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CONTACT INFORMATION

YOSEMITE PERGRINE LODGE

7509 Henness Circle,
Yosemite National Park
California, 95389
Proprietors: David Maynard & Vonnie Coombs
  Make a Call: 1-619-948-8560
  On-line booking: Book Now!

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CHECKING IN

Check in is at 4 pm or after. Please no early check in as our staff is working hard to have the lodge ready for your arrival. We cannot accept coolers or other luggage prior to checking in.

 

If you have Verizon you can call/text me at 619-948-8560 when you arrive, and I will meet you at the lower entry of the lodge. If you do not have Verizon or cannot text here, just follow the manager’s signs to the upper deck and around to the back.

When you arrive I will meet you and tour the lodge with you to show you the unique features of the lodge and to get you settled in.

It is very helpful for us if you call or text when entering the park to give us a better idea on your arrival time.

If you plan to arrive late or circumstances come up while you are traveling causing a late arrival that is ok. Call or Text 619-948-8560, and let us know so we can plan for your new arrival time.

In the event you will arrive after 10 pm I will give you an entry code for the lodge. You will more then likely be very tired from a long day of travel, l and we can meet the next morning to tour the lodge, and to answer any questions you may have.

I will contact you before your check in date to share local information with you regarding weather, road closures in the park, or other local related issue you may need to know for your travel.

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CHECKING OUT

Check out is at 10 am

It is appreciated if your check out is punctual so that we can prepare the lodge for our next guests. Our lodge is very large and takes all day to prepare for our next arrival.

Check Out Procedure

Please follow the departure check list below.

  •   When fires are permitted in the fireplaces please do not start a fire on the day you are checking out. (It is difficult to clean a hot fire place and remove the coals for our next guest.

  •   Clean counter tops.

  •   If you are separating your recyclables, please double bag them and place in lower entry hallway (inside the lodge).

  •   Leave trash in can. If you have extra trash please double bag it, and place it in the downstairs lodge entry (inside the lodge).

  •   Dispose of coffee grounds left in the coffee maker. (Please place grounds in trash can).

  •   Place the dirty dishes in the dishwasher and start. Please hand wash knives in block.

  •   BBQ GRILL: If you used the BBQ please make sure you have brushed residue off of the grills and have wiped your grease off of surfaces. Clean up food, grease and sauces dropped on deck around the BBQ.

    BBQs & deck area left greasy, and dirty will be charged a cleaning fee from the security/cleaning deposit. (Keeping the BBQ clean is very important in bear country).

  •   Remove sheets, and pillow cases from beds and place on carpet. (Please leave blankets and comforters on bed) If you did not sleep on pillow shames please do not remove.

  •   Place any unwanted food in the Refrigerator, and please wipe up any spills in refrigerator.

  •   If using the heat between Nov 1 and April 30, turn down to 55 degrees at checkout. Do not turn off the heat as it keeps the lodge temperate between guests and keeps the water pipes from freezing.

  •   If using the heat between May 1, and Nov. 1, please turn off the heat at checkout.

  •   Turn out all lights.

  •   Close all windows and lock all doors, no need to lock windows.

  •   Make sure all TV and DVD remotes are accounted for. There are 4 TV remotes and 1 DVD remotes. The cleaning/security deposit will be charge for lost or damaged remotes.

  •   Please check for any personal items. It is a long way to town and there may be a delay in mailing your belongings back to you. Any personal belongings not claimed in 90 days is donated to charity.

  •   Please check the outdoor decks for any personal belongings. The lodge has a lot of deck area and the guest deck from the bedrooms are a popular place for items to be left behind.

  •   If you purchased the Damage Protection Policy, and you had accidental damages you must notify the manager before checking out. This is a requirement of the policy. We understand accidents happen, and that is why you have the policy. Please do not be embarrassed, we understand, and appreciate your honesty.

  •   Call or Text 619-948-8560 and let David know you are leaving. Please leave a message if no answer.

Other Considerations

Refunds for cleaning/security and Damage protection deposits.

All deposits are returned after check out. The cleaning/security deposit & damage protection deposit will be assessed after the lodge is cleaned to determine if any deductions are necessary. All refunds will be credited back to the card used to make the reservation.

Credit card issues with refunds.

We never see your credit card or financial information. All financial transactions are processed by Vacation Rental Payment, a partner of VRBO/HOMEAWAY. When you make your reservation you pay VRBO/HOMEAWAY, and they pay us. So when you check out we initiate a request for the return of your deposits and they process the transaction, and return the funds to the card used for the reservation.

1. Sometime a credit card will be canceled by the card holder after it is used for a reservation. When the card is no longer active and VRBO tries to make a refund it will be declined, and the money will be returned to our account. You will need to contact us to arrange an alternate method of refund. We can issue a check or use Pop Money for free money transfers bank to bank.

2. If the credit card is canceled and re-issued to the card holder the new card will be credited as long as it is a like card, i.e., Visa for Visa, Or Master Card for Master Card. If you are issued a different credit card the refund will be declined and the money returned to our bank account. You will need to contact us to arrange an alternate method of refund. We can issue a check or use Pop Money for free money transfers bank to bank.

3. If for some reason the money disappears after we have initiated a refund request to VRBO you will need to contact Vacation Rental Payment to track down the money. They are a third party which processes financial transactions for VRBO/HOMEAWAY. You can call them at 1-866-210-6106.

Checking out during a snow storm.

When checking out during a snow storm when snow please notify the manager if you need the snow removed in the driveway for a safe exit.

Please coordinate with the manager the night before your check out if snow is forecast and you want an early start before 9 am. That way we can have the driveway cleared in time for your planned departure.

Returning borrowed items.

If you have borrowed any gear from the lodge such as back packs, hiking sticks, flashlights, etc., just leave them in the lodge and we will collect them.

Forgotten check out time & date.

NOTE: If we cannot contact you via phone, text or email one hour after your departure time and you have not checked out, your belongings may be placed in a holding area so we can clean and prepare the lodge for our next guests. We are too remote, and alternative lodging is too hard to find for us to turn away our next guests because a check out time and date was forgotten.

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WIFI

Internet Availability

We understand that wifi is an essential part of most peoples lives. We do our best to provide wifi for our guests, however our wifi is limited. Our lodge internet service is satellite based and is limited to 10 GB per 30 day period. This gigabyte limit has to cover all of our guest in any given 30 day period.

Because of this limitation we ask that our guests go easy on the data usage. Activities such as streaming video or music, playing on-line games and uploading and downloading large files uses up our allocation of Internet very quickly.

If you go over the self limitation of 1GB, or your needs absolutely dictate you use a lot of Internet for activities such as work we understand. You will simply be charged for any usage above 1 GB so that we can purchase more data for the next guest.

We have found that children and teens are the largest users of streaming data such as video, music, and games. They often do not understand what limited wifi means. We suggest that if you have children you discuss the wifi with them, carefully monitor their use, or withhold the login for the network.

Also due to the nature of our location there are a number of variables that can effect our internet availability. Strong storms, snow storms and power outages are some examples. Having said this we normally have our internet up which runs at about DSL speed.

Internet and Cell Phones

Verizon voice and texting works at the lodge. Signal strength is depending on where you are. But you cannot always rely on Verizon cellular data for internet connection. Most other cell phone carriers are hit and miss at the lodge.

AT&T voice may not work but texting may.

Many on-line media and social websites have video auto-play as a default. When you view a site like Facebook the video's will start to play as you scroll down. This will use your WiFi data very quickly. You can turn off auto play for video in your Facebook settings.

Internet Data Usage

Please feel free to use our wifi. However, we ask that you go easy. We are limited to 10 GB per 30 day period. Activities such as streaming video or music, playing on-line games and uploading and downloading large files uses up our allocation of Internet very quickly.

We offer complimentary data of 1 GB usage per stay. This will more than cover emails and an occasional upload to FaceBook.

According to our research 1GB = 536,870 text messages, 1GB = 1073 photos, 1GB = 30 large emails with images or 7000 text emails.

STREAMING AND NETFLIX

Netflix does allow you to specify one of three options for video quality: Good, Better and Best. These options can be especially helpful if you want to reduce bandwidth, particularly if your data plan is based on usage. The "Good" quality will use approximately 300MB per hour of viewing; the "Better" quality will use approximately 700MB per hour and the "Best" quality will use approximately 1GB, or, if you view a video in HD, "Best" can use as much as 2.3GB in an hour. You can change this in your "Account Settings" page.

ADDITIONAL DATA USAGE

If you go over the self limitation of 1GB, or your needs absolutely dictate you use a lot of Internet for activities such as work we understand. You will simply be charged for any usage above 1 GB. The cost of purchasing more internet usage will be deducted from your refundable cleaning/security deposit. Download our usage guide for tips and tricks on getting the most form our data.

The cost for more usage is as follows.

1 GB@ $15.00, 2 GB@ $25.00, 3 GB@ $35.00

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Emergency

Yosemite West is in the heart of the wilderness. There are no close towns or businesses. Many vacation homes in our community have owners or managers many miles away. Basic issues like plumbing, snow removal, power outages or maintenance could ruin your vacation.

You will find peace of mind knowing that one of the owners is on site while guests are at the lodges. David occupies a small apartment on the property and manages the Yosemite Peregrine Lodge as well as two other properties close by.

David checks you in, tours the home and gets you settled in. He can also help you plan the best way to see the Park should you desire input. He is your personal concierge and is available for emergencies.

EMERGENCIES DURING YOUR STAY

David, the manager and owner is on site and is available between 10 am and 5 pm

NONE LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES

For emergencies with the home, such as water leaks, appliance miss-behavior or other non-life threatening issues you can contact David 24/7 by calling or texting 619-948-8560.

You will need Verizon to call at the lodges most other cell phone networks do not work here. Sometimes texting works when voice will not.

There is a house phone which is for local 209 numbers inside the park. You can call other area codes with a calling card.

If calling is not an option you may go to the manager's office located on the upper deck and around to the back and knock on the door.

LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES

For life threatening emergencies please call 911. If your cell phone does not work, use the house phone located by the kitchen and dining room. It can call 911.

HOSPITALS & CLINICS NEAR YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

  Yosemite National Park Hospitals

Yosemite Medical Clinic

CONTACT INFORMATION

  209/372-4637 (phone)
  209/372-4330 (fax)

MAILING ADDRESS

PO Box 550
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

9000 Ahwahnee Drive
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
  Google Maps - Directions

HOURS

Summer: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Winter: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CLOSED ON: All federal holidays

SERICES:

Primary care:

  •   Physical exams

  •   Well child exams

  •   Chronic disease management

Urgent Care:

  •   Illness evaluation and treatment (cold, flu, and infection)

  •   Injury care (fractures, sprains, strains, cuts, abrasions, sutures)

Radiology services (X-ray)

CONTRACTS:

  •   Blue Shield of California, (PPO)

  •   Anthem Blue Cross

  •   Medicare

  •   NPS Workers' Compensation

  •   Tricare Insurance - Certified Provider

  •   UnitedHealthcare (PPO only)

FORMS:

  Authorization for Release of Medical Records [30 kb PDF]

  Notice of Privacy Practices [200 kb PDF]

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Bear Aware

Be Bear Aware!

Seeing one of the approximately 300 to 500 black bears in Yosemite can evoke excitement, awe, and fear. Visitors who spot a bear sauntering across a meadow or eating berries in a forest should consider themselves lucky.

Black bears vary greatly in size--the largest black bear captured in Yosemite weighed 690 pounds, which is much larger than the typical male found here that usually weighs around 250 pounds. Bears weigh the most in fall when gorging on acorns and other seasonal foods. This enables them to gain fat and survive winter--consuming up to 20,000 calories a day. (That is a lot of calories, equating to a human eating 40 Big Mac sandwiches in a day.)

Bears hibernate in hollow trees or logs, under the root mass of a tree, or in caves formed by a jumble of large rocks. While hibernating, bears enter a state of reduced body temperature, pulse rate, and respiration that conserves energy, and do not defecate nor urinate, but can metabolically extract energy from body wastes.

Their “sleep” is not a deep one. Black bears often leave the den periodically. They may wonder around looking for food before they return to hibernation. Even in the winter always assume a bear may be active in the area.

After emerging from winter dens, bears feed largely on meadow grasses, which are low in nutrition but sustain them until berries of various plant species ripen and other foods become available that provide higher calories. Bears also eat ants, termites, and insect larvae ripped out of logs or dug from the ground.

Visitors who encounter a bear should keep their distance for safety and respect for themselves and the animal. If visitors see a black bear in undeveloped areas, they should remain at least 50 yards from it. If they encounter a bear in developed areas, they should stand their ground and scare the bear away by raising their arms and making very loud noises.

Numerous Bear sightings have occurred in Yosemite West as well. A mother bear is in the area with two cubs. If you see this pair please keep your distance. Though black bears are normally timid and will shy away from people a mother bear can be very aggressive and dangerous.

