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Yosemite National Park in The Spring
Spring is a great time to go to Yosemite National park even though some of the park roads in the upper elevations of the park are closed due to snow (they usually don't open until the latter part of May or early June).
Yosemite Falls, the longest waterfall in the United States, builds volume in the spring and is typically at its highest volume around mid-May with the water cascading over the falls in an awe inspiring roar. By the time late summer and early fall arrive, the falls are usually just a trickle so spring or early summer is definitely the time to go if you want to see the falls at their best.
There are 13 campgrounds in Yosemite but if you are taking an RV or large travel trailer or 5th wheel, keep in mind that some of the roads have height and length restrictions (click here for more info on vehicle restrictions).
Seven of the thirteen campgrounds at Yosemite are on a reservation system with the remaining six on a first come first served system. Park officials say reservations are essential from April through September for the reserved sites and to get to the park early for the first come first served sites because they are often full by Noon.
Ten of the park's 13 campgrounds have sites that will accommodate RV's, travel trailers, and 5th wheels but keep in mind the park's campgrounds were first established when camping vehicles were smaller so there are a limited number of sites in the park that will accommodate larger rigs. Make sure the site you reserve is big enough for your camping equipment. Click here for more information about camping in Yosemite. To make camping reservations, click here to go to recreation.gov.
To take a "virtual" tour and see some great vacation shots of Yosemite, watch the slideshow below:
One Final Note: Yosemite is gorgeous to see but keep in mind that it is also home to black bears who have a keen sense of smell. That means you will need to take precautions with food while there. Food needs to be stored in the metal food lockers which the park provides for campers in every campsite in the park. And the word "food" takes on new meaning when camping where bears live because food to bears is anything with a scent including cosmetics, shampoo, empty food wrappers and dirty dishes. For more on bears and safety at Yosemite, click here.