Camping in Yosemite 2019

Camping in Yosemite - 2019

After last year’s successful First Camping Experience, we knew that we wanted to go back this year for Camping in Yosemite! But things were a little uncertain at the beginning of the year and we didn’t get to book a site. Then, we got lucky at the last minute as my cousin had booked a couple of camping sites and we could join them. To be honest, camping is not my happy break from daily routine. It’s not exactly comfortable sleeping in the tent and waiting in line to take a shower! But, once a year, I do look forward to this and eventually, I may be able to let go of shower too for a couple of days!

There are several camping sites, but I don’t think anything of that can beat the beauty of Yosemite. Beautiful mountains, hiking trails of different kind, clear blue star filled sky and the woodsy scent of the pine trees.

Camping in Yosemite - 2019

Camping in Yosemite - 2019

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Key Notes: Camping in Yosemite!

  • There are multiple camping sites in Yosemite, but they all get booked within minutes after the sites are released for reservation.
  • There are some first-come, first-served sites too but you need to arrive early to mid-morning to be lucky enough to get a site.
  • Each standard camping site allows six people (including kids) and you need to plan accordingly.
  • The camping sites doesn’t have shower, but you can walk or bike to the Curry Village for shower facilities.
  • Yosemite is a bear county. So, make sure not to keep food/toiletries items or any scented items in your car. There is a bear box at every site that is big enough to accommodate everything.

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What are the different campgrounds in Yosemite?

  • North Pines Campgrounds
  • Upper Pines Campgrounds
  • Lower Pines Campgrounds (this is where we stayed both the times)
  • Camp 4
  • Tents and Cabins at Half Dome Village: This is best for people who want to enjoy camping without carrying the tents and other equipment.
  • Wawona Campgrounds
  • Summerdale Campground
  • Indian Flat RV Park
  • Hodgdon Meadow Campground
  • Tuolumne Meadows Campground

Camping in Yosemite - 2019 Kankana Saxena Photography

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This time, Avyan was not much in awe, unlike the first time. He was just too excited to sleep in the tent, run around wild and play with his cousins. After a long 4-hour drive, we were too exhausted to do much. So, the first night, we just relaxed under the beautiful sky, sipped wine and watched the kids have a blast.

I am not a morning person but the wee early hours in Yosemite are the most beautiful experience. The sun peeking through the pine trees, birds chirping, and it just feels so fresh!

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We didn’t go for any hike. Instead, we took the bus and went to see the Lower Yosemite Falls. The walk from the bus stop to the falls is very easy with almost no elevation. It was perfect for our group. Later, we spent some time in a beautiful stream of water close to our campsite. The water was cold and felt really nice in the hot summer weather.

After that whole day of activity, we desperately needed some food! And like last time, we packed some marinated chicken, paneer, corn (absolute favorite!) and of course, we had to end it with marshmallow.

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Life is truly amazing when you get to hang out with like-minded people! Now, we can’t wait to repeat the fun next year.

Read all about Our first Camping Experience! 

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  • angiesrecipes
    August 27, 2019 at 9:10 PM

    You guys definitely had a great time :-)) Love those nature shots..so beautiful and peaceful.

    • Kankana Saxena
      August 30, 2019 at 9:56 PM

      Thank you so much! We all had a blast.

  • David @ Spiced
    August 29, 2019 at 4:22 AM

    I love these photos, Kankana! You should print and frame some of these. What great memories! I hear ya about camping in general. I’m not a huge camper, but I could see how it would be a fun adventure once a year or so. Glad everyone had a blast!

    • Kankana Saxena
      August 30, 2019 at 9:56 PM

      Thank you David! Yes will print a few for the wall 🙂

  • priya
    August 30, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    I Literally enjoyed this post Kankana. I am 100% agree with David that you should frame these photos 🙂 I am eager to know that which lens did you use to capture these stunning clicks.

    • Kankana Saxena
      August 30, 2019 at 9:57 PM

      Thanks so much Priya 🙂 I carried the 50 mm lens for this trip as I wanted to carry a light lens!

  • Neil
    September 1, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    Hey I’m so glad that you’re into camping too Kankana. It looks like you and your whole family had an amazing time! Thanks for sharing your fun!

  • mjskitchen
    September 1, 2019 at 7:43 PM

    What fun pictures and a beautiful place to camp! Great hints on camping in Yosemite. We got really, really lucky about 20 years ago when we went there. We got there in late April and it was virtually empty. We stayed 7 days and it was like having the park to ourselves. Loved seeing the pictures of your family.