One Night Camping in Yosemite

Old Jun 12th, 2017, 08:32 AM
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One Night Camping in Yosemite

Hi there! Can anyone throw at me a sample itinerary/ ideas about a one night stay in Yosemite? I'll be in CA for a work trip/visiting my boyfriend for my birthday in July and we are wanting to drive to Yosemite and camp one night in the park. We both want to see a couple of the big "must-see's" in Yosemite but are struggling on finding advice as most folks go for several days.

Our constraints:

Saturday, July 15th: Leave Tracy, CA as bright and early as needed.
Sunday, July 16th: Must be in Santa Clara, CA by 4:30pm.

Both of us are in shape and wouldn't mind a hefty hike for a beautiful view. We have all things needed for a car camping situation. I understand campsites fill up fast so I'll try to book one ASAP, depending on what y'all say.
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Old Jun 12th, 2017, 08:45 AM
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As far as I know, camping is in designated campsites, and I might guess they are already reserved by now. Maybe look at commercial sites outside the Park.
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Old Jun 12th, 2017, 09:04 AM
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Not really possible this year. There are a few first come first serve campsites -- but most are still under a lot of snow.

https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/nrcamping.htm Note the highlighted section where they say that it will very likely be the end of July/early August before the campsites are open.

And a day trip to YNP in the middle of July is difficult due to crowds and parking issues.

Plan on going to some other part of CA.
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Old Jun 12th, 2017, 09:16 AM
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Check out the Yosemite BUG hostel. http://www.yosemitebug.com/
It is nearly an hour from the Valley but not a bad place to stay. Their cabins are comfy.
There is a YARTS bus stop at the foot of their driveway.
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Old Jun 12th, 2017, 09:34 AM
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The BUG is an option -- from Tracy to Yosemite Valley and then to the BUG is about a 5 hour drive in total, then from the BUG back to Tracy on Sunday would take maybe 2.5-3 hours. So it would be in a hostel room or dorm, not camping. They do have tent cabins but I just checked and those are full for your date.
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Well you guys are EXTREMELY helpful! This was my first time posting to this community website. Good find!
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Old Jun 12th, 2017, 01:42 PM
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Check for reservations here.

http://www.travelyosemite.com/lodgin...ng-experience/

I see canvas tents in Half Dome (Curry) village available for some days in July 11-13, but nothing for July 15. And nothing in Housekeeping camp all July.

This list changes all the time, so check back often.

If you can find a reserved lodging free, I'd book that rather than roll the dice on a first come/first served campground.
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Old Jun 13th, 2017, 05:00 PM
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Right now I'm seeing canvas tents in Half Dome (Curry) Village available for July 15th, so places do free up.
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We did that and it is fun. Tubing on the Merced. That's really neat if you could get in.
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