Located just 22 miles from the western entrance to Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Pines offers a convenient and comfortable base camp for hiking, biking, and exploring the park.
Individual cabins accommodate between two and eight people depending on the unit. Standard, deluxe, premium, premium loft, and luxury cabins include full kitchens, while basic and cozy cabins come equipped with small fridges, microwaves, and coffee pots.
Alternatively, campsites offer a shady respite for tenters (though there are no hook-ups). Standard RV sites come with electric and water hook-up. Each campsite is equipped with a fire ring and picnic table.
Guests can take a dip in the onsite swimming pool, play volleyball, or let their kids loose on the jungle gym. There’s also an animal-petting area with alpacas.
You can stock up on sundries at the convenience store, or grab a quick bite at the Yosemite Pines Deli, located in the pool area.
At the onsite “gold mine,” children can learn how to pan for gold with a sluice box.
Groveland, California: Gateway to Year-Round Adventure at Yosemite National Park
Roughly 120 miles southeast of Sacramento, the town of Groveland is a gateway to Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that welcomes millions of visitors every year. Thanks to low elevations, much of the Yosemite Valley remains accessible to drivers, hikers, and snowball poachers throughout the winter. The full-service Badger Pass Ski Area—which opens for the season in mid-December—features 10 runs, five lifts, and a beginner-friendly terrain park.
Crowds at Yosemite are much smaller in the cooler months, meaning you can explore the park at an unhurried pace and experience it as few visitors can. Stroll the 5-mile loop around Mirror Lake, which is actually a meadow in most seasons–it dries up after spring. From here, you'll have an unobstructed view of one of the park’s most iconic geologic formations, the granite Half Dome.
Yosemite Falls—a three-tiered waterfall considered the highest in North America—flows from November to July; it hits its peak flow in May, thanks to snowmelt. Serious hikers can trek to the top on the strenuous Upper Yosemite Falls trail, which gains 2,700 feet in elevation in just 3.5 miles.