Tamarack Flat Campground, Yosemite Camping

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Tamarack Flat Campground

Tamarack Flat Campground offers the visitor a great place to camp when coming to Yosemite National Park, with fine amenities, lovely views, hiking trails and a nearby stream. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.

  • Tamarack Flat Campground offers some private camping within Yosemite National Park
  • Open from July through October 15th
  • Camping fee is only $12 per night
  • Tamarack is first-come, first-served
  • Hiking to El Capitan is a great day hike within the park
  • Don’t neglect to visit the Giant Sequoias


Getting to Tamarack Flat Campground Yosemite requires a trip down a 3-mile unpaved road, but the effort is worth it – no crowds and nature right up close and personal. There are numerous hiking trails for long or shorter treks, and a beautiful stream close by where you can dip your feet. Each site provides a fire pit and picnic table. You won’t find potable water here, so bring your own or treat the stream water with a filter, iodine or by boiling it.


Get to Tamarack Flat Yosemite by taking Highway 140 to Big Oak Flat Road. Turn left here and drive 9 ½ miles to Tioga Road, turning right and going east to the access road to the campgrounds.


Tamarack Flat camping is first-come, first-served.

Specifics for 2017

  • Open – From July through October 15th, 2017
  • Fee - $12 per night
  • # of Sites - 52
  • Elevation - 6,300 feet
  • Toilet Facilities – Vault toilets
  • Showers and Laundry – Showers in Yosemite Valley at Curry Village and Housekeeping Camp, Laundry in Curry Village
  • Are generators permitted? Yes, sparingly during daytime hours
  • RV sites available? No
  • Is there a dump station? Closest one is in Yosemite Valley at the Upper Pines Campground.

Nearby Activities & Attractions

Yosemite Tamarack Flat Campground is not far from Yosemite Valley, with many points of interest. However, you’ll find plenty to do right close by.

  • Hiking
    You’ll find hiking in this area a popular pastime. You can follow a trail right down beside the stream to a small waterfall. If you want more challenging hiking, you can take the Tamarack Flat Trail to El Capitan. This is a 17-mile trek out and back, and will take you the better part of a day. Hiking to Cascade Creek is shorter, only 4.4 miles.
  • Tuolumne Grove
    Not far away is a stand of Giant Sequoias, a wonderful place to visit! This grove contains one huge tree that you can walk through.
  • Merced Grove
    Merced Grove is also fairly close to the campground, and you can enjoy more of these magnificent Giant Sequoias.