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Yosemite National Park - Accommodations

Yosemite National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Eastern California. You can drive there by following the Central Valley south from San Francisco or north from Los Angeles. Take Route 99 until you reach the cities of Modesto, Merced or Fresno then turn east into the foothills of the mountains. Yosemite is 50 to 75 miles east of those cities, but it can take two or more hours to drive to the park entrance. The roads are good but they are mountainous secondary roads that require some slower speed driving. In the winter, heavy snowfalls can make them trecherous and you may be required to use tire chains.

There are several small villages in the mountains near the entrances to the park. Most of them offer some limited facilities providing food, fuel, groceries or accommodations. Within Yosemite Valley, the park service offers a good variety of restaurants, groceries and accommodations.

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Accommodations in Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Lodge At The Falls
Landscaping of indigenous trees, shrubs and wildflowers further reflects the natural beauty of the Yosemite Valley. The Yosemite Lodge has 226 lodge rooms and 19 standard rooms with daily maid service. (Please note: The Lodge does not have air conditioning in any guest accommodations.

The National Park Service offers a wide selection of other accommodations within Yosemite Valley at more modest prices. Yosemite Lodge is a more traditional motel with nice rooms at a price of $100 to $140 per night. Curry Village has a variety of accommodations ranging from canvas tent cabins at $50 per night and wooden cabins from $75 per night to standard hotel rooms at $100 per night. Additional tent-like accommodations are located at Housekeeping Camp for around $56 per night.

The Park Service also supports some accommodations within the park but outside of Yosemite Valley. Wawona Lodge is a fine old historic inn located within the park near the South Entrance. It offers spacious accommodations for around $100 with shared bath or $150 with private bath. For the more adventuresome, the Tuoloume Meadows Lodge and White Wolf Lodge are located in the high country along the road to Tioga Pass. They offer tent cabins for about $55 and some cabins with baths for near $88.

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Accommodations fill up early

You can book reservations on-line at the web site of the National Park Service Yosemite Concessioner: Yosemite Lodging. Unfortunately, most of these facilities are fully booked many months in advance and some summer dates are reserved as much as one year ahead. The most popular times for tourists to visit Yosemite are during the months of June, July and August or on weekends throughout the year. If you can avoid these dates, your chances of reserving a choice accommodation will be much better.

Private Accommodation in or near Yosemite Park

Tenaya Lodge
Tenaya Lodge is a first class mountain resort located just two miles from Yosemite's south entrance near the village of Fish Camp. It features three restaurants, two swimming pools, a fitness center any many other amenities.

Accommodation near Oakhurst

The village of Oakhurst is located just 15 miles from the south entry to Yosemite Park and 30 miles from Yosemite Valley. It offers a nice selection of accommodations in all price ranges. It also has fuel, groceries, restaurants and shops.

Americas Best Value
Americas Best Value is a 69-room property within walking distance to boutique shops, restaurants and theaters. It's surrounded by beautiful live oaks, a creek and views of the mountains.
Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn
The Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn has a park-like setting nestled among live oak trees high on a hill in a tranquil mountain setting.
Comfort Inn
The property's amenities include a free continental breakfast and coffee, outdoor pool, whirlpool, ice machine, free local calls, safe deposit boxes, and free parking. The hotel allows pets. Standard room amenities.

Accommodations near Mariposa

The village of Mariposa is an old gold rush town located in the Sierra Foothills 30 miles from the main entrance to Yosemite and 35 miles from Yosemite Valley. It is about a 45-minute drive to Yosemite Valley and offers a nice variety of modestly priced motels and other facilities including restaurants, gas stations, groceries and shops. You can book reservations directly from these links:

Comfort Inn Mariposa
Offers outdoor swimming pool (seasonal) and hot tub, as well as a gift shop. Complimentary continental breakfast is served and free weekday newspapers are available. Also offers exterior corridors, safety deposit, and a parking area. All rooms have air-conditioning, coffeemakers, dataports, and cable TV.
Best Value Mariposa Lodge
The Americas Best Value Inn- Mariposa Lodge is truly a unique 45 room lodge centered in the heart of historic Mariposa Village, only 28 miles from Yosemite National Park. The property is surrounded by lovely, lush landscaped gardens in two beautiful courtyards. It is a third generation family owned and operated for 45 years.
Best Western Yosemite Way Station
Hotel amenities include complimentary continental breakfast, seasonal outdoor pool, free parking, sundeck, patio, and spa. Guest rooms feature cable TVs, in-room movies, coffeemakers, work desks, dataports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, and free wireless high-speed Internet access.

Accommodations in the Central Valley

You can find a much wider variety of accommodations in the Central Valley of California to the west of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Depending on location, the drive to Yosemite Valley may take one and a half to two hours over some very scenic mountain roads. The cities of Merced, Modesto and Fresno offer a lot of different accommodations in all price ranges. Merced is a good place to stay as it is close to route 140, the most direct access to Yosemite Valley.

Travelodge Merced
Travelodge Merced Yosemite Hotel offers economy accommodations. Property's amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool, free local calls, free parking, laundry valet, free newspapers, safe deposit boxes, and exterior corridors. Standard room amenities, complimentary continental breakfast and pet friendly.
Best Western Inn Merced
Best Western Inn Merced is an economy hotel with standard room amenities, a fitness center, swimming pool and complimentary continental breakfast.

Camping at Yosemite

The National Park Service supports a nice variety of camping options in Yosemite including the cabins and tent cabins mentioned above under accommodations. They also offer traditional camp grounds where you can pitch your tent or park your recreational vehicle, plus extensive wilderness camping out in the untamed lands for backpackers and trekkers. A few campgrounds are located within Yosemite Valley with many more scattered throughout various parts of the park. You can find more information and can book reservations in advance at some of the campgrounds through this web site: Yosemite Camping Information

Wilderness camping is free in Yosemite Park, but you are required to obtain a free wilderness permit. There is a daily quota on the number of permits issued for each trailhead every day. During the popular summer months, the quotas may be filled on some days. You can obtain a reservation for a wilderness permit in advance for a $5 processing fee. Check this web page for more information about wilderness permits including how to reserve: Wilderness Permit Information

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Written by: Mike Leco
Top Photo Credit: © Tim Messick
Photo Description: Located along Yosemite's Loop Trail, May Lake is one of five High Sierra camps in Yosemite National Park.