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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is closed until spring 2017 - The Mariposa Grove is closed for a restoration project. More

Increase in incidence of plague in western United States in 2015 - Plague, which is carried by infected rodents and their fleas, was recently detected in rodents and fleas at Crane Flat and Tuolumne Meadows Campgrounds. The park has treated these areas and risk of exposure remains low. Don't touch or feed wildlife! More

Yosemite High Sierra Camps How to Apply

For Next Season

High Sierra Camps Lottery Due to the high demand for historic Yosemite High Sierra Camps, reservations are available on a lottery basis for the following year, with applications typically accepted during September and October and winners announced in January. See below to learn about the lottery application process.

For This Season

Once all reservations have been assigned through the lottery, we often have remaining availability and cancellations. Reservations at individual High Sierra Camps for the upcoming season can be booked starting in late January. Check availability at individual camps and book your trip today.

Check Remaining Availability

Lottery Guidelines

2016 opening and closing dates as well as the scheduled dates for the Ranger Guided Hikes and Saddle Trips are tentative and may be changed due to weather and other unpredictable conditions.  Awarded lottery space is subject to the facility or services being open for the time reserved.

  1. Applications will be available online from September 1, 2015 through November 1, 2015.
  2. A maximum of eight spaces may be requested on one application form.
  3. Only one application per party. Duplications will not be accepted.
  4. Please do not send payment until requested.
  5. Applicants will be notified by spring of 2016 about their standing in the lottery.
  6. You will receive notification that your application was received once you submit the online form.  Please DO NOT CALL or email to check on the status after that. Due to the volume of applications received, we ask that applicants wait until the lottery is complete to make any inquiries.

Meals Only Reservations 

If you are planning to stay in the campgrounds close to a High Sierra Camp, go light and treat yourself to the abundant hot food available at the High Sierra Camps with a meals only reservation.

  1. Meals-only reservations are now available exclusively on a first-come first-served basis, instead of through the lottery system.
  2. A wilderness permit is required for the High Sierra Camp meals only option. Guests will be required to provide us with a valid wilderness permit number at the time of reservation. Wilderness permits are available up to 24 weeks prior to your trip departure date. Check back for more details on when meals only reservations will become available.

Starting September 1, 2015, the link to access the Online HSC Lottery Application will appear here.

High Sierra Camps 2016 Tentative Open & Close Dates

 2016 Tentative Dates  Open  Close (after breakfast)
 Tuolumne Meadows Lodge  Fri. Jun 10  Sun. Sep 11
 White Wolf  Fri. Jun 10  Sun. Sep 4
 Glen Aulin  Fri. Jun 24  Sun. Sep 11
 May Lake  Fri. Jul 1  Sun. Sep 11
 Sunrise  Thu. Jul 14  Sun. Sep 11
 Merced Lake  Fri. July 8  Mon. Sep 5
 Vogelsang  Thu. July 7  Mon. Sep 5

 All dates are weather and conditions dependent.