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Lower Pines Campground

East Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Lower Pines Campground
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Thanks to the NPS site and to TripAdvisor, we knew we had to book online to get a spot at Lower Pines (or any of the Yosemite RV parks), and we knew what day the booking window opened. Unfortunately for me, booking window opening time in the US happened to be 4am in NZ ... but I was awake and... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

It is NOT easy to get a campsite at the Lower Pines. You have to book 6-months in advance for the busy times (We went in July...a busy time.) and there are not many sites. Within about 2 minutes of the booking window opening, the sites were full for the time period we wanted to go. We got lucky and... More 

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We spent two nights here in an RV, and it was lovely. Getting a pitch is a minor miracle however and you will have to work out very carefully when booking opens and book within the first minute to get one as they are limited and in high demand. Once you've got over that hurdle your next one is to... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Obviously, it's a state park...no frills! However, it is in the most idyllic of locations! A stream nearby, surrounded by the wonderful mountains, and close (walking close) to amenities! The park was busy, but it wasn't noisy and everyone was extremely helpful and polite. No bear sightings, but all foot is stored away in an allocated food storage container.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

I'll start with the worst, which others have mentioned - the bathrooms. In the week we were there they were cleaned once. Overall they were pretty bad. That said, most National Park campgrounds only have pit toilets. So I'm not complaining. The sites were surprisingly large for the high demand in the Valley. Lots of trees, convenient (though not clean)... More 

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Edwards, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

We visited Yosemite last year and every camper was polite respectful and quiet, this year we had a group that didn't feel like the campground regulations applied to them. About 20 people at one site, loud children, screaming parents and a barking dog left in the car. Just plain rude to all the other campers in the area.

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Brockville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Look i can't complain much. I booked an amazing site one week before our trip (in may). Apparently you have to book super far in advance. We got lucky and we had one of the best sites in the lot. The bathrooms suck and are pretty bad. I'm not sure why they don't invest money into them. $20/per night for... More 

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Northampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

What can I say but, after spending our days hiking, climbing and cycling the camp ground was a welcome retreat in such a fabulous part of the world. Felt like a big kid again around the campfire with my marshmallows. Great community spirit with mix of locals and tourists. Good facilities, and easy to navigate with our 30ft RV. We... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

Camping in Yosemite on Memorial Weekend had me nervous. I selected Lower Pines because I wanted a small campground than some of the others available in the park. I did my research and had an idea of what camp site I wanted in particular. I sat at the computer the day the reservations for that period went live and was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

We stayed here in a 26 foot motorhome/RV for 3 nights April 2012 in pitch 38 - have a look at the National parks reservations site to get a map of the sites at Yosemite. Pitch 38 was fantastic - loads of space around, right beside the river, clear and uninterrupted classic view of Half Dome (see attached photo) and... More 

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