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Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground)

Yosemite National Park, California


9024 Southside Dr
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
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Sites: 240
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 37.73532
Longitude: -119.56384

Elevation: 4004' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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28 Reviews

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Our site was for a 24 ft trailer. Our 27 ft fit in easily so not sure why they market the sites this way. Bathroom was filthy even though a park employee comes by everyday to clean. The Park Rangers were responsive to our complaints about a group that was noisy after hours and an unleashed German Shepard. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Shower are in walking distance at Curry Village.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Camped in #527 in 35' motorhome with tow vehicle. No hookups but potable water and dump station available and shared by all three campgrounds in the area. Our site was level but we barely fit in site. Beautiful campground with lots of pines. Most sites are pretty close together - closer than Lower Pines. Lots of smoke in the valley from all of the firepits. But.......It's beyond awesome to be in the Valley and experience late in the night and early in the morning, close to trails and shuttle. Nothing like it. This campground is pretty safe from any springs floods. The rangers that work the booth are incredibly helpful and friendly. I don't care how many cons there are ,the pros of Yosemite Valley, this magical place, make camping IN the park a must do if you possibly can. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
527
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

We had magnificent views of Glacier Point from our campsite and thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The huge bear boxes were very handy and seem very effective in discouraging bears. The campground was very quiet in the evenings at this time of year We felt It was a privilege to be camping in Yosemite Valley and agree with John Muir, "It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was every permitted to enter." We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Truck Camper.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my truck camper and a trailer too
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Try for outer loop or last loop if possible . We really enjoyed the hike to Mirror Lake at the base of Half Dome and also the drive up to Glacier Point for breathtaking views of the Valley and high country and our campsite!

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Review Count: 174
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 67

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This is one of the campgrounds available in the Yosemite Valley area and this is the best way to experience this part of the park. It is located at the foot of Glacier Point and as the name implies there are lots of pine trees in the campground. None of the Yosemite Valley campgrounds have hookups so it's dry camping although potable water and a dump station are available. The site pad is asphalt and includes a fire pit and picnic table. Be aware that you will need to make your reservation 5 months in advance at the very moment when they open reservations once per month. There are flush restrooms on-site and showers are available nearby in Half Dome Village. The bathrooms are adequate but could use a little more attention. We were able to get a weak Verizon 4G signal here. We paid $26 per night. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
86
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 448
States Visited: 47
Helpful Reviews: 112

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

$13 a night with no hookups. I tried to get a reservation for Lower Pines with no luck and got one of the last spots in the valley seven months ago when they became available in Upper Pines Campground. We were here for three nights and our site 36 was not bad. In the first loop of Upper Pines, so we were near the shuttle stop, river, bathhouse, water, dump station and bike trails. Our site was slim and backed between two trees. The Park posts a number of sites as available for 24' and we are over by about a foot, since we don't tow I knew we would fit. We did with room to spare. Many sites in our loop had great views of the granite peaks while sitting in chairs at the sites. We could also walk across the street to the river for great views of the rushing waters at flood stage and a little bridge looking downstream with a waterfall flowing off the rocks. The river was in flood stage,so many roads and bike trails were closed down by our third day here. The Lower Pines and North Pines campgrounds shut down some of their loops and campers either had to leave or they found them something in the Upper Pines Campground. These campgrounds were all full so there were many backed up at the reservation building in Curry Village. This park was mobbed on our first day there then the next two days it thinned out more. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
112
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Upper Pines is the only RV-accessible campground that stays open all year in Yosemite. Though we have tent camped here several times, this review is regarding our most recent trip in our fifth wheel. We stayed 10 nights during February 2017 and encountered some unique problems - there had been heavy snowfall the week prior and the sites had just been plowed out, but unfortunately not completely. We had reserved a 35' site for our 24' fifth wheel and tow vehicle, but had to park the truck somewhere else as the site had only been dug out to about 25'. It was also very tricky to navigate into the narrow "snow tunnel" and we had to borrow a fellow camper's snow shovel to dig a considerable amount of snow out. One 65-point turn later we were finally able to shoehorn in. So yeah, there's that to consider when you are snow camping in Yosemite! But otherwise it is a great location for exploring the park and very quiet during the winter months. Dry camping of course, but you can get nice hot showers over at Half Dome Village (free) and there is a dump station at the campground entrance if you need it (also free). The bathrooms were clean but they don't shovel them, so be prepared to trudge through snow drifts. During the winter, only the first two loops are open, but if you can I would reserve a site in one of the loops farthest from the entrance, and on the far ends of the loops, as they have the most privacy and forest ambiance. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
83
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 162
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

Very beautiful campground. Was able to back in a 25 ft travel trailer into site of broken asphalt. Needed a 1 inch board to level side to side. Lots of trees. Fire pit, large bear locker and picnic table provided. This can be a very difficult park to maneuver a large RV in. Spent 5 days in park. Site flooded when it rained for two days. Park is so beautiful, any inconvenience did not matter. We camped at Upper Pines Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
142
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

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

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
54
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 109
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $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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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $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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Review Count: 102
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $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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Review Count: 42
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $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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Review Count: 145
States Visited: 45
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2009 - $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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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $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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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $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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