The Inside Story:
Yosemite Cabins for Rent Inside the Park
Yosemite National Park is one of the
most popular outdoors destinations in the United States.
With over 700,000 acres of wilderness area, it is ideal
for hiking, climbing, fishing, animal watching, photography
and many other outdoor activities. With 13 campgrounds,
Yosemite is a haven for those who like to pitch a tent
and rough it. But it also has many options for those
who prefer a bit more solid type of lodging. Yosemite
cabins provide alternative lodging ranging from very
basic to beautiful log structures that are so comfortable
that many people don't ever want to leave.
There are many Yosemite cabins for
rent, both inside the park and out. Many people prefer
to stay inside the park boundaries to avoid waiting
in entrance lines each day as they make their way back
to the park. Knowing that location is a big selling
point, some properties advertise their close locations
but don't mention that they are not inside the park.
If an inside location is important, to you, be sure
to look for that specific information or ask before
reserving a place.
Some of the most adventuresome types of cabin rentals
inside the boundaries are typically run by Delaware
North Companies Parks and Resorts at Yosemite (DNC).
DNC operates many of the services in Yosemite and at
other popular destinations around the country. They
offer Yosemite lodging cabins at Curry Village, Housekeeping
Camp, Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, White Wolf Lodge and
five High Sierra Camp locations.
DNC Cabins In Yosemite
Accommodations in these cabins range from canvas tent
type structures with wood frames and shared restroom
facilities to cozy wooden cabins with private baths.
The tent cabins provide one of the best ways to get
a cheap Yosemite cabin rental. The cabins at Housekeeping
Camp are a unique combination of tent and hard-sided
with three cement walls, a cement floor and a curtain
for the fourth wall that walks out to a covered patio.
Most of the DNC cabin campgrounds have restaurants
or communal dinning halls, camp stores, and parking.
Some have electricity while others provide candles
for lighting. The High Sierra cabins in Yosemite are
hike-in lodging. They are available through a lottery
system that attempts to address the high demand for
these primitive but popular accommodations. Prices
for DNC cabins range from around $65 to over $100 depending
on the type of structure and camp selected.
There are other Yosemite cabins for rent inside the
park that are not operated by DNC. Most of them are
private cabins offered for rent by owners or a rental
company. In many cases, the structures are large
homes with multiple bathrooms, decks, fireplaces
and great views. Many of these properties are located
in Foresta, a small community inside the park.
Foresta was devastated by wildfires
in 1990 and the new growth trees are small enough still
to offer wonderful views of the rock formations in
the area. A simple Internet search for "Foresta
Yosemite Rentals" will bring up several options
Vacation Homes which offers numerous cabins and
other properties for rent inside the park.
Cabins In Yosemite West
Yosemite West is another popular location for cabin
rentals inside the park. In addition to beautiful
cabin homes, there are several Yosemite luxury vacation
rental homes available. Yosemite West is approximately
30 minutes from the Valley. Many of the rentals in
Yosemite West are listed by a group with that same
name. Their website is here.
Redwood Cabins Yosemite
At The Redwoods In Yosemite near Wawona, guests
can choose from over 125 Yosemite cabins for rent. The
Redwoods have cabins in three categories: economy, standard
and premium. Many of the economy cabins cost around $150
or more per night during peak season, while others are
over $300 per night.
Although they are called cabins, the
premium accommodations are actually large homes, often
with garages. They offer many bedrooms and all the
amenities of home. They generally cost over $400 per
night and offer a luxurious way to see Yosemite. Visit
their website here for
There are hundreds of cabins for rent
inside the boundaries and entrance gates of Yosemite
National Park. They are usually a bit more spendy than
accommodations outside the park. But for many people
these cabins allow them to be right in the middle of
nature and provide a much more adventurous vacation
than that offered by most of the Yosemite California
hotels. With so many different cabin-lodging options,
there is sure to be something that fits the needs of
those Yosemite visitors who prefer to have a roof over
their heads but still want to be close to nature.
With Yosemite's beauty and adventure
activities bringing in over 3 million visitors each
year, it is a good idea to make reservations as far
in advance as possible. The DNC cabins often book up
many months in advance and the other cabin rentals
experience similar demand. If you are not able to get
a Yosemite cabin, you might consider one of the many
other types of lodging available in and around the
park. Visitors can choose from hotels, condos, apartments,
lodges, bed and breakfasts, RV parks, retreat centers,
and just about any other kind of lodging arrangement
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