What to expect from Crane Flat will depend on who you are and what you want to do.
PROS: Relatively quiet; drinkable water; bathrooms with flush toilets; nearby gas station and grocery store; close to the Groveland entrance if you're coming that way (though not as close as Hodgdon Meadow); closest campground to Tioga Road without staying ON Tioga Road; mix of tent and RV sites; very quiet during the day if you choose to stay in camp
PRO or CON depending on you: 30 minute drive from Yosemite Valley (meaning you may have to get going earlier in the morning to park in the Valley, and leave the Valley late afternoon if you want to get back and cook before dark); no activities, especially for kids (no swimming, bike rental, etc.); no nearby dining (as in Tuolumne Meadows, White Wolf, Valley campgrounds); some wildlife wandering through (yes, including bears); mix of sites from large to small, mostly flat to very sloped
CONS: No showers or hot water (nearest are in Yosemite Valley); bathrooms not lit; somewhat dusty; high elevation (6100 feet) can take a couple days to adjust to, and is colder at night than the Valley; must drive to all major scenic attractions, trailheads for hiking, etc. (ONLY bus service is YARTS, once a day to the Valley and once back); only open July to October
A good choice if you cannot (or choose not to) get a site in the Valley, and still want to camp inside the park without pit toilets and boiling your own water. Just be aware of the limitations.
- Also Known As:
- Crane Flat Campground Hotel Yosemite National Park