2019 Facelift Camping Information


Welcome to the page for all things camping! If this is your first time visiting Yosemite or even just your first time camping with us as part of the Facelift, you are sure to find some useful information here. Even if you are a Facelift veteran, there could be some great info for you as well.

If you did not get a spot for camping this year, but would like to camp with us, please email us at camping@yosemiteclimbing.org to reserve a spot on the waitlist—cancelations/changes are very common!


Be Bear Aware!

One of, if not the most important things about camping in Yosemite is to be bear aware. What does that mean? The main idea is that in order to protect black bears and other wildlife in the park, all food and anything with a scent, including toiletries, trash, and even empty coolers, must be stored in bear lockers (provided at all campsites and most parking lots) unless you are actively using it. It can be stored in your car, but only during daylight hours. Click here for more information!


Parking

While we strongly encourage carpooling as much as possible, we recognize that this isn’t always possible, so there is parking available at or near the campsites. However, please note that if you are camping at Upper Pines, there is a limit of two cars per site. If your group has more than that, overflow parking is available. Note that parking passes are required for overnight parking at campsites and your car may be ticketed or towed without a parking pass.


Campgrounds

The National Park Service (NPS) has reserved sites for us in five campgrounds in the park: Upper Pines, Camp 4, Yellow Pines, Crane Flat, and Tuolumne. We try our best to accommodate your request for the campground of your choice, but please be advised that sites are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis as camping request emails are received.

Upper Pines

Upper Pines Campground is located in the heart of Yosemite Valley in the shadow of Glacier Point. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire pit, and access to restroom facilities with running water. The nearest showers, food, and supplies are located at Half Dome/Curry Village, a short walk away. There is also a bus stop and bike/walking path at the campground entrance for easy transportation around the Valley. Want to know where our campsites are? See the park map below.

Camp 4

Camp 4 is Yosemite Valley’s walk-in campground, very popular among climbers with lots of boulders around the camp to practice and have fun on. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire pit, and access to restroom facilities with running water. The nearest showers are located at Half Dome/Curry Village, accessible via the Yosemite bus system, biking, walking (a bit of a walk), or driving. There is a bus stop across the street and supplies and food, including a cafeteria, can be purchased at the nearby Yosemite Valley Lodge. Please note: there is a large parking lot, but you will not be able to park right next to your site.

Yellow Pines

Yellow Pines is Yosemite’s volunteer campground, a place the public normally does not have access to. It is a bit further away from the Valley’s main destinations, but a wonderful group camping experience with picnic tables and a fire pit. There is no running water here, but port-a-potties are available.

Crane Flat

Crane Flat is located above Yosemite Valley. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire pit, and access to restroom facilities with running water. The nearest food and supplies are located in a small store, but larger stores are available in the Valley, about a 45 minute drive away. The nearest showers are in the Valley at Half Dome/Curry Village.

Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows is your ticket to high altitude camping adventures. With plenty to clean up there, there is no need to come check in at the Visitor Center each morning, as the Valley is about a 1.5 hour drive away. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire pit, and access to restroom facilities with running water. There is a small grocery store, but for more food, supplies, and showers, you would need to come to the Valley.


Helpful Links

The following links can help you as you plan your trip to Facelift and Yosemite National Park.