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Attention: Before visiting Yosemite National Park for safety information click on this link: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/yoursafety.htm. For safety information specifically regarding hantavirus, go to http://www.nps.gov/public_health/zed/hanta/hanta_camp.htm.
Attention: Important safety message regarding your upcoming Yosemite Camping trip: Bears have become extremely active once again in Yosemite. You can help bears stay healthy and wild by storing your food in the locker provided at each campsite. ''Food'' includes cans and bottles, drinks, toiletries, and ice chests. The lockers are 45 inches long, 18 inches high, and 33 inches deep. Please plan ahead before arriving to ensure all your food will fit. Improper food storage may result in impoundment of your food or car, a fine of up to $5000, and/or revocation of your camping permit. Any questions? Visit www.nps.gov/yose or call (209)372-8502.

WAWONA, CA

part ofYosemite National Park, National Park Service
Photo: WAWONA
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Wawona Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The site is situated at the southern end of the park, 27 miles and 45 minutes from Yosemite Valley, at an elevation of 4000 feet.

Wawona was home to the park's headquarters in 1904 and historic structures still stand today. The majestic Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is just a quick free shuttle ride away. Within Yosemite, visitors gaze upon waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area and much more.

Natural Features:

The area is forested with a diverse mix of ponderosa pine, incense-cedar, white fir and whiteleaf manzanita, which offers a pleasant combination of sun and shade. The gentle South Fork of the Merced River flows alongside the campground.

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.

The Pioneer Yosemite History Center is like stepping back in time. A visit to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, just four miles away, is a must-do. A guided bus tour (tickets must be purchased) and a network of hiking trails within the grove leads to stately trees with names like Grizzly Giant, Faithful Couple, and California Tunnel Tree.

Wawona offers several additional hiking trails, including the Wawona Meadow Loop, Swinging Bridge Loop, Alder Creek and Chilnualna Falls.

Facilities:

Wawona Campground offers family, group and horse campsites. Paved roads and parking spurs, flush toilets, vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Each campsite contains a picnic table, fire ring and a food storage locker. A general store and gas station are located near the Wawona Hotel.

Nearby Attractions:

Just 45 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.

A scenic 45-minute drive leads to Glacier Point, with its sweeping views of Yosemite Valley, Little Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls and Clouds Rest, among other notable landmarks.

The Tioga Road, in the central region of the park, 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 domes and peaks. Beautiful Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is home to spectacular scenery and numerous wilderness trailheads.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Flush Toilets
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Group Camping
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • Group tent site accommodates 13-30 people; available year-round by reservation only

  • Horse sites available by phone reservation only at (877)444-6777; online reservations not accepted for horse sites

  • You must have a horse with you to camp in horse sites, no exceptions

  • Dump station is only available during summer months

  • 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!

  • 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)375-9535; 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):
37.57306, -119.665
37°34'23"N, 119°39'54"W

Take Highway 41 north from Fresno, Highway 140 east from Merced, or Highway 120 east from Manteca into Yosemite National Park. Follow signs to Wawona. The campground is located 8 miles inside the park on Highway 41, and 27 miles from Yosemite Valley.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

WAWONA
PO BOX 577
Yosemite National Park   CA  95389

Phone Number:

Information:  (209)375-9535
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