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Stay inside Yosemite Park gates between Yosemite Valley & Wawona near Glacier Rd

Bedrooms 2
Space 960 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms 1 king size bed, 1 queen bed, 2 bathrooms stunning mountain view

Make the most of the precious time you have to spend in Yosemite. My vacation home is within 25-35 minutes of Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove (is closed for a restoration project until Spring 2017.) and Wawona is closer: some of the most popular 'must see' places. Save yourself from a long commute and slow moving lines getting in and out of the park. Imagine the convenience of being able head down to the Valley for sight-seeing or over to Wawona for a round of golf or up Glacier Point Road for a spectacular panoramic view of the valley and half dome. There are hiking trails and wild life found through out the Park. You are sure to make memories that will last a life time.

Both families and couples have enjoined their stay here. Your biggest problem will be deciding how to spend the limited time you have here. There are so many things to do in Yosemite.

This comfortable little chalet was completed in 2011. It has 2 bedrooms (1king, 1queen) and 2 bathrooms (1 on each floor). With a fully equipped kitchen including microwave, lots of cookware, dishwasher, and a stainless steel propane range surround with granite counters making meals are easy. There's a charcoal grill for outdoor cooking.

Perched high on the hillside with a driveway that is steep and narrow. you do best with a car that has high clearance. However once you are parked there's a ramp you go up and ONLY 2 steps to enter OR there is a ramp going around the house to the front deck. This makes it convenient for unloading the car.

Both bedrooms have a 32' TV and a sliding glass door with access to the upper deck. The living room has a 47' TV a propane fireplace.and sliding glass door leading to the lower deck. You will have fantastic views of the pine forests and the Merced River Canyon from both inside and on the deck.

Being about 2000' higher then the Valley it is not as hot up here and the ceiling fans help to cool you off .

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the steepness of the driveway, during the winter season from November 1st through April 30th, you may not be able to use the driveway due to snow. When this happens arrangements will be made for you to be able to park close by.

More Details

Mary Ann Murphy
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 22, 2017

Why Mary Ann Murphy chose California

I discovered Yosemite West back in the 1980s when I spent a week here going cross country skiing out of Badger Pass. There is no place closer one can stay.

What makes this chalet unique

The views from here are breath taking. I find myself taking pictures of the sunset because they are beyond description.

I've been surprised with how much wild life I can see from the decks. I often hear the chipmunks before I see them. The deer enjoy snacking on the hillside and the coyotes if not seen can be heard. Neighbors have shown me pictures of bear(s) in our neighborhood but I have yet to see one in this part of the park.

There are lots of windows to fill the place with sunshine.and all offer majestic views.


Yosemite West Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 960 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Down stairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , sink, handicap accessible, seating and hand rails
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen Bedroom - North Side - 1 queen , mtn views, 32' TV, celing fan, closet dresser alarm/radio
    King Size Bedroom - North Side - 1 king , mtn views, 32' TV, phone, celing fan, closet, dresser, radio
  • Both bedrooms have a sliding glass door with access to the upper deck with stunning mountain views . There is a window above the doors which gives you a great view of the night sky. In the closet you will find a flash light, extra pillows and blankets.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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Stay inside Yosemite Park gates between Yosemite Valley & Wawona near Glacier Rd
average rating of 4.8139534 based on 43 reviews

Very nice home, a few challenges

  • 4 of 5

The home is very nice and guest friendly. Everything is labeled to make it easy to use. The kitchen is generously stocked and well organized. Plenty of towels. We had a couple of challenges with the home. Many of them are probably beyond the owner's control.

One issue is that the driveway is shared with the neighbor home. From our experience and what we read in the guest book in the house, it doesn't seem like that neighbor's houseguests are made aware of the shared driveway or how to best use it. We wound up having to park at the far end of the driveway and then back out. I knocked on their door one night to make sure they weren't going to block us in before our early morning departure.

Another issue is the heat. While the home has lots of ceiling fans and box fans, we really needed air conditioning when we were there. (The daytime high temperatures were in the upper 80s and 90s.) It was still pretty hot even late at night.

We weren't familiar with the geography when we booked this VRBO. Now we know how vast Yosemite is and many of the things we wanted to do start in Yosemite Village. We started each day early to accommodate for the half hour drive to the valley and wound up coming home pretty late to avoid the afternoon traffic (and one night because we were attending the Ranger program about Search and Rescue Operations - which was terrific!) This isn't a criticism of the home, just something I wish I had known. My understanding is that lodging in the village is hard to come by and probably not nearly as nice as this home.

Mary Ann was a great and responsive host.

