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Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park

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National Park Service

Yosemite National Park

Overview

Crane Flat is reopening after a four year hiatus due to the pandemic and a complete overhaul and rehabilitation of the campsites. Please be mindful of young plants and shrubs by keeping all wheels on parking pads and camping equipment within established campsites. Thank you and welcome back! Crane Flat Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The site is conveniently located 17 miles from Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 6,200 feet. Within Yosemite, visitors can gaze upon waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, vast wilderness areas and so much more. Reservation Tips! Campsites in Yosemite are extremely popular and typically sell out in minutes. Login to your account or create a new account before the 7:00 a.m. (PST) release time. You may only add reservations to your cart and proceed with your reservation if you are logged into your account. The recreation.gov call center does NOT have access to additional sites or additional information beyond what is published on recreation.gov. Yosemite National Park Campground Reservation Dates__

Recreation

Yosemite's trails, cliffs, roads and rivers provide endless recreational activities for any kind of visitor. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, auto touring, and photography are all very popular activities within the park. Crane Flat is located between the Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias, both of which require a 2.5 to 3-mile roundtrip hike to view. The White Wolf area on Tioga Road also offers many hiking opportunities.

Facilities

Yosemite's trails, cliffs, roads and rivers provide endless recreational activities for any kind of visitor. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, auto touring, and photography are all very popular activities within the park. Crane Flat is located between the Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias, both of which require a 2.5 to 3-mile roundtrip hike to view. The White Wolf area on Tioga Road also offers many hiking opportunities.

Natural Features

The area is forested with stands of Sugar pine, Red fir and Lodgepole pine, offering a pleasant combination of sun and shade. Vanilla-scented Jeffrey pine and picturesque western Juniper dot the landscape. Vibrant summer wildflowers fill the open meadows nearby.

Nearby Attractions

Just 30 minutes away is Yosemite Valley, an awe-inspiring landscape containing many of the famous features for which Yosemite National Park is known. Hiking trails and bike paths are abundant in the valley. Rafting the Merced River is a fun way to cool down on a summer day when water levels are sufficient. Yosemite Valley also offers numerous guided bus tours, educational programs, museums, ranger-led activities, and an art center with workshops. The Tioga Road offers a 39-mile scenic drive past forests, meadows, lakes and granite domes. Tuolumne Meadows embodies the high-country of the Sierra Nevada, with its broad sub-alpine meadows and granite peaks. Beautiful Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, just 23 miles from Crane Flat, is home to spectacular scenery and numerous wilderness trailheads. Glacier Point has sweeping views of Yosemite Valley, Little Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls and Clouds Rest, among other notable landmarks. Wawona and the Pioneer Yosemite History Center is like stepping back in time.

Charges & Cancellations

Cancellations more than 48 hours in advance of arrival date only incur a $10 transaction fee. Within 48 hours, $10 and the first night's fee are charged. No-shows will be charged a $20 service fee along with the first night's fee.

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Location

Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park is located in California

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Directions

Take Highway 41 north from Fresno, Highway 140 east from Merced, or Highway 120 east from Manteca into Yosemite National Park. Crane Flat Campground is located 8 miles from the Big Oak Flat Entrance Station (Hwy 120 from the west), and is 17 miles (30 minutes) northwest of Yosemite Valley.

Address

PO BOX 577
Yosemite national park, CA 95389

Coordinates

37.7638889 N
119.8444444 W

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Features

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  • Trash
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  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

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  • Water Hookups

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Reviewed Jan. 30, 2022

Beautiful mountain side waterfalls

Most beautiful sight I have ever seen waterfalls everywhere

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Name , January 30, 2022
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Reviewed Jul. 9, 2021

Rv-Ing

First time in an RV ! Fun ! Crowded everywhere though

Month of VisitSeptember
Sabil
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2020

Take me back

One of my best camping experiences was at this location. Back when there were no apps like THE DYRT to help us and we had to search for a first come first serve by drive all over the park; we got lucky and found a spot as a family was leaving. Amazing family-friendly location with beautiful views and pleasant hikes.

Austin C.
Reviewed May. 29, 2019

Amazing Alternative to Yosemite Valley

As expected, we could not get any spots at the campsites in the Yosemite Valley, but Crane Flat CG was an incredible surprise.  The campground was beautiful and not super crowded like the campsites in the valley.  It was a 30 or so minute drive into the valley, but also provided easier access to some sequoia groves and a drive up highway 120 Tioga Road.

Would absolutely stay here again and recommend to anyone else.

  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Austin C., May 29, 2019
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Austin C., May 29, 2019
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Amanda M.
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2018

Crane Flat - Yosemite National Park

In the summer of 2015, my (now) boyfriend and I decided to plan a very last-minute hike up Half Dome. We finalized the decision to go about six weeks before our trip in the third week of September, therefore had missed the window of opportunity to reserve a valley campsite by about 5 months. The only available campgrounds in Yosemite were the ones outside the valley, and we decided to try out Crane Flat campground.

