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East Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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Upper Pines Campground
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong, China
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279 reviews 279 reviews
165 hotel reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were lucky to find a late cancellation online however our site was adjacent to the toilets. This would not normally be a problem but as Yosemite Valley is heaving with tourists the average person staying here does not seem to be a regular camper but more of a first timer and lack all etiquette - constantly walking right through... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights in October. The site was so full that we had to move tent pitches for the second night, we couldn't book two nights on the same pitch even though it was a month in advance, so best to book early if you can. The site was in a central location in yosemite valley. Our... More

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Foresthill, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for 5 nights in Upper Pines campground. It was the only one open at the time and while it was crowded over the long weekend and we had to move camp sites twice, it was still beautiful! We stayed in our 5th wheel so we didn't use their bathroom facilities. The leaves had changed colors which made for... More

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San Francisco, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
8 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Upper Pines Campground is situated in a perfect location for hikers of Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls, and Half Dome. It is a short drive to Yosemite Village and close to Curry Village. The campground itself is nice with a lot of redwood trees. I was impressed by the bathroom cleanliness. The only down side is the lack of trash cans.... More

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Everett, Washington
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32 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

Great location for hiking Half Dome. We were in site 54...would have preferred to be in the back to shed a few minutes off of our Half Dome hike, but nonetheless, great location! It was nice to have the bathroom nearby. Fire ring was nice. Campsite was huge. Loved the darkness and all the stars at night! We stayed 3... More

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Tampa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

What many may not realize is that there is a lot of difference between hikers and campers. Campers tend to place importance on sitting outside, cooking their meals, socializing, and maybe doing a little walking around. They are more likely to take buses to view vistas, etc. My wife and I are hikers. We view the campsite as little more... More

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Venice, CA
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I can't speak for other times of the year but in September the table and benches were covered in sticky pine sap and eventually our chairs etc... had drips and drabs of pine sap as well. Our shoes picked up a fair amount so that we had large mats of pine needles stuck to the bottom. The campground is fairly... More

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San Diego, California
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265 reviews 265 reviews
25 hotel reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Overall camping in Yosemite Valley is very challenging. First of all, ALL the campsites in the valley sell out within the first few minutes they are available through the advanced reservations system. It's harder than getting a ticket to ComicCon! Second of all, there is no privacy to be had. Due to the scarcity and popularity of sites the campground... More

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Roseville, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We just went camping there with a few of my friends last week and I am very upset. We had one of the campsites on the end so no neighboring site. There wasn't enough usable space in our campsite so we went a little bit out of bounds (which we didn't know there was a boundry stick). The ranger came... More

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Los Angeles, California
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Upper Pines is a great place to camp in Yosemite Valley. Be sure to look at a map of the campground before selecting your site as some can be very small and crowded and other have lots more space available. For example, if you stay at end of a loop, you will be closer to the road and will have... More

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Address: East Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Number of rooms: 238
Also Known As:
Upper Pines Campground Hotel Yosemite National Park

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