Population 431; elevation 2,405 feet (733 meters)
Midpines is a scattering of buildings cut out of the woods between Mariposa and El Portal, just before Highway 140 begins descending into the Merced River Canyon. It has more hotels & miscellaneous lodging options, including a variety of options for low-budget travelers, than it does all other sorts of business put together.
Pro: It's a reasonable drive to Yosemite Valley via Highway 140, which is the least snow-encumbered route in the winter and has excellent wildflower displays in the Merced River Canyon during the spring.
Con: The above photo shows off the heart of downtown Midpines, including its primary retail outlet. You'll probably want to stock up on supplies elsewhere.
Shopping: The Midpines Country Store (pictured above) has roughly the same size and inventory as a gas-station food mart; there's also a small market and gift shop at the KOA. For a conventional grocery store, you'll need to head back to Mariposa.
Gas: Available at the Midpines Country Store.
Public Bathrooms: At the Midpines County Park, along Highway 140 near the south end of town
Medical Help: None in Midpines, but there's an emergency room 7 miles away near the north end of Mariposa at the John C. Fremont Hospital.
50 RV sites with full hookups; 15 tent sites; 13 one-bedroom cabins; 2 two-bedroom cabins; 2 lodge cabins with full baths; pool, fishing pond, arcade, store & gift shop; free wireless Internet; YARTS stop; open March 15 - October 25
7 hostel rooms; 16 cabins with private baths; 8 cabins with shared baths; 12 uninsulated tent cabins; 4 insulated tent cabins; 1 3-bedroom, 2-bath house; spa, restaurant, hiking trail, swimming hole; YARTS stop; rates from $25 for hostel beds to $340 for the Starlite House (see rates page)
Bear Creek Cabins
Cabin suites with 1 bedroom, 1 bath, kitchen, plus queen bed and sofa sleeper in living room, $160; standard rooms with 1 bedroom, 1 bath, plus sleeper sofa or additional queen bed, kitchenette, $110; rustic cabin with 2 queen beds, bathroom, kitchen, $120; pets allowed with prior notice
Highland House Vacation Rental
(559) 696-3341 · Website · 8 guests max · $265 - $275
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1,500 square feet; Internet; no smoking indoors, no pets; 2-night minimum stay; summer rate $275
Knarly Oaks Midpines Manor
3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,600 square feet, 2.5-acre property; full kitchen, spa, laundry, Internet; $150 cleaning fee, $400 deposit
2 bedrooms, 2 baths; up to 8 guests in main house, separate bungalow can sleep 4 more; full kitchen, outdoor hot tub, Internet; pets allowed for additional fee; no smoking; $80 cleaning fee ($140 for rental of both houses); peak season rates $200 for 4 guests, $25 per additional guest (see rates page)
Website · 6 guests max · $160 - $190
3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1,200 square feet; full kitchen, laundry, hot tub, Internet; 2-night minimum stay; no smoking, no pets; $80 cleaning fee, $250 deposit; $190 per night April - September