Yosemite National Park-Upper Pines Campground

Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Date Visited: July 2016

Sites: #86, 184 (MORE SHADED), 82: BACK-IN, NO HOOK-UPS 


Review: We couldn’t get consecutive nights in Upper Pines Campground, so we had to move our RV almost every day. There is water at the dump station, and the valley shuttle takes you just about anywhere you want to go in Yosemite Valley (plus it’s air conditioned).

Yosemite has strict generator hours, 7-9 am, 12-2 pm, and 5-7 pm. This can be brutal when the weather is hot, like it was when we were there. We sat outside with our feet in buckets of cold water to try and cool down on a couple of the afternoons.

You come here because it’s Yosemite, not because it’s a great campground. It was dusty and hot, but still pretty, with lots of trees around us. Upper Pines is a short walk to the river, with beautiful views of North Dome. You can walk to the trailhead for Vernal Falls and Mirror Lake.

We would stay here again, though it would definitely be better on a cooler day.

One of our GPS devices did not want to route us through the Wawona Tunnel, but we didn’t have any problems. Garmin said the tunnel was only 10 ½ feet high, which is true on the sides, but buses and trucks go through, so our 12 ½ foot high motorhome was fine.