August 24, 2018:
The Ferguson Fire is 100% contained! Yosemite Park is fully open, and has good air quality! All park access roads are open (Hwys 140, 41 and 120).
Unlike many other area rentals WE CHARGE THE SAME RATE FOR UP TO 10 PEOPLE. Many rentals charge more for each additional person beyond 2-4 people, but we only charge more for the 11th and 12th person. This home is very affordable for a family. Additionally, DISCOUNTS CAN APPLY TO SMALL GROUPS of no more than 4 people September-April (contact us to request discount).
DEER RIDGE VACATION HOME is a spacious upscale home in a quiet and rural setting, custom designed and built in 2003. Located on a hill top, it offers stunning mountain views in all directions. There are long covered decks wrapping around most of the home with plenty of outdoor seating that offer breathtaking views of the foothills of the Sierras. Water features and gardens complement the natural rock formations. Enjoy our new spa in the back yard! This 2625 sq. ft. vacation home sits on a 5.6 acre property with plenty of privacy. It has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, plus a den with a queen size sleeper couch that can act as a 4th private bedroom, and another queen sleeper couch in the living room. It sleeps 12 people comfortably. Relax and listen to the birds and the gentle sounds of two water features as you enjoy the grand panoramic mountain views and sunsets from the decks. The rear deck is equipped with a BBQ grill and 2 dining tables. Deer can often be seen as well as squirrels, quail and many different birds species. This property has a vast variety of bushes and trees, including the beautiful manzanitas. Native to the Sierra foothills, they are known for their reddish trunks and attractive twisting shapes. They flower in February, to the delight of the hummingbirds.
Deer Ridge Vacation Home is located 3.8 miles southeast of the town of Mariposa. The west entrance of Yosemite Park is only 36 miles away via Hwy 140, a scenic route along the Merced River. In Mariposa, a historic gold mining town, you can find out more about its gold mining past as you visit the Mariposa Museum and History Center. Inside the museum is a full sized replica of a mining town with authentic artifacts. Or visit the Mariposa Mining and Mineral Museum where you can explore the variety of California’s mineral wealth, and view breathtaking gems, minerals and precious metals from around the world. The Mariposa County Park offers a swimming pool and tennis courts for some outdoor family fun.
Amenities include central forced air heating and air conditioning. The spacious Great Room has a cathedral ceiling with many windows to enjoy the view. The wood burning fireplace with glass doors, backed by an attractive stone hearth, provides a cozy ambiance. Sit back and relax as you visit with your family or friends, or watch TV or a DVD from our collection on the 42 inch flat screen TV.
The kids can play games, or watch TV or movies on a second 42 inch flat screen TV in the den. The couch folds out to provide a queen size bed when needed.
The dining room seats 10 people. The fully equipped adjoining kitchen has a gas stove top, large fridge, quiet dishwasher, microwave, convection oven, coffee maker, coffee grinder, toaster oven, toaster, blender, crock pot and provides everything you may need for cooking and dining including spices, olive oil and coffee filters. The kitchen has a tiled floor, plenty of oak cabinets, and tiled counter tops. On a bookshelf in the kitchen you’ll find a display of flyers and books about things to see and do in the area. Next to the kitchen is the laundry room with large capacity washer and dryer. Laundry detergent is included.
The downstairs master suite has its own sliding glass door leading to the deck. It features a walk-in closet and a recliner for some solitude and relaxation. The adjoining master bathroom has a jetted tub, offering great views of the surrounding landscaping. The large tiled shower has an oversize shower head. The den has a queen size sleeper couch, and there is another queen sleeper couch in the living room. Upstairs, the second bedroom has a queen size bed and an extra long twin bed as well as desk. The third bedroom has a queen size bed and another long twin bed. The upstairs bathroom has a tub/shower combination. Additionally, we provide a fold-up mattress with bedding in case you want to spread out.
Items provided at the home: Towels, linens, two hair dryers, Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels, spices, cooking oil, coffee filters, laundry soap, hand soaps, dishwasher soap, dish washing liquid, and trash bags. There is a library of DVDs, a CD player with a collection of CDs, books about Yosemite Park and some fiction, and flyers for local attractions.
For things to do during the different seasons please scroll down to the bottom of this page.
More things to see and do in the area:
The west entrance of Yosemite Park is only 36 miles from the vacation home. This west entrance to Yosemite Park is the closest (only 6 miles) to the loop road of Yosemite Valley, the park's main attraction. The Yosemite Valley is much further from all other park entrances.) You’ll enjoy the scenic drive along Hwy 140 bordered by the Merced River. After 18 miles you’ll see the Merced River Recreation Area at Briceburg. It has sandy beaches where you can have a family picnic, or stop to dip into the river on the way back from the park to cool off on a hot summer day. This area is also great for fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing. For the more adventurous among you, rent a kayak or take a white water rafting trip with one of the commercial rafting companies that provide trips down portions of the river.
Guests can also take Hwy 49 to Hwy 41 to drive through Yosemite's south entrance - a 41 mile drive from the vacation home. Traveling in that direction you can visit Bass Lake for swimming, boat rentals, beaches and restaurants. Also along Hwy 41, the historic Sugar Pine Railroad takes guests on a 4-mile narrated historical railway adventure through a scenic fir and pine forest pulled by a steam locomotive traversing original logging railbeds restored from the turn of the century. They also offer gold panning for the entire family. (Operates March - Oct.)
Another attraction is Sierra Vista Scenic Byway which you don’t want to miss. You’ll see giant sequoia groves, alpine lakes and meadows, rock formations, wildflower fields and some of the most beautiful views of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
Mariposa has many restaurants, such as Charles Street, Castillo’s Mexican, Savoury’s, Sugar Pine Café, River Rock Inn, and High Country Health Food. You can find everything from gourmet dining, to Thai or Mexican food to the youthful vibe of Happy Burger Diner. Pioneer Market is the local grocery store. You'll also enjoy the local antique shops, gift shops and art galleries, some of which promote local artists. You might want to buy the local newspaper which comes out every Thursday for local events and attractions.
SPRING is the best time to see waterfalls at their peak in Yosemite Park. The snow remaining in the highest elevations melts and flows into streams that feed the waterfalls. Other than an occasional rain, you'll find very pleasant weather and smaller crowds for hiking. Some higher elevation hikes may be closed until late spring. This is a great time to raft the Wild and Scenic Merced River, or take amazing wildflower hikes in the Merced River Canyon or Hite's Cove, outside the park (March-May). Family fun at the Butterfly Festival in Mariposa (first weekend in May) or try to win the $10,000 prize at the Annual Fishing Derby at Bass Lake (first weekend in May).
SUMMER offers months of dry, warm, sunny weather. All hiking trails are open throughout the park. The high elevation roads to Glacier Point and Tioga Pass are open. This is a good time for horseback riding, morning hiking, bicycling, and even Merced River swimming in Yosemite and Briceberg Canyon. Bass Lake is another great place for swimming, boating and hiking. (Boat rentals available). The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is a fun family experience. Ride in open railroad cars, pulled along historic tracks through a beautiful forest, by a steam locomotive. Enjoy musical events on weekend evenings in the Art Park in Mariposa.
AUTUMN is a wonderful time to hike in Yosemite! The gorgeous fall colors last for months. Cooler but comfortable weather and smaller crowds make this time of year special and invigorating! Some waterfalls have diminished flows, but Vernal and Nevada Falls are still spectacular! Plenty of sunshine despite an occasional rain. Enjoy the beautiful greening foothills at one of the local ziplines. Family fun at the 4-day County Fair at the Mariposa Co. Fair Grounds over Labor Day weekend. Amazing natural wonders at the CA State Mining and Mineral Museum.
WINTER When snow begins to fall in Yosemite ice-skating, downhill skiing, and snowshoeing (especially in the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias) are special treats. (Rentals available.) The mountains glisten in the sun. Hiking paths in Yosemite Valley are plowed and often free of snow. Make a snowman or go sledding. Horse-drawn sleigh rides or hayrides available at Christmas just outside the park. You’ll enjoy the brisk but varying weather if you dress in layers. Days are often clear, even in winter. In Mariposa, at 2,000 ft. elevation, snow is infrequent and melts, but if you want snow you can always find it at some elevation in Yosemite Park. Bring tire chains or 4WD, but chains aren't often needed unless driving higher than Yosemite Valley.
If you are looking for an adventurous vacation in a beautiful natural area, with gorgeous mountain views and easy access to Yosemite Park, you are sure to enjoy your stay at Deer Ridge Vacation Home!