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Yosemite Shuttle Stop - Denotes which Yosemite Valley Shuttle Stop when you see this icon.

Crane Flat Campground is located between the West entrance to the park at Big Oak Flat and the West entrance at Arch Rock. Crane Flat is at the turnoff to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and is a good campground for those not wanting the crowds of Yosemite Valley campgrounds, about 30 minutes away. Crane Flat elevation is 6200 feet so it will be cooler than the Valley campsites. The usual dates for Crane Flat are late June or early July to late September or early October.

Reservations are required at Crane Flat and can be made up to five months in advance by clicking the icon to the right. The campground is open approximately Late June or Early July to Late September or Early October. This campground will fill up very quickly and possibly within a few minutes of going on the reservation system. First come first served half sites are no longer available at Crane Flat.

There is a fire ring, table and a bear proof food storage locker [33"(D)x45"(W)x18"(H)] at each site. Nearby are flush toilet restrooms and potable water.

There are 166 campsites at the campground which can fit RV's up to 35 feet or trailers up to 27 feet.

Campsites tend to be a bit more spacious than the Yosemite Valley campgrounds.

The trail to the Clark Range View begins near the center of the campground between the 300 loop and the 400 loop.

Campsites 423 and 427 are suitable for wheelchairs. Picnic tables at these sites have extended tops. These campsites are limited to people with disabilities.

A dump station is available at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows Campground or in Wawona. Showers are available at Half Dome Village or Housekeeping Camp. Groceries are nearby at the Crane Flat gas station.

Pets are allowed and must be kept on a leash.

Evening ranger programs are available. See Yosemite Guide to the right.

About 17 miles away in Yosemite Valley is Half Dome Village Yosemite Shuttle Stop 13 stop 13b, Yosemite Shuttle Stop 14 Yosemite Shuttle Stop 20 (click for a fantastic map from the National Park Service) offering several restaurants including a Pizza Deck (some of the best Pizza I have ever had and should be a stop on everyone's trip to Yosemite), Ice cream shop/ coffee bar, A Taqueria, a Dining Pavilion (Buffet style), A small bar that serves an excellent local draft selection located next to the Pizza Deck. Also at Half Dome Village is a mountaineering shop and mountaineering school, a store and gift shop, an amphitheater, a public pool, showers and a Lounge that has open WIFI access.

Raft and Bicycle rentals are next to Half Dome Village at the Half Dome Village Recreation Center Yosemite Shuttle Stop 13a get off at Shuttle Stop 13a.

Road conditions can change at any time. Please check road and weather before arriving at (209)372-0200 for conditions inside Yosemite, and 1-800-427-ROAD for conditions outside the park. Highway 120 over Tioga Pass from Lee Vining and the Glacier Point Road are closed seasonally.

Entrance Fee to the park is $20 per private vehicle.

Yosemite Village Yosemite Shuttle Stop 2 Yosemite Shuttle Stop 10 about 30 minutes away boasts several restaurants, a store and gift shop.

Degnan's Cafe Yosemite Shuttle Stop 4 features smoothies, coffee, baked goods and an internet kiosk. The cafe is usually open from April to September.

Degnan's Deli Yosemite Shuttle Stop 4 - sells deli sandwiches, salads, vegetarian and gourmet food, snacks, lattes and other beverages. The deli is open daily from 7am to 5pm.

Degnan's Loft Yosemite Shuttle Stop 4 - This Yosemite Village restaurant features pizza, salads, soups and appetizers - all served in this family-style loft restaurant located above Degnan's Deli. Wine and beer are also available. Open Spring to Fall. Open 5 to 9 pm Mon-Fri and
12 to 9 pm Sat and Sun

Village Grill Yosemite Shuttle Stop 2 Yosemite Shuttle Stop 10 - serves an excellent variety of grilled items, such as cheeseburgers, grilled chicken, veggie and salmon burgers. Don't pass on one of the Milkshakes. Open 11 am to 5 pm daily.

The country store at Yosemite Village is well stocked with groceries and has an excellent gift shop.

Crane Flat Campground Map

Do you have Google Earth installed? Download the map to the right as an overlay in google earth. Each campsite is labeled so you know pretty much right where you will be in the campground. Click the image or the link below then open the file and it should take you right to the image in google earth. Zoom in or out...... well you get the idea.

Crane Flat Campground - Yosemite National Park - Google Earth Overlay

Crane Flat Campground Google Earth Overlay


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