No hookups, leveled and big site (we had the number 34). There is a general dump station. Friendly volunteer staff. $10 with the National Parks Annual pass. You must keep the food in cabinets and freezer. The Bear-Lockers are not necessary with RV. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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User335

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Probably one of the best campgrounds in the state. Stayed in site 99, which was easy to back my 28' TT into. Not as loud as some of the previous reviewers have noted, but not silent either. There was an enormous area around the site where the kids could run around and hang with the other camper kids. They keep restrooms and showers clean and well stocked. We'll certainly stay here again. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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gwbischoff

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

First time camping here in our 35' Class A. If you have anything larger, forget it. We made it ok, but all of the trees along the access roads bear the battle scars of those less fortunate. Make sure that you read the site descriptions carefully. Camping in the shadow of Glacier Point and North Dome it doesn't get any better. The only reason for the point deduction is because of the bathrooms. They were convienient to use (to keep from filling our holding tanks) but if you've ever smelled a NPS restroom, you know why I deducted a point. This campground is convenient to Vernal Falls trails. The bus line makes 2 stops around this CG. Didn't bring our car this trip and didn't miss a thing. Bus line is very good. This has to be on the Top 10 list of camping experiences in America. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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User335

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Yosemite National Park is one the most scenic places on earth; and being able to use the Upper Pines campground as your home base is ideal. You're right next to the free shuttle that takes you to all the hot sports, and only a 10 minute walk to Curry Village. The campsite itself is pretty primitive and a bit crowded, but it does quiet down after dinner. Potable water is nearby, and you're allowed to use generators (sparingly). The restrooms were clean, but no hot water. There are showers and a pool in Curry Village, if you don't mind a 10 minute walk. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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divineintervention

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the most beautiful places to camp! No hookups, so bring a charged battery and a full water tank. Make sure to have all your food in the cabinets. If you have a hard sided RV (no pop-ups) you'll be able to keep your food inside, rather than have to move everything into the bear safes. Reservations are necessary on weekends. There is a dump at this site. You can park your rig and use the park shuttle to get around. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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