Crane Flat Campground

Site 503, an example campsite at the Crane Flat campground.

Crane Flat Campground, elevation 6,200 feet (1,900 m), is located in Yosemite National Park, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of Yosemite Valley. Of all campgrounds outside of Yosemite Valley, Crane Flat is the closest to the Valley in terms of mileage and travel time (20 minutes). The campground is directly off the road. Each campsite contains a fire ring, picnic table, and food locker, and is near a bathroom with potable water and flushing toilets.

A reservation is required to stay at Crane Flat.[1] Crane Flat is one of the more crowded campsites outside the Valley, but it is a little less noisy than those in the Valley. There are a total of 271 campsites in 5 different driving loops to choose from. The terrain of Crane Flat is very similar to campgrounds in the Valley though it is higher in elevation and not as flat. Trees surround and tower over the campsites making way for very shady campsite environments.

Directly outside of the campground entrance is Crane Flat Gas Station and Store. The campground is about 100 yards from the three roads branches: HWY 120W to San Francisco, HWY 120E to Tioga Road, Big Oak Flat Road to Yosemite Valley.

In the winter time, the campground is converted into a Snow Play Area. Parking in the winter for this snow play area is extremely limited.

Destinations NearbyEdit

Map of the area around Crane Flat, including Tuolumne Grove to the northwest.

Heading North-East

Heading South-East

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Crane Flat Campground". NPS

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Coordinates: 37°44′54″N 119°48′02″W / 37.7484°N 119.8005°W / 37.7484; -119.8005