Black bears may show dominance by bluff charging, especially when guarding food or cubs. Attacks are rare, and no one has been killed or seriously injured by a black bear in Yosemite.

Bears here in Yosemite West are curious and are always looking for food. They will walk right up to the homes and it is common to see them on the decks.

LIVING WITH BEARS AT THE PEREGRINE LODGE

Our guests should expect black bears to attempt amazing acts to obtain human food. If food has been left in a car, bears will break vehicle windows, bend car frames, and pop open camper shells. To get into a trunk, they will enter the passenger area and claw through the back seat.

You will have a long windy, and smelly ride home. Bears drool profusely, and will saturate your upholstery as they chew and tear it to shreds. I have not experience many smells worse then bear drool.

If you encounter a bear near the lodge while food is present, always remain with your food and encourage it to leave by clapping your hands and yelling at the bear. It does not matter what you yell. It can be anything from guttural noises and calls not unlike an animal, to your favorite Jack Kerouac quote. Most of our guest just yell get out of here, or go away. You can be more creative, just remember it is a family environment.

If you encounter a bear near the lodge and no food is involved please enjoy the bear sighting by keeping your distance and voices to a minimum.

Just remember we do not want the bear to think people are friends, don't be afraid to hurt their feelings. Just think of it as saving the bears life.

Our Policy

We have written this policy for the safety of our guests as well as the safety of our bears in the park. We believe that people, and bears can co-exist in the same community. Please follow these guidelines while you are a guest at the Peregrine Lodge.

  •   Never leave the doors open when you are not using them for loading/unloading your bags and going and coming from the lodge. Bears will enter a home, as will smaller animals such as mice, which we call micro bears.

  •   Never leave food or litter outside near the lodge or on the decks unattended. Not only will bears go after it but, birds, mice and other local critters.

  •   If a bear come onto the decks do not encourage it or entice it for a better view or a good photo op. This will only encourage bears to be bolder and develop bad habits. We want our bears to be natural and rely on natural food. Feeding bears will endanger their lives and may lead to them being put down.

  •   Do not leave food in your cars. It is also a good idea to remove anything that might smell like food to a bear. This might include lotions, hand disinfectant, sprays, breath mints, etc. (TIP: The rangers will issue tickets to cars that are parked and unattended with coolers in them).

    • Do not leave coolers outside on the decks or around the property. Bears know what coolers are and will approach to investigate. At the least your cooler may be damaged beyond repair. At the worse a bear has learned that our lodge is where a possible source of food can be found.

    • You can store empty coolers under the stairs located in the entry of the lodge. We can also store anything you like in our basement.

  •   When your kitchen trash is full please place it in the bedroom level hallway, inside the lodge and notify me via phone, call or text at 619-948-8560. Someone will come and collect your trash and take it to our bear proof dumpsters. They will enter the hall only to collect the trash.

  •   We collect recycles as well. You can place them in trash bags and when full give me a call to collect.

  •   Please do not leave young children unattended while playing around the lodge. (We also have local regular mountain lion sightings).

  •   Educate your children on the dangers as well as the rewards of viewing the Yosemite bears. If you see them enjoy them from a distance, and never approach a bear. Some bears that are acclimated to people may actually advance towards you much like a dog begging a hand out. Just stand your ground, yell and clap your hands.

  •   When using the BBQ please wipe up spills on the BBQ and deck. Never leave your food unattended when cooking or eating on the deck. Not only do we have full size bears, but we have mini, and micro bears as well. Raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, and mice all want the same thing. Don't feed these rascals as well.

  •   Keep in mind that you can normally scare a bear away, but if a bear gets a hold of your food never try to retrieve it. After a bear has got hold of your food it is now their food, and they may fight to keep it. But chances are they will just run away with it in their mouths and that is the last you will ever see of your delicious rack of ribs.

Do not be afraid of the bears. They are for the most part very timid and reclusive. If they are not hunting or begging food from people, they will more then likely run away from you as soon as they see or smell you coming. I have been startled on occasion as a 300 pound black bear bolts from where it was lounging unseen just yards away from me, tearing off at 35 miles an hour in the opposite direction snapping branches, and barreling over anything that gets in its way. All you normally see is a bears behind.

Count yourself lucky to see a bear on a trail or in the back country. Walk quietly, do not converse, do not put on deodorant or lotions with scent, and carefully watch the world around you. You may, if you are lucky see a bear busy doing bear things.

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House Phone

We have a house phone located by the kitchen in the lodge.

You will find it in the lower cabinet which separates the kitchen from the dining room on the dining room side. The phone plug is on the wall above and to the right of the cabinet with the phone. Currently Verizon cell is the only provider that works at the lodge. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and other carriers may work in the valley by the Yosemite Lodge, Majestic Hotel, Half Dome Village as well as other locations around the valley.

It is a 209 area code, and can call any location inside the park. For long distance calls you may use a calling card. The house phone number and address is written on the phone cradle.

If you do not have a cell phone with coverage here you can use the house phone to call for emergency services at 911.

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Drug Policy

NO ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES ARE ALLOWED IN THE LODGE OR ON THE PROPERTY.

Clarifying Cannabis laws in California and our policy:

Cannabis is a legal drug in California, but if it is used in smoke form it like any other form of smoking such as cigarettes, tobacco, pipes, etc., will not be allowed in the lodge or on any of the decks or property with the exception of the designated smoking area.

If marijuana is ingested in smoke form it must be used only in the outside covered entry smoking area. Due to the contact nature of smoke inhalation, when ingesting cannabis in smoke form, only adults 21 and older may be present.

THE LAW: STATE VS FEDERAL

Our community of Yosemite West is in Mariposa county where marijuana is legal, but you must get to us by entering a national park where Marijuana is a federally controlled substance, and may not be brought into the park.

When it comes to laws, entering a National Park is like leaving the state you are in and entering another country. Fines for marijuana citations in California’s national parks depend on district courts but often end up being $200 or so.

Arrests are rare, unless the case involves large amounts of concentrated cannabis, probation violations or another crime, like gun possession or drunken driving.

In my experience watching the rangers interact with campers, it may even depend on if you are guilty of “contempt of ranger”, i.e., giving the ranger a hard time, being difficult, combative, and being a big mouth cry baby. Remember rangers are people just doing their jobs, treat them respectfully.

A Catch 22

Our community of Yosemite West is in Mariposa county where marijuana is legal, but you must get to us by entering a national park and Marijuana is a federally controlled substance, and may not be brought into the park.


And a fact you should be aware of is that most marijuana citations in California’s parks are issued at Yosemite, which is the state’s most visited national park and has a history of more pot busts than any other national park in the United States.

To be clear, we consider Marijuana to be a legal drug as we are in Mariposa County, California. However, you have been notified of the issues of bringing it through the gates of the National Park.

WE WILL NOTIFY THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IF I OR MY STAFF SEE ANY ILLEGAL DRUGS BEING USED ON THE PROPERTY.

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Noise & Quiet Hours

QUIET HOURS 10 PM TO 8 AM

This is a residential community. Some of our neighbors do not rent while others do. Most of our neighbors appreciate our guests, and their desire to experience one of the most unique places on earth, while others do not. Either way, we strive to be good neighbors, and to respect the peace and quiet that all of us come here to enjoy.

If you are outside on the deck after 10 pm please be aware that sound is amplified and carries a long way in our thin mountain air. As a rule of thumb after 10 pm conversations, music, TV/DVD, and other sources of sound should not be heard at the neighbors homes.

Yosemite West is normally a quiet and peaceful environment. Definitely much more relaxing, and tranquil then any accommodations in the valley just a few miles away. But from time to time there is a group staying in a lodge close by that does not realize how noisy they are. If things do get out of hand Yosemite West has the same noise, and disturbance laws as most towns in California. If you are being disturbed by noise coming from another lodge you can call 911 to register a complaint. The Sheriffs department will respond.

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Maintenance

Our goal is to offer a home that is in good repair and is safe. We do our best to ensure the lodge is kept up and in working order. However from time to time issues will crop up.

Our cleaning staff are instructed to report things that need repair or are broken. We also do a walk through inspection before every guest arrival. Even so things may be missed or there is no time to make the repair before the next guest arrival, or problems may just choose to happen during a guest stay.

During our busy months the level of occupancy, and lodge turn around are very high. Our cleaning staff work hard to have the lodge ready for our next guest often arriving on the same day. Small things may be missed.

We encourage our guests to report any damages or issues that are in need of repair. Often during the busy season our guests are the best source of information we have on the current condition of the lodge. It is our guest who live in the lodge, who have the best idea of what may be a problem. Small things like electrical outlets not working may be noticed more quickly by our guests.

If you do find something in need of repair please let David know. You can drop by the manager’s office during the day 9 am - 5 pm, or call or text him at 619-948-8560.

We encourage our guests to report any damages or issues that are in need of repair.


If you experience an emergency while you are a guest, like a leaking water pipe, or a tree limb through a window notify David right away. In an emergency which may cause serious injury to our guests or serious damage to the lodge such as a leaking water pipe the best thing to do is to come to the manager’s office.

Due to the nature of the park we are often in and out of cell phone coverage. We will respond as soon as we receive the text/message.

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House Generator

Our lodge has an emergency generator. In case of power failure the emergency generator will automatically turn on and resume power to the home. It is located under the stairs to the upper main deck.

If the generator comes on please turn off any unused electrical devices, such as turning off unused room lights, temporarily turning off the dishwasher cycle and so on. The generator can only take so much load and if over taxed and will turn off for a reset that will take over an hour.

Note: The generator will self test once a week during the afternoon. It will come on and run for 20 minutes. If you are in the lodge during this time please use minimal electrical devices.

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Laundry

There is no laundry available at the lodge.

NEARBY LAUNDRIES:

Yosemite West Condominiums

We encourage our guests to use the coin op laundry one block away at the Yosemite West Condominiums.

Housekeeping Laundry (in the valley)

There is also a coin-op laundry located at the Housekeeping camp in the valley, about 15-20 minutes by car from the lodge. The Housekeeping laundry hours are 7:00 am - 10:00 pm $125.00 to wash and $0.25 per 10 minutes to dry.

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TRASH AT THE LODGE - (what to do)

Take it to our bear proof dumpster at Azalea lane.

SELF CARRY OPTION TO DUMPSTER

If you wish to carry/drive your trash to the dumpster yourself, you will find the padlock combination in the lodge guest book.

Directions to dumpster: To find the dumpster walk/drive around the Henness Circle to Azalea. The shortest route is for you to go towards Henness Ridge Drive, the hill you came up coming to the lodge.

Turn onto Azalea and go to the end just where the pavement turns to dirt. The dumpster is located at the end of the street. Make sure the lock is replaced and re-locked. Never leave any trash by dumpster.

Please follow these guidelines:

  •   Always make sure the trash fits and does not overflow dumpster.

  •   Please do not leave trash around the dumpster on the ground. (Be neat.)

  •   Make sure the lid to dumpster is closed and locked after use.

  •   If your kitchen bag leaks please double bag it.

  •   Please notify us if the dumpster is full. We will contact the coordinator and make sure it is emptied.

Map to dumpster

Use our bear saver trash can located in the entry port of the lodge.

SELF CARRY OPTION TO ENTRY PORT

There are some items that will not fit into our bear saver can at the lodge. Please use the large bear proof dumpster on Azalea Lane for these items.

There is no recycle in Yosemite West.

Please follow these guidelines:

  •   Always make sure the trash fits and does not overflow the bear saver.

  •   Please do not leave trash around the bear saver on the ground. (Be neat.)

  •   Make sure the lid to bear saver is closed and secured after use.

  •   Do not use bear saver can at the lodge for loose trash, please use only bagged trash from the kitchen.

  •   Please double bag your trash. We provide plenty of trash bags in the kitchen.

  •   Please notify us when the bear saver at the lodge is full.

If a bear gets a hold of our trash it will return again and again on a daily bases. These bears become more aggressive in their attempt to get food, and will have to be put down.

Please help save our bears by using the bear dumpster and bear saver responsibly. Make sure they are closed, and secure or locked after you use them.


Knowingly attracting bears to the lodge with food for views, and photo ops will be seen as a violation of the rental agreement, and your reservation will be terminated with no refund. Trash, and food left outside harms the animals and local ecology and may be construed as a violation of your rental agreement.

We apologize if our policies seem onerous, they are not meant to be. We just love our bears, and want to see them thrive along side humans.

Thank you for your kind understanding.

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Drought Policy

We are still experiencing a drought. Please help us conserve water.

We have had a great winter for rain and snow. It is true that California received a lot of rain this past winter. And a lot of communities are breathing a sigh of relief because many reservoirs are full again.

However our community here in Yosemite West is reliant on well water. Our local hydrologist has said it will take a number of very wet winters for our local ground water to recover from a 5+ year drought.

