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Planning your trip to High Sierra country

Reservations for the Yosemite High Sierra Camps are determined by lottery. Applications may be made between early September and late November. The dates for the 2011 lottery for 2012 reservations have not yet been posted. Lottery winners are notified in mid-January.

The camps are open from July to early September, with the opening dates varying from year to year depending on snow levels.

Reservations can be made for any number of the five camps. The cost per person per night is $151, which covers dinner and breakfast in the camps' dining rooms and lodging in tents that accommodate as many as five people. Campers sleep on metal frame beds with mattresses and bedding provided. Separate bathroom facilities — not all with showers — are in nearby buildings.

Sack lunches are available at each camp for an additional fee.

Guided hiking and horse trips to the camps are also offered. The costs range from $950 a person for a five-day guided hiking trip to $1,600 a person for a six-day guided horse trip.

More information on the camps, the costs, hiking and horse back options and lottery dates is available

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