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Old 02-15-2015, 01:07 PM   #1
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Yosemite Camping

We hope to spend a few days at Yosemite in late-early June. We've never been there so we'd appreciate any suggestions as to camping in our 30' Flying Cloud. Thanks. Jack

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Old 02-15-2015, 01:08 PM   #2
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I meant late May-early June. Jack

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Old 02-15-2015, 07:21 PM   #3
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Hey Jack,
Check with reserve America and see what sites are still available, apparently they go quickly.
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Old 02-15-2015, 07:50 PM   #4
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I would definitely make a reservation asap. Yosemite is almost always fully booked for the summer months. Many of the campsites will not take a 30 ft. trailer plus tow vehicle so is best to reserve a space as early as possible for your size vehicle. You will not be disappointed - Yosemite is one of the most beautiful parks in America.

Be sure to use your tow vehicle for a day trip up to high country and Tioga Pass. There are some tunnels that be very difficult with a trailer attached. If you come in from the East, the small town of Lee Vinning just outside the park has a very nice RV park and there are also 3 Inyo National Forest campgrounds on the road leading from Lee Vinning into the park. Enjoy your trip!

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Old 02-15-2015, 07:52 PM   #5
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Definitely make reservations, We got there a day early and had to camp outside the Tioga pass park entrance at a really nice campground. Not that big a deal but we did have to break camp and move.
We stayed at the Tuolumne meadows and we're super close to one of the big domes.great hiking.
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Old 02-16-2015, 08:59 AM   #6
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You all were correct. There was nothing available in the NP. We made reservations at Yosemite Ridge Resort. Jack
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Old 02-16-2015, 03:52 PM   #7
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Do not lose hope. Many campers book a year in advance. Start calling 1 month to 1 week prior of your trip, to see if anyone canceled their reservations. I had good luck doing this in the 80's. Early spring has the best waterfalls. During a full moon they have moon lit tours. Don't miss the giant sequoias. Yosemite is as close to heaven as you can get
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:14 PM   #8
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Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places in the world, but you're going at peak time, so you have to plan for that. If you're old enough to get a senior national parks pass, definitely do that. If not save your receipt from the first day as it is good for a week. From Groveland, it is 45 minutes or so to Yosemite Valley. The best plan would be to get there early in the morning while there are still parking places left in the Curry Village parking lot and grab one. Take the free shuttle buses around to wherever you want to go all day and you won't have to worry about the traffic or places to park. The roads are somewhat confusing; sort of like finding your way through a big airport for the first time, so pay attention to the signs when you're driving in. Once you're on the shuttle bus, you don't have to worry about that; just ride until you hear the stop you want, get off and hike or see what you want to see, and then get on the shuttle bus again to go wherever you want to go next. You shouldn't try to see Tuolumne and Yosemite Valley on the same day; each is worth multiple days on its own. These are the things to see and do in Yosemite: the valley floor with the waterfalls, El Capitan, and Half Dome, Tuolumne with the domes and Cathedral Peak, and the back country, which is the most wonderful of all, but does require hiking to see. You can drive over Tioga Pass easily enough in your tow vehicle, but it tops out at 9,000', and is a 3,000' climb and drop, so would be rugged in a 30' trailer. The biggest problem with Yosemite is that it has been loved to death, and various measures have been taken to try to preserve the awesomeness of the experience and keep it from turning into another Disneyland. Mostly, these measures have made it harder to park and get around by car without necessarily making it easier to get around by public transportation, but at least they're trying. You do still need your car to get to Bridle Vale Falls and Glacier Point, both musts, so plan to stop and see these on your way in or out one of the days you plan to visit the valley floor. There are better maps than the one they will give you at the gate, and I would recommend getting one.

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Yosemite is one of our favorite places, but it has become so crowded we really try to go in off season or at the beginning or end of the season. If you camp inside the park, be aware there are no hookups unless they have changed some of the campgrounds and no one told me! There are some nice areas to camp on the South East side by Wawona, but it is a drive to the "valley". Sometimes when we want to stay we have bought the bullet and got a room and left the trailer in the parking lot! Have fun!
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