Lower Pines Campground in Yosemite National Park California is situated on the valley floor near the main visitor center and 2 other campgrounds (
Upper Pines and North Pines). Combined these three campgrounds are the most popular places to camp inside Yosemite National Park and therefore the campground fills up fast with reservations and first come first served camping.
Open to both tent and RV camping Lower Pines campground has the “largest” RV accessible sites with site limits, depending upon availability, of RVs up to 40 feet and trailers up to 35 feet. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring and bear box. Restrooms with running water and water spigots are located throughout. Showers are available at Half Dome Village, formerly Curry Village and Housekeeping Camp.
Set on the Yosemite Valley Floor in a heavily forested setting the majority of the sites are shaded and have no views of the surrounding mountain features… except for a handful of sites in this, Lower Pines, campground. Sites 38 and 39 are arguably the most amazing campsites available in all of Yosemite National Park. Site 38, in particular, is blessed with an unobstructed view of Half Dome framed by large pine trees. If you are lucky enough to see this site available for reservation… book it for as long as you can!
As for the other campsites you are still camping in Yosemite Valley! Bring the bikes to explore the entire valley floor via the paved multi-use trail and avoid the headaches of traffic. A free shuttle is also available and all of the famous hiking trails are in easy reach.
Reservations are required and must be made by calling the listed phone number or going to
Recreation.gov First come first served campsites may be available due to cancellations and/ or no-shows. The process for obtaining these requires parking, near Half-Dome Village, and checking in at the campground kiosk. This is a long shot strategy and not advised.
Travelling to Yosemite Valley with a RV or trailer does require some planning. Most of the roads in to the park are steep, winding and in some cases pass through tunnels. CampgroundViews.com provides insight to help you route in this
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Open year round. Due to high demand this location, and all Yosemite National Park campgrounds, have instituted significant rules regarding length of stays and registration/ camping procedures. These rules change almost seasonally so do check the official NPS site for current restrictions. All food and scented items are required to be stored inside food storage lockers (don’t leave food or scented items in a vehicle!).
Pets - Allows pets to stay. Special rules will likely apply so check with park regarding the pet rules. If you like camping with pets this campground or RV park is an option. Water - Water hookups or water fill locations. Water is available here for your drinking pleasure. Tents - Provides camping options for tent campers. If you will be sleeping in a tent this location likely has a site to accommodate you. Back-in - Back-in sites available. Have no fear you can back it in here. Bathrooms - Bathrooms available. If you are looking for a campground or RV park with bathrooms including toilets or restrooms reviews and our data show that this location has you covered. Dogs - Allows pets including dogs. Our information, reviews or photos suggest that dogs are allowed at this park. Be mindful of rules and call ahead for any breed or quantity restrictions. Public Park - Publicly managed. This campground or RV park is a public park managed by a state, federal, or municipal agency. Generally these types of parks have stricter rules on camping. Video - Video available for viewing. Videos provide a more intimate look at a location to discover if the campground or RV park is right for your next camping trip. Family Friendly - Family friendly. This can include scheduled activities, playgrounds, game rooms or simply a family friendly camping environment. If you are looking for a family friendly RV park or campground this one may fit the bill. Trees - Trees are situated close to or around the campsites. These trees may be close enough to require care when maneuvering into and out of the camping spot. Hiking - Hiking opportunities immediately from the campground or within a very close distance. If you like to hike, explore on foot or even jog/ run this RV park or campground has access to hiking trails. Biking - Easy access for cyclists looking to ride bikes. Our information, reviews and data show that this destination either has bike trails passing through the park or the surrounding area is suitable for bicycle riding. Remember to always wear a helmet and check with the locals on trail and road conditions. Shade - Provides campsites with shade coverings. Shade can be provided in a number of ways but primarily is caused by a forested setting or trees placed in a manner to block some direct sunlight. Pull-In - Pull-in style RV sites. These sites generally are best suited to RV coaches with a windshields. Pull-in can include pull thru sites or sites designed specifically to pull nose in and back out to leave. Scenic - Offers scenic views of the surrounding area. If you want to camp in a RV park or campground with scenic views this one fits the mold. Firepits - Our information, reviews or photos suggests has fire pits available for campfires. Fire pits may be available at all sites or select sites. Big Rig - For big rig or larger RVs. If you have a bus conversion, long trailer or fifth wheel and are looking for a RV park or campground with sites that will fit your rig this may be a suitable location. Walking Trail - Access to a walking trail or walking area. If you want to stretch the legs this location has opportunities to do so. Trails - Onsite or immediate access to recreational trails. The trail may be a multi-use paved path or dirt hiking trail but should be suitable to recreational movement. If you want trails this place has them. Primitive - Offering primitive sites. Primitive sites may have varied amenities available but our definition of primitive campsite means it does not have electric, water or sewer hookups available. The majority of tent sites are primitive in nature. Forest - Within or adjacent to a forested setting. Our information, reviews or photos suggest the park is surrounded by forest. Access to the forest will depend on the location but generally we have flagged these as forest if they are surrounded by trees or national forest lands. Open - Open sky above your site. There are sites with no shade or obstruction offering an open sky setting for RV satellite tv signal or star gazing. Tourist - Provides facilities for tourists. Generally these campgrounds are located near points of interest or are designed to accommodate novice campers and RV travelers. If you are a tourist this location may be right for you. .GOV - Managed by a government agency. Usually the Forest Service, a national park, BLM, Corp of Engineer, or the like. This location is a public park. Group - Providing group camping areas. Group campsites and group camping allow for larger gatherings to take place within the campground or RV park. Paved - Paved roads or site pads. Pavement can be asphalt, concrete or paver stones. Minimizing dust and capable of supporting large heavy RVs this RV park or campground has pavement. .RECREATION - Accessible for reservations or more information at recreation.gov. It is a public park. Destination - Destination in the fullest sense of the word. Our information or reviews suggest that this campground or RV park is a place people go to to stay at... People want to be here. If you are here then post photos and reviews to brag to others! Mountains - Within a mountainous area. The campground or RV park may be situated on the side of the mountain or their may be mountains around. If you require some elevation variation in your camping destination this park might be a good choice. Public Parking - Provides public parking. This applies to both public and private parks. If the campground or RV park allows non-guests to park in the location. Park - Within a public park or park like setting. If you want a park to camp at this RV park and campground may suit your needs. Pads - Providing some form of a concrete, paved or stone parking pad or patio. If you seek a pad to park on or a concrete patio outside your door this RV park or campground may be a choice. River - Adjacent or close by river. Want to sleep to the sound of a nearby river? This campground or RV park is close to a river. National Park - Within or close to a national park. If you want to camp near a national park this RV park or campground is a suitable choice. 360 VR Tour - Full 360 video tour available for viewing. Like google streetview this exclusive technology allows you to virtually tour the park see each site in a form better than pictures of each site and see for yourself if your RV or tent will fit. Remember to use your mouse or finger to drag the screen to look around.