The Crane Flat Campground is about 19 miles outside Yosemite Valley off highway 120 - it takes around 35 minutes or so to travel by car from Yosemite Valley to Crane Flat. Crane Flat is a nice and peaceful campground surrounded by trees, and at the time was at less than half capacity. While camping in Yosemite Valley would have been more convenient for us on the day of our Half Dome hike, we enjoyed the peace and quiet of the nearly empty Crane Flat campground.

The campsites in Crane Flat have bear bins, fire rings, and picnic tables. The toilets were plumbed but there are no showers available. I imagine Crane Flat fills up during the peak seasons, but the sites seem to be more spread out than the sites in the Valley. If you want to avoid camping in the Valley, Crane Flat or Wawona campgrounds are both great options!

We spent our first day doing easy hikes around the valley floor, swimming in the Merced River, and keeping our fingers crossed that we would win the lottery to hike Half Dome. We did, so we climbed it the next day.

We were exhausted the day after our Half Dome hike, so we decided not to drive to the Valley. We swam in Tenaya Lake which was still FREEZING in September, but it felt good as it was hot out. We drove past the Big Oak Flat Entrance and out to Groveland, where we had lunch and drinks at the Iron Door Saloon. The Iron Door Saloon is a family friendly restaurant and bar that is apparently the oldest continuously operating saloon in California. It’s a little tourist-trappy, but I’ve enjoyed it the couple times I’ve been there, and they have good burgers and drinks for cheap.

CAUTION: be extremely aware of bears while camping in Yosemite National Park! Each campsite in Crane Flat has a bear bin - USE YOUR BEAR BIN! Bears are known to break into cars to snack from coolers or any food or toiletries are left out. The bear bins are quite large, so coolers do fit inside - bears can still smell food in coolers inside of cars, and apparently recognize a cooler when they peak into your car windows. If you have to leave your cooler in the car, it is suggested that you cover it up with towels or gear to hide it from site. On the same note, do not leave any of your toiletries or snacks inside the tent with you. In general it seems that the rangers seem to have good control over the bears that have been tagged and are constantly monitored, but not all bears are tagged, and even the tagged bears will make their way into Yosemite campgrounds. Be smart and safe in bear country!

CAMPSITE SPECS

Fees: $26/night peak ($18/night non-peak)

Plumbed Toilets: Yes

Drinking Water: Yes

Showers: No

Picnic Table: Yes

Firepit: Yes

Cooking Grate: Yes

Shade: Yes

Cell Service: No

Animal Bins/Food lockers: Yes

Trash: Yes

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Amanda M., October 3, 2018
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Amanda M., October 3, 2018
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Reviewed Sep. 18, 2018

Yosemite big beautiful spots

Amazing spacious campground, but no showers. Bummer.

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Megan B., September 18, 2018
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Megan B., September 18, 2018
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Michael K.
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2018

Get comfortable you are in Yosemite!

Very comfortable, no showers. What would you expect in a campground in the a famous national park in the united states.....no showers. Some of the Europeans shower at the water filling station near the bathrooms. Spacious sites at least.

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Michael K., August 15, 2018
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Michael K., August 15, 2018
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Annie C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2018

Be bear aware here!

I camped here after arriving in Yosemite without a reservation. Which meant there were no campsites available in the valley, so up up up I went to Crane Flat and then on to the campground reservation building. All campsites in the park are handled through a few campground reservation offices. I was assigned site 433, which had a semi level spot to pitch my tent, but was next to the bathroom, which consisted of a circle of porta potties that were in need of servicing. This is a large spread out campground in the trees with five loops. It seemed that my loop was tent only, but it could have been luck of the draw as well. The big thing about the whole campground is that rangers said a team of bears had been hanging around and that it was imperative to put everything with any kind of scent in the bear boxes. In fact, when I came back after visiting the valley there was a “bear jam” near the entrance to the campground where a bear was grazing, and later when visiting with camping neighborhoods they said they saw a bear on the outskirts of the campground that morning. So, use the bee boxes!! If you want a shower you will have to head to the valley or outside the park. It was nice to be away from the crowds in the valley.

Site433
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Annie C., July 24, 2018
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J
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2018

Dry Dirt Family Fun!

Beautiful area to camp, still far from the actual Valley but quiet enough to make day trips. Very dry dirt, like when you step there is a puff, so 1yr old was plenty dirty right away! Facilities are just bathrooms and water station. RV hookups and tent sites. Sites are close together and all around you. There is not enough coverage for true privacy. There were hammocks all over and I wished we had one. Bear boxes are large enough to cover all your food needs. Kids enjoyed it for their first trip and we even had a dear visit our campsite!

