US dollar ($)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than $100

  • Park entrance fee: $20–35
  • Campsite: $15–30
  • Daily shower in park: $5
  • Meal at inexpensive restaurant outside park or fast-food option inside park: $10
  • Groceries from markets in or outside parks: $20

Midrange: $100–250

  • In-park lodging, midrange hotel or B&B: $80–200
  • Non-fast-food meal at park restaurant: $20
  • Yosemite bicycle or rafting rental: $31–35
  • Sequoia Crystal Cave tour: $16

Top end: More than $250

  • Room in a top park hotel: $200–550
  • Meal in a park-hotel restaurant: $40–60
  • Yosemite rock-climbing instruction: $150


It's generally not appropriate to bargain. However, some accommodations might provide discounts for long-term stays.


If you’re arriving from abroad and need to change money, do so at the airport or at an exchange bureau or bank in a major city. It's nearly impossible to exchange money in most small towns throughout the Sierra.



  • Yosemite Valley
  • Crane Flat gas station
  • Wawona

Sequoia and Kings Canyon:

  • Lodgepole
  • Grant Grove
  • Cedar Grove
  • Stony Creek

Credit Cards

  • Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex) are widely accepted throughout the region and are almost always required as deposits when renting a car or reserving a hotel room.
  • Debit cards are accepted everywhere.

Exchange Rates

New ZealandNZ$1$0.69

For current exchange rates, see


  • Restaurants It's customary to tip waitstaff 15% to 20% for service at restaurants
  • Car Services & Taxis tip 10% for car services and taxis