We use our well water for drinking, irrigation, bathing, fighting wild fires and so on. We are still conserving water here at the lodge, and will be concerned with conservation for at least another year or two.

For our part we have discontinued the use of our whirlpool tub in the master bedroom. Aside from our laundry, it is the single biggest use of water in the lodge. For laundry needs there is a coin op laundry just one block away at the Yosemite West Condominiums.

A few guidelines for saving water.

  •   Don't let water run while brushing your teeth or shaving.

  •   Only run the dishwasher when full of dishes.

  •   Shorten your shower time.

How does Governor Brown’s Declaration of a drought emergency for California impact Yosemite National Park?

Dry weather conditions in 2013 were unprecedented, prompting Governor Brown to declare a drought emergency for the state and asking Californians to take action by reducing water consumption.

To help ensure that we have a clean, reliable water supply for the future, we all share a responsibility to use our water more efficiently today.

Following one of the wettest winters on record in the Sierra, the SFPUC is still urging customers to voluntarily curtail water consumption by at least 10%.

However our community here in Yosemite West is reliant on well water. Our local hydrologist has said it will take a number of very wet winters for our local ground water to recover from a 5+ year drought.


The central and southern areas of California are still experiencing abnormally high to moderate drought conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor report said the state's drought situation still remains "serious."

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Vehicle & RV Parking

Vehicle Parking.

Parking is limited to four (4) medium vehicles. Vehicles are to be parked in the designated parking area only on the north side of the lodge. The parking spaces on the south side between 7509, and 7507 Henness circle in front of the shed is for the owner, and staff only.

Please do not park in the entry port as it is used for loading, and unloading only. It is not a parking space, and it is not a drive through. We need the area to be kept clear for visiting guests from our other lodges as well as the movement of equipment and gear.

It is recommended by the California Department of Fires (CDF) to park your vehicle facing out towards the street. In the event of a fast moving wildfire in the park you will be facing the right direction to load your car and evacuate if necessary.

Vehicles with leaks such as motor oil or transmission fluid may not park on the property. Vehicle spills will be charged a clean up fee from the cleaning/security deposit.

We have a tree service come to the lodge twice a year and remove dead limbs, trim the trees, and remove any possible threats they observe to people or property. Even so our lodge is surrounded by trees. From time to time limbs fall, large pine cones drop, and tress topple. We cannot be responsible for such events. By visiting our lodge which is located in the back country in the middle of the forest there are inherit dangers and you assume full responsibility for any acts of nature.

RV Parking.

If you are traveling with an recreational vehicle Please let us know. We can park an RV on the street in front of the lodge depending on its length.

RVs may not be used to live in while you are here. You may not use use your RV to sleep in during your stay.

Please do not park your RV in the driveway.

You must notify us before you arrive with an RV in order for us to make sure it will fit.

Per County regulations, parking on the road is not permitted. Any illegally parked cars are subject to towing and applicable fines/towing fees are the sole responsibility of the vehicle owner.

We are lucky to own an easement which allows us to have some parking on the road. Please speak with the manager before parking to ensure you are in the right place.

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Smoking (Where to do it)

There is only one designated smoking area in the lodge. You may smoke outdoors in the entry port. There is a safety receptacle for cigarette buts and cigars for your use.

Do not throw your buts on the ground as they are litter, unattractive, and a hazard to the environment.

They are also a fire hazard that we take very seriously. There is absolutely no smoking in the lodge or on the decks. Violating this policy will result in the termination of your rental with no refunds.

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Heat & A/C

We Do Not Have Air Conditioning.

We would love to provide air conditioning for those guests who want it. Unfortunately the cost of cooling a home with 30 foot vaulted ceilings is just not practical. Outside of hotel rooms in the valley or some of the Yosemite West Condominiums I do not know of any homes that offer it.

However our lodge is at 6000 feet, which can be as much as 20 degrees cooler then the valley floor in the summer. We are also on top of a hill,l and have a breeze most of the time.

Open the windows at night, and breath the clean sweet summer air. Just 20 minutes from the valley where the crowds, and the smoke of hundreds of camp fires rule the night you will relax in our peaceful and quiet community. We offer fans in every room to help bring in that wonderful summer breeze.

We Do Have Radiant Floor Heating.

What is radiant heat?

Most conventional heating systems send warm air through vents. These forced air systems change the temperature fast. Radiant systems are more efficient, but take much longer to heat up and cool down. Instead of air, underfloor radiant systems heat your home using tubes filled with liquid or electric coils under the floor, and boiler systems send hot water to radiators in each room.

Because radiant systems take so long to heat up, it can be difficult to set a schedule - you may need to start heating at 4am to get to the temperature you want at 7am. With other thermostats, underfloor radiant systems also overshoot your target temperature by an average of 2.2ºF/1.2ºC since radiant pipes stay hot even after the boiler has stopped heating.

To solve this we use the nest thermostat which offers True Radiant.

Radiant heat.
Traditional radiant heat often goes over your target temperature.

How does True Radiant work?

Although radiant systems work very differently than forced air systems, most thermostats treat them the same.

The Nest uses True Radiant which will make the radiant system run like it always should have - according to your schedule. No more guessing and turning the heat on hours earlier than you need it. Tell the Nest Thermostat what temperature you want and True Radiant will take care of the rest.

With True Radiant, the Nest Thermostat learns how long the lodge radiant system takes to heat up. It’ll turn the heat on early to reach your target temperature, then turn it off early so you won’t go beyond the temperature you want. For example, the Nest Thermostat may learn that to reach 70ºF/20ºC, it should turn the boiler off when the room hits 65ºF/18ºC because the already hot radiators will take you the rest of the way to 70ºF/20ºC.

The Nest Thermostat will also maintain that temperature by turning your system back on before the temperature gets too low.

There are 2 zones in the lodge and each zone has it's own Nest thermostat. The first zone is for the upstairs and the thermostat is located in the kitchen. The second is the downstairs zone and the thermostat is located in the hall.

How to Use the Nest Thermostat

The Nest is a little different, and perhaps a bit intimidating when you look at it. But it is really very simple to use.

We have two zones in the lodge. One for each level. The upper level thermostat is in the kitchen and the lower level is in the hallway.

Please keep in mind that our radiant floor heat takes more time to heat up the lodge then other more traditional heating sources like forces air.

TIP! The downstairs zone may become very hot at night when you are sleeping. Essentially you have two heat sources, on from the floor and one from the ceiling. If you are a warm sleeper you may want to turn the thermostat down an hour or so before going to bed.

What if the thermostat shows the lock screen?

To operate the thermostat you may need to go through the 4 digit unlock screen. Simply enter the number 0 into each of the four number fields on the display. Zero is the default number so you will just need to tap the screen to enter the 0 is selected. If you get another number do not panic, just turn the dial until you find 0 and enter it.

After entering all 4 digits, you will then see the temperature range on the screen. Adjust to taste.

The Nest Thermostat And It's Displays

Reading the nest thermostat.
Above is an illustration showing the nest thermostat and the display.
Reading the nest thermostat.
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Fire Places

No fires are allowed outside the designated fire places on the premises.

No candles or flame lanterns. L.E.D. flame-less candles are provided. Fireplaces are restricted during fire season. Cal Fire will let us know when fire season starts. It may be different each year. Fire season starts around June 1st, depending on conditions.

You are responsible to read and know the contents of our Fireplace instruction sheet sent to you when you make a booking.

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TV & Satellite

We have satellite TV available in the living room.

It is like basic cable service. However due to our remote location and the challenging environment we cannot Guarantee that the TV will be available. Due to lightning strikes, snow conditions and other acts of God, electrical Internet and TV may be temporarily suspended during your stay. We do not provide refunds do to loss of these services.

Each bedroom has a monitor and DVD player for personal entertainment.

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Kitchen

Some people live to eat, while others eat to live. No matter what your views on food are I am sure you will agree that our kitchen has pretty much everything, including the kitchen sink.

The first thing you will notice is all the call The kitchen has a large sub zero fridge so you can pack along a lot of food. Lots of cooks in the kitchen?, don’t worry you will have plenty of room to work with our expansive granite counter tops. All that counter top still not enough? no problem, There is also a preparation island with bar sink

The Peregrine Kitchen.
Custom carpentry, granite counter tops, and tile floors make this kitchen a stand out.

We offer place settings for up to 16. Since our maximum guest limit is 8 persons washing dishes wont be a priority on your vacation.

Clean ups are no problem with two Bosch dishwashers (we provide the soap), and loads of cupboards filled with all sizes of pots, pans, specialty dishes, and bake-ware. We also have all the kitchen appliances found in most kitchens, such as blenders, toaster, crock pot, coffee maker, electric kettle, a quality knife set, and more.

 

Literal clean ups are no problem as well. We have a closet with broom, mop and bucket, and cleaning cloths for those little accidents.

The Peregrine Kitchen.
With settings for 16, and two dishwashers cleaning up dishes won't be a priority on your vacation.

If you are getting the idea that the kitchen is very large you would be right. The Peregrine was built as a bed & breakfast, and food preparation was a high priority.

Beyond The Basics

We provide basics that many vacation rentals do not, such as, napkins, lots of spices, sugar, olive oil and canola oil, plastic wrap, plastic baggies, tin foil, hand soap, dish soap and dishwasher tabs. We provide paper towels for messy clean ups as well as dish towel for drying. Pretty much everything but coffee and tea.

TIP! The rule of thumb is to plan on longer cook times due to the water boiling at lower temperatures at our altitude.

We even have a good selection of cook books as well as specialty books on high altitude cooking. At just over 6000 feet in elevation you will want to consider cooking at altitude.

If you love cooking like me, or have chefs in your group you will love this kitchen.

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BBQ

The lodge has a BBQ located on the deck adjacent to the kitchen.

It is available in the spring, summer and fall months roughly between June 1st and November 1st depending on the weather.

We provide an extra propane bottle next to the stove because Murphy's law states that the gas always runs out in the middle of your cooking!

Due to bears in the neighborhood please follow the following guidelines when cooking and eating outside on the deck.

Feeding bears is a violation of the rental agreement and will result in the immediate cancellation of your booking with no refund. It will more then likely result in the destruction of the bear.

Guidelines for cooking and eating on the deck.

  •   Never leave cooking food or food on the table unattended. (Animals can move in fast. Bears have, can, and will come up on the deck.)
  •   Please clean up any spills, such as grease, sauces, and food particles. (These are bear and animal attractants.)
  •   Never leave trash outside.
  •   Never feed the animals. This will encourage bad animal behavior long after you are gone. (Bears never forget where they got a meal, and will return frequently.)
  •   Please cover the BBQ after you use it and after it has cooled down.
  •   Please wipe down table after you have eaten. There are cleaning supplies in the kitchen cabinet.
  •   Keep in mind that you can normally scare a bear away, if it comes close to the lodge yell and clap your hands.
  •   If a bear gets a hold of your food never try to retrieve it. After a bear has got hold of your food it is now their food, and they may fight to keep it. But chances are they will just run away with it in their mouths and that is the last you will ever see of your delicious rack of ribs.

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Shopping & Groceries

There are a number of places to shop in Yosemite

Shopping and Groceries In Yosemite Valley

The Yosemite Village Store: (Located in Yosemite Village)

The Village Store. Located in Yosemite Village across from the garage, offering a full line of souvenirs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, Junior Ranger accessories and nick-knacks of all kinds. The Village Store also carries groceries, fresh meat and produce, baked goods, clothing, camping supplies, books, magazines, film, disposable cameras, postcards, ice, wood and an ATM.

Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Gift Shop: 8am - 10pm

Sweet Shop: 7am - 10pm

Half Dome Village Gift and Grocery: (In Half Dome Village)

Groceries, picnic supplies, souvenirs, apparel, ice, firewood, batteries, books, postcards, videos and an ATM. Plus everything you need to make your own S’mores! Curry Village Gift Shop is open daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Mountain Shop: (In Half Dome Village)

Outdoor gear, clothing, climbing equipment and more! The Mountain Shop is open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Housekeeping General Store:

Basic groceries, snacks, beverages, firewood, bagged ice and camping supplies are available, in addition to souvenirs, maps, books and children’s gifts. Seasonal. The Housekeeping Camp General Store is open Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Yosemite Valley Lodge

The Gift Shop: Hours 8 am - 10 pm.

Shopping and Groceries In the park outside the Yosemite Valley

Crane Flat Gas Station:

The Crane Flat Gas Station is located at the junction of Big Oak Flat Road and Tioga Road. Gas is available 24-hours with credit or debit card. The Crane Flat Store is open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Tuolumne Meadows Store: (Seasonal)

General convenience store offering groceries, cold beverages, camping and cooking supplies and other convenience items. Store is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm for the summer season. Please note that the Tuolumne Meadows Gas Station and Sport Shop has been removed due to the implementation of the Tuolumne River Plan. The closest fueling services to Tuolumne Meadows will be at Crane Flat (40 miles, Hwy 120/Tioga Pass West) and Lee Vining (20 miles, Hwy 120/Tioga Pass East).

