Travel Through Yosemite National Park
to the Gold Country of Southern Toulomne County! If
you are looking for Yosemite campgrounds you don't
have to go straight to Yosemite National Park camping.
Instead, stay at Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family
Lodging and learn about the rich history surrounding
one of our country's most beautiful National Parks.
The Hangman Tree near Yosemite Pines RV Park
The first residents of the Valley
were Native Americans. They were called the Southern
Sierra Miwok. The Miwok called Yosemite Valley Ahwahnee,
which basically means "Place of a Gaping Mouth," and
called themselves the Ahwahneechee. Non-Native Americans
began moving into the area in the 1830s and 40s. Then
an exciting new thing was discovered in 1848 - GOLD!
This area was known as Savage's Diggings, named for
miner James Savage. When he moved away in 1850 (due
to squabbles between his Indian wives and the local
miners, it's said) the locals started calling the two
major settlements Big Oak Flat and Garrote (due to
infamous "hangin' parties") that eventually
Pines RV Resort is located in an area originally called
San Ignacio Flat, but also became famous for its hangings
and earned the name Second Garrote. In fact, the "Hangman's
Tree" can still be viewed out on Old Hwy 120,
not far from the entrance to the Yosemite Pines!
Mark Twain Trail Marker Just Outside Our
But, despite the rowdy atmosphere,
there was the lure of "gold in them thar hills!" The
largest nugget extracted in this area weighed over
75 pounds and was discovered in Garrote Creek, which
flows through the Yosemite Pines RV Park and Campground.
In today's dollars, the mining camps
extracted a quarter of a billion dollars in the precious
metal by the 1870s! Gold mining continued, but mining
interests eventually turned to minerals, such as quartz.
the late 1870's, naturalist John Muir brought more
attention to the Yosemite area with his writings about
the remarkable trees and other geological formations
that could be found in Yosemite. The national park
was established in the 1890's thanks in part to John
Muir and the attention and enthusiasm he brought to
the area. The park was run jointly between state and
federal governments but in 1906, California turned
the Yosemite area back over to the federal government.
In 1916, another boom hit the area
with the arrival of construction workers under contract
with the City and County of San Francisco to bring
in a water source from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Construction of the Hetch Hetchy Valley brought with
it a railroad. By the late 1920s, the construction
had moved westward and the local towns became quiet
the lure of gold remains! In 1997, a construction worker
discovered gold near Garrote Creek while pouring concrete.
Recent heavy rains have uncovered more gold deposits.
Your Yosemite vacation could turn into a lottery you
never imagined. If you are looking for Yosemite camping
and lodging, you can stay here at Yosemite Pines RV
Park and Campground and enjoy the beauty of the Yosemite
National Park and surrounding areas. Yosemite Park
covers 1,187 square miles. That's about the size of
Rhode Island! And there are Yosemite Lakes and the
seven-mile-long Yosemite Valley that is the heart of
The beauty and wonder of Yosemite
is something you will never forget. It will likely
be the best vacation you have ever been on and if you
are looking for Yosemite RV parking, we have what you
need here at the Yosemite Pines RV Park.
There's much more to the area to explore
such as camping and hiking in Yosemite National Park,
all located just minutes from Yosemite Pines RV Park
and Campground. We promise to make your Yosemite camping
and Yosemite vacation enjoyable for the whole family.