Is Tent Camping Allowed in Yosemite?

Tent camping has been an integral part of the experience of exploring Yosemite National Park for generations. From families on vacation to backpackers and adventurers, many have sought out the tranquil beauty that only the backcountry of Yosemite can provide.

With so much natural beauty and tranquility, it’s no surprise that people want to spend time in this iconic park camping under the stars.

So, is tent camping allowed in Yosemite? The answer is yes!

Tent camping is allowed throughout most of the park, both in developed campgrounds as well as dispersed (backcountry) sites.

Developed campgrounds are located throughout the park and provide amenities such as restrooms, picnic tables, bear-proof food storage lockers, potable water, and fire pits or grills for cooking. Camping fees vary by campground and season but generally range from $20-35 per night for a single site. Reservations are highly recommended as campsites fill up quickly during peak season.

Backcountry camping is also available in certain areas of the park and requires a wilderness permit. These permits are free but must be obtained prior to entering the backcountry. Campers must have a valid permit as well as practice Leave No Trace ethics when camping in Yosemite’s backcountry.


Yes! Tent camping is allowed in Yosemite National Park both at developed campgrounds and dispersed (backcountry) sites.

Campers should check with rangers for permits, fees and availability before heading out on their camping adventure. With its stunning natural beauty, tent camping in Yosemite can make for an unforgettable experience!

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Samantha Mckinney