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'A Cozy Hideaway At The Entrance To Yosemite.' Very Romantic

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 0.5 Baths (Sleeps 6-10)

Quiet, set in the woods, 1 1/2 miles to Yosemite entrance

Bear Cub Den is a rebuilt historic home which retains the rustic, homey feel of a wonderful cabin in the woods. It is surrounded by woods and within walking distance of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park. It is a perfect getaway for a couple or a family. Easily sleeps 6 and has slept up to 10 on occasion.

John Luther
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About John Luther

The first time I visited Yosemite was 1954 with my mother. I fell in love with the park . I visited many times in the next 47 years and every time I went thru Fish Camp, with it's beautiful pond, trees and mountains, I said to myself 'Some day I want to buy a home here.' In 1991 I did just that. I continued to live in Southern Ca. and came to Fish Camp as often as possible. In the mean time I purchased two other home in Fish Camp and in 2010 I retired from my life as a licensed clinical social worker and came to Fish Camp for most of the year. In those many years I hike, camped, and studied the flora, fauna, geology, inn keepers, native americans and trails of Yosemite. I am very knowledgeable of the Park and am available for questions at any time.

John Luther purchased this cabin in 1990

Why John Luther chose Fish Camp

As a young man, I lived in a small town. Fish Camp has a total population of year round residents of less than 100. I love the peace and quiet available here. Where else can you have such beauty and serenity? Because man says the Park stops 1 1/2 miles from here, Nature did not. Fish Camp has all the beauty and less crowds than Yosemite National Park. I bought this cabin because it was the only one available. It had a foundation of river rock with 4X4s resting on them. The house was at a huge tilt, carpenter ants eat away most of the structural wood and the deck had to have your weight distributed or your foot would go thru it. We bought the house 'as is'. Jacked it up and put in new foundation, took off the outer walls and insulated them, put in double pain windows, and then replaced all the exterior wheathered cedar. The cabin retained it's original rustic look and charm, yet was like new under the exterior. We saved a historic part of Fish Camp.

What makes this cabin unique

I love the way the cabin is surrounded by 200+ft. Silver Tips, Cedar, and Sugar Pines. I could spend a whole day just sitting on the deck looking out at the beauty. I often leave the cabin and walk 2 1/2 miles up the road, the cabin is on, and stand next to the Grizzley Giant, the largest tree in Yosmite National Park. I can walk all but a city block and see no one. What a delight it is to stay in a cabin lined on the inside with knotty pine and the outside with weathered cedar.


Nearest Airport
58 Miles
Yosemite Fresno
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Jackalope Saloon
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Wawona Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Highway 41
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Jackalope Saloon
Nearest Ski
16 Miles
Badger Pass

Walk 2 1/2 miles up and old wagon road and be standing next to the Grizzly Giant, the largest Sequoia in the Mariposa Grove of Yosemite National Park. Walk down the road less than 1/4 mile to Big Creek and do some of the best fishing in the Sierras. Bear Cub Den is a licensed two story house which can be rented for groups from 2 to 10. We have Dish Network, coffee maker, fully equipped kitchen and all the things you would have if it was your home. See the pictures below for must see places and activities in the local area.


Fish Camp Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • water tubing


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'A Cozy Hideaway At The Entrance To Yosemite.' Very Romantic
average rating of 4.181818 based on 11 reviews

A nice rustic cabin

  • 3 of 5

The owner, John, is terrific. He provides lots of information on the cabin and attractions in the area ahead of time and is very generous with his time to talk with you and provide more ideas for what to do. He also called the first night we were there to make sure everything was fine. The cabin itself is clean and well maintained, nice old feel to it with all the wood, all the basics in the kitchen, the beds comfortable, but it is fairly spartan--one couch in the spacious living room and thin rug on the floor and nowhere else really comfortable to sit and hang out other than the kitchen chairs. The big covered deck had nowhere to sit, but maybe things were put away for the winter. So it's a great place from which to set out on adventures and a convenient location for getting into Yosemite from the south end as well as checking out lots of great hiking places outside the park in that area, but not all that cozy to return to.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Cabin & Gracious Host

  • 5 of 5

This peaceful and quiet rustic cabin is conveniently located near the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. The host John is very conscientious and knowledgeable about the area. Thank you for your help and hospitality!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The PERFECT cabin for a valley stay

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was perfectly situated in a grove of fir trees; dappled sunlight and the sound of rain accompany you as you enjoy the cozy comforts of the cabin. John gave us some excellent recommendations for our quick-trip, and my company and I saw the most unbelievable views of the Yosemite valley, Half-Dome, and El Capitan. The beds were comfortable, the porch was perfectly covered to enjoy the rain showers in the evening, and the rustic feel of the cabin was rejuvenating and peaceful, after dealing with the crowds of Yosemite. We also found an AMAZING Mexican restaurant in a nearby town called Casa Velasco--recommended to us by a park ranger. When I return, as I'm sure I will, I will only stay in Fish Camp, at the Bear Cub Den--it was everything we needed to enjoy the valley.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we needed for our trip to Yosemite!

  • 5 of 5

John was extremely helpful and gave great recommendations for the National Park. Overall, the cabin was cozy and the perfect atmosphere for our trip to Yosemite. It's located just south of the parks entrance so the location was also a key component of our successful trip!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home right outside of Yosemite!!!!!!!

  • 4 of 5

This home was exactly what we needed for our family of 5! Our three children ages 12, 12, 10 had plenty of space to play games, relax, and hang out. The home was located in a quiet place in Fish Camp. The house was stocked with towels, bedding, and all the kitchen items you would need to cook your own meals.

John sat with us for an hour to give us all the important details needed to hit the important things in the National Park. This was very important as the Valley was very busy with tourists! Beautiful hikes and scenery was amazing, but his tips were definitely a must. The home is located right near a wonderful horse back riding company that we enjoyed too!

The one thing my husband didn't enjoy is having to take out and dispose of our own garbage each day.

Thanks for a wonderful stay! We loved eating out on the deck too!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Couldn't ask for better people to rent from. Incredible hosts.

  • 5 of 5

John and Patty are amazing people. We had an excellent time at this cabin, and it was a great home base for anything you want to do in Yosemite. I would highly recommend renting this cabin, not only is it very close to the park but you are also renting from amazing people that know a lot about the surrounding area.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $15 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%


Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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