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Lower Pines Campground Yosemite National Park California

Lower Pines Overview

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Lower Pines Campground is on the banks of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley and offers 73 single-family campsites for tents or motor homes up to 30 feet long. This is one of three campgrounds in the Valley. The other two are Upper Pines and North Pines.

Lower Pines Campground has paved roads, parking spurs, flush toilets and a dump station. Most campsites have nice shade from the large ponderosa pine trees and each site has a table, fire ring/grill and food storage locker. Up to 2 motor vehicles are allowed per campsite (trailers don’t count as a vehicle). All vehicles wheels must be on the paved parking surface. Overflow parking is also available near most campgrounds.

Curry Village is nearby where you can get a hot shower and dine at restaurants. Curry Village also has a grocery store, laundromat, bike and cross-country ski rentals, and Wifi access. Horse stables are also located nearby offering trail rides. And you can even rent a raft and float the Merced River.

Lower Pines – Yosemite National Park Area Recreation

World famous Yosemite National Park offers spectacular scenery and amazing wonders that boggle the imagination. Outdoor recreation includes hiking, backpacking, biking, kayaking, photography, climbing, rock climbing, horseback riding, fishing, nature exhibits, museums, camping and wildlife viewing. There are also many historic sites and museums to visit throughout the Park.

Other campgrounds in Yosemite National Park include Crane FlatWawona, Hodgdon Meadow and Tuolumne Meadows.

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Amenities
  • Campfire Center
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Cell Service Fair
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Grills
  • Nature Center
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • Visitor Center
Activities
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Creek
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback riding
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Rafting
  • River
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Stargazing
  • Visitor Center
  • Walking Trails
  • Wilderness Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Winter Sports
  • Winter/Snow Sports
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
209 372-8502
Lat / Long:

37.74083, -119.56667

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Best Campsites

15, 35, 37, 39, 43, 60, 63

Regions
Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
# of Campsites:

73

Campsite Vehicle Size:

Up to 30 feet.

Season:

Mid March – October 31

Elevation:

4,000

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Lower Pines Comments & Reviews

Visited Lower Pines Campground lately? We'd love to hear about your adventure. Did you find us useful? Did we forget something? Anything our community should know before heading out to Lower Pines?

10 Comments on “Lower Pines”

  1. Is this campground (of any other in Yosemite) travel trailer friendly? I have a 34’ trailer, I wonder if we could get in anywhere here. If not, what other campgrounds are more suited?

    • Hi Marco,
      Lower Pines, North Pines and Upper Pines campgrounds have sites that can fit trailers up to 30 feet. Lower Pines may have a few that will work for a little longer lengths. You can click no the ‘Make A Reservation’ button to check the size, price and availability.

  2. Ken Ridout says:

    Will CampAssist notify instantly when the “Unavailable” campsites suddenly become available?

    • HI Ken,
      Yes – as soon as the campsite is placed back in inventory (available) by the reservation website (i.e. Rec.gov, ReserveCalifornia, ReserveAmerica), Campsite Assist will send you an availability alert (text & email). You can sign up for a Specific (Date) Scan – an alert will be sent only if a campsite becomes available for the specific arrival/departure date you selected; or you can use the Matrix Scan. The Matrix scan will send you an alert if a campsite becomes available for any dates within a 7-day range (1 night, 2 nights, 3 nights, etc.).

      • Ken Ridout says:

        Great! Some of the campsites in Lower are unavailable until the threat of flooding has passed. Then, without warning, they’ll be released for reservations. Camp Assist is pretty-much the only way to attempt to grab one of those when released.

  3. Nicola Mitchell says:

    We have booked site 071 at Lower Pines which states a maximum RV size of 27 feet. Our travel company has just informed us that the 25 foot RV we had booked is no longer available and we have to take a 29 foot RV. Are there any views on whether we will fit in the site? We were so excited to get a site in July that we really don’t want to give it up! Many thanks for any advice.

    • Hi Nicola,
      Unfortunately the camp hosts/rangers are pretty strict regarding campsite size limitations at Lower Pines campground. With that said, there is a good amount of overhang out the back so your 29 foot RV may fit (with all wheels on the paved surface) . . . but I think it is still unlikely the host/ranger would allow it.

      • Nicola Mitchell says:

        Many thanks for the response which is really helpful. Back to the travel company to try to get a smaller RV!

  4. Hello, do you know if the fire pits have grill grates? I would like to grill over my campfire if possible. Thank you!!

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