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Inside the Park Gates! Beautiful Apartment in the Heart of Yosemite

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Last updated: 07/20/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Yosemite National Park house description

Need a relaxing refuge to retreat to after a day of adventuring among the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park? Our warm and inviting home is located inside the park gates equidistant from the celebrated features of Yosemite: the namesake Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias and 800 miles of hiking trails. Over and over guests tell us that when they come back at the end of the day, they feel like they are coming home.

Finished in 2010, Alpine Escape is an 840 square foot (78 square meter), one-bedroom apartment. You will enjoy a fully-equipped kitchen with full-size, quality appliances, granite countertops and a full complement of cooking equipment (pots, pans, coffee maker, blender, and so on). Knotty alder cabinets in the kitchen, bath and bedroom and knotty alder doors and trim throughout give a warm feel to the home. We live upstairs in our own apartment while you have the ground floor with a completely separate entrance.

The living/dining area has a table for four, a large sofa and a 47' flat-screen television for watching movies from our DVD collection (news junkies beware: we do not receive a broadcast signal). The bedroom features a queen bed with a built-in knotty alder closet. An alcove off the living room provides bedding for up to two additional guests on a daybed and pullout trundle with comfortable memory foam mattresses (no miserable pullout sofa beds!). The trundle is at floor level, so it is great for younger kids, but perhaps not so great for older adults! Alpine Escape is the perfect size for a couple or a family with one or two children. We have even (rarely) hosted a group of 4 adults.

Outside you have a small, covered patio by the entrance that is just enough sit under while grilling on the gas grill, reading a book or breathing in Yosemite.

We are near the end of a quiet street, the perfect starting point for an evening stroll. Some winter mornings, we've woken to the laughter of young kids happily sledding down the road in front of our house (and observant parents keeping their eyes open for the occasional vehicle). There are places nearby to go for walks with excellent birding and wildflowers, including what may be the best display of Evening Primroses in the entire park right in our front yard (in the early 1900s the Evening Primroses were a major attraction in Yosemite Valley and the subject of some of the first hand-tinted color photos ever taken, but there are now only a handful scattered around the Valley). A network of running and hiking trails surrounds the neighborhood.

But of course, you are coming to Yosemite for the soaring granite cliffs, massive sequoia trees and tremendous views. Yosemite West is located inside the park entrance, and sits near an intersection of the roads leading to the park's most famous features: Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. These popular park destinations are all within 15-18 miles (30-35 minutes) from Yosemite West in three different directions. The Badger Pass ski area is only seven miles away providing access to Yosemite's winter wonders, including XC ski and snowshoe trails, as well as lift-served skiing and snowboarding. If you're looking to eat out, the famous restaurants of Yosemite Valley are about 30 minutes away, while the Wawona Hotel, which welcomed Theodore Roosevelt on his 1903 trip to Yosemite, is about 25 minutes in the opposite direction.

We also pride ourselves on our depth of knowledge of the park and our willingness to share that knowledge. Since 1985, we have been coming to the park for the world-class rock climbing and have been living here full time since April 2003. We're hikers, climbers, backcountry skiers and wildflower enthusiasts and general naturalists. We have worked as Assistant Manager of the Yosemite Mountaineering School running the hiking program (Theresa), a park ranger (Tom), ski instructors (both). Through those experiences, and through helping our guests over the years, we have wealth of information that we are willing to share to help you make the most of your time in Yosemite whether it's a couple of days or a couple of weeks!

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

              • Bedroom 1


              • Convertible bed(s)


              • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) This is a TWIN bed set up as a daybed, with a twin trundle underneath. ...moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dining:

                Child's booster seat available....moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:


              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster
              • Dishwasher
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Microwave
              • Kitchen
              • Ice Maker
              • Refrigerator
              • Seating for 4 people


              • Linens Provided:

                We provide linens and towels, but not daily maid service. If you're going to want linen changes during your stay, let us know before booking...moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                Parking for one normal-sized vehicle. If you will have multiple vehicles or a large RV, please make sure to mention that before booking....moreless

              • Heating
              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Living Room
              • Hair Dryer
              • Iron & Board


              • Video Library:

                We have a very small selection of videos available and NO broadcast reception....moreless

              • Television:

                42' flat screen with NO TV RECEPTION - DVD use only....moreless

              • DVD Player


                  • Telephone:

                    Includes $5 in free long distance calling, at less than 4 cents/min. domestic....moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    We have a small covered outdoor sitting area, a perfect place to relax with a book....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill


                  • Bird Watching
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Swimming
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Cycling
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Rafting
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Sledding
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Fishing
                  • Skiing


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                  Nov 1 - Apr 13, 2015
                  2 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

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                  3 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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                  * 3-night stay required during peak season. 2-night stay required during non-peak.

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                  Last updated: 07/20/2014
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                  80 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Fresno (FAT)
                  2.5 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Hwy 41
                  12 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Wawona Hotel
                  7 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Badger Pass
                  12 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  12 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Wawona Hotel

                  Car: Necessary

                  Inside the park gates, and centrally located between three of the most popular park destinations, Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, our rental is the perfect basecamp for exploring the park.

                  Access hiking and running trails right from the neighborhood. Just ask for directions on some of our favorites! Plus, Badger Pass Ski Area, and all the skiing, snowshoeing and other snow play activities are only ~7 miles away in the winter.

                  For more maps and directions, see our website at


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2007

                  About the owner: After rock climbing in Yosemite in the 1980s and 1990s we came to Yosemite on three-month climbing trip in 2003 and never left. We live here, work here, play here and would love to share the park with you. We are avid hikers, climbers, skiers, wildflower enthusiasts and photographers. We have worked for the ski area, the cross-country ski center, the mountaineering school, volunteered at the visitor center (Theresa), and worked as ranger (Tom).

                  Why the Owner Chose Yosemite National Park:
                  Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful adventure spots in the world. From the tallest waterfalls and granite cliffs in America to meadows of wildflowers and wildlife, there's no place else like it. Yosemite West, our neighborhood, is at a crossroads where in one direction on finds the incomparable Yosemite Valley, in another the sweeping vistas of Glacier Point and in the third the majestic giant sequoia trees of the Mariposa Grove. We love being so close to such amazing scenery. In the winter, we are only seven miles from downhill skiing at Badger Pass and cross-country skiing on Glacier Point Road, close enough to nip out for a short ski before work.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  We don't think there is any rental or hotel in Yosemite that offers guests the planning assistance and personal attention that we do. Yosemite is the size of Rhode Island and ranges from 2,000 feet to over 13,000 feet in elevation. Figuring out what to do can be daunting. Unless we're off traveling ourselves, we greet most of our guests and help plan their stay in the park. Many guests, especially those here during crowded periods, tell us our guidance was integral to the success of their trip. Whether we're here or not, we also offer our guests unparalleled trip planning help. If we won't be available during your stay, we are always happy to assist by phone and email and make sure that not only will you enjoy your evenings and mornings at our house, but you will have a plan of action to make the most of your visit to this huge park.

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: french, english, Tom has published numerous books in French



                  • Fall Exterior showing dogwoods in their autumn color.

                    Fall Exterior showing dogwoods in their autumn color.

                  • Living and Dining area from Kitchen

                    Living and Dining area from Kitchen

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                  This listing was first published here in 2009.

                  Date last modified - Friday, June 20, 2014

                  $175 - $225 per night (USD)

                  1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 4

                  View calendar: Updated 07/20/14
                  Minimum stay: 2-3 nights
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                  Speaks: french, english, Tom has published numerous books in French
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