Dispersed
Group
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Yosemite Valley Backpacker's Campground

Since 1899, Half Dome Village has been welcoming travelers to Yosemite National Park with its tented camp with comfortable and responsible lodging with spectacular views of Glacier Point and Half Dome.

With an unrivaled location just below Half Dome and Glacier Point, Half Dome Village offers visitors a truly unique place to stay while visiting Yosemite National Park.

As you explore the Village, you’ll come across:

46 Yosemite Cabins with Private Baths 14 Cabins that share Convenient Bathhouses

403 Canvas Tent Cabins 18 Standard Motel Rooms

Operator
National Park Service
Access
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
Features
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Yosemite Valley Backpacker's Campground is located in Yosemite National Park in California
Latitude
37.7444 N
Longitude
-119.5668 W
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6 Reviews of Yosemite Valley Backpacker's Campground
Camp 4

This first come first serve campsite is at the base of upper Yosemite falls trail. The scenery you get from staying here is truly bliss, the way the mountains look around you are so picturesque that it is truly art alive. Being there really gave me perspective on how truly amazing our planet is. The campsite is in between a grove or trees and so it’s shaded from the heat. There’s bus stops that take you all through the valley and a valley loop trail if you desire the more scenic route. The best campsite experience!!

Nice Campground

Nice place to camp after backpacking in the park.  It is a lot less busy than the main campgrounds.  You do have to have a valid backpacking permit for either the day before or after you stay here.  The campground did fill up when I stayed there but it was only other backpackers so they were very respectful.  Decent views as well.

No frills

No frills not for the faint of heart it’s a hikers camp but clean and you meet lots of people and share stories. FYI Bears Big Bears !!

Great experience for a backpacker

Stayed here before a 2 night trip through the backcountry. A guaranteed campsite in the valley with no reservation. It can get pretty crowded but there'll be room for a tent and a food locker for your food.

Half Dome family trip

Safe, clean and great for families

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Ranger Review: Boost Oxygen at Half Dome Village Backpacker’s Campground

Campground Review

I gave this campground a 3 out of 5 stars for two primary reasons. The first being that there is very little information available out there about the campground and the actual location of the grounds can be somewhat cumbersome to find. We spent a fair amount of time researching how to find this place and asking around at multiple information centers within Yosemite National Park before eventually finding it. The second reason being that the sites are not reservable and considering how crowded Yosemite NP can get, this is quite the gamble. Some crowd control is provided, as you need a backcountry permit in order to stay at the campground but with only 20 sites available, there’s a likely chance you may not get a spot. Most hikers use this campground as a basecamp before or after making their treks through the backcountry but it can be difficult to plan out your trip if you’re not sure that you can reliably find the campground or even secure a spot. That being said, this campground is located very close to some amazing amenities (10 minutes to Half Dome Village and 10 minutes to most trailheads). In addition to nearby amenities, the campground itself offers some great amenities including picnic tables, fire pits, bathrooms and bear boxes. The campsites are also really beautiful, as the grounds are situated near a picturesque wooded area, creek and unique rock formation. All in all, if you’re willing to wage the risk of not knowing how to get there or if you’ll even have a spot when you get there, you’ll be rewarded with one of the only remaining patches of solitude in Yosemite Valley.

Product Review

As someone who frequently falls ill with altitude sickness, I did not think (enjoyable) High Sierra hiking would be in the cards for me. However, when I got the chance as a Ranger for The Dyrt to test Boost Oxygen, I thought it was time to try out high elevation hiking and some portable O2. I used my canister of Boost Oxygen intermittently throughout a multi-day trek across Yosemite at times when I was feeling unnecessarily fatigued, lightheaded or short of breath and found relief every time. Without having to worry about the approach of an impending headache or having to take multiple breaks just to breath, my hikes were that much more enjoyable. In my everyday life, I like to stay active so I can handle tough hikes but fellow sea level dwellers will understand that there’s not a whole lot you can do to prepare for strenuous activity in altitudes you’re not used to existing in. Luckily, Boost helped me deal with those difficulties that are often impossible to prepare for. For backpackers, the obvious downside of the product is that it’s another thing you’ll have to carry. However, flat landers may find that it’s worth making some room for.