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“Away from the Crowds” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Crane Flat Campground

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Crane Flat Campground
Certificate of Excellence
Southern California
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29 reviews
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“Away from the Crowds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2009

Just stayed at Crane Flat in a tent on a first-come, first-serve basis, and had a blast. Our campsite was almost as big as the lot for our house! We backed up to a meadow so no one was behind us, and there was a great distance from all the other campsites.

We arrive on Mondays in Yosemite to get a campsite, and have never had a problem getting a great one. I think the focus for most people is on Yosemite Valley, but we don't like camping experiences where everyone is jammed tight together. We'd rather take the 20- 25 minute drive to the Valley to visit, then spend our nights and mornings back at Crane Flat. Or, we've done the same thing at Bridalveil Creek Campground...outside the Valley by about 30 minutes.

We found ourselves confused in several instances. I was planning to stay at Bridalveil Creek Campground and was shocked at the last minute to find it wasn't open the last few days of June...not until July 1. It just didn't make sense to me. Crane Flat is all open to first-come-first serve types until July 1. On July 1, the 400s and 500s are all reserved. It wasn't clear going up which part of the park was only reserved, so we camped in a great, available campsite the last two days of June, and had to move because it was in the reserved area. The Yosemite park website, and the signage when you arrive at Crane Flat aren't any help at all in this regard.

Crane Flat has flush toilets and water faucets, but no showers. You have to go to Curry Village for showers.

There's fine hiking all along Tioga Road, so you can experience tons of Yosemite beauty without going to the valley.

If you've never been, make sure you get gassed up at Mariposa so you have a full tank. There's only one gas station in Yosemite, and it's right next to Crane Flat.

It was all good. No complaints.

Stayed July 2009
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2008

My g/f friend and I stayed here for labor day weekend. I have stayed in yosemite quite a few times and this campsite was overall not too bad. We were lucky enough to get a 500 series campsite as these seem to be more private. The bathrooms are clean with running water and the staff is friendly enough. This was further out than I thought it would be. Its a good 20+ min drive down to camp curry and yosemite village to the showers and stores.
Nothing really bad to say..just far too away from all the entertainment of the valley for us.

  • Liked — affordable rates
  • Disliked — no showers, to far out
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2006

It is much more seperated than the camp sites down in the valley. Less of a place for children. Good bathrooms that are cleaned regularly with running water. Stick to the 500 series outer loop for some more seclusion from neighboring sites.

  • Liked — large spot
  • Disliked — rangers asking us to be quiet at 10pm
  • Stayed August 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2004

I have camped at a couple different campgrounds in Yosemite and Crane flat is by far my favorite. Yosemite is very crowded so there will be people everywhere but of all the campgrounds in Yosemite, this is the best.

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Additional Information about Crane Flat Campground

Property: Crane Flat Campground
Address: Big Oak Flat and Tioga roads, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Number of rooms: 166
Also Known As:
Crane Flat Campground Hotel Yosemite National Park

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