Food Storage

Food Storage

Save a Bear - Store Your Food Properly

Black Bears have a keen sense of smell, around 7 times greater than a blood hound's. Combine this with their excellent memory for food sources and you have an animal with a unique capability to find YOUR FOOD or anything that smells or looks like food. Bears will break into cars and tents, creating major dollars of damage, in search for what they think is food. They will even break into cars if they see something resembling a food storage container, even if it is clean and empty. Covering your ice chest with a blanket will not work; they recognize the shape as a food source. They are very smart and resourceful. Bears break into an average of 100 cars every year searching for food. It can happen to you so be extra cautious.

Some items to be aware of include but are not limited to:

 ALL FOOD ITEMS

 sunscreen

 toothpaste

 shampoo/conditioner

 soap

 hairspray

 lotions

 gum

 candy

 candy wrappers

 chap stick

 cosmetics

 canned goods

 bottles

 drinks

 ice chests (even if empty)

 unclean pots & pans

 used dishwashing towels

 air fresheners

 trash

 crumbs

 any other items that have a scent


Metal food storage lockers have been provided throughout the park due to this sensitive food issue. Bears can smell food in the lockers but cannot get into them when latched. For your safety and the safety and longevity of the bears please be advised to use and latch the food storage lockers, even when you are in your campsite. Help us keep our bears wild!

Backcountry Food Storage

While backpacking in Yosemite's High Country you are required to properly store your food. Food storage lockers are provided at all high camps and most trail heads. If you are planning on being in the wilderness overnight you are required to have a bear resistant canister. Hanging food from a tree is illegal in Yosemite.

 

You can rent a bear resistant canister for $5 (per 2 weeks) with a $65 fully refundable deposit. Canisters can be picked up at any of the following wilderness permit stations, please remember, most are seasonal. Wilderness Center in Yosemite Valley, Wawona Information Station, Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center, Big Oak Flat Information Station and Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station. Canisters can be returned any time of day as a drop box is provided after hours.

Food Storage Locker Information

The chart below provides food storage locker sizes and locations in the park. Keep this in mind while packing your trip as your ice chests and all other food items will need to fit in them. We recommend using sealed plastic containers for storing your food inside the bear-resistant containers. This makes it easier to keep your food organized, and away from campground critters.

Curry Village  (1 locker at each unit) 
Small Tent Cabins 35.5"W  x 20.5"D  x   23" H
Large Tent Cabins 47.5"W  x 20.5"D  x   23" H

Housekeeping Camp (2 lockers at each unit, one of each size) 
45.5"W  x   18" D  x   17" H
47.75"W  x   36" D  x 19”H

All Camp Grounds *Upper Pines exception* (1 locker at each unit)
45"W  x   33" D  x 18"H

Upper Pines Camp Grounds (1 locker at each unit)
**Many sites have upgraded to the larger locker**
Small Locker 45"W  x   33" D  x 18"H
Large Locker 43"W  x   35" D  x 28"H

Camp Four & Nearly all Trail Head Parking Areas
45"W  x   33" D  x 18"H

El Capitan Bridge
Large Locker 43"W  x   35" D  x 28"H

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge & White Wolf Lodge
48.5"W  x   36" D  x 20.5"H

Little Yosemite Valley, High Sierra Camps & Village Day Use Parking Lot
**Village Day Use Lockers should be reserved for those coming back after dark**
49”W x 17”D x by 17”H

For more information on food storage lockers please visit:
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/lockers.htm