Yosemite Camping Reviews & Testimonials
If you do not need hookups and want to stay in Yosemite National Park, check www.yosemitesites.com for space availability when camping in Yosemite. Unfortunately, the summer months are usually booked at Yosemite National Park. If you are driving from the Bay Area or Sacramento, I would recommend Yosemite Pines RV Park and Campground in Groveland. The website is www.yosemitepinesrv.com. There are new owners and managers of Yosemite Pines and they have put a lot of money into the park and campgrounds, bought a number of new cabins, tents, etc. and renovated the clubhouse and store. Bathrooms are clean and the place now looks great. Lots of great amenities including pool, petting zoo, gold mine tour, clubhouse, etc. In addition, the campground has hookups. If you want to stay in a little more luxury than an rv or tent, they have cabins for rent as well. If you are coming from the south entrance try High Sierra RV Park & Campground in Oakhurst. Their website is www.highsierrarv.com. High Sierra is located in the heart of Oakhurst and is walking distance to shops and restaurants and close to the Peddlers Fair. It has a great location for camping and is a quaint little rv park and campground situated on the banks of the Fresno River.
Due to the Yosemite National Park's popularity and its convoluted batch of rules and restrictions, a camping trip to Yosemite National Park requires some advance planning. There are first-come, first-served campgrounds, but most of the better ones require reservations. It is best to be well informed and have up to date camping information before leaving home. Some campgrounds do not allow pets, some have seven-day maximum stay limits, and some are walk-in only and so forth. There are no hookups in Yosemite National Park. Dump stations are available in Yosemite Valley, Wawona and Tuolumne Meadows campgrounds. Showers and other facilities are available in the Valley and at Tuolumne Meadows. There are a few private RV Parks near Yosemite's portals. The Yosemite Pines RV Park and Campground is located about 45 miles west of the Big Oak Flat Entrance, near Groveland, California. It is a full-service park with 198-sites and many great amenities. Also, the Indian Flat RV Park (50-sites) is just west of Big Oak Flat in El Portal, Calif. About 20 miles south of Yosemite National Park, on California Highway 41, north of Oakhurst, the High Sierra RV and Mobile Park has 102-sites. It offers full hookups, showers and restaurants nearby. East of Yosemite National Park and about a mile north of Ca. Highway 120 (on U.S. 395), Mono Vista RV Park has a small 32-site, full service campground. Besides the private RV parks, the national forests around Yosemite National Park have a number of nice campgrounds. Source: Yosemite National Park Is Dazzling, by Tom Stephens Sr.
The High Sierra RV Park and Campground is very near the center of Oakhurst. When camping at Yosemite it is very convenient to everything, and each RV site does have quite a bit of shade. When the stream is running, (March through July) it's very appealing, and features a small waterfall to lull you to sleep. If you are coming in for the Peddler's Fair (Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends; huge!) this is the only place you should consider. The Peddler's Fair was within walking distance, but has been moved over by Raley's behind Yosemite Bank.
RV sites located in mobile home park about 1 block from downtown Oakhurst. Some sites right on the Fresno River. Staff let us checkout 2 hrs late but we were there in March which is not peak time. They said it books up in the summer. Good for base camp to explore Bass Lake (10 miles) and Yosemite Valley (40 miles) but not much to do around the camp. If you go out to dinner try Crab Cakes Restaurant for great seafood (yeah in the mountains).
High Sierra RV Park and Campground has a great location if you are coming from Southern California. It is 17 miles from the southern gate to Yosemite National Park, and it is only 8 miles to Bass Lake. It is in walking distance to the downtown Oakhurst which is a quaint little town. Last year we attended the Peddlers Fair which is held every year on Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is a quiet country RV park which is very relaxing at night with sounds of the small river that runs next to the park and campground.
When camping at Yosemite National Park in the busy summer months, there are few options for those needing rv hookups - camping in Yosemite in the summer is very busy. High Sierra RV Park and Campground in Oakhurst offers probably the best location for the summer gate to Yosemite National Park. We liked High Sierra RV Park the best for private campgrounds out the entire off park Yosemite campgrounds. Yosemite campsites do not offer hookups and are usually booked months in advance. High Sierra has a nice, quaint setting in the middle of Oakhurst and is walking distance to the Peddlers Fair. The road is a little steep coming into the campground so drive slowly and be careful.
Oakhurst is the Gateway to the most beautiful park in the world.... Yosemite National Park. Oakhurst, formerly Fresno Flats in the 1850's is only 12 miles from the southern entrance of Yosemite. Once the Mi Wok, Mono and Chuckchansi people graciously lived and flourished, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the rolling Sierra Foothills peppered with oak and pine trees. In the 1850's it became known as Fresno Flats providing supplies to mines and lumber companies in the surrounding area. Today Oakhurst, the southern most starting point of Historic Hwy 49, is a town of 18,000 people. There is plenty for tourists to do in Oakhurst with a wide variety of lodging from B & B's to full service hotels. Shop for antiques, or browse the art galleries boutiques, book stores, gift shops or dine in the many restaurants that abound in this picturesque historic town. You will want to tour Fresno Flats Historical Park where numerous historical buildings have been preserved and filled with exhibits of Oakhurst's history in the making. The Little Church on the Hill is another must on every visitors list. Located in the center of Oakhurst at Oakhill Cemetery, the church is the only remaining wooden structure of its era in the entire region. Nearby visitors can try their hand at gold panning in Coarsegold, visit the Wassama Round House in Ahwahnee or catch the Chowchilla world famous Western Stampede every April. Oakhurst's history is forever linked to the many small towns nearby so plan enough time to take some side trips. There is recreation for everyone at every level in and around Oakhurst in Madera County. Skiing at Badger Pass, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, great watersports at Bass Lake, fishing, camping, golf, or take a train ride on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. Source: www.historichwy49.com