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Inside Yosemite Gates, the Falcon's Nest is Minutes from Valley Attractions

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Last updated: 03/27/2014

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Yosemite National Park house description

Inside Yosemite National Park and nearest vacation home to Yosemite's three famous areas.

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Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point and Giant Redwoods. From the street you see the covered parking area attached to the house which means you are protected from snow and rain and don't have to climb stairs, a rarity in this mountain area. You don't realize the size and beauty of the home until you step inside and see original paintings and works by famous photographers and the wonderful views from the wall of windows in the great room. The fully equipped kitchen is a joy to work in with its colorful granite countertops, lots of pots and dishes and basic food supplies such as herbs, oil, flour, sugar. There is a barbecue on the deck which has a sunset view and overlooks an animal trail. You may see deer, coyotes or even a bear on the hill below you while enjoying a sunset cocktail.


This home can accommodate up to 12 people. One bedroom is handicapped accessible and has a queen and a twin bed. A second bedroom has a king bed that can be converted to twins and the third bedroom has a queen bed. All linens are provided. There are satellite TVs and DVDs in the great room and all bedrooms. We have wireless, of course! This is a very quiet area with no street lights or traffic but lots of stars.
Enjoy our garden area as you watch our local wildlife: bears, deer, coyotes, a variety of birds and more. Ski in Winter at Badger Pass, only six miles away.

Internet availability

Due to our remote location, and because our home is surrounded by tall sugar pines and cedar trees, it makes it difficult to receive clear signals at times. Our satellite based Internet is vulnerable to adverse weather conditions, therefore we cannot guarantee Internet connectivity during your stay. In addition, our satellite company limits our band width and amount of Gigabits we are allocated by the local internet providers. Because we are on a monthly allowance when the limit is reached our Wi-Fi drops. We request our guests keep their internet usage to a minimum and use it only for emails and a few images at best.

We know this is a lot to ask as the internet is so ubiquitous and almost necessary for a lot of our daily routines in the modern world. Please keep in mind that when you enter Yosemite National Park, in most regards you are leaving the modern world behind.

When our Wi-Fi is down you may be able to find Wi-Fi Internet at the lounge in Curry Village in Yosemite Valley, just a short drive from our location. We are doing our best to provide you with internet service but unfortunately the technology for full service just isn’t available yet in our community. We have been told that another satellite will be launched in 2016 which will add to our Wi-Fi capabilities.



Property Type

  • House
  • 2100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Pets Not Allowed:

                Yosemite is not pet friendly. Regulations don't allow pets on trails nor can you leave a pet in your car so your activities in our national park are very limited. We do not allow pets in our rentals. There are no kennels in the vicinity....moreless

              • Wheelchair Accessible:

                Bedroom 3 and Living Room...moreless

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


              • Children Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


              • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 2 twin/ single

                king OR twins...moreless

              • Bedroom 3: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single


              • Each bedroom is uniquely decorated with colorful linens and original paintings. There is a separate deck for all bedrooms except bedroom 2. Bedroom 2 has either a king bed or two twins. Porta crib available....moreless

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub


              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


              • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower


              • Bedrooms 1, 3 and 4 have a basin in the bedroom as well as the bathroom. Hair dryer in each bathroom....moreless

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dining:

                round table seats 6. Second round table The dining table seats 6 and a side table seats 4. For extra guests there are tables and chairs in bedrooms 3 and 4....moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Coffee maker, coffee grinder, toaster oven, toaster, electric tea kettle. You'll love our granite counter tops!...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                A full set of dishes and utensils as well as serving bowls, pots, etc....moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                flour, sugar, salt, oil, herbs, coffee...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                More than you'll ever use!...moreless

              • Toaster
              • Ice Maker
              • Dishwasher
              • Stove
              • Microwave
              • Seating for 10 people


              • Covered Parking:

                3 car carport adjoining house. You will really appreciated this parking in inclement weather!! No slogging through rain or snow and no steps to climb! Just park and walk right in....moreless

              • Linens Provided:

                Our linens are of high quality and specifically chosen to match the room decor....moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                one upstairs and one downstairs in laundry room...moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                Additional parking on sides of driveway...moreless

              • Living Room seats 12:

                Window wall to deck and sunset views....moreless

              • Heating:

                Thermostats in each room ...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer:

                next to each washer...moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Gas Fireplace
              • Towels Provided
              • Iron & Board

              Other Amenities

                  • Please make your reservations through the following link: You enter the Falcon's Nest through a gallery of photographs of Yosemite. All rooms have original paintings and other artistic touches to delight your senses. Watch a variety of birds from the deck. Our garden area is visited by deer, bears and coyotes. You can lie in the hammock and enjoy a rare time of silence in your busy life. (You may be disturbed by the chatter of squirrels or the sound of a breeze passing through the trees.) And at night there really are stars in the sky....moreless


                  • Video Library:

                    We have a good selection of appropriate movies for families and children....moreless

                  • Books:

                    Lots of books for all ages. Many books about Yosemite....moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    TV in living room. Additional sets in bedroom 3, 4...moreless


                  • Internet:

                    Our internet is through satellite. There are some limitations on band width set by the satellite company which means limited uploads or downloads. ...moreless

                  • Telephone:

                    Local access only. Cell phone access is limited. Verizon is best....moreless

                  • Wireless Internet

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Ski & Snowboard:

                    Alpine,Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding 6 miles to Badger Pass...moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Large covered deck off living room plus decks off bedrooms 1, 3 and 4...moreless

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    waterfall/pools between the two homes...moreless


