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Location and General Overview

Yosemite Creek Campground is located in Yosemite National Park, one of America's most iconic natural reserves known for its stunning granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoias, and abundant wildlife. Specifically, Yosemite Creek Campground is situated at the north side of the park, off of Tioga Road (Highway 120), at an elevation of about 7,700 feet.

Campground Specifics

  • Season: The campground is typically open from July through early September, depending on the weather and snow levels.

  • Accessibility: It's accessible by car, but the last stretch of the road can be rough, and it is recommended for high clearance vehicles.

  • Sites: There are approximately 75 campsites available for tents and RVs, though no hookups are provided, and the maximum RV length is limited to 24 feet.

  • Reservations: The campsites at Yosemite Creek Campground are often first-come, first-served, which means you should arrive early in the day to secure a spot, especially during peak season.

Fees and Permits

  • Entrance Fee: To enter Yosemite National Park, a park entrance fee is required. A private vehicle pass typically lasts seven days.

  • Camping Fee: There is a nightly fee for camping, which must be paid upon entrance or at the campground.

  • Wilderness Permits: If you plan to hike and camp in the wilderness overnight, permits are required. They can be obtained at any permit issuing station in the park.

Amenities and Services

  • Restrooms: Yosemite Creek Campground usually provides vault toilets, but no showers.
  • Water: Drinking water may not be available, and visitors are advised to bring their own or be prepared to treat water from the creek.
  • Food Storage: Bear-proof food lockers are provided and must be used to secure all food and scented items.

Activities and Recreation

  • Hiking: Several trails start near the campground or are easily accessible by car. The campground is a good starting point for backcountry trips.

  • Fishing: Yosemite Creek and other nearby streams offer fishing opportunities.

  • Sightseeing: Iconic Yosemite landmarks like Tuolumne Meadows, Olmsted Point, and Tenaya Lake are within driving distance.

Important Considerations

  • Wildlife: Bears are active in Yosemite; proper food storage and disposal are crucial to protect both wildlife and visitors.

  • Altitude Sickness: Given the elevation, visitors should be aware of the signs of altitude sickness.

  • Weather: Conditions can change rapidly, and nights can be cold, even in summer. Always be prepared with layered clothing.

  • Road Conditions: Access roads are subject to closures due to weather, and the last part of the road to Yosemite Creek Campground can be particularly rough.

  • Isolation: This campground is more remote than others in Yosemite Valley. Supplies and services are limited, so bring all necessary gear and provisions.

Contacts and Reservations

For the most current information, always check the Yosemite National Park's official website or contact the park directly. For reservations and availability, especially during high season, consult the National Park Service's reservation system or the park's visitor centers.

It's crucial to remain informed about any alerts or changes regarding the campground status, fire restrictions, or any other pertinent information that may affect your stay at Yosemite Creek Campground.

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