Thank you, Mary Ann.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Since Scenic Wonders has taken over managing the house I share the driveway with there has been problems with people parking their cars on the driveway. I have started sending out the phone number for Scenic Wonders and the phone number for the house so you can call. Last year we lost a lot of trees to the bark beetle and with the removal of the trees the temperature has gone up. I will be looking into getting a/c installed
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Land O Lakes, FL

Great location and amenities

  • 5 of 5

The house is great - comfortable, roomy, and well-supplied. In retrospect, I would have bought enough groceries in Oakhurst to cover all of our meals. The kitchen is great. The maps and books were very helpful in such a cell-deficient area (which was nice) While centrally-located, Yosemite is huge, and getting from activities to food can take some time. It's worth the 2 hour drive to Tuolumne Meadows if you've got a few days to spend at Yosemite.

The only problem we encountered was the driveway, which was a challenge to navigate with 1st night neighbors parked in our way. If you get there before 10 pm and / or print the welcome email (which has instructions for dealing with this situation), you should be fine.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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East Setauket, NY

Beautiful house and ideal location!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Yosemite house was perfect! The house is ideally located in the park with magnificent views from the front deck. It is comfortable, super clean and loaded with amenities. The beds were extremely comfortable -- even the pull-out couch. We wish we could have stayed longer to explore more of the park because the sights are just breathtaking. We would definitely rent this house again for another visit! Moreover, the landlords were great to communicate with -- very responsive to any and all inquiries. We highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful well maintained and well stocked home inside Yosemite NP

  • 5 of 5

This is a great home located less than 30 minutes drive from Yosemite valley. This is newer house and the owner has paid attention to a lot of details which made us enjoy a very comfortable stay. There were a few thinks we specially liked: well stocked and well orgonized kitchen, lot's of board games in the living room, a charcoal BBQ grill with BBQ tools, beautifully decorated rooms with multiple windows, and more.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fully functional, comfortable house inside the park!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this cabin for three nights in July 2017. The house had a fully working kitchen with all appliances and utensils, comfortable beds, a nice deck, a grill - it was a very comfortable house. Upon arrival, it was clean and organized, and INSIDE the park - so great! We loved that it had 2 bathrooms and a WASHER and DRYER!! We had traveled to Yosemite during a California road trip, and being able to wash clothes was amazing. The owner left helpful notes and information, which was appreciated. Our only complaint was that is gets really hot in the park in the summer, and it would have been great to have air conditioning, at least in the bedrooms. Thank you to Mary Ann for a very comfortable stay. We would recommend this house to others!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Yosemite location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay here! The home was furnished with everything we needed and was very well-organized. We especially appreciated the updated appliances, including the large washer and dryer. Our family of 5 (including 3 teenagers) had plenty of room. Mary Ann was excellent to work with. She provided us with information about visiting Yosemite and was responsive to any questions. The directions and driveway instructions were very helpful and accurate. Views from the decks were beautiful, especially at sunset. Our kids enjoyed the games and DVDs provided. The best aspect of this home is its convenience. It only took about 30 minutes to get to parking in Yosemite Valley or at Glacier Point. Many other homes that we researched are much farther away. We were able to beat the crowds in the morning and hike before trails got congested, which is no easy feat in July. The only drawback to this property is its lack of air conditioning. This information was provided up front and was not a surprise to us; the only surprise was just how warm it can get in Yosemite in July! We made use of the fans provided and were able to stay comfortable. All in all, we would definitely recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Fresno, CA
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Yosemite Valley
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Wawona Yosemite's Wawona Golf Course 209 375 6572
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hwy 41
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Yosemite Valley
Nearest Ski
8 Miles
Badger Pass
Car: necessary

My vacation home is located inside Yosemite park eliminating the need to wait in line for re-entry. It is among the closest accommodations to the major attractions such as Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Wawona Golf Course, the Mariposa Grove (which is closed for Restoration till July 2017) and various trail heads. I allow 30 minutes to get down to the Valley a little longer to get to the Golf Course, When I go to the Mariposa Grove I'll park my car at the Wawona store and take the shuttle bus.

I would advise anyone staying in Yosemite West and preparing their own meals, to do their grocery shopping before they enter the park. There are grocery stores in the Valley and at the Wawona store but most of the prices are higher.

Then there are restaurants, from the dining room at the Ahwahnee to the pizza deck in Curry Village

IF at all possible I would recommend one stays at least a week because there is so much to do. In the Valley I would recommend parking your car in the Day Use Parking then taking the free shuttle bus around.

A popular place is the Ahwahnee, a 4 diamond hotel which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Dinning used to require a jacket for men but has eased up on that tradition and now collard shirts for men and woman may wear dress or slacks and blouse. Historic Ahwahnee Tours are also available.

The visitor center is a must stop. The staff is always helpful with how to plan your stay in Yosemite. They can also tell you about the ranger's program and Interpretive walks

There's a bookstore and museum near by.

There's the Ansel Adams Gallery which offers photography workshops and a camera walk (class size & availability are limited).

You are in Bear country which means food may only be inside your car (out of sight, widows completely closed) during daylight hours. Remember to clear your car of food wrappers, crumbs in baby seats, and baby wipes. Even canned food and drinks must be removed from your car.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Damage Deposit $300

The $325 is for four 4 people. There is an additional charge of $25 per person per day

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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