                  • Family
                  • Away From It All
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Location & View

                      • Mountain View:

                        Faces west to sunset and wildlife trails. Great stargazing at night...moreless


                      • Museums
                      • Swimming
                      • Whitewater Rafting
                      • Mountaineering
                      • Mountain Climbing
                      • Ice Skating
                      • Fly Fishing
                      • Snowboarding
                      • Rock Climbing
                      • Kayaking
                      • Cross Country Skiing
                      • Rafting
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Golf
                      • Skiing
                      • Hiking
                      • Laundromat
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Sledding
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Shopping
                      • Walking
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Restaurants
                      • Live Theater
                      • Cycling
                      • Fishing


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                      Feb 13 - Apr 2, 2015
                      3 night min stay

                      Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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                      3 night min stay

                      Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

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                      Cancellation policy: More than 30 days the deposit will be returned minus $100 fee. Within 30 days no refund unless property can be rebooked. Any refund will have a $100 processing fee.

                      Cancellation policy:

                      100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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                      75 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      1 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      6 Miles
                      Nearest Ski
                      Badger Pass
                      12 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      12 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant

                      Car: Necessary

                      Yosemite National Park is so amazing and our vacation home is right in the center of the 3 most popular areas: You'll gasp at the height and power of the waterfalls in Yosemite Valley, gaze at the alpenglow on Half Dome at sunset at Glacier Point and be amazed at the height of the giant redwood trees in Mariposa Grove. After a day of touring you can return to the solitude of the Yosemite West area where you leave tourist traffic behind and enjoy a quiet dinner on the deck as the sun goes down and millions of stars come out to greet you.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1998

                      About the owner: Don Pitts, a retired magistrate judge, held court in Yosemite for over 18 years. His wife, Kay, is an artist specializing in paintings of Yosemite. They built the Falcon's Nest in 1998 next to their home, the Yosemite Peregrine. Kay designed the home and it is filled with original art and photography from some of the best known artists of the area. Kay and Don have hiked and skied every part of Yosemite and were surprised to find they were growing old, with some of the health issues accompanying old age. They currently live in Fresno where they still manage the properties with the able help of Danna Demers, our on-site manager. Danna greets all our guests with warmth and a wealth of information. With many vacation rentals you get a key at check-in and then you're on your own. At the Falcon's Nest you receive complete personal attention from Danna, who lives in the employee apartment downstairs.

                      Why the Owner Chose Yosemite National Park:
                      Yosemite West is a small subdivision of private homes located at 6,000 feet elevation. It is only accessible by entering Yosemite Park. There is no commercial development here and consequently no traffic or crowds. The home is close to Yosemite's 3 major attractions: Yosemite Valley is 10 miles north, Glacier Point is 16 miles east and the Wawona golf course and the Mariposa Grove of giant redwoods are south. Winters bring lots of snow and the home is only 6 miles from Badger Pass ski resort where guests enjoy Nordic and Alpine skiing as well as snowboarding and snowshoeing.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      The serene location allows guests to enjoy the abundant wildlife. Guests often see coyotes, deer and bears in the garden area drinking from our pond. Many varieties of birds are here and at night the stars are amazing. There are no street lights or traffic to spoil the serenity. Hiking and Nordic ski trails are just outside the door. Those who enjoy art will be amazed at the variety and quality of photography, prints and original paintings which adorn every room.

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                      • Falcon's Nest

                        Falcon's Nest

                      • Bedroom with deck and sunset view

                        Bedroom with deck and sunset view

                      • A buck drinks from our garden pond

                        A buck drinks from our garden pond

                      • A bear cub visits the deck at the Yosemite Peregrine

                        A bear cub visits the deck at the Yosemite Peregrine

                      • Cascade Falls

                        Cascade Falls

                      • Panorama Room: handicapped accessible

                        Panorama Room: handicapped accessible

                      • Indian Creek Falls

                        Indian Creek Falls

                      • View of Tenaya Lake and Mt. Conness from Olmstead Point

                        View of Tenaya Lake and Mt. Conness from Olmstead Point

                      • Ragged Peak near Tuolumne Meadows

                        Ragged Peak near Tuolumne Meadows

                      • Giant sequoias in the snow at Mariposa Grove

                        Giant sequoias in the snow at Mariposa Grove

                      • Slack rope walker at Taft Point. El Capitan in the background

                        Slack rope walker at Taft Point. El Capitan in the background

                      • Falcon's Nest Great Room.

                        Falcon's Nest Great Room.

                      • Alpenglow Room: downstairs bedroom in the Falcon's Nest

                        Alpenglow Room: downstairs bedroom in the Falcon's Nest

                      • This view of Yosemite Valley is just 9 miles from our home

                        This view of Yosemite Valley is just 9 miles from our home

                      • Buck walking in the garden

                        Buck walking in the garden

                      • Autumn from the Falcon's Nest deck.

                        Autumn from the Falcon's Nest deck.

                      • Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

                        Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

                      • Meadows: painting by Kay Pitts

                        Meadows: painting by Kay Pitts

                      • Alpenglow Room

                        Alpenglow Room

                      • Ravens playing in the snow on the deck

                        Ravens playing in the snow on the deck

                      • Royal Arch Falls above the Ahwahnee Hotel

                        Royal Arch Falls above the Ahwahnee Hotel

                      • Tufa at Mono Lake

                        Tufa at Mono Lake

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                      This listing was first published here in 2005.

                      Date last modified - Monday, June 23, 2014

                      $370 - $420 per night (USD)

                      3 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 12

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                      Minimum stay: 3 nights
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