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Yosemite West, California

The entrance to the Yosemite West development near Yosemite Park

Yosemite West is a collection of bed & breakfasts, condominiums, and trophy vacation homes on Yosemite's western boundary near the Glacier Point Road turnoff. It's partly inside and partly outside the park itself, and only reachable through Yosemite. It's handy to lots of Yosemite locations: 9 miles (14.5 km) south of Yosemite Valley, 12 miles (20 km) north of the Wawona area, and closer to Glacier Point (if you're in a car, anyway1) than any lodging except the Bridalveil Creek Campground. Since the Bridalveil Campground is closed in the winter, it's also the lodging closest to the Badger Pass ski area - note that given its elevation of around 6,000 feet (1,800 meters), you'll have to carry tire chains if you're visiting Yosemite West in the winter, and there's a fair chance you'll have to use them. Law enforcement, unfortunately, does not consider "but this is a rental car!" to be an adequate reason for bypassing the chain-up areas.

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From the Alpine Escape Vacation Rental

Other than the bed & breakfasts, there are no commercial establishments in Yosemite West. If you need supplies, the Wawona general store is slightly closer than Yosemite Village, but the village store is larger, and the markets in Oakhurst and Mariposa are larger still. You can buy gas at Wawona, but not in Yosemite Valley; if you're going that direction, the closest gas station will be in El Portal, about 20 miles (32 km) away.

The Yosemite West area is heavily wooded but sits on a west-facing slope, and some of the homes have commanding western views. The really picturesque mountains are in the other direction, but a sunset here will still cast a nice glow on a bottle of wine, and it's likely that Yosemite West's views will outclass what you're used to seeing out your office window.

Yosemite West Lodging Options

Alpine Escape Yosemite Rental

7193 Yosemite Park Way  ·  (209) 379-5242  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  4 guests max  ·  $160 - $300

1 bedroom, 1 bath apartment; summer rates $259 per night for 2 guests, additional guests $25 each (see rates page); 3-night minimum stay peak season, 2-night minimum otherwise; 4 guests max; no smoking, no pets

Cozy Bear Cottages

7226 Yosemite Park Way  ·  (877) 479-2327  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  4 - 6 guests max  ·  $175 - $350

Duplex and a 2-bedroom home; summer rates $300 - $350 (see rates page)

Cub's Cabin

7445 Henness Ridge Road  ·  (949) 632-5342  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  8 guests max  ·  $380 - $508

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, loft; Internet access, jacuzzi; 2-night minimum stay; summer rate $450/night

Enchanted Forest

7422 Yosemite Park Way  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  8 guests max  ·  $380 - $560

3-bedroom, 3-bath, upper & lower duplex units; lower unit 1,800 square feet, summer rates $475-$530; upper unit 2,000 square feet, summer rates $500- $560

Falcon's Nest Vacation Rental Home

7507 Henness Circle  ·  (209) 372-8517  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  8 guests max  ·  $370 - $470

Matching 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,700-square-foot upstairs and downstairs apartments; no smoking, no pets; upstairs unit $420 - $470, downstairs unit $370 - $420

Oso Lodge Vacation Home

(760) 297-1439  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  12 guests max  ·  $450 - $600

3 bedrooms plus loft, 3 baths; no pets, no smoking; 3 night minimum stay; $450/night for 4 guests, $25 each for additional guests

Pine Arbor Retreat

(800) 669-9300  ·  (209) 379-4170  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  4 - 10 guests max  ·  $140 - $500

3-bedroom, 3-bath, 2,400-square-foot home with summer/holiday rates from $300 - $500 (sleeps 10), plus a 1-bedroom, 1-bath, 500-square-foot apartment with summer/holiday rates from $160 - $200 (sleeps 4); no smoking, no pets; 2 night minimum stay (3 nights for holidays, 4 for Thanksgiving)

Red Door Apartment

7381 Yosemite Park Way, #2  ·  (831) 624-2066  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  3 guests max  ·  $145 - $235

1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment with queen bed and full-size futon couch; full kitchen, deck, gas fireplace; no smoking, no pets; summer rates $210 per night for two guests, $25/night for third guest (see rates page)

Royal Retreat

(209) 379-5775  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  6 guests max  ·  $289 - $439

2-bedroom + loft, 2-bath suite on upper floors of house (bottom floor rented separately as the Serenity Suite, listed below); king beds in both bedrooms, 2 full-sized sofa beds in loft; full kitchen; private deck; no smoking, no pets; 2-night minimum stay midweek November - March, 3-night minimum otherwise; summer rate $389 for 4 guests

Serenity Suite

(209) 379-5775  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  4 guests max  ·  $180 - $300

1-bedroom, 1-bath apartment on bottom floor of house (upper floors are the Royal Retreat, listed above); king bed, futon; full kitchen; private deck; no smoking, no pets; 2-night minimum stay midweek November - March, 3-night minimum otherwise; summer rates $250 for 2 guests, $300 for 4 guests

Sierra Blossom

Website  ·  10 guests max  ·  $350 - $525

4-bedroom, 3-bath, 2,200-square-foot home; king beds, wireless Internet; $50 cleaning fee; summer rates $350 - $525

Spring Wonderland

Website  ·  10 guests max  ·  $295 - $525

3-bedroom, 3-bath, 2,400-square-foot home; king beds, wireless Internet; $50 cleaning fee; summer rates $295 - $525

Suite Sunshine Vacation Home

(888) 372-8989  ·  Website  ·  4 guests max  ·  $200 - $300

2-bedroom, 2-bath duplex (owner lives in lower unit), summer rates from $250 for 2 guests to $300 for 4 guests; 3-night minimum stay summer and holidays, 2-night minimum stay otherwise; no smoking, no pets

Tree Haven Yosemite

Street View  ·  Website  ·  8 guests max  ·  $300 - $445

2-bedroom, 2-bath, 2,000-square-foot house; bedrooms include 1 king bed, 1 queen bed; summer rates $395 for 6 guests, $445 for 8; 3-night minimum stay summer and holidays, 2-night minimum stay otherwise; no smoking, no pets, not wheelchair accessible

Winter Wonderland

Website  ·  12 guests max  ·  $295 - $525

4-bedroom, 3-bath, 2,600-square-foot home; queen beds; jacuzzi; summer rates $295 - $525

Yosemite Alpine Hut Downstairs Unit

Reviews  ·  Website  ·  5 guests max  ·  $165 - $210

1 bedroom, 1 bath, full kitchen; Internet access; no pets, no smoking; summer rate $210/night

Yosemite Alpine Hut Upstairs Unit

Reviews  ·  Website  ·  8 guests max  ·  $270 - $330

2 bedrooms + loft, 2 baths, full kitchen; Internet access; no pets, no smoking; summer rate $330/night

Yosemite Peregrine Vacation Home

7507 Henness Circle  ·  (800) 396-3639  ·  (209) 372-8517  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  $600 - $750

3-bedroom, 3-bath, 3,200-square-foot home; full kitchen; hot tub; no pets, smoking in designated outdoor areas only; summer rates $650 - $750 (see rates page)

Yosemite Scenic Wonders

7403 Yosemite Park Way  ·  (888) 967-3648  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  4 - 8 guests max  ·  $175 - $725*

32 private home rentals and yet more condominium units; non-condo max capacities range from 4 - 8 guests; home rentals range from $175 - $725*

Yosemite Sunset House

7381 Yosemite Park Way  ·  (831) 624-2066  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  5 guests max  ·  $200 - $320

2-bedroom, 1-bath top floor unit, 1,350 square feet; 5 guests max; full kitchen, 575-square-foot deck; summer rates $295/night for 4 guests, $25/night for fifth guest (see rates page); no smoking, no pets

Yosemite West Condomiums

Henness Circle  ·  Reviews

Studio and loft units starting at $115 here; starting at $125 here, starting at $130 here

Yosemite West High Sierra Bed & Breakfast

7460 Henness Ridge Road  ·  (209) 372-4808  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  $270 - $340

$270 - $340 per night for double occupancy; no smoking, no pets, no cooking

Yosemite's Four Seasons

(800) 669-9300  ·  (209) 372-9000  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  4 - 14 guests max  ·  $125 - $650

15 cabins and apartments, 16 condos; 13 units accommodate 8 or more guests; full kitchens in all units; no Internet, no pets in most units; high-season rates $150 - $170 for condos, $200 - $650 for other units (see rates page)

Yosemite's Top of the Pines

7261 Yosemite Park Way  ·  (925) 634-1179  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  8 guests max  ·  $175 - $375

3-bedroom, 2-bath duplex, rates from $175/night for 2 guests to $375/night for 8 guests; no indoor smoking, no pets; $75 cleaning fee

* Asterisked hotels don't list rates (or at least not detailed or complete rates) on their websites, so rate ranges were obtained by haranguing hotel employees or checking a variety of dates in their reservation systems. Since they generally don't bother to inform yosemitehikes.com when they change their rates and calling them or checking their reservation sites every day would be intolerably boring, there's a chance that they've changed, so you'd need to check with the hotel to make sure that these rates are still accurate. Also, listed rates generally do not include taxes.

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1 Technically, Curry Village is closer to Glacier Point - about 3,000 feet away, all vertical. Peering over Glacier Point, you'll probably think you could throw a rock to Curry Village, though the reverse definitely isn't true. Via conventional modes of transportation, covering that 3,000 feet requires a 10-mile hike or a 30-mile drive.