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Dinning Out

Yosemite National Park offers a wide variety of restaurants

Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner, a packaged lunch for your backpacking trip, or casual dining experience, you’ll find it in the valley. Most valley restaurants are open all year, and many offer outdoor seating during the warmer months. Hours of operation are subject to change with out much notice. We do our best to keep up with the changes, but you should double check hours and days, especially if you want to make reservations.

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Dining in Yosemite National Park

NOTE: If you plan on having an alcohol drink you must have valid I.D. If you look like you are 70 years old and you do not have an I.D. on you, you will not be served, no kidding! They have a very strict policy and hold the waiters accountable for infractions.

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

The Grand Dining Room

With towering 34-foot high ceilings, enormous pine trestles and granite pillars, the chandelier-lit The Majestic Yosemite Dining Room is as spectacular as it is inviting. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served each day as well as our legendary Sunday Brunch. The Majestic Yosemite Dining Room offers the finest dining in all of Yosemite National Park. Dinne at the Majestic is immensely popular and reservations are recommended.

Hours of Operation:

  • Breakfast: 7:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Lunch: (Mon-Sat) 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Dinner: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Brunch on Sundays (no lunch served): 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Proper attire is kindly requested for dinner. For dinner, we require gentlemen to wear long pants and a shirt with a collar, and ask that women to wear a dress, skirt, or long pants with a blouse. Please refrain from wearing shorts, T-shirts, tank tops, flip-flops, and baseball caps. Children over the age of four are asked to dress for the occasion as well. Breakfast, brunch, and lunch are always casual.

The Majestic Bar

The bar serves light faire such as appetizers and snacks, including a kids menu.

Yosemite Valley Lodge Dining Choices

The Mountain Room Restaurant:

At The Mountain Room Restaurant, you will take in astounding views of the nearly 2500 foot high waterfall. The menu offers perfectly cooked steaks, sustainability caught seafood, and mouthwatering pasta dishes. The restaurant is open year-round.

Hours of Operation:

  • Dinner: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Brunch on Sundays (no lunch served): 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Reservations are taken only for parties of 8 or more: Call 1-209-372-1281

The Mountain Room Lounge:

A great bar that serves light food at the tables.

  • Monday through Friday: 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Yosemite Valley Lodge Food court

The food court is located near the Mountain Room Restaurant. It is a cafeteria style restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

Hours of Operation:

  • Breakfast: 6:30 am - 10:30 am
  • Lunch: 11:00 am - 4:300 pm
  • Dinner: 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Big Trees Lodge Dining Room

With authentic Victorian era ambiance, the Big Trees Lodge Dining Room features hand painted lamps and a summertime veranda where you can enjoy superb cuisine nightly. Snuggle by the fireplace, relax on the lawn in our comfortable Adirondack chairs, or settle into a great meal in the main dining room.

Hours of Operation:

  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 10:00 am
  • Lunch: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • Dinner: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Big Trees Lodge Summer BBQ

Every Saturday in the summer you’ll find the Big Trees Lodge Summer Saturday BBQ. Choose a delicious grilled barbecue Entrée and enjoy unlimited side dishes and a dessert of your liking.

Half Dome Village

Half dome village offers the widest selection of restaurants all close by—perfect for guests who like variety. During the winter you can hop the Yosemite Valley free shuttle to Half Dome Village and enjoy a number of excellent dining options.

Pizza Deck (In Half Dome Village)

Hand-tossed pizza, fresh salads and cold drinks are served on the outdoor deck, surrounded by great views of Glacier Point and Royal Arches. There’s also indoor seating available, which also offers stunning views.

Open seasonally: March 17th - November 26th., 2017

  • Daily: 5:00 am - 9:00 pm

Coffee Corner (In Half Dome Village)

Grab a fresh pastry, create your own oatmeal masterpiece, or indulge in coffee, cappuccino, and espresso. Open seasonally March through November. A ice cream bar is also there to tempt your taste buds in the warmer months. The best take out coffee in the valley. Hours are 6:00 am to 11 am.

Half Dome Village Pavilion (In Half Dome Village)

Traditional home-style cooking is a Yosemite Park tradition from Mother Curry’s Kitchen.

Open seasonally.

  • Breakfast: 7:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Lunch: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • Dinner: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Meadow Grill (In Half Dome Village)

Half Dome Village’s Meadow Grill offers a wide variety of grilled foods—including fantastic burgers, chicken sandwiches, salmon burgers and vegetarian options.

Open seasonally.

  • Hours: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Half Dome Village Bar (In Half Dome Village)

You’ll find the Half Dome Village Bar right on the Pizza Deck, where you can enjoy our creative cocktails—including our signature strawberry margarita. Just the thing after a long day on the trail.

Open seasonally.

  • Pizza Deck Open: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Bar: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Degnan’s Deli

Authentic delicatessen sandwiches, fresh-made salads, vegetarian options, and espresso drinks are available at Degnan’s Deli. Open Year-Round. Operating Hours: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

Degnan’s Café

Here you’ll find a wide variety of coffee drinks, smoothies, baked items, and pre-made sandwiches — convenient for taking out on the trail. You’ll also find computers with Internet access that you can use for a small fee. Open seasonally from May to September.

Degnan’s Loft Pizza

The perfect place for pizza, salad, soup, and delicious appetizers served in a loft style restaurant above the deli. A wide variety of wines and beers are also on the menu. Open seasonally from May to September.

Village Grill Deck

Grilled sandwiches, burgers, and veggie options are available daily. The Grill’s famous milkshakes are not to be missed! Have a seat on the deck where the views are as wonderful as the food. Open seasonally from April to October.

  • Breakfast: 7:00 am - 10:30 am
  • Lunch/Dinner: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge

Tuolumne Meadows Lodge serves hearty family-style breakfast and dinner in a central dining tent beside the Tuolumne River. Menu options include beef, chicken, fish and vegetarian choices, salads, soups and special desserts.

Dinner 4:45pm - 8:00pm

Dinner reservations are required and can be made by calling 209-372-8413. NOTE: this number is not available for reservations until the lodge is open for the season, which is typically mid-June.

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Free Shuttle

A free shuttle service is available within some (but not all) areas of the park.

Yosemite Valley Shuttle System

NOTE: There will be no valley shuttle to Bridalveil Falls this year, (2017).

The free Yosemite Valley shuttle system provides convenient access around Yosemite Valley. One of the most important tips I can give our guests while visiting the park is to head out as early as you can. Find a good parking space on the North side drive and use the shuttle to explore most of the valley attractions.

By parking on the North side of the valley at the public parking lot next to the Yosemite Lodge you will avoid a lot of traffic congestion on the way out at the end of your day.

The Yosemite Valley Shuttle ( CLICK TO VIEW LARGE MAP)

This shuttle provides service around eastern Yosemite Valley, including stops at or near all overnight accommodations, stores, and major vistas. This shuttle operates all year from 7 am to 10 pm.

El Capitan shuttle

This bus stops at El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, Four Mile trail head, and the Valley Visitor Center. This shuttle operates from mid-June through early October from 9 am to 5 pm. If you miss the last bus you will have to take the Valley Loop Trail back to the east side of the park where shuttle run to 10 pm.

Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows Hikers Bus (Fee)

The Tuolumne Meadows Hikers' Bus provides convenient access along the Tioga Road for hikers wanting to begin a hike along the Tioga Road. The bus leaves Yosemite Valley each morning (July through Labor Day) with stops at Crane Flat, White Wolf, and Tuolumne Meadows Lodge. Charge depends on where you are dropped off. To guarantee seating, hikers must purchase tickets one day in advance (209/372-1240). Visit the DNC Parks Resorts at Yosemite. If you are getting on and off in Tuolumne Meadows there is a cash only fee.

Tuolumne Meadows is located in the back country and has amazing meadows, lakes, rivers, cascades and more. You will not want to miss this area of the park. It is every bit as awesome and beautiful as the valley and yet less frequented than the park’s more famous landmarks. It is about 20 degrees cooler then the Yosemite Valley which is a welcome relief when temperatures are over 90 degrees in the valley.

Gorgeous wildflower fields, outstanding views, and seemingly endless miles of crowd free trails make the trip worth it.

Hop the Tuolumne Meadows Hikers Bus and head to the high country: Opens June 9th. Additional Information: For pick-up at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, please call 209.372.1240 in advance. Hikers Bus can be flagged for pick-up or drop off at any turnout large enough to accommodate the bus.

Wawona-Mariposa Grove Shuttle Bus ( Currently not running)

The free Wawona-Mariposa Grove shuttle bus shuttles passengers between Wawona and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias spring through fall . The bus picks up and drops off passengers at the Wawona Store, South Entrance, and at the Mariposa Grove Gift Shop. The Mariposa Grove Road closes several times each day from spring through fall when the parking lot becomes full. Visitors arriving on the shuttle bus are guaranteed access into the Mariposa Grove even when the parking lot is closed (as a result of being full).

The Mariposa Grove of trees is currently closed due to restoration and the shuttle bus has been discontinued until it opens again to the public. The Mariposa Grove restoration project will restore the grove’s dynamic ecology and increase its resilience. It is expected to reopen fall 2017.

Badger Pass Bus

The free Badger Pass shuttle bus provides service twice daily between Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass ski area whenever the facilities at Badger Pass are open (typically mid December through mid March).

Glacier Point Hikers' Bus (fee)

The Glacier Point Hikers' Bus provides convenient access to Glacier Point for hikers wanting to begin a hike at Glacier Point and end elsewhere or for visitors not wanting to drive to Glacier Point. Visitors may ride the bus to Glacier Point and hike back down to the valley, or hike up and return by bus. To guarantee seating, hikers must purchase tickets one day in advance (209/372-1240). Be prepared to wait on hold for some time before your call is taken.

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Boating in Yosemite National Park

Merced River (including Yosemite Valley)

Boating is allowed on the following sections of the Merced River, with the following restrictions:

Headwaters to Little Yosemite Valley Campground

  •   This section of the Merced River is always open.

  •   Launching and retrieving boats is permitted along this entire section of river.

  •   There is no vehicle access to this section. You must hike at least four miles of strenuous trail to access this section and you must hike back 3.8 to 4.7 miles of strenuous trail from Little Yosemite Valley at the end of this segment.

  •  A wilderness permit is required for overnight stays.

Clark's Bridge to Stoneman Bridge (Class I-II: Easy to Novice)

  •  The Merced River from Clark's Bridge (between North Pines and Lower Pines Campgrounds) to Stoneman Bridge is open each day that the gage height at Pohono Bridge is below 4 feet at 8 am.

  •   Launching and retrieving boats is permitted only at the following location:

    • The area downstream from Clark's Bridge for approximately 100 feet, or as signed.

Stoneman Bridge to El Capitan Bridge (Class I-II: Easy to Novice)

  •  The Merced River from Stoneman Bridge (between North Pines and Lower Pines Campgrounds) to El Capitan Bridge is open each day that the gage height at Pohono Bridge is below 7 feet at 8 am.

  •   Launching and retrieving boats is permitted only at the following location:

    • The area downstream from Stoneman Bridge for approximately 100 feet, or as signed

    • The sandy, unvegetated area of Sentinel Beach

    • The area of El Capitan Bridge for approximately 100 feet upstream and downstream, or as signed

El Capitan Bridge to Park Boundary (Class III-IV: Intermediate to Advanced)

  • The Merced River from El Capitan Bridge downstream to the park boundary is each day when the gage height at Pohono Bridge is at least 3.4 feet at 8 am.

  •   Launching and retrieving boats is permitted only at the following locations:

    • The area of El Capitan Bridge for approximately 100 feet upstream and downstream, or as signed

    • The entire portion of river downstream of Pohono Bridge

South Fork Merced River (including Wawona)

Boating is allowed on the following sections of the South Fork Merced River, with the following restrictions:

Headwaters to 100 Yards Upstream From Wawona Impoundment

  •   The section of river is always open.

  •   Launching and retrieving boats is permitted along this entire section of river.

  •  There is no vehicle or trail access to this section and a wilderness permit is required for overnight stays.

Downstream of Wawona Impoundment to Park Boundary

  •   The section of river is always open.

  •   Launching and retrieving boats is permitted along this entire section of river.

  •  There is no vehicle or trail access downstream of the Wawona Campground. Unless you boat all the way to the Merced River in El Portal (outside the park), you must portage back to Wawona.

Tanya Lake near Tuolumne Meadows

Tenaya Lake CA, with its warm summer daytime temperatures, is a great place to come when visiting Yosemite. At 8,149 feet above sea level, this mountain lake is not as crowded as other lakes within the park, giving you some peace and solitude.

Tenaya Lake California lies between Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows on Tioga Pass Road. Take Highway 120 from Yosemite Valley for 10 miles to the turnoff onto Tioga Pass Road, and then drive for 31 miles to reach the lake.

