High Sierra Camps Lodging & Dining

High Sierra Camp Lodging

All High Sierra Camp lodging is in canvas tent cabins with dormitory-style steel frame beds. Mattresses, pillows, and woolen blankets or comforters provided.  Wood-burning stoves can heat tent cabins at all camps except Merced Lake.

To maximize the number of people able to enjoy the High Camps, we do our best to fill all the beds. The staff makes every effort to keep members of a party in the same tent(s), but sometimes splitting a party is necessary. You may also end up sharing a tent cabin with members of other parties to fill a 6-person tent. Parents and minor children will be kept together.

To reduce the impact of stock on trails, guests provide their own sheets or sleep-sacks and towels. Sleep-sacks and travel towels may be purchased through DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite online or via mail order at 209-372-1354 for confirmed High Camp Guests.  Also, they are usually available for sale at the Tuolumne Meadows store.

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Dining at the High Sierra Camps

Dessert at Vogelsang

Enjoy a satisfying dinner and breakfast, served family-style in a main dining tent while you meet and compare notes with other High Sierra Camp lodging guests. Every effort is made to accommodate advance requests due to dietary restrictions such as food allergies, vegetarian or vegan diets. Advance dining reservations are required. 

Sack lunches, which must be ordered the night before they're needed, may also be purchased at each camp.

Meals Only
Camp in the nearby backpacker campgrounds but still eat hearty meals (dinner and breakfast) provided at the High Camp. Six advance meals-only reservations are available at each High Sierra Camp per night. These reservations are in high demand, so we recommend you enter the lottery for meals only. You may also check back for cancellations by calling (559) 253-5672.

Camping in the backpacker campgrounds requires a valid wilderness permit, available from the National Park Service. Wilderness permits become available 24 weeks prior to your planned trip.

High Sierra Camps Menu 2014

Food storage lockers are available at all High Camps for your use.  Freezer and refrigerator space is not available for guest use.

Find out more about what items need to be stored in food storage locker.


Who wouldn’t want a hot shower after a day on the trail? Hot showers are available at May Lake, Sunrise and Merced Lake, but are subject to water availability. Comfortable restroom facilities are at all camps and Merced Lake and May Lake have washbasins for guest laundry.  Please note:  due to environmental concerns, showers are not available at Vogelsang & Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp lodging. 

GreenPath & The High Sierra Camps

Each year over 13,000 visitors stay at the High Sierra Camps, and other few thousand backpackers have their meals prepared by the camps’ staff. The pristine subalpine environment where the camps are nested is more susceptible to the impacts of visitation than the developed Yosemite Valley floor. With this in mind, careful consideration is taken to provide the rustic comfort of the High Sierra Camps with minimal impact on the environment. The following programs are part of GreenPath, DNC’s environmental management system and guide to continuous environmental improvement.  

• Several ecological restoration projects over the last few years brought the camps to a more natural condition by eliminating social trails, delineating clear pathways and seeding restored areas with endemic plants.
• The High Sierra Camps developed a waste minimization program, which includes recycling and composting as key elements. Camp menus are chosen to avoid items which create waste to be carried out such as whole corn and artichokes. Similarly, the High Camps do not sell beer or wine since recycling bottles would involve a 2-14 mile journey by mule there and back again depending on the camp.
• Solar powered composting toilets were added at Vogelsang & Sunrise
• Linens were discontinued in the 1990’s to reduce the amount of mule traffic supplying the camps.