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Most Recent Yosemite National Park Camping Reviews
“Boondock National” - Yosemite

My friend and I decided to go on a camping/road trip with no plans or reservations. Little did we know that due to COVID, Yosemite was only allowing people in the park with a printed reservation. There was no getting passed these ladies. We asked if there was dispersed camping nearby and they directed us to a street less than a mile south of the southern entrance to Yosemite. There were plenty of spots to pull off and camp out and lots of space between other campers. It was quiet and a sweet deer came by as we were setting up. She wasn’t afraid of us at all, just minding her business eating away.

***Only downfall: We were in an area near trees that produced a lot of sap. It was all over our car the next morning and it stuck to the bottom of our shoes pretty bad. We took sticks and really had to dig out all the gunk. Be aware of the trees you park your car under or set your tent up near.

Stopped at Bass Lake on the way up - Great spot for day picnics (pics)

A gem behind Mammoth Mountain

People were super friendly at the campsites. Camp host was a cool guy, full of information about the surrounding hikes, waterfalls, fishing, and lakes. Bathrooms were cleaned daily and easily accessible. San Joaquin River offers therapeutic views and sounds from the campsites. Two deer with velvet antlers approached our campsite in the morning while we sipped our insta coffee in the quiet cool air making it feel like we submerged in a real life fairy tail. I will be coming back again and again.

Nice camp next to mountain stream

This is a first come, first served campground owned by the national forest. Other options nearby in case it’s filled up upon arrival. Has two loops, one is tent only. Close driving distance to Columns of the Giants (search this for details). Camp host on-site. We enjoyed it and would return. Only con: the Dardanelles Resort across the street runs a large electric generator to power their camp facility, store, bar, etc. until midnight. Although at a distance, the valley murmur was a little annoying.

Found on accident! Fell in love!

This will always be my FOREVER campground ! We have been coming for about two years now and still so absolutely in love with it! I recommend to friends and family all the time. You can bring your furry kids, there are clean showers and restrooms. Watering holes on campgrounds and around the area like Cherry Lake, Rainbow Pools and Gods Bath! California is full of beautiful wonders and this little gem in Stanislaus Forest is one of them! There is a little coffee-smoothie shack made by the hosts! Enjoy a mocha and have great conversations with them! Frank is our go to guy, he’ll set you up with a great spot to suit your needs!!

Great Hosts but Close Sites

We stayed in the premium sites at this camp ground.  Loved the hosts.  They were wonderful to work with and very accommodating.  The premium sites include full hook-ups — water, electric and sewer.  We were in site 43.  We were told that during COVID that they they were keeping sites in between those rented open for social distancing, however this did not apply to premium sites.  Spaces were VERY close!

Despite this, we still would highly recommend this campground!  Especially if you are visiting Yosemite!  It is clean, bathrooms in great condition, WiFi was good and limited free and as mentioned earlier hosts/owners were GREAT!

Excluded and spacious

We walked in and was able to find a campground during a holiday weekend. The camp host was friendly would come by and notify us if there were any bear sightings nearby. 

We have stayed at this campground before and didn't have a bathroom issue. This time the pit toilets had a serious bug, flies, and spider issue. When entering the entire wall was filled with flies. There were also flies inside the toilet which made going to the bathroom quite unpleasant as they fly up into your bottom.

Boondocking heaven

We spent 5 glorious days here the week before the 4th of July 2020. There are at least a dozen or so spots along the creek as you wind your way up Green Creek Road. It’s peaceful and secluded. We pulled a 28’ Airstream all the way up with no problems. It’s a little bumpy but easy. No cell signal at all at the camp spot. This was our first boondocking experience and I’m afraid the next time won’t be this great. I hope you will take care of this place if you go. It is special!

Clean restrooms and beautiful view

The view up the valley walls is amazing.

Great Family Campground

Very clean and well maintained campground. Staff is super friendly and accommodating. Quiet times are reasonable for family ambiance. Would recommend arriving to the lake early before it fills up to the public.

Great Lake access & stunning views

We stayed in site 25 in the Mono Loop and the views were wonderful! Staying over Labor Day during record heat and local fires were not ideal but our site was private. Bathrooms were so-so with regard to cleanliness but most sites had its own access to water which was awesome! Sites next to the restroom on the mono loop were close together not very privateer that is something to note when picking a site. More trash at this campground than others I have been to as well. Lake levels were low in Sept but I hear they were high & lake access was even better in the spring & early summer!