High Country Lodging
Yosemite Cabins That Are (Way)
Off The Beaten Track.
Yosemite National Park is one of the
most stunning and popular areas in the country. People
travel from all over the globe to explore its wilderness
areas and see firsthand the well-known attractions
such as Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in the
U.S., and Half Dome and El Capitan, two of many gigantic
rock formations. With over three million visitors annually,
some people who visit the park choose to reserve one
of the rustic, High Sierra cabins Yosemite has to offer
and get away from it all for awhile.
Delaware North Companies Parks and
Resorts at Yosemite (DNC) runs several different types
of lodging within the park's boundaries. DNC is a leading
hospitality provider that works with some of the most
well known tourist attractions in the United States,
including Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Yellowstone
and Grand Canyon national parks, and Niagara Falls
Within Yosemite National Park, DNC
offers several lodging options including cabins, lodges,
and accommodations at two hotels that are both listed
as National Historic Landmarks. Of these options the
five High Sierra Camps are by far the most unique and
remote Yosemite California cabins available.
Cabins In Yosemite - High Sierra Cabins
Located in Yosemite's High Country
along a loop trail, High Sierra Camp cabins can only
be reached by foot or horseback. Like other cabins
in Yosemite, these Yosemite rentals are made of canvas
and have bunk bed sleeping accommodations and include
pillows and heavy blankets or comforters. Guests must
bring their own sheets and towels. Some of these items
can be purchased through DNC ahead of time or at several
stores within the park.
Some High Country camps have hot showers
and restrooms, but others do not or are dependant on
water availability. Full dinner and breakfast are provided
for overnight guests and box lunches can be ordered
Getting to camp is half the fun, but
once there, cabin guests can arrange for tours and
activities. One possibility is to take a National Park
Service (NSP) five or seven day guided hikes for $660
- $939. Participants on these trips travel along the
loop trail to the other High Sierra camps. It is a
great way to see all High Country camps to decide which
is your favorite.
Four and six day horseback adventures are also available
for $744 - $1171 and leave from the Tuolumne Meadows
stables. There are shorter day hikes as well as fishing,
swimming, and naturalist activities available. Many
visitors simply find a quiet spot and contemplate the
views of the surrounding country.
Not Your Typical Yosemite
Specific opening dates for the High Country cabins
depends on the snow pack and weather conditions, but
is typically between June and July, depending on the
location. The camps remain open until mid September.
Unlike other Yosemite cabins, High Sierra cabins are
awarded through a lottery system. You must use the
office Yosemite High Sierra Camp Lottery Application
Form to apply.
Applications for the upcoming year
are available from the Yosemite Reservations Office
between September 1st and November 20th. They are accepted
beginning October 15th up to November 30th. Payment
is not accepted at the time of application because
there is no guarantee of winning. The lottery is held
around the first of December and all applicants will
be notified of the outcomes by February 28th.
Not all cabins are awarded, and individual
reservations are accepted for the remaining cabins
and dates on a first come, first serve basis beginning
around the first of April. Whether you book via lottery
or reservation, free wilderness permits are required
and can be obtained through the park office. Fees for
cabin/meals packages run $112/person and are the same
at all five camps.
The Five High Country Yosemite Cabins
The various High Sierra camps each
have their own personalities and attractions. Glen
Aulin camp sits beside the Tuolumne River near a beautiful
waterfall. It has eight cabins and it does not have
showers. It sits at an elevation of 7800 feet.
As the name implies, May Lake camp
is located next to a mountain lake at an elevation
of 9270 feet and offers fishing and swimming. It is
within one mile of the parking lot at Tioga Pass Road.
There are eight cabins available.
Sunrise camp is also appropriately
named, with the morning sun rising over the Clark Range.
The camp has an elevation of 9400 feet and offers nine
Merced Lake camp is a large area with
19 cabins situated along one of the biggest lakes in
the park. There are many fish in the lake and the views
of rock formations are stunning. Its lower elevation
of 7150 feet makes gives it more comfortable temperatures.
On the other end of the spectrum from
Merced is Vogelsang camp. This location has the highest
elevation of the five camps at 10,300 feet. In fact,
it is listed as the highest elevation accommodation
in the Sierra Nevada, making it a popular choice with
those who seek high adventure. It has wonderful scenery
and twelve cabins situated alongside Fletcher Creek.
There are no showers available.
These High Sierra cabins are some
of the more rustic and remote accommodations Yosemite
offers. A list of DNC Yosemite rentals with more typical
cabin facilities includes Curry Village, Housekeeping
Camp, Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, and White Wolf Lodge.
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For most people, Yosemite is a place
to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and
get closer to nature. It is a journey back to basics
and an opportunity to challenge oneself. The High Sierra
Camp lodgings are some of the most unique Yosemite
California cabins available and provide a chance to
get way off the beaten path while still enjoying protection
from the elements, relative comfort and good hospitality.
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