Yosemite National Park Travel Blog› entry 143 of 167 › view all entries
I spent the morning trying to find a Yosemite Campground. It is *the* most competitive park in the entire National Park Service system for getting a campsite. They state that “reservations are required” and a long conversation with a reservationist revealed that one campground had one site available for 9/21. That’s it. None others available.
I guess I should have called 5 months prior at 7 am Pacific time since most days sell out within minutes of the window opening. Yosemite has a whole different system for reserving campsites because it is so popular. Their “General Info” phone system allows tracking to one source of info and then hangs up on you once the info is delivered. It is quite a different system, but reading up on it last night made me understand all the many superlative natural resources that make that Park so popular.
We spent much time restocking today: food, water, cash, gas, air in tires, etc. Then we headed off into the wilderness toward
We arrived at the National Forest Visitor’s Center just 5 minutes before closing to locate info on Federal campgrounds near the east entrance of
With a goal of stopping at Junction Federal campground, just before the Yosemite entrance gate, we climbed up to 9900 feet elevation on
So we took our chances and this time, it paid off! At 6 pm, we took one of just 15 remaining campsites at Tuolumne Meadows Campground! After dinner, we walked around the campground – we saw at least 3 still available campsites that were indicated a 24’ maximum rig size, but clearly could take RV’s much longer than that.
Also, outside the campground’s office was a status sign that 3 listed campgrounds as closed, 6 as full, and the 4 others (
So do not believe the website and worry that walk-in campsites are never available- they may be, particularly in September, mid-week. Note that most of the campgrounds close at the end of September, as well as the east entrance road (
The National Forest Ranger had indicated that Crane Flat Campground on
Today, we passed 15,000 miles on our trip!