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Lower Pines (NPS Campground)

Yosemite National Park, California


9000 Southside Dr
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 75
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 37.73927
Longitude: -119.56583

Elevation: 3990' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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10 Reviews

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Amazing campground in the middle of Yosemite Valley and accessible to all of the major trails, lakes and park icons like Half Dome! You are surrounded by tall pine trees and there are bike/walking paths that take you to all of the major spots. I would definitely recommend staying in the Valley! Half Dome Village was just across the street and provided a fully stocked market/gift shop, grill, pizza shack, coffee shop, ice cream, bar, and buffet in a giant lodge. They also had pay showers, which were clean and provided towels and soap/shampoo! We also rode over to Yosemite Village (1 mile away) that has a Visitor Center, museum, shops and an even larger market. They also have great dining options with pizzas, sandwiches, grill and a bar/lounge. There is also a Visitor Center geared towards kids/families at Happy Isles that offers a Junior Ranger program and art classes. The only negative was the smoke from the Ferguson Fire (20 or less miles to the west). It filled the Valley during most of our trip and it was difficult to see Half Dome and other iconic spots. We also didn't make a trip to the popular Glacier Point because of visibility. Staying near the falls or river, and doing activities in the morning or after 5 pm worked out for us! Overall, it was a terrific experience and we hope to go back again when there isn't a fire! We camped at Lower Pines (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
DBL 2
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We have two young boys and they loved visiting Mirror Lake, Vernal Falls hike (strenuous for kids but worth it), Twin Falls loop (plus, we climbed the large boulders up to the Lower Falls pool and swam around), Swinging Bridge, and so much more! Bring an inner tube or inflatable boat to take in the Merced River or Mirror Lake!

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

.Hard to get reservation but if you get through, any site is good site. Merced river flows by the loops, meadows are next door. No showers on-site but available at a wake-able distance. Clean site and power point available in restroom. Carry a raft, its worth floating through the river.... We spotted a baby cub bear and deers do come to visit by the tent in the morning. Will go again if I get a reservation. We camped at Lower Pines (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
70
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Lower Pines - Camped in #50 in 35' motorhome with a tow vehicle. No hookups but potable water and dump station available and shared by all three campgrounds in the area. Beautiful campground with lots of pines. Site was level and spacious. Lots of smoke in the valley from all of the firepits. It's awesome to be in the Valley, to hear the quiet at night, to be in the valley early in the morning, easy access to trails, very friendly and helpful rangers and park workers....incredible- we will go again. Close to shuttle stop. We camped at Lower Pines (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
50
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Best place to stay in Yosemite NPS. We camped at Lower Pines (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
31
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

One of the greatest of the NPS. Come in the weekday. Weekends are a zoo. We come here at least once a year. Sites by lottery. Lots of rental RV companies reserve a block of sites, so it's hard to get in. NO first come-first served until after November 1. Very cold at night

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Review Count: 266
States Visited: 46
Helpful Reviews: 44

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

What can I say - this place is beautiful, busy and tight for a 40' motorhome. We were able to grab one of the very, very few sites that can fit our motorhome for 2 days. To be in the valley with the mountains all around was a great experience. Considering all the activity this place has, it was quiet at night. We camped at Lower Pines (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This was my first time visiting Yosemite. What a way to do it. Site selection is very important; there are definitely sites that will not fit a long trailer or prove to be too difficult to maneuver into. Pay close attention when reserving. We stayed in site #36. As you know there are no hookups; we brought a full tank of water from home and ran out on the last night. I guess we don't know how to ration water. Water is available at the bathrooms to fill up containers. Water (and a dump station) is available at North Pines across the street. I didn't see any showers. The bathrooms were a little gross. Let's just say it's good to have your own facilities on board. Generator hours are 7 - 9am, 12 - 2pm, and 5 - 7pm. Everybody pays a $25 park access fee for the week just to enter the park. Lower Pines is very well located in the Valley. Lots of trails are nearby as well as the 2 villages. We camped at Lower Pines (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Waterfalls are walking distance from this campsite.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

Loved the campground, Host, and was very clean! Can't wait to return for another visit. We stayed for 7 days and so much to see and do. We camped at Lower Pines (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This was a beautiful camp site with many hiking trails within close vicinity. It has trails for all levels of hikers and ages. I will definitely be going back. The park rangers are all very friendly and willing to share any information that you might need. My wife loved this camp site. We camped at Lower Pines (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

The best way to Yosemite is to stay in the park. Lower Pines is one of the smaller campgrounds in the park, as much of it was flooded and destroyed in 1997. It also has the amphitheater and the ranger presentations at night. Otherwise they are all about the same in the valley. Yosemite is always beautiful, especially in the spring. We camped at Lower Pines (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We were in site #31.Park has 89 regular sites and 3 double sites. No hookups for anything. Generator use from 9a-7p for only 45 minutes at a time. Sites vary in size, some are double wide enough to park a car and RV in next to each other and some are single width and cars must be parked in front of RV. If you cannot fit your toad in you must park it about ½ mile away in Curry Village parking lot. Our site came with a picnic table that has bear instructions mounted to it, a bear box big enough for a couple of coolers, and a fire ring/grill combo. Parking pad is asphalt and most of them are cracked and uneven. All of them have curbing to keep you off the forest ground, as well as big rocks placed on the curbs so you don't wander off the road. Campfires in summer season (starts May 1) are allowed only from 5p-10p. Campground does get smoky if everyone is having a campfire, take note if you have breathing problems. Pets are allowed but there is no designated place to walk them. Park was quiet during day but was extremely quiet at night probably because it was still cold out (41 degrees). Bathrooms each have two stalls and two sinks all cold water. There is a potable water faucet that you need a water thief to use because it is not threaded, as well as a utility toilet to dump grey water in (small batches only). There is a complete dump station at the entrance to Upper Pines across the street that has potable water fills and a dump area. Our site was a corner one and worked OK, we were only able to put out one slide because a tree blocked the other slide. Without having been there we believed Reserve America's descriptions when we booked so we thought it was OK. In our opinion Lower Pines was the nicest of the Pines campgrounds because it is the smallest. It has the best view of the canyon walls and waterfalls and part of it is on the river. The other campgrounds have more sites so more traffic into and out of them. Lower Pines sites are more spread out as well. You can get everything you need nearby including camping supplies, except gas which is only available in Wawona and Crane Flat, both over an hour away. Plenty of shopping, post office, restaurants, and things to do like hiking, biking, horseback riding, ranger programs, and such. There is also an amphitheater in Lower Pines that has a ranger led talk each night at 8:30p. Plenty of shade trees. We did not put up our TV antennae but others told us there is no reception anyway and unless you have a clear shot which is hard to get no satellite either. Verizon cell did not work for us but ATT did at certain times. There are phone booths near the check in station at each campground if you need to make calls. There are also park provided shuttle buses to take you anywhere in the village area. Outside of that you will have to drive to get to where you want to go. We camped at Lower Pines (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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