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The 10 Best Places for National Park Camping

US News & World Report - Travel Logo By Marisa Méndez of US News & World Report - Travel | Slide 3 of 13: Sitting 8 miles northwest of Mariposa Grove, Wawona Campground in California's Yosemite National Park offers a quiet retreat after a long day. Wawona has just 97 spots – four of which are RV-only – and past visitors appreciated the large sites. About a mile south, Pioneer Yosemite History Center allows you to explore historic buildings and view horse-drawn wagons, and you can also check out a general store, a post office and a gas station. Four hiking trails are close to the site (two easy, two strenuous). One drawback? Wawona is about 25 miles southwest of Yosemite Valley, which means you'll likely spend an hour or more in the car to reach famed sites like Half Dome and Glacier Point. However, a few travelers say the drive is scenic and suggest leaving early to avoid traffic in the valley.Reservations are required to stay at Wawona from mid-April through mid-October; site fees are $26 per night. The rest of the year, sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis in Loop A for $18 each night. Trash collection, potable water and food lockers are available year-round, but the dump station is only open seasonally. Flush toilets are available on-site, but there are no showers. There are also no electric hookups.

Wawona Campground: Yosemite National Park

Sitting 8 miles northwest of Mariposa Grove, Wawona Campground in California's Yosemite National Park offers a quiet retreat after a long day. Wawona has just 97 spots – four of which are RV-only – and past visitors appreciated the large sites. About a mile south, Pioneer Yosemite History Center allows you to explore historic buildings and view horse-drawn wagons, and you can also check out a general store, a post office and a gas station. Four hiking trails are close to the site (two easy, two strenuous). One drawback? Wawona is about 25 miles southwest of Yosemite Valley, which means you'll likely spend an hour or more in the car to reach famed sites like Half Dome and Glacier Point. However, a few travelers say the drive is scenic and suggest leaving early to avoid traffic in the valley.

Reservations are required to stay at Wawona from mid-April through mid-October; site fees are $26 per night. The rest of the year, sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis in Loop A for $18 each night. Trash collection, potable water and food lockers are available year-round, but the dump station is only open seasonally. Flush toilets are available on-site, but there are no showers. There are also no electric hookups.
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