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CRANE FLAT, CA

part ofYosemite National Park, National Park Service
Photo: CRANE FLAT
Status: Closed through Thu Jul 10 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Crane Flat Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.The site is conveniently located 17 miles from Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 6,200 feet.

Within Yosemite, visitors can gaze upon waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, vast wilderness areas and so much more.

Natural Features:

The area is forested with stands of Sugar pine, Red fir and Lodgepole pine, offering a pleasant combination of sun and shade. Vanilla-scented Jeffrey pine and picturesque western Juniper dot the landscape. Vibrant summer wildflowers fill the open meadows nearby.

Recreation:

Yosemite's trails, cliffs, roads and rivers provide endless recreational activities for any kind of visitor. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, auto touring, and photography are all very popular activities within the park.

Crane Flat is located between the Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias, both of which require a 2.5 to 3-mile roundtrip hike to view.

The White Wolf area on Tioga Road also offers many hiking opportunities.

Facilities:

Crane Flat Campground offers family sites that can accommodate both tents and RVs. Roads and parking spurs are paved, and flush toilets and drinking water are provided. Each campsite contains a picnic table, fire ring and a food storage locker. A gas station and small general store are nearby.

Nearby Attractions:

Just 30 minutes away is Yosemite Valley, an awe-inspiring landscape containing many of the famous features for which Yosemite National Park is known. Hiking trails and bike paths are abundant in the valley. Rafting the Merced River is a fun way to cool down on a summer day when water levels are sufficient. Yosemite Valley also offers numerous guided bus tours, educational programs, museums, ranger-led activities, and an art center with workshops.

The Tioga Road offers a 39-mile scenic drive past forests, meadows, lakes and granite domes. Tuolumne Meadows embodies the high-country of the Sierra Nevada, with its broad sub-alpine meadows and granite peaks.

Beautiful Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, just 23 miles from Crane Flat, is home to spectacular scenery and numerous wilderness trailheads.

Glacier Point has sweeping views of Yosemite Valley, Little Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls and Clouds Rest, among other notable landmarks. Wawona and the Pioneer Yosemite History Center is like stepping back in time.

Near Wawona, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias has a guided bus tour (tickets must be purchased) and a network of free hiking trails that lead to stately trees with names like Grizzly Giant, Faithful Couple, and California Tunnel Tree.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Picnic Area
Know Before You Go
    Bear Habitat!
    • Food and toiletries must be stored 24 hours/day
    • Food lockers are provided in all campsites (45x18x33)
    • Absolutely NO food stored in vehicles
    • Dispose of garbage immediately in bear-proof dumpsters
    • These rules are strictly enforced!

  • There are no electric, water, or sewer hookups available at this facility; however, a dump station is located in Yosemite Valley, as are coin showers

  • You are responsible for reading the site alerts and booking a site that will accommodate your equipment

  • If arriving one or more days late, call (209)379-2123; your reservation will be forfeited if we do not hear from you within 24 hours of your arrival date

  • Resale or auction of advance reservations is prohibited

  • For additional park information, call (209)372-0200 or visit www.nps.gov/yose

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.76389, -119.84444
37°45'50"N, 119°50'40"W

Take Highway 41 north from Fresno, Highway 140 east from Merced, or Highway 120 east from Manteca into Yosemite National Park. Crane Flat Campground is located 8 miles from the big Oak Flat Entrance Station (Hwy 120 from the west), and is 17 miles (30 minutes) northwest of Yosemite Valley.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CRANE FLAT
PO BOX 577
Yosemite National Park CA 95389

Phone Number:

Information: (209) 379-2123
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