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Yosemite National Park Accommodation information

Enrico
user 13025968
Fremont, CA
Post #: 130
Since questions about Yosemite are fairly frequent and at every meetup that is conducted there I'm summarizing the information I know here. Everyone is welcome to add tips and information.

- sleeping in the car overnight in Yosemite NP (outside the campground) is not permitted (but people still do it, rangers are usually active on Hwy's and Valley) , outside the park which is National Forest it is allowed
- as far as I know there are no cheap hotel/motel/lodge around Yosemite (cheapest is maybe $90+/night)
- Campground reservations are usually booked out in advance (as soon as they are available) in Yosemite: http://www.recreation...­
- to still get a campsite in Yosemite you have to be at the campground office or campground on the same day in the morning (sites are usually filled up by 9am in the Valley)
- some campgrounds are not available via reservation or only partly and the rest is walk-in / first-come first-serve ( http://www.nps.gov/yo...­ )
- there are accommodations outside of Yosemite along the Hwy's entering the park.

The only campground closest to Yosemite Valley (outside the park) is Yosemite Lakes around 5miles before the West Hwy120 entrance. And can be booked for $40+/night here http://www.reserveame...­
It is expensive but still cheaper than lodge/hotel/motel and reservations are sometimes still available 1-2weeks before arrival date even in July/August.
Yosemite Lakes also offers hostels and cabins, check here: http://stayatyosemite...­

Lodging in Yosemite: http://www.yosemitepa...­
El Portal (Hwy 140) Lodging: http://www.stayyosemi...­ , http://www.stayyosemi...­

There are various hotels/motels/lodges in Buck Meadows and Groveland on Hwy120 several miles West before entering the park.
There are also lodges and campgrounds along Hwy120 East of the Tioga Pass entrance (East of Yosemite).
Use Google map search to find them and/or other hotel/motel/lodge finder websites.

For online reserve able camgrounds inside and outside of Yosemite check here: http://www.recreation...­ .

US Stanislaus National Forest camgrounds Walk-in/first-come first-serve along HWy120 West of Yosemite: http://www.fs.usda.go...­

US Inyo National Forest Mono Lake District campgrounds (East of Yosemite): http://www.fs.usda.go...­
Mike W.
Mike94107
San Francisco, CA
Post #: 9
Great information Enrico. I would add that it is a good idea to check Yosemite road conditions in advance of any trip at a site such as http://www.nps.gov/yo...­
Enrico
user 13025968
Fremont, CA
Post #: 136
I recently used a Rest Area around 10miles south of Lee Vining (East of Yosemite) to stay overnight. Good thing is it does not cost anything, has bathrooms and there is usually space but you have to sleep in your car (no camping).
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