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We stayed at this resort for three nights. We loved the proximity to the park, only 5 miles away. When we visited there was a pretty nasty fire to the South. The air was real smokey and could be the reason the resort wasn't busy. The owner is super nice and helpful. Not all of the facilities were open. This didn't bother us since we are self contained. The resort is spacious and backs up to a creek. During certain times of the year you can fish the creek. There is a Vallero Gas Station/Convenient Store as you first pull into the resort. This was great for picking up drinks/snacks and filling up with fuel. We would stay again.
I wouldn't say this is the best campground but it's located 5 miles outside Yosemite's west gate. About as close as you can get without staying in the park itself. My family and I went twice during COVID, 4th of July and first wknd in October. I can't speak to some of the amenities (bathrooms, lodge, etc) because they were closed. We stayed in the RV section, but our site was big enough that I could also pitch my tent. The river runs right along the edge of camp. Shallow enough that kids can walk all the way across and runs all the way to the dam where there seems to be decent fishing. The riverfront sites are pretty tight but the sites across the street are a bit more spacious. The little store at the gas station is well stocked and a good place to get ice. Overall, I would recommend.
The river is fun for tubing and evening chill. Close drive into the park but tent sites were crammed and the womens restroom became unusable with overflowing toilets. Get there early to pick your spot! Some good shade unless they are all taken so come prepared with your own. Had to use the one toilet in the men’s restroom.
We camped here in late June. The campground was quiet and well maintained. There is camping right on the water. There is not a lot of shade however and it is very hot in the summer and fall. Perfect for a night away or like we used it for, a trial trip with the kids.
Summary as of late June 2020:
-Super nice, helpful manager -Great location for Yosemite/Hetch Hetchy -Large, clean restrooms -Inconsistent electricity -Bear Lot is right next to Hwy 120 -Coyote Lot is literally a new gravel parking lot, 4x4 required -No wi-fi in Bear Lot or Coyote Lot
First of all, I have to say that the manager (owner? I never caught his name) was very kind and tried his best to accommodate everyone there. The location is great for trips to Yosemite, and if you’re lucky enough to reserve a spot in the ‘main loop’ (I don’t see this ability online), you’ll probably love it. The bathrooms are large and clean and there is laundry, a small playground, a small pool (closed during our stay), and a privately run store on-site.
We brought our 28’ toy hauler here at the end of June 2020. We had reserved a spot in Coyote Lot, which we were told over the phone would be no problem. Upon arrival, the manager had his doubts but told us to “put the truck in 4x4 and give it a go!” Coyote Lot looks like a newly, semi-leveled gravel parking lot with full hook-ups… no trees or shade. There were some longer spots, but there was no way our trailer would fit in the one we reserved. The lot also exits through a run-down residential grouping of trailers, some occupied and some abandoned.
The manager put us in Bear Lot, no question, after it was determined Coyote Lot would not work. This lot is a little more established than Coyote, but still a gravel parking lot with electricity (inconsistently for many) and water hook-ups. The lot is pretty level and separated from Hwy 120 by a wooden fence. There are some picnic tables and fire pits, but not enough for each spot. We didn’t end up having to use our generator like others did. There were tent campers and rv/trailers in this lot.
Side note: the Rainbow Pools swimming hole that is recommended on the website was WAY overcrowded and I do not suggest going unless maybe you go in the early morning. There were tons of people, tons of litter, and no respect for nature… very sad to see.
Photo are of Bear Lot
Sites are not too tight. We had a corner lot which was nice. Campground was clean. Had some noisy neighbors and dogs but they were friendly. Close to Groveland proper and Yosemite Valley. Campground Wi-Fi is third party, cheap ($15/wk), but connectivity was inconsistent, we had to keep disconnecting and reconnecting to get any throughput. Trails around campground itself aren't that great, but there are plenty of awesome trailheads around.