  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Jen S., July 17, 2018
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Jen S., July 17, 2018
Nikki C.
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2018

Tent camping outside the Yosemite valley

Beautiful tent camping above the Yosemite valley. Close enough to drive into the valley but far enough to not be surrounded by people at all times. Make sure to bring hammocks! Great trees to lounge in!

  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Nikki C., June 12, 2018
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Nikki C., June 12, 2018
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Nicki M.
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2018

12 years and counting

We have stayed at this campground almost every time we have visited Yosemite. It’s nearly impossible to get a site down on the valley floor, so staying at Crane Flat is the best chance to camp at night and drive into the valley every day for exploring. It’s about 30 minutes drive from the campground to the valley. Try to get sites in the 100 or 200 loop for the best experience and most flat surface.

Carly E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 23, 2018

Quiet, close to Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Grove and start of Tioga Road

We stayed one night here in early October after spending 4 nights camping right in Yosemite Valley. This campground is about 40 minutes from the valley and at a higher elevation (6200 feet). It was fairly quiet and wooded (some sites were more private than others). Toilets were clean, drinking water easily accessible. Our site was pretty big, but the parking area wasn't super level (we were in a campervan). This was a very convenient site for a stopover on our way out of Yosemite, we explored the Valley some more before settling in here for the night, and then in the morning headed out Tioga Road with a stop at the Tuolumne sequioia grove. Sites have bear boxes (use them to secure all of your food!!), fire rings (it was very chilly, we made good use of this at night and again in the morning over breakfast), and picnic tables. Crane Flat doesn't have the dramatic scenery of Yosemite Valley, and no hiking directly from the camping area, but it was a nice spot to camp for the night. Not a bad place to stay if you are exploring different areas of Yosemite, it is easy to drive out toward Tuolumne Meadows or head south to other areas of the park. Site was $26 for the night.

Site415
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Carly E., May 23, 2018
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Carly E., May 23, 2018
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Michael I.
Reviewed May. 18, 2018

Great option for exploring Yosemite Valley and other areas of the park.

Crane Flat is a nice campground and a great option for visiting multiple areas of Yosemite National Park. It’s relatively quiet (as compared to the Valley) and in a good location to make Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows pretty accessible, half and hour and an hour each way respectively.

There are a couple of small trails around the campground, the one we walked on for just a bit left from the west edge of the 500 loop near sites 514 and 516. There is also a trail to Clark Range View (1.5 miles each way) which leaves from the entrance to the 400 loop.

We did see two different bears in our two days at this campground. One walked straight through the camp despite some very excitable people blowing off air horns. Keep your food packed up and kids within eye sight!

I have a love hate relationship with Yosemite because of the unbelievable beauty, but the throngs of people that clog the roads and act like the area is an amusement park and not a natural treasure to be protected. That being said, Crane Flat is a pretty good place from which to enjoy Yosemite as you are relatively close to everything without being in the chaos of the Valley.

Site516
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Michael I., May 18, 2018
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Michael I., May 18, 2018
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R
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2017

Crane flat not flat

Campground was just OK. Not much flat ground here. Quiet though.

Month of VisitOctober
Kara S.
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2016

Good campground for Tuolumne exploring

Our group stayed at Crane Flat for one night in August 2016. While there isn't a lot of privacy from one site to the next the campsites themselves were quite spacious. Ours was close to the bathrooms which was nice for anyone getting up in the middle of the night. Bathrooms were well stocked with toilet paper although no soap (as with most national park campgrounds we visited). We got to the site pretty late but a map with our campsite was written on the entry booth, making it easy to find in the dark.

One of the best things about this campground is that it's right near the Crane Flat gas station so we were able to fill up on gas and get some snacks, supplies, and a couple souvenirs the next day. It's also very close to the Tuolumne Sequoia grove and the scenic highway that heads to Tuolumne Meadows.

  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Kara S., October 21, 2016
Kathleen L.
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2016

Good enough for visiting Yosemite

I booked this campsite because it was the closest I could get to the valley. At least it's within the park! The campsite itself has everything you need - all the basics. However there is little stuff between you and the family next to you. My friend and I were next to a large noisy family and that was kind of annoying, but with earplugs I slept just fine.

If you can book ahead enough, really try to get a site in the valley. The traffic in the park is horrendous. Entering and leaving the valley area is such a nightmare. It would have been splendid if we could've just stayed there.

  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Kathleen L., September 13, 2016
  • Review photo of Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park by Kathleen L., September 13, 2016
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B
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2016

out of the way

site: wooded. semi-private. large. quiet campground. cooler temps than in Yosemite Valley. amenities: clean. no showers at campground. attractions: near to a market. Hiking trails. 40 minutes from Yosemite Valley. Wildlife. I would go camping here again- nice quiet place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park has water hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park?

Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park allows vehicles up to 35 feet.

Are fires allowed at Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Crane Flat Campground — Yosemite National Park?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is fair, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is good.