Tioga Pass Road closes in the winter so you can only access the lake from June through October.

The water in the lake is frigid until the late summer, and even then is chilly at best. If you don’t mind cold water, jump right on in! Swimming and non powered boating is allowed.

Tuolumne River

Boating is allowed on the following section of the Tuolumne River:

Pothole Dome to Pate Valley

  •   The Tuolumne River from Pothole Dome (Tuolumne Meadows) to Pate Valley.

  •   Launching and retrieving boats is permitted only at the following locations:

    • The Pothole Dome area downstream of the meadow.

    • The Glen Aulin area within 100 feet of the bridge

    • The Pate Valley area within 100 feet of the bridge

  •  There is no vehicle access to this section. You must hike about a half mile to access this section and you must hike back several miles back to Tuolumne Meadows or White Wolf.

  •  There is no vehicle or trail access to this section and a wilderness permit is required for overnight stays.

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Biking in the park

When you arrive, park your vehicle and explore Yosemite with two wheels. Biking is one of the easiest, most fun ways to ensure you see all the highlights at Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Valley is mostly flat, or hill and dale. This makes for easy riding along our 12 miles of designated paths. All rental bikes are available first-come, first-served – reservations are only available for ADA bicycles (hand-crank bicycles, and tandem bicycles for visually impaired guests). Before you begin your biking trip, be sure to review the trail map and familiarize yourself with our biking rules.

Rental Locations

Yosemite Valley Lodge

Yosemite Valley Lodge Bike Stand is located next to pool.

  •   Operating Season: Daily Spring through Fall, weather dependent

  •   Operating Hours: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

  •   Last Bike Rental of the Day: 5:45 pm

  •   Return Time: All bikes must be returned by 6:45 pm

  •   Return Time: All bikes must be returned by 6:45 pm

Half Dome Village

Half Dome Village Bike Rental Kiosk is located next to the Half Dome Village Front Office.

  •   Operating Season: Daily Spring through Fall

  •   Operating Hours: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

  •   Last Bike Rental of the Day: 5:45 pm

  •   Return Time: All bikes must be returned by 6:45 pm

    Rental Rates
    * NOTE: Rates and times may change. We try to keep updated but you should double check with park concessionaires before you go.
    Standard Bikes $12.50 by the hour
    $30.50 by the day
    Bikes with Attached Trailer $19.00 by the hour
    $56.50 by the day
    ADA Bike Rentals Each rider will be provided an orientation regarding bike trails and use of a hand crank bike that will accommodate anyone with only the use of their upper body. All two seated bikes are reserved for visually impaired riders. Advanced reservations required for rental.
    Stroller Rentals $7.00 by the hour
    $21.00 by the day
    Wheelchair Rentals $6.50 by the hour
    $17.00 by the day
    Electric Scooter $31.00 by the day
    Helmet Rental Free with bike rental fee
    $5.00 fee for guests using their own bikes
  •   Ride only on paved bicycle paths. Bicycles are not allowed on trails.

  •   Helmets are required by law for children under 18 years of age.

  •   Obey all traffic laws and signs.

  •   Let pedestrians know when you’re passing them, i.e., "passing on your left!"

  •   Rental bikes are not permitted on Mirror Lake Hill and Lower Yosemite Falls Trail.

  •   When riding in groups, please ride single file on the right hand side of the path.

  •   Only one rider is allowed per bike. Passengers not permitted including babies.

  •   Rental bikes must stay in Yosemite Valley.

Suggested Rides

From Half Dome Village

Ride from the Half Dome Village, past the Stable, and on to Mirror Lake. Park your bike before Mirror Lake in the designated bike stand and walk the rest of the way in. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon by the water, having a picnic, and relaxing as you take in the gorgeous surroundings. On the way back, stop by the stable and visit the friendly horses and mules. Estimated round trip: 2 miles.

From Yosemite Valley Lodge

From Yosemite Valley Lodge bike stand, follow the bike path across the meadow and over the bridge toward the Chapel. Continue past Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center to Half Dome Village for a pizza or ice cream. For an easy loop around the Valley, head back to Yosemite Valley Lodge by following the signs to Yosemite Village. Estimated round trip: 5 miles

TIP! Biking is only permitted on paved trails. If you are on dirt, you could get a ticket.

 

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Hiking Yosemite

What are some good hikes to take?

To answer the question I normally speak with our visitors to understand their hiking experience, physical condition, and mental outlook. So without speaking with you directly I will leave it up to you to make a personal assessment of your abilities, desires and strengths. The park offers many kinds of hiking experiences. On average, about 4 million people visit Yosemite each year, and most spend the majority of their time in the seven square miles of Yosemite Valley. The park set a visitation record in 2016, surpassing 5 million visitors for the first time in its history.

The park's elevation ranges from 2000 feet to 13,114 feet (600m to 4,000m), containing groves of Giant Sequoia trees many over 2,000 years old, to breath-taking valleys carved by glaciers. The highest waterfall in America can be found here, as well as alpine meadows filled with rivers, cascades, lakes, and wildflowers.

Half Dome and El Capitan rise from the central glacier-formed Yosemite Valley, as does Yosemite Falls, North America's tallest waterfall. Three Giant Sequoia groves and vast wilderness are home to diverse wildlife.

Yosemite National Park spans portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in Northern California. The park covers an area of 1,168.681 square miles, and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. The park contains over 800 miles of hiking trails mostly through wilderness. While the Yosemite Valley has some pretty accessible and flat trails, most trails in the park are steep and challenging. So you see answering what some good hikes would be depends on what you want to see, how fit you are, and how equipped you are. For more technical information on knowledge, and equipment click here for my article on hiking Yosemite.

You will not find a detailed description of the entire 800 miles of trails on this website. But I will list some of the most popular, and some of my favorite hikes. It is up to you to decide if you or your group is up for the challenge of each.

A Few Things to Remember While Hiking:

  •   Stay on trails: taking shortcuts causes trail erosion--and is both dangerous and illegal.

  •   Carry (and drink) plenty of water: a leading cause of injuries on the trail is dehydration. Be sure to treat river, stream, lake, or spring water. Do not confuse sugary sports drinks with water, carry water.

  •   Pets and bicycles are only permitted on bike paths.

  •   Horses and mules have the right of way on trails.

  •   I give the right of way to hikers coming uphill as I go down, especially when they have back backs on!.

  •   Pack out what you pack in. Don't litter!

  •   Trails are not regularly maintained nor are they regularly patrolled: travel carefully and at your own risk.

  •   Smoking while traveling on trails is prohibited, though you may smoke while stopped except when fire restrictions are in effect. (Crush out and dispose of cigarette butts in your personal trash bag to pack out. Yes cigarette butts are litter and are poisonous to animals as they break down.)

Below is a chart with some wonderful hikes out of Yosemite Valley enjoy, and happy trails!

HIKES IN YOSEMITE VALLEY

  •   Bridalveil Fall Trail

    •   Dificulty: Easy

    •   Distance: 0.5 mi / 0.8 km (round trip)

    •   Elevation Gain: 80 ft / 24 m

  •   Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

    •   Dificulty: Easy

    •   Distance: 1 mi / 1.6 km (entire loop)

    •   Elevation Gain: 50 ft / 15 m

  •   Cook's Meadow Loop

    •   Dificulty: Easy

    •   Distance: 1 mi / 1.6 km (entire loop)

    •   Elevation Gain: 0 ft / 0 m

  •   Mirror Lake Loop

    •   Dificulty: Easy to Moderate

    •   Distance: 5 mi / 8 km (entire loop)

    •   Elevation Gain: 200 ft (loop)

  •   Valley Loop Trail

    •   Dificulty: Moderate

    •   Distance: 13 mi / 20.9 km (full loop)

    •   Elevation Gain: Mostly flat - Hill & Dale

  •   Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall Trails

    •   Dificulty: Moderate to Strenuous

    •   Distance: 1.5 mi / 2.5 km - 8.7 mi / 13 km (round trip)

    •   Elevation Gain: 393 ft / 120 m to 1968.5 ft / 600 m (Depending on if you go to the top falls)

  •   Yosemite Falls Trail

    •   Dificulty: Moderate to Strenuous

    •   Distance: 7.2 mi / 11.6 km (round trip)

    •   Elevation Gain: 2700 ft / 825 m

  •   Snow Creek Trail

    •   Dificulty: Strenuous

    •   9.4 mi / 15.1 km (round trip)

    •   Elevation Gain: 2700 ft / 825 m

  •   Four Mile Trail

    •   Dificulty: Strenuous

    •   4.8 mi / 7.7 km (one way)

    •   Elevation Gain: 3200 ft / 975 m

  •   Half Dome Trail (*Permit required)

    •   Dificulty: Strenuous

    •   22.4 km-26.2 km (round trip)

    •   Elevation Gain: 4800 ft / 1475 m

HIKES IN YOSEMITE VALLEY - (CLICK ON THE TRAIL NAME FOR LINK TO HIKING DETAILS PAGE)

(Crowd Factor Scale = One to Five )

TRAILS

DIFICULTY

DISTANCE

ELEVATION GAIN

BRIDALVEIL FALLS TRAIL
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Easy 0.5 mi / 0.8 km (round trip) 80 ft / 24 m
LOWER YOSEMITE FALLS TRAIL
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Easy 1 mi / 1.6 km (entire loop) 50 ft / 15 m
Cook's Meadow Loop Trail
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Easy 1 mi / 1.6 km (entire loop) Flat
Mirror Lake Loop
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Easy to Moderate 5 mi / 8 km (entire loop) 200 ft / 60.9 m (loop)
Valley Loop Trail
Moderate 11.5 mi / 18.5 km (full loop) Mostly flat - hill and dale
Vernal Fall
and Nevada Fall Trails

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A. Moderate to Strenuous
B. Strenuous
C. Strenuous
A. Top of Vernal Falls Foot Bridge: 1.6 mi (2.6 km) round trip
B. Top of Vernal Falls: 2.4 mi (3.9 km) round trip (via Mist Trail)
C. Top of Nevada Falls: 5.4 mi (8.7 km) round trip (via Mist Trail)
A. 400 ft / 121.92 m - to 2000 ft / 609.6 m
B. 1000 ft (300 m)
C. 2000 ft (610 m)
Yosemite Falls Trail (Upper)
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Moderate to Strenuous 7.2 mi / 11.6 km (round trip) 2700 ft / 825 m
Snow Creek Trail
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Strenuous 9.4 mi / 15.1 km (round trip) 2700 ft / 825 m
Four Mile Trail
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Strenuous 4.8 mi / 7.7 km (one way) 3200 ft / 975 m
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Fishing

Yosemite National Park offers some of the most exciting and scenic fishing in the world—with an abundance of rainbow and brown trout keepers. Seven-hundred-and-seventy miles of permanent streams combine with Yosemite’s pristine mountain lakes to set the scene for world-class fishing.

Yosemite Fishing Season

All lakes and reservoirs are open to fishing year-round. The fishing season for Yosemite’s rivers and streams begins on the last Saturday in April and continues through November 15th.

Fishing Licenses

All persons 16 years of age and older must have a valid California sport fishing license for fishing in Yosemite National Park, which can be purchased online through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fishing licenses are available at the Mountain Shop in Yosemite's Half Dome Village.

California Fishing License Information

Fish Species Found at Yosemite

From the first recorded planting in 1877 until 1990, more than 33 million fish were stocked into waters of Yosemite. Today, the native and non-native species include:

Native Species:

  •   Rainbow Trout (Lower Elevations)

  •   California Roach

  •   Sacramento Pikeminnow

  •   Hardhead

  •   Sacramento Sucker

  •   Riffle Sculpin

Non-Native Species:

  •   Rainbow Trout (Higher Elevations)

  •   Bullgill

  •   Smallmouth Bass

  •   Brook Trout

  •   Brown Trout

  •   Lahontan Cutthroat Trout

  •   Golden Trout

  •   Rainbow Trout

  •   Rainbow-Golden Hybrid Trout

  •   Rainbow-Lahontan Cutthroat Hybrid Trout

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Non Smoking Areas

There is absolutely no smoking in the lodge or on any of the outside decks.

Due to the threat of wild fire we do not allow smoking on any of the decks. The chances of a spark or cigarette butt causing a fire is very high here in Yosemite West.

Due to the damaging nature of nicotine, and the hazard of fire, as well as serious clauses in our home owners insurance, violating this policy will result in the termination of your rental with no refunds. If tobacco smell, residue or related damages are discovered after check out the damage protection deposit will be charged to resolve the issues.

Depending on the extent of the tobacco smell we may have to hold the lodge from bookings until it is properly aired out and cleaned. Many of our guests choose to book with us based on the fact we are a non-smoking lodge. People with asthma, or allergy issues depend on us to provide a safe and comfortable environment.

