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Old 04-30-2006, 09:37 PM   #1
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Yosemite Camping ??????

We are planning a trip to Yosemite Natl. Park. Any suggestions of favorite campgrounds and sites??? Thanks for your helpl. joe

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Old 04-30-2006, 09:58 PM   #2
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Yes & no. We have reservations for Yosemite in June. It's an incredible place. Reservations are tough, but makeable. They don't have any hookups there so be prepared. We have a 27' Overlander. So it really limits us to only 10 spots in the whole Valley. Smaller trailers are a lot easier to find spots. Also, a few restaurants, snack bars and markets. It's easy camping.

This will be our first trip with the A/S. We have always camped, or used a tent trailer. I've been going since I was a kid, and we have always stayed in Upper Pines. It's the furthest campground in the valley, so it helps you to stay away from the daily tourists. Any campground is great though. You really can't have a bad time there, it's just too nice!

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We stay outside the valley so we can have full hookups. The two places we stayed at are Yosemite Lakes and Yosemite Pines.

Both look great on the websites, but Yosimite Lakes gets my vote. It is also a Thousand Trails park, but you do not need to be a member to go there. We are not.

They have paddle boats, mini golf, and are about 5 minutes to the entrance to Yosemite which makes it about 30 minutes to the valley floor.
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Wooo, Yosemite!

My favorite (although I prefer camping in the park).

March and early April are best for me, cuz the wildlife have forgotten about us over the winter. Real bear encounters, coyotes, wolves. one mountain lion, and next-to-no interference from other campers. I have been a huge fan for 35 or so years, but haven't been there since the campfire ban (which should improve the summer experiences a bit).

Yosemite is America's favorite campground, but the vast majority leave their cars just long enough to walk to a gift shop. Don't forget to try some John Muir stuff, if you are physically able. Don't forget the bikes or Segways!

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We have a neighbor who retired from NASA and "works" at Yosemite as Campground Host with his large Class C motorhome.. I think easiest remaining campground for trailers is Lower Pines, but there is a website for the park that lists several possible options. They are very strict about generator hours and quiet times inside the park, so if you enjoy late evening conversation and running the generator, places outside are better ideas...

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Old 05-01-2006, 12:03 PM   #6
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KOA has a campground a few miles down the road from Yosemite. It was very nice and the staff was very friendly, when I was there in 2003.

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Old 05-01-2006, 06:58 PM   #7
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RESERVATIONS! From now till mid October , reservations to camp on the valley floor are a must. Monday thru Thursday are your best bet. Our favorite camp sites are ; # 1- any of the 12 sites along the river in North Pines camp.
# 2- any of the 10 sites along the river in Lower Pines.
# 3- site #s 1 thru 124 in UpperPines.
Bring bikes, don't drive unless you leave the valley. Walk,ride your bikes or the shuttle bus. No camp fires allowed in the mornings.

We'll be there last week of May, 12th annual family get together in Yosemite. We get 3 campsites together,25 people more or less.

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I have a reservation at Indian Flats RV park in El Portal for the last week of May. Anybody out there stay here and what's the skinny?
Will be there for a photo shoot during the week, so up early and home late!!

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This is sort of a dumb question (I haven't been to Yosemite w/a Trailer - only a Tent). What about Bears tearing into Trailers? Does it happen? They have pictures posted of what a Bear is capable of doing to a car to get to the donuts that were left inside . . . Do you have to empty all your food into the bear proof "metal box" every night?

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No, you don't have to move your food to the bear lockers from your RV.
But don't leave anything in your cars or trucks. I think the bears don't try because of the people inside.

Late at night, when everybody is sleeping, there are 2 person bear patrols cruising the campgrounds on foot looking for bears. They will also cite you for improper food storage.

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I am amazed when people who have visited say, "well it was okay". They are not opening their eyes or getting out of their cars.

If you want to avoid the crowds, and I do mean crowds, go across the 120 toward Lee Vining. There is a State Camprground ($11) on the west side of the road about 6 miles before you reach Lee Vining. Wonderful, peaceful. No hookups of course. But you might get lucky to find a place by the river.

It has grown from the small 20 spot camp to about 50-60.

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As soon as Tioga Pass ( Hwy 120 ) opens I head to the high country , in the winter and spring it's the valley floor. On average, I visit Yosemite 3 to 5 times a year .

I'm always asked " why do you go to Yosemite all the time? ". Being less than 4 hours away, my reply is always " why not ? ".

Tioga Pass isn't suppose to open till mid June this year, I can't wait to get up there.


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