Most people think it’s impossible to camp in Yosemite unless you have a reservation. But you don’t need a reservation to stay at one of the most secluded and beautiful places in the park: you just have to be willing to take the high road! Set at 8,000 feet and surrounded by lodgepole pines, White Wolf Campground—tucked off of Tioga Road— makes a beautiful basecamp for exploring Yosemite’s north side and high country, including scenic hiking trails to Lukens and Hardens Lakes. The 74 first-come, first-served sites even have an on-site dining option. Plan accordingly. Opening date for this campground is usually in July and usually ends in early September (though 2016’s estimated closing date is September 26!).
For those who’d rather glamp than camp, White Wolf Lodge is also located here, an enclave of 24 canvas tents (pictured) and 4 cabins with private baths (Note: lodge accommodations require reservations, and it closes September 4 for the season). Accessible to both campers and glampers alike is the rustic white wooden building with a charming porch overlooking the serene setting. Here you can enjoy a breakfast and dinner (and boxed lunch orders, too). White Wolf elevates your stay in all kinds of ways!
BONUS: About 45 minutes by car from White Wolf, Tuolumne Meadows is famous for its surrounding granite domes, craggy peaks, and miles of hiking trails. Check out this High Sierra landscape and get a truly grand view by getting out of your car and taking a short hike to Lembert Dome.
White Wolf Campground is located on the Tioga Rd. (Hwy. 120) about one hour north of Yosemite Valley. Campsites are first come, first served and cost $18/night. See website for opening and closing date info. For White Wolf Lodge dinner reservations (required) call (209) 372-8416. The campground is dog-friendly!