Booked a campsite for memorial day weekend!
At 7 a.m. Saturday morning, campsite reservation for Yosemite campgrounds for visits beginning May 15-June 15 were open!
At 7 a.m. plus 5 seconds, all campsites in Yosemite Valley were booked for memorial day weekend! Wow!
We managed to snag a site for three nights. It is an RV site (we only have a tent), so most likely the campsite itself will be crappy (more like a driveway than a campsite!). Research indicates that it is perfectly allowable to pitch a tent there, and we really didn’t have any other options.
I very much prefer back-country sites, but in late May, it’s too early to really get in the high country. You also can’t reserve back country campsites in advance, so this is our only option. Our plan is to explore the front country (waterfalls!), including a hike up half-dome (a permit is needed for that too). If all goes as planned, we’ll hit Yosemite again this fall do a back-country hike culminating in a summit of Mt. Whitney! We’ve spent a lot of time in the Sierra Nevada’s, but I’m really excited to see Yosemite!
The crappy campsite is $20 a night, which is pretty standard for national parks, and much much cheaper than any hotel.