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Upper Pines Campground

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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
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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31 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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10 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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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
3 reviews 3 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My wife and I tent camped here during our honeymoon for two nights. It is what you would expect from a primitive campsite. We really liked that RVs can only run generators during set times during the day and the latest they can run them is until 7pm. It's nice because you don't have to worry about the noise of... More

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San Jose, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The camp site is very nice - as you'd expect - but if you are tent camping, try to find a different site. I was puzzled by what appeared to be the noise of a freeway. It turns out that the noise was coming from RVs, doing whatever RVs do... running generators? Off season is great to avoid crowds but... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

RV space had plenty room and all the spaces seemed pretty flat. Be aware there are no RV hookups (sewage dump is available at the entrance/ exit). Campground is wooded and teeming with birds and squirrels (we visited in spring). Washroom facilities are limited but that's kind of beside the point when staying in Yosemite. Views of the face of... 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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