Coarsegold, California

Downtown Coarsegold, California

Location: 23 miles (37 km) from Yosemite entrance; 53 miles (85 km) from Yosemite Valley; via Highway 41 (map)

Population: 7,501
Elevation 2,200 feet (670 meters)

Coarsegold, born as a mining boom town after gold was discovered here in 1849, is now an architecturally inauspicious strip of merchants in a narrow corridor along Highway 41, a little over twenty miles from Yosemite's south entrance. A handful of lodging options are scattered around the area, most prominently the Chukchansi Gold Resort, an immense Indian hotel and casino easily visible from the highway a few miles south of town. The Ravensbrook Bed & Breakfast, in the hills just north of town, gets outstanding reviews on TripAdvisor.

Gas & Groceries:  Two gas station/mini marts are here, a Shell and a Kwik Serv (sic), as well as the Coarsegold Market, a grocery store that's not much larger than your conventional quickie mart. There are two full-sized grocery stores and several more gas stations in Oakhurst, another seven miles up the road.

ATM Machines:  The local Yosemite Bank branch has one, as does the Kwik Serv gas station.

Coffee Emergencies:  Zanders Coffee sells a variety of teas and espresso.

Tire Chains:  Available at Napa Auto Parts.

YARTS Stops:  At the Coarsegold Market going and the Coarsegold Historic Village returning (see the going to Yosemite and returning from Yosemite schedules)

Coarsegold Lodging

Chukchansi Gold Resort

711 Lucky Lane  ·  (866) 794-6946  ·  Reviews  ·  Website

Indian-owned hotel, casino, and spa; 400+ hotel rooms; $135 - $300*

Ravensbrook Bed & Breakfast

37621 Ravensbrook Way  ·  (559) 683-4792  ·  Reviews  ·  Website

Two-guest-room bed & breakfast on a four-acre property; $255 - $285*

Yosemite RV Resort

34094 Highway 41  ·  (866) 862-4059  ·  Reviews  ·  Website  ·  $45 - $480*

30-acre site with cabins, yurts, tent sites, and RV sites; pool, free Wi-Fi; pets allowed in some accommodations (extra fee)

* Asterisked hotels don't list 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 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.