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The RED DOOR apt.- Couples' Refuge - INSIDE YOSEMITE - sunsets & stargazing

Bedrooms 1
Space 575 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Guest apartment, 1 Bedroom + sleeper-sofa, 1 Bath (sleeps 1 to 3 guests)


Centrally Located **INSIDE** Yosemite National Park - Ideal for a couple (max: one couple + one child)

IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ the information in this listing in its entirety and let us know the purpose of your trip and describe the members in your party including all children and babies.


• No Wi-Fi at this property!

• Soak up the scenery

• Vacation without technology

• Unwind, relax, de-stress

*** Awesome sunsets and stargazing are frequent pleasures at this property! ***

*** SLEEPS 2 guests -- Couples' Refuge from the crowded Yosemite Valley area

(... only occasionally can we accommodate a 3rd guest -- a small child only -- please ask about this option)

*** Weekend stays always require at least 3 nights (2 nights during quiet season)

*** Forest Setting - Beautiful Sunsets - Glorious Starry Night Skies

*** 38 stairs up the outside stairway

*** Very clean unit, furnished for comfort, with a bright atmosphere; ideal for 2 guests. Dine on your own deck surrounded by forest! Tree-top views and long vistas out to the horizon!

*** Location is in Yosemite West, a small development of private residences, at 5700 feet elevation!

*** Driving time to Yosemite Valley: approx. 25-35 minutes

*** There is NO internet at this home and only very limited cell reception inside the park

NOTE: ~ No reservation will be accepted if the availability calendar is such that only one night is left vacant between an already booked date and the newly requested reservation's dates ~


-- INSIDE the Entrance Gates of Yosemite! Avoid long waiting lines at the gates during peak season.

-- Only 12 miles to Yosemite Valley, 7 miles to Badger Pass, 16 miles to Glacier Point, 20 miles to the Wawona area and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

-- Avoid commuting in and out of the park ... this location is through the gates and INSIDE the park -- (unlike those labeled **near** Yosemite, or **close to Yosemite** such as in Groveland, Mariposa, El Portal, Fish Camp, etc.)

-- Away from the Summer Crowds in the Valley!

-- Treetop Views: there are 38 stairs from the parking area to the mid-level floor where treetop views and glorious sunsets await you! Stargazing at its best!

-- The Red Door apartment is part of a duplex property; because this is the mid-level unit, you may hear footsteps and other sounds of occupancy coming from the unit above, please expect this. Soundproofing has been applied to address this matter.


*** Check out time: by 11am

*** Check-in time: after 4 pm (late fall through spring) and before 9 pm

*** Check-in time: after 5 pm (summer) and before 9:30 pm


~ peak season minimum stay: 3 nights ~ 4 nights preferred (mid-April to end of Oct)

~ off-peak season minimum stay: 2 nights ~

~ holiday periods may require 4 or 5-night stays ~

~ one-night stays: only when 1 weeknight is available between already booked dates


Yosemite's splendors are within easy driving distance: the three most popular visitors' destination areas within the park are: Yosemite Valley floor, spectacular Glacier Point and Wawona and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Redwoods - each less than a 25 to 30 minute drive from the house!

This private residence was built in 1999 to take full advantage of the unobstructed westerly views ... No neighbors in sight when you look out towards the western horizon and nothing between you and glorious sunsets and millions of stars.

-- Clean, bright, and furnished for comfort, this unit offers that special feeling of home-away-from-home.

*** THE RED DOOR Apt *** (on the mid-level floor): one of the two units at this duplex property, is a one bedroom/one bath unit (575 sq. ft.) plus a 375 sq. ft. deck. It has lots of windows, long views to the Western horizon as well as forest views everywhere else. Fully equipped kitchen, bath with shower over tub, and a sunny deck with plenty of deck furniture and a gas grill for BBQ's.

***INTERNET and CELL PHONES: unfortunately, due to the mountainous region and our unique and heavily forested location, we are unable to access any satellite signal at this time. Cell phones in Yosemite have very spotty reception, if any at all, except for the Yosemite Valley area -- a cell signal booster we just installed may provide limited connectivity but consider yourself ** disconnected ** while you are staying at this property.

*** There is no cable TV -- bring your favorite DVDs

*** Window A/C unit -- in July and August (at our elevation the night temperature goes down significantly).

*** A land line telephone with local service is included and you may use your calling card.

*** 4-night stays include use of the laundry appliances.

*** Guests must be able to climb several flights of stairs to access the 2 units in this property.

*** This is a duplex property; this unit shares the common spaces with our larger rental unit -- shared areas are the parking area and outside stairway; guests will hear sounds of occupancy from the house above

*** Very important house rule: Quiet Hours from 10pm to 7am


*** OUR GUESTS: Our vacation home has been enjoyed by couples on their honeymoon, and many anniversaries, several **I'll be asking her hand** events, and many book lovers, romantic stargazers, painters and photographers.

*** TIOGA PASS (Hwy 120) closes early each winter due to snow and opens in early summer - please check before planning your traveling route.

*** WINTER Season and TIRE CHAINS ***

Tire chains may be required by the park during the winter months. Call us for more details.


*** Activities in the park are many: fishing, hiking, rock climbing, biking, bird-watching and much more. More active folks can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating, river rafting, and horseback riding to name a few.

*** This is a place away from the crowded Yosemite Valley floor, a place for evening relaxation: sit back and enjoy the wind whispering through the cedars, pines and dogwoods; stargazers can marvel at the clear night skies with millions of stars while listening to the sounds of the forest from the deck!

Yosemite offers world-famous scenic views and a variety of activities for everyone, year around. A few examples of the many organized activities offered are: free art classes (watercolor, sketching & drawing, etc.), morning photography walks, a Valley Birdwalk, special programs designed for families and children, and so much more.

*** Enjoy Yosemite's scenic beauty ... and the conveniences offered by a vacation house inside the park ... you will be amazed!

More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018


Yosemite National Park Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 575 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • QUIET HOURS strongly enforced (10pm to 7am)- i.e. guests that want to start the day very early or night owls are not acceptable under this house rule.
  • Mostly disconnected: no cable TV, no cell reception, no wifi (due to tall trees around house) Laundry available for 4-night stays or longer.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Sleeper-sofa in living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeper-sofa converts to a full-size bed
  • Bedroom has a queen size bed; a child can sleep on the futon sofa in the living room, plus an additional child's foam mat and a child's inflatable mattress are available upon request.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Check-in time (SUMMER) is 5pm and (WINTER) is 4pm The Red