The first protected land area in the United States reportedly took roughly ten million years to form. That’s about the time that upheaval in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains re-formed this mountain range, creating sharp slopes in the east, gentle slopes in the west, and intricate canyons spread intermittently throughout the area. Yosemite National Park was basically at the epicenter of this change.
Humans came to this area as far back as 10,000 years ago. When whites arrived as part of the early 1850s gold rush, they quickly recognized the beauty of this place. The native inhabitants welcomed these visitors, because instead of exploiting this land, they sought to preserve it. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill which created the Yosemite Land Grant, the first of its kind in American history.
Preservation efforts accelerated over the next several decades, spearheaded by John Muir’s Sierra Club, as well as U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. Muir and the Rough Rider spent about a week on a Glacier Point camping trip.
Today, over four million visitors a year come to Yosemite National Park. Three-quarters of these people come between May and October, avoiding winter. By “winter,” we usually mean November, the first bit of December, and late March to early April. By the time it starts to look a lot like Christmas until well after Valentines Day, Yosemite National Park is pretty much closed.
When you visit Yosemite in an RV, you have the perfect base camp for checking out everything: from giant sequoias to delicate wildflowers and towering peaks to remote canyons. Generally, the campgrounds at Yosemite can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet and trailers up to 24 feet, though a few campsites can accommodate larger vehicles.