If our next guest refuse to occupy the lodge due to your smoking then you may be liable for the loss of income to the lodge. And if there are damages such as burns we will charge you for the repair or replacement of the damaged item.

Smoke all you want in our designated outdoor smoking area at the downstairs entry to the lodge. Thank you for your kind consideration.

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Worship

You are welcome to worship at Yosemite Valley Chapel, a loving place of worship, teaching, fellowship, and weddings for residents and visitors alike for over 135 years. The chapel is located in the heart of Yosemite National Park, California, in the middle of the world famous Yosemite Valley, surrounded by spectacular cliffs, beautiful meadows, and an impressive view of Yosemite Falls. For more information go to the Yosemite Valley Chapel website.

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Bars

There are three bars in Yosemite

NOTE: You must have valid I.D. If you look like you are 70 years old and you do not have an I.D. on you, you will not be served, no kidding! They have a very strict policy and hold the waiters accountable for infractions. Employees have been written up and fired over this policy. Please treat them nicely they are just doing their job.

The Mountain Room Lounge: Located at the Yosemite Lodge

A great bar that serves light food at the tables.

  • Monday through Friday: 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Majestic Bar: Located near the entry of the Majestic Yosemite Hotel

The bar serves light faire such as appetizers and snacks, including a kids menu.

  • Everyday: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
  • Coffee Bar: 7:00 am - 10:30 am

Half Dome Village Bar (In Half Dome Village)

You’ll find the Half Dome Village Bar right on the Pizza Deck, where you can enjoy our creative cocktails—including our signature strawberry margarita. Just the thing after a long day on the trail.

Open seasonally.

  • Pizza Deck Open: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Bar: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Gas Stations

FOOD AND GAS

Yosemite West has no food or gas and no food services. There are no gas stations in Yosemite Valley.

GAS INSIDE THE PARK

There is a small grocery and a gas station in Wawona about 20 minutes by car from the lodge going south on 41.

There is a gas station at Crane Flats on the way to Tuolumne Meadows.

GAS OUTSIDE THE PARK

Valero (Oakhurst)

There are a lot of gas stations in Oakhurst. But the one I use when in town is the Valero on the right hand side on highway 41. It is past Von's and Raley's stores. Valero normally has the best credit card prices for gas in town.

  Coarsegold Kwik Services (Coursgold)

The very best gas prices are at the Coarsegold Kwik Services at 35335 CA-41. Coursegold is the town you will pass through just before entering Oakhurst, CA. It is normally $0.15 cents less per gallon then the Valero in Oakhurst. I normally gas there if I am driving through to the park. It is on the right side of the road coming into Coursegold. You will not find great service inside the mart, but you cannot beat the prices for gas.

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Post Office

There are three post office locations inside the park.

The current main post office is located at the heart of Yosemite Valley, next door to the Ansel Adams Gallery, with Yosemite Falls as the backdrop. It has one branch at Yosemite Lodge, one all-year contract station at Wawona, and two contract stations at Tuolumne Meadows and Half Dome Village open only during summer.

Locations of Post Offices in park:

1. Yosemite Village: 9017 Village Drive, Yosemite Valley, CA95389-9998
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Tuolumne Meadows, 14000 Highway 120 E,Yosemite Valley, CA95389-9906
3. Yosemite Lodge, 9015 Lodge Drive, Yosemite ValleyCA 95389-9908
4. Wawona, 1 Forest Drive,Yosemite ValleyCA 95389-9909

If You Go:

  •  Yosemite National Park Post Office is open year-round in Yosemite Village main office, Yosemite Lodge and Wawona Store.
  •  Window service is Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to noon. Seasonal post offices operate at Curry Village (currently under remodeling) and Tuolumne Meadows from May to September.
  •  The main post office at Yosemite Village is nearest to Yosemite Valley shuttle stop #4, #5 and #9.
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Hospital / Clinic

Yosemite West is in the heart of the wilderness. There are no close towns or businesses. Many vacation homes in our community have owners or managers many miles away. Basic issues like plumbing, snow removal, power outages or maintenance could ruin your vacation.

You will find peace of mind knowing that one of the owners is on site while guests are at the lodges. David occupies a small apartment on the property and manages the Yosemite Peregrine Lodge as well as two other properties close by.

David checks you in, tours the home and gets you settled in. He can also help you plan the best way to see the Park should you desire input. He is your personal concierge and is available for emergencies.

EMERGENCIES DURING YOUR STAY

David, the manager and owner is on site and is available between 10 am and 5 pm

NONE LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES

For emergencies with the home, such as water leaks, appliance miss-behavior or other non-life threatening issues you can contact David 24/7 by calling or texting 619-948-8560.

You will need Verizon to call at the lodges most other cell phone networks do not work here. Sometimes texting works when voice will not.

There is a house phone which is for local 209 numbers inside the park. You can call other area codes with a calling card.

If calling is not an option you may go to the manager's office located on the upper deck and around to the back and knock on the door.

LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES

For life threatening emergencies please call 911. If your cell phone does not work, use the house phone located by the kitchen and dining room. It can call 911.

HOSPITALS & CLINICS NEAR YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

  Yosemite National Park Hospitals

Yosemite Medical Clinic

CONTACT INFORMATION

  209/372-4637 (phone)
  209/372-4330 (fax)

MAILING ADDRESS

PO Box 550
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

9000 Ahwahnee Drive
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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HOURS

Summer: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Winter: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CLOSED ON: All federal holidays

SERICES:

Primary care:

  •   Physical exams

  •   Well child exams

  •   Chronic disease management

Urgent Care:

  •   Illness evaluation and treatment (cold, flu, and infection)

  •   Injury care (fractures, sprains, strains, cuts, abrasions, sutures)

Radiology services (X-ray)

CONTRACTS:

  •   Blue Shield of California, (PPO)

  •   Anthem Blue Cross

  •   Medicare

  •   NPS Workers' Compensation

  •   Tricare Insurance - Certified Provider

  •   UnitedHealthcare (PPO only)

FORMS:

  Authorization for Release of Medical Records [30 kb PDF]

  Notice of Privacy Practices [200 kb PDF]

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ATM / BANK

Yes there are ATMs in Yosemite.

In Yosemite Valley, there are ATMs in Yosemite Village inside the Village Store and to the south of the store at the Art Activity Center, at Yosemite Valley Lodge inside the main registration area, and at Half Dome Village inside the gift/grocery store. In Wawona, the ATM is inside the Wawona store, and at Tuolumne Meadows, it’s inside the grocery store.

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What's Provided?

You will only need to bring your clothes, personal hygiene items, and toys. Our goal is to offer a lodge that has pretty much everything you would need in an average home.

Our lodge is fully furnished with a large selection of pots, pans, specialty dishes, bake-ware and kitchen appliances found in most kitchens. We provide bedding, sheets, blankets, both shower towels and pool towels for the out door hot tub.

We provide basics that many vacation rentals do not, such as paper towels, napkins, spices, plastic wrap, tin foil, hand soap, shower soap and shampoo.

Forgot your hiking stick? We even have hiking sticks you can use. We are always thinking of things we can add, and we love suggestions from our guests.

We want our lodge to be your home away from home, and are always looking to add items we think will enhance and enrich your experience. Do you have an item in mind that you cannot live without on this trip? Just call first to make sure we have it.

Already checked in and looking for something and can't find? Just ask, we may have or can get it for you.

We are always thinking of things we can add, and we love suggestions from our guests.


We believe the less you have to pack along or shop for on the way, the better. For a detailed list of items we offer check out the Lodge Information & Instructions tab.

 

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Directions to our Lodge

Yosemite Peregrine Lodging is located inside the gates of Yosemite National Park in the Yosemite West development. You have to enter Yosemite to get to Yosemite West.

Don't let other hotel operators fool you. Ask for a physical address and check them out on a map before you make your reservation. Some accommodations claim to be minutes from Yosemite and are actually an hour or more away.

Our physical address is: CLICK LINK FOR GOOGLE MAPS 7509 Henness Circle, Yosemite West CA 95389

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Pet Policy

We have a zero pet policy*. Even well behaved pets are not accepted due to our desire to provide a healthy environment for those who have Asthma or allergies.

If you do find a lodge that will take pets please keep in mind that they are not allowed on many of the trails in the park and are prohibited on all hiking trails in the wilderness. Also, leaving a pet in the car is not legal in the park.

The only property up here that I know of that is pet friendly is the Tenaya Lodge and is just outside the park gates. You might try them, http://www.tenayalodge.com/Pet-Friendly.aspx

Here are some other good links regarding pets and the park. http://dogtrekker.com/yp/yosemite-national-park-yosemite-95389 http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/pets.htm.

Yosemite operates a dog kennel in Yosemite Valley from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Written proof of immunizations (rabies, distemper, parvo, and Bordetella) must be provided. Dogs must be at least 20 pounds (smaller dogs may be considered if you provide a small kennel).

The cost is $9.50 a day. You can get more information about the kennel by calling 209/372-834, The hours are 8am to 4pm. They suggest you call asap as space is limited.

There are also kennels in the near town of Oakhurst Ca.

If you try to get them in the Kennel without reservations and you cannot check them in or if you arrive after they close, you will not be able to bring them to the lodge as we cannot accommodate your pet no matter how long. I am just being forthright so you know the potential risks.

You would need to drop off your pets before checking in to our lodge as even dog urine around the lodge will upset the natural wildlife as they will smell new predators in the area. We routinely get deer, bear, coyote, mountain lion and other wildlife at the lodge and even on the decks and we do not wish to disrupt the natural flow of wildlife.

Thank you for your understanding. I hope this information helps.

* Subject to tenant's rights under federal and state law regarding service animals.

 

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Ski Cross Country

Yosemite National Park offers An Amazing Cross-Country Ski Experience

Yosemite National Park has some of the most beautiful cross-country skiing trails anywhere. Experience skiing in a variety of environments, from the silent snow blanketed forest to trails with outstanding panorama views of the Sierra Nevada’s and many famous Yosemite landmarks. At 6200 feet the Peregrine Lodge gets a lot more snow then the Yosemite Valley, but when conditions are right and the valley gets snow you don't have far to go to experience one of the best cross country experiences anywhere.

SKI FROM THE LODGE

For those of you who are experienced cross country skiers, or even novices with your own gear, you may have the opportunity to ski out right from our lodge depending on the snow conditions. We have a number of wonderful trails close to the lodge that were old narrow gage train tracks. Enjoy a ski through the woods on these easy and mildly graded trials, then return to relax with your favorite drink by the fire.

Bring your own gear, we have ski racks on the side of the lodge for easy access to your skis.

SKI YOSEMITE SKI & SNOW BOARD AREA AT BADER PASS (Ski Trail Map Here)

If you are new to cross country skiing no problem, take a lesson at the Yosemite's Cross-Country Ski School. Beyond providing lessons for skiers of all levels, the School also offers ski tours and leads overnight trips to Glacier Point and the Yosemite backcountry. For more advanced skiers wishing to do overnight ski trips contact the Yosemite Winter Club, Cross country ski section. Go to the YWC Cross Country Section for more information.

Our lodge is only a 20 minute drive to the Yosemite Ski & Snow Board Area at Bader Pass. Since 1935, Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area California’s first established ski area has been a favorite destination for many winter visitors to the park. The non-intimidating slopes and casual atmosphere make it perfect for beginning skiers and provide a fine setting for a relaxing family day in the snow and sunshine. And when you’re ready to relax and warm up, come back to the Peregrine Lodge and enjoy the winter views in cozy comfort.

From the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area, you’ll find 90 miles of marked trails and 25 miles of groomed track.Additionally, the School offers rental equipment—including cross-country skis, skate skis, telemark skis, snowshoes and specialized sleds for pulling children . The school is open daily all winter from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

CROSS COUNTRY SKI RENTAL 2017-18 *We do not guarantee these rates as they may change, contact park services to verify prices.

Half-Day Rate Hours: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All rentals must be turned in by 4:00 pm otherwise next-day fee will be charged. Locker Rentals Available. (Day Use Lockers: $16.00 per day) 

Classic Cross Country Ski Pkg (skis, boots & poles)

Adult (12 and over)    
Full Day $24.00  
Half Day $20.00  
Child (12 and under)
Full Day $13.50  
Half Day $10.50  

Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area at Badger Pass offers rentals for Telemarks Skis, Back-Country Skis, Skate Skis & Snowshoes, as well as camping equipment and a childs pull sled. Contact Badger Pass for more information.

SKI CRAIN FLAT (Ski Trail Map Here)

Among Yosemite’s excellent winter destinations is Crane Flat, not far southeast of the Big Oak Flat entrance on the west side of the park. Accessible year-round along the Big Oak Flat Road and a portion of the Tioga Road, this stretch of rolling woods and meadows rewards cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and winter hikers with giant sequoias and broad mountain views.

Crain Flat is only about a 30 minute drive from the Peregrine Lodge. Located At 6,200 feet Crane Flat is at the same altitude as the Peregrine Lodge.This area is laced with a number of ungroomed ski and snowshoe trails of varying length and difficulty. The 3-mile roundtrip trek to the Crane Flat Lookout is well worth the effort, given the fine view available from the fire tower. More impressive prospects are available from the Clark Range View Trail, a 4-mile roundtrip route tracing a former logging track.

An easy 1.75-mile trail explores the Crane Flat Campground. Another short, popular route drops one mile into the Tuolumne Grove, one of several stands of giant sequoia in Yosemite. The Merced Grove, accessible via a 1.5-mile trail, is another beautiful sequoia wood; the drop into the grove is quite steep and when conditions lean toward icy it would be a good idea to bring climbing skins for your skies.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

  •  Wear warm layers so you can thermoregulate.

  •  Always bring along extra food and water in case of emergencies. Keep hydrated, drink lots of water.

  •  Have a good trail map and a compass—not to mention the knowledge of how to use them.

  •  Remember that you’re sharing these trails with other winter recreationist. If you’re snowshoeing, stay out of ski tracks.

Because weather can change so quickly at Yosemite, and temperatures dropped quickly as you gain altitude, it's important to be prepared for any weather you may come across—especially if you’re cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. It's possible to be gliding along in the sunshine one minute and hunkered down for a blizzard the next.

Remember Yosemite Bears do not hibernate all year round. They may wake up and roam around looking for a snack. Don't lose your food to a bear with bed hair and a cranky disposition. Always practice smart food retention. When eating never be more then an arms reach from your food. And of course pack it in, pack it out. Don't be a litter bug.

WINTER DRIVING

Tire chains my be required depending on weather conditions. You must have chains when entering a chain control area even if you are driving a four-wheel drive or rental vehicle. NPS strongly recommends to have chains or cables in your possession during November through March, however, chain requirements can happen as early as September and late as May. Please keep in mind that chains are dependent on the weather condition and not time of year. Find more information at National Park Service Tire Chains. 

For up-to-date information on Yosemite's road conditions, call the 24-hour National Park Service road status line at 209.372.0200. Select option #1 from both menus. You can find additional information online on National Park Service Yosemite Current Conditions. Download our Winter Driving Tips PDF doc.

TYPICAL WINTER ROAD CLOSURES

The following roads close each winter. Closures typically begin in November and end in May.

  •  Tioga Road (CA 120 East) When Tioga Road is closed, there is no access to Yosemite's high country by car. The eastern entrances to the park at Lee Vining Canyon via Highway 395 is closed when the road is closed. Tioga Road typically opens in late May/June and closes in October/November.

  •  Glacier Point Road When the Glacier Point Road is closed for the winter, the first 5 miles are plowed and maintained to provide access to Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area. The road beyond Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area is groomed for cross-country skiing. Glacier Point Road is typically closed Mid-December through March.

  •  Mariposa Grove Road While Mariposa Grove Road is closed, visitors can travel the road on foot, snowshoes, or skis to access the Mariposa Grove. The distance from the parking lot at the road entrance gate to the Mariposa Grove is two miles. Mariposa Grove is currently closed due to renovation and there is no access at this time. The Grove is due to open in Spring 2018, but don't hold your breath it is already 2 years behind schedule.

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Ski Down Hill

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding just 20 minutes by car from our lodge.

Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area at Badger Pass offers an affordable ski and snowboard area that's perfect for skiers and riders of all levels.There are equipment rentals for snow shoes, cross country and down hill skiing. The Badger pass also has instructors, a ski shop, cafeteria and lounge as well as a large sun deck, where you can watch the ski slopes, have a picnic and enjoy the sierra snow.

The Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area is open from mid-December through mid-March, conditions permitting. For information, lessons, snow conditions call 209.372.8430.

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Ski Area Information:

Operating Season:

December 15, 2017 - April 1, 2018 (weather dependent)

Glacier Point Road Winter Trails:

Activities at the ski area:

Down Hill Ski, Cross Country Ski, Snow Tubing, Snow Boarding, (No sleds allowed)

Statistics:

  •  Map of Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area at Badger Pass

  •  Elevation: 7,200 ft to 8,000 ft, vertical drop of 800 ft.

  •  Average Temperature range - 30° to 60° Fahrenheit

  •  10 ski runs: 35% beginner, 50% intermediate, 15% advanced

  •  5 chairlifts: 1 triple-chair, 3 double-chair, 1 handle tow

  •  Beginner-friendly terrain park

  •   Locker Rentals Available. (Day Use Lockers: $16.00 per day)

Pups Program Children's Downhill Ski/Snowboard

Kids from 4 to 6 years old can take part in the Badger Pups program, taught by a ski or snowboard instructor.

Equipment Rentals 2017-18 Season *We do not guarantee these rates as they may change, contact park services to verify prices.

DOWN HILL SKI RENTALS
Full Day $37.00 $27.00
Half Day $28.50 $21.00
Snowboard
Full Day $37.00 $27.00
Half Day $28.50 $21.00
Snow Tubing
Snow Tubing Sessions, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm & 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. $17.00 Per 2-hour session
Snowshoeing
All day $22.50  
Half day $19.50  
Helmet Rental $7.50 $7.50
Ski Tune Up $50.00   

LIFT TICKET RATES SEASON 2017-18

For current lift ticket rates call 209.372.8430

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS:

Winter conditions and driving:

Because weather can change so quickly at Yosemite, and temperatures dropped quickly as you gain altitude, it's important to be prepared for any weather you may come across—especially if you’re cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. It's possible to be gliding along in the sunshine one minute and hunkered down for a blizzard the next. Always bring plenty of layers, extra food and extra water—even if you're just going out for a quick trip.

Driving in the park:

Tire chains my be required depending on weather conditions. You must have chains when entering a chain control area even if you are driving a four-wheel drive or rental vehicle. NPS strongly recommends to have chains or cables in your possession during November through March, however, chain requirements can happen as early as September and late as May. Please keep in mind that chains are dependent on the weather condition and not time of year. Find more information at National Park Service Tire Chains. 

If you have a four or all wheel drive vehicle you will not have to put chains on, but you must carry them.

For up-to-date information on Yosemite's road conditions, call the 24-hour National Park Service road status line at 209.372.0200. Select option #1 from both menus. You can find additional information online on National Park Service Yosemite Current Conditions.

Download our Winter Driving Tips PDF doc.

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Cancellations

Planning ahead for a vacation can be very stressful especially since there is always a chance that we may need to cancel. Fortunately VRBO has a solution to mitigate your cancellation. We also have a few ideas in which we hope will offer other reasonable solutions to a cancellation.

Our goal is to treat our guests fairly, and with compassion when a cancellation becomes necessary. We have zero interest in making money on cancellation fees. Our charges are to cover only what we have lost in transaction fees charged by VRBO / HOMEAWAY in the booking of the lodge. If you cancel at anytime after making a reservation you will be charged a $100.00 fee for the cancellation.

CANCELLATIONS

  •   There is a $100.00 cancellation fee for canceling at anytime after the booking is made. This is to cover the cost that vrbo/homeaway charges us at the time of booking.

  •   For the balance of your rental deposit less the $100.00 cancellation fee to be returned you must cancel your booking 60 - 30 days prior to check in.

  •   There are no refunds for cancellations made within the 30 day period just prior to check in.

REBOOKING THE LODGE

I will make a refund less the service fee if I can re-book the lodge for the same dates between the time of the original cancellation and the original reservation check in date. It has actually happened that I was able to re-book in the past and did refund our guests. But in the event of a cancellation I cannot guarantee someone will take the dates. It is much harder to re-book a canceled reservation made within 30 days.

EARLY DEPARTURES

There are no refunds for early departures.

CHANGE OF BOOKING DATES

We accept changes to booking dates if made before 30 days prior to checking in.

A SHORTENED STAY

The guest is responsible for the entire original reservation period if not changed before 30 days prior to the check in date.

NO SHOWS

There are no refunds, or reschedules for guest who do not check in for their booking dates.

If we transfered your reservation to another date due to a no show, it is possible that date may have been booked by another paying party but now cannot. We are a small business and cannot afford this kind of loss. We simply cannot underwrite a guests who do not arrive on their check in date.

LATE CHECK INS

We consider a guest's entire reservation period to be theirs whether they arrive or not. Unless otherwise notified by the guest, we will hold the reservation open until the end of the original booking date.

We do not refund for unused days of the guest's reservation.

CANCELLATION INSURANCE

We have had guests who were concerned about losing their deposit due to health reasons, work related issues or other obligations, and concerns which may involve canceling the trip. VRBO/HOMEAWAY offer Vacation Rental Protection for those with these kinds of concerns. It is insurance which protects your non-refundable payments if you need to cancel your trip due to a covered reason.

Cancellation Protection safeguards your non-refundable trip costs in case you need to cancel your trip for a covered reason. You can learn more at here about VRVO Cancellation Protection . This is a third party option that you can choose at the time of booking.

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Hike Half Dome

Half Dome Permits

Permits to hike to the top of Half Dome are required seven days per week when the cables are up (as called for in the Half Dome Plan in order to protect wilderness character, reduce crowding, protect natural and cultural resources, and improve safety). No one is allowed to hike Half Dome when the cables are down. A maximum of 300 hikers are allowed (about 225 day hikers and 75 backpackers) each day on the Half Dome Trail beyond the base of the sub dome.

Permits are distributed by lottery via Recreation.gov, with one preseason lottery with an application period in March and and daily lotteries during the hiking season. Backpackers—including those who want to spend the night in Little Yosemite Valley—should apply for Half Dome permits with their wilderness permit rather than using the process described below.

On each preseason lottery application, people can apply for up to six permits (six people) and for up to seven dates. Applications will only be successful if the number of permits requested is available on at least one of the requested dates. If enough permits are available for more than one of the requested dates, permits will be automatically awarded to the highest priority date, as entered by the applicant.

The applicant must specify the name of the trip leader and may specify the name of an alternate. Each person may apply as a trip leader only once per lottery. People applying multiple times as trip leader will have all their lottery applications canceled. Permits will only be valid if the trip leader and/or alternate specified on the permit is part of the group using the permits. The group with trip leader or alternate must be present together at the base of the sub dome, where rangers will check for permits. The names of the trip leader and alternate may not be changed once the application is submitted, and their permits are not transferable.

Permits for Backpackers (including Camping in Little Yosemite Valley) Backpackers—including those who want to spend the night in Little Yosemite Valley—should apply for Half Dome permits with their wilderness permit. The quota for Half Dome permits for backpackers is now 75 permits per day (50 available by reservation and 25 available one day in advance on a first-come, first-served basis at wilderness centers). The cost for Half Dome permits is $10 per person, payable at a wilderness center the day of or day before your trip, and is therefore not refundable.

Reservations for Wilderness Permits & Half Dome Permits

While making a wilderness permit reservation, be sure to specify that you want Half Dome permits. If Half Dome permits are available and Half Dome is reasonably part of your itinerary, you will receive a reservation that includes them. Half Dome permits received in this way will be valid for all dates your wilderness permit is valid.

Preseason Lottery

During the preseason lottery, 225 permits are available for each day. The application period for this lottery is from March 1 through March 31 (eastern time). Applicants will receive an email with lottery results in mid-April (or can get results online or by calling Recreation.gov). The Half Dome cables will be up June 2, 2017 through October 10, 2017. The initial delay is due to snow.

Fees

Two separate fees are collected. The first fee, which is charged at the time you submit an application, is $10. This non-refundable fee, which is per application (not per person), is charged by Recreation.gov for the costs of processing your permit application.

The second fee is $10 per person and is charged only when you receive a permit. (This fee also applies to wilderness permit holders.) This fee pays for park rangers checking for Half Dome permits and providing Half Dome visitors with hiking and safety information. The $10 fee is fully refundable if you cancel your permit or if the cables are not up on the date for which your permit is valid.


Questions? You can call the NPS at 209/372-0826 (Monday-Friday, 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4:30 pm).

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Yosemite Theater

There is a wonderful theater located in the Yosemite Valley. Relax and enjoy an evening at the Yosemite Valley Theater with creative performances that reveal Yosemite’s history and little-known stories. Watch history leap to life as Lee Stetson portrays John Muir, or as ranger Shelton Johnson gives you a new perspective on Yosemite through the eyes of a Buffalo Soldier.

Re-live rescue missions with rangers, explore the park's vertical wilderness with an expert rock-climber, and learn about the cast of characters who have helped shape this national treasure.

Tickets are available at the Yosemite Conservancy Bookstore at the Valley Visitor Center and at Tour and Activity desks.

Theater shows for 2017

Yosemite Search and Rescue:

Shows every Tuesday at 7 pm, April 11 - Oct 24 (No show Sept. 26)

Hear stories about emergency response missions in the park from Yosemite’s expert Search and Rescue rangers.

John Muir Series: Conversation with a Tramp, with Lee Stetson:

Shows every Wednesday at 7 pm, April 5 - Oct. 25.

Journey back to the early 1900s to hear John Muir share stories from Yosemite as he receives news on the future of his beloved Hetch Hetchy Valley. 

John Muir Series: Stickeen & Other Fellow Mortals, with Lee Stetson

Shows every Thursday at 7 pm, April 6 - Oct. 26

Enjoy the best of John Muir’s stories about his adventures and encounters with “fellow mortals” in the animal kingdom, including Stickeen the dog. 

Return to Balance: A Climber’s Journey

Fridays, April 7 – June 16, Sept. 1 – Oct. 27; Saturdays, April 8 – June 17, Sept. 2 – Oct. 28; Mondays, June 26 – Aug. 28

Enjoy Yosemite’s year-round beauty in a striking film narrated by world-renowned rock-climber Ron Kauk. 

Yosemite Through the Eyes of a Buffalo Soldier

Shows every Sunday at 7 pm, June 25 - Aug 27

Yosemite National Park ranger Shelton Johnson portrays the life of a Buffalo Soldier in Yosemite.

Stephen Mather’s Best Ideas: Yosemite and the Creation of the National Park Service, with Steve Hale

Shows every Saturday at 7 pm, July 15 - Aug. 12

Travel back to 1928 to join the National Park Service’s first director, Stephen Mather, for his annual inspection of Yosemite Valley. 

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The Peregrine lodge is located in the back country, inside Yosemite National Park, and surrounded by wilderness.

Because we are in such a unique setting we want to assist our visitors with information that will make their time here at the lodge and out in the park more enjoyable, and safer for both humans and the local animals.

We originally posted these documents on our reservation web page hosted by VRBO/HOMEAWAY.COM. They are there for the benefit of those who have made reservations, and it is our practice to send them to each of our guests.

It is our hope that these documents will better prepare our guests for lodging in our community.

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Before You Go: Reservations & Permits

Get the most from your time in Yosemite. With a little planning and for thought, your experience at Yosemite National Park will be smoother, safer and a lot more fun. It is our goal to offer tips and advice on having the best Yosemite experience possible.

In 2014 over 4,029,416 people visited Yosemite National Park. In fact in the last decade every year has seen a new attendance record for Yosemite. This year the park will be celebrating it's centennial year. Put simply there will be many more visitors in the park then ever.

It is also an interesting fact most visitors to the park never make it out of the Valley. The good news is that the park is over 1,101 square miles in area. There are 214 miles of roads, 20 miles of paved trials, and over 800 miles of hiking trails. Just walk 1-2 miles out from the Yosemite Valley and you will be pretty much alone.

But for those of you who will want to experience the Yosemite Valley, the one thing you can plan on this year are crowds, and lots of competition for park concessionaires, such as dinning and tours.

It would probably be a good idea to make advanced reservations for any dinning, tours or back country activities on your itinerary.

Shop before you enter the park!

It is a good idea to shop for your groceries, and gas up your car before you enter the park. The park has a grocery store but it is limited, and pricey.

There are only two gas stations in the park, each about a dollar more per gallon then outside the park.

Grocery stores outside the park:

There are two towns on the west side of the park. One is Mariposa which you will pass coming in the North gate via highway 140. The other town is Oakhurst, Ca and is on highway 41, which you will pass through if coming in the south gate.

I would suggest you come into the park via highway 41 for the best shopping and gas. Oakhurst, CA. is larger then Mariposa and has major grocery stores and lots of gas stations. Mariposa is small charming, but it has small stores and only a couple of gas stations all more expensive then what you will find in Oakhurst.

GROCERY STORE IN OAKHURST:

Von's:

Supermarket staple for groceries, produce & deli items, plus personal care, home goods & more. Traveling east towards Yosemite Von's is on the left side of 41, up the hill.

Address: 40044 CA-49, Oakhurst, CA 93644
Departments: Von's Pharmacy
Hours: 6AM–12AM Every day
Phone: (559) 642-4250

  Raley's

Supermarket staple for groceries, produce & deli items, plus personal care, home goods & more. Traveling east towards Yosemite Raley's is on the left side of 41, across the street from Von's. Both supermarkets are about the same, Raley's may be a little less pricey then Von's on some things, but it gets a thumbs up because it has better in house baked breads then Von's.

Address: 40041 California 49, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Hours: 6AM–11PM Every day

Phone: (559) 683-8300

GROCERY STORES IN MARIPOSA:

There are two grocery stores in Mariposa if you do come into the park via 140.

Pioneer Market is located at 5034 Coakley circle, and High Country Health Food Store is located at 5190 State Highway 49 North. Both are smaller independent stores.

GAS OUTSIDE THE PARK

Valero (Oakhurst)

There are a lot of gas stations in Oakhurst. But the one I use when in town is the Valero on the right hand side on highway 41. It is past Von's and Raley's stores. Valero normally has the best credit card prices for gas in town.

  Coarsegold Kwik Services (Coursgold)

The very best gas prices are at the Coarsegold Kwik Services at 35335 CA-41. Coursegold is the town you will pass through just before entering Oakhurst, CA. It is normally $0.15 cents less per gallon then the Valero in Oakhurst. I normally gas there if I am driving through to the park. It is on the right side of the road coming into Coursegold. You will not find great service inside the mart, but you cannot beat the prices for gas.

THINGS YOU MAY NEED RESERVATIONS FOR:

  •   Yosemite Valley Bus & Tram tours. Tours depart daily from Yosemite Valley Lodge, Shuttle Stop #8. Please call 209.372.1240 for exact times and current availability or visit any Tour & Activity Desk. The open air tram tour of valley floor is the most popular. Yosemite Valley Tours
  •   Fishing in Yosemite National Park. Park Regulations. All persons 16 years of age and older must have a valid California sport fishing license for fishing in Yosemite National Park, which can be purchased at the Big Trees Lodge Gift Shop or on line through the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  •   Dinning Reservations. Yosemite National Park offers a wide variety of restaurants. Some of the most popular places to dine in Yosemite Valley are, The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, The Mountain Room Restaurant, 1-209-372-1281 (reservations recommended for groups of 8 or more)
  •   Hiking Half Dome. Permits to hike to the top of Half Dome are required seven days per week when the cables are up (as called for in the Half Dome Plan in order to protect wilderness character, reduce crowding, protect natural and cultural resources, and improve safety).
  • Permits are distributed by lottery via Recreation.gov, with one preseason lottery with an application period in March and and daily lotteries during the hiking season. Backpackers—including those who want to spend the night in Little Yosemite Valley—should apply for Half Dome permits with their wilderness permit rather than using the process described below.
  • To apply for a permit, visit Recreation.gov or call 877/444-6777 (call center is open from 7 am to 9 pm Pacific time; on line requests can be made any time during a lottery period).
  •   Back country permits. Wilderness permits are only issued to a limited number people for each trail head in order to provide outstanding opportunities for solitude, as required by the Wilderness Act. Since many trails are very popular, reservations are recommended ($5 per confirmed reservation plus $5 per person).
    • There are three ways to get a permit.
    • 1.) FAX: The best way, 209/372-0739.
    • 2.) Phone the rangers at 209/372-0740.
    • 3.) Complete and print the reservation form. Send the form with payment to: Wilderness Permits PO Box 545 Yosemite, CA, 95389.

 

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Coffee

Coffee Corner (In Half Dome Village)

For the best coffee in the valley go to the Coffee Corner in Half Dome Village. Grab a fresh pastry, create your own oatmeal masterpiece, or indulge in coffee, cappuccino, and espresso. Open seasonally March through November. A ice cream bar is also there to tempt your taste buds in the warmer months. The best take out coffee in the valley. Hours are 6:00 am to 11 am.

You can find coffee at most of the small groceries stores, and gas station stores in the valley, but the quality is not that great.

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What to do in the time you have?

SUGGESTIONS ACCORDING TO THE TIME YOU HAVE

I am frequently asked by our guests for suggestions on what to see and do. The answer depends on a number of things, activity level desired, experience and health of our guests, interests, and of course time.

There is so much to see and do that no matter how long your stay, you will not see or do it all. So I have prepared a list of suggestions of things to see and do given the time you have here. These are only suggestions, and for each one there are one or more alternate things you can do that will be just as fulfilling.

So while there is no best list of things to see and do I have compiled my suggestions according to "some" of the best things you can do with your time while you are here. This list covers what to see and do from 1 hour to 4 days in the park.

Have fun and enjoy your time in Yosemite National Park. CLICK HERE FOR A PDF LIST OF SUGGESTIONS.

 

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Rock Climbing

Yosemite is one of the world's greatest climbing areas. Climbers here can enjoy an endless variety of challenges--from the sustained crack climbs of the Merced River Canyon to pinching crystals on sun-drenched Tuolumne Meadows domes to multi-day aid climbs on the big walls of the Valley.

Yosemite is not just a climber's playground, however: its walls and crags are an integral part of a larger ecosystem, protected as Wilderness, which was set aside for people to enjoy in a natural state for generations to come.

As the number of climbers visiting the park has increased through the years, the impacts of climbing have become much more obvious. Some of those impacts include: soil compaction, erosion, and vegetation loss in parking areas, at the base of climbs, and on approach and descent trails, destruction of cliffside vegetation and lichen, disturbance of cliff-dwelling animals, litter, water pollution from improper human waste disposal, and the visual blight of chalk marks, pin scars, bolts, rappel slings, and fixed ropes.

Many of these impacts can be eliminated or greatly reduced by following the minimum impact practices outlined in the conservation guidelines offered on this page. The impacts of your actions may seem insignificant, but when multiplied by the thousands of people who climb here every year they can have a significant, long lasting effect.

Your help is needed to ensure that Yosemite remains a beautiful and healthy place for the future.

Beginner Climbers: Climbing Instruction and Guide Service in Yosemite

Contact Yosemite Mountaineering School and Guide Service at 209/372-1000 for information on rates and schedules.

Seasoned Climbers:

What you can do:

  •   Read and follow the guidelines and regulations below.

  •   If you see climbers who are not following these guidelines, talk to them. Explain how they can minimize their impact, and why it is important that they do so.

  •   Clean up after others. Pick up trash when you see it, or return with friends on a rest day and do a thorough clean-up. Take part in organized clean-ups and other projects.

  •   Climb safely! Rescues endanger rescuers' lives, are expensive, and cause a lot of impact.

  •   Keep informed about closed areas, and respect these closures.

Current Closures:

  •   Climbing anywhere on Glacier Point Apron is not recommended due to recent and ongoing rockfall..

  •   Restrictions near peregrine falcon nest sites are in effect. See closure notice for details.

Emergency Information:

The Yosemite Medical Clinic, located between Yosemite Village and The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly The Ahwahnee), is equipped to handle climbing injuries. If you cannot get to the clinic on your own, call 911 for assistance.

If you are injured or stranded while on a climb and cannot self-rescue, yell for help to obtain assistance. If you require a helicopter evacuation, do only and exactly what you are told by rescue personnel.

Big Walls:

Carry a dry bag, plastic container, or "poop tube" for human waste. After your climb, dump the waste in a pit toilet. Paper bags are acceptable; plastic bags are not.

Bring adequate gear. Rescues are dangerous, expensive, and cause a lot of impact.

Wilderness Permits:

At the current time, wilderness permits are not required for nights spent on a wall. It is illegal to camp at the base of any wall in Yosemite Valley. If you must bivouac on the summit, you are required to follow all regulations:

  •   Do not litter, toss, or cache anything. If you hauled it up, you can carry it down.

  •   If you must have a fire, use an existing fire ring.

  •   Do not build windbreaks, platforms, or other "improvements.".

Half Dome: Camping at the base of Half Dome is legal, but a wilderness permit is required. Camping on the summit of Half Dome is prohibited.

Conservation/Regulations:

Fight litter! Don't toss anything off a wall, even if you intend to pick it up later. Don't leave food or water at the top or on ledges for future parties. Set a good example by picking up any litter you see, including tape wads and cigarette butts.

Don't leave fixed ropes as permanent fixtures on approaches and descents. These are considered abandoned property and will be removed.

Minimize erosion on your approach and descent. If an obvious main trail has been created, use it. Go slow on the way down to avoid pushing soil down the hill. Avoid walking on vegetation whenever possible.

If you need to build a fire for survival during an unplanned bivouac on the summit, use an existing fire ring. Building a new fire ring or windbreak is prohibited. Make sure your fire is completely out before you leave.

Clean extra, rotting slings off anchors when you descend. Bring earth-toned slings to leave on anchors.

Check the Camp 4 kiosk or the Mountain Shop for the current Peregrine Falcon closures.

On first ascents: Please think about the impacts that will be caused by your new climb- Is the approach susceptible to erosion? Is there a lot of vegetation on the rock? "Gardening" (i.e., killing plants), is illegal in Yosemite. Can the climb be done with a minimum of bolts? 

Motorized drills are prohibited.