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Offline SMC

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Yosemite camping. How do you roll?
« on: December 06, 2012, 12:39:17 pm »
So my wife and I are planning on the valley this fall.  Me for an el cap route, my wife for hanging out and relaxing with our dogs. If I was by myself, I'd go the Camp 4 route, but my wife likes a little more comfortable camping experience.  We're looking into private campgrounds outside the park with hookups for our trailer.  I know that reserving an rv campsite in the park is chancy at best.
Does anyone here have any experience with private campgrounds outside Yosemite?  I'm curious to know what you all do for accommodations while not on the wall?  Camp 4? Bivi in your car? Other campgrounds in the park?

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Re: Yosemite camping. How do you roll?
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2012, 01:33:17 pm »
If you're not leaving until fall, you've got plenty of time to reserve an actual campsite in the valley, if that's what you want. Get on the website the minute they open it up for the dates you want to reserve and you may get what you want.Since you have to do it 5 months in advance, you'll know if you got a site or not and if you'll need to find other arrangements. I've not had a problem getting a site in the last couple trips...but I was on the reservation site the minute they opened up for the dates I wanted. I've got no experience with staying outside the park itself since I've always managed to get a campsite when I wanted one.

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Re: Yosemite camping. How do you roll?
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2012, 01:39:02 pm »
If you're set on a Trailer set up, I don't have any insight. But if outside the park would have been forced anyway as a result, then one option might be lodgings...

If truly in Fall Temps or Winter Temps, Evergreen Lodge is reasonably priced with tons of amenities.

I've stayed at the El Portal hotel (Yosemite Gateway?). And though they can be kind of pricey, it was rather pleasant staying there in the winter since you are on the Merced River. Brewed my own coffee on the back porch. Quite nice.


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Re: Yosemite camping. How do you roll?
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2012, 01:54:18 pm »
We're definitely set on taking our trailer.  It can't hurt to try for a site in the park, I've just heard that it fills up extremely fast.  Guess I gotta be on it!