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High Sierra Camps Lodging & Dining

High Sierra Camp Lodging

All High Sierra Camp lodging consists of 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 reduce the impact of livestock on trails, guests provide their own sheets or sleep-sacks and towels. Sleep-sacks may be purchased on the Yosemite webstore or via Yosemite mail order at 209-372-1354 for confirmed High Sierra Camp guests.  These items are also available for sale at the Tuolumne Meadows store.

To provide a High Sierra Camp experience for as many visitors as possible, we do our best to fill all beds. The staff makes every effort to keep members of a party in the same tent(s). Parents and minor children are always lodged together. However, sometimes separating the members of a party is necessary. Similarly, guests may end up sharing a tent cabin with members of other parties to fill the beds in a tent. Tents sleep up to 6 people, and are often co-ed, with male and female guests sharing the same tent.

Find Out How to Stay at a High Sierra Camp

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 Sierra Camp. Six meal reservations are available at each High Sierra Camp per night by advance reservation only. 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. Like all backcountry camping in Yosemite, camping in the backpacker campgrounds requires a valid wilderness permit, available from the National Park Service: Wilderness permits become available 26 weeks prior to your planned trip. You must have a wilderness permit to purchase the meals only option at the High Sierra Camps.

High Sierra Camps Menu 2015

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.