Sustainable Campsites in Yosemite Creek Campground

Yosemite Creek Campground is at an elevation of 7,700 feet and is more secluded and less developed than many of the larger campgrounds in the park. Visitors return often as it offers excellent access to wilderness, fishing, hiking and spotting wildlife. Campgrounds also provide affordable accommodation options in the park, and are an important way of opening the wilderness experience to more people.

This site used to have dilapidated facilities and was in need of restoration. In 2011, Yosemite Conservancy donors changed this. Restoration work was funded that included improving accessibility and new picnic area facilities made from sustainable products.

Deteriorated campsite and picnic area pads were replaced with new environmentally friendly pervious surfaces. Pervious materials more closely replicate natural conditions, allowing water to filter through (rather than run-off) as well as directing vital air and water to root zones of surrounding vegetation. This campground was also replanted with native vegetation to improve Yosemite Creek’s riparian environment, help control erosion and provide campers with a scenic experience.

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Campgrounds are open invitations for storytelling, song and camaraderie. This work allows people of all ages to focus on what is important: creating lasting memories about and in connection to the park.

Tom Darcy
Park Ranger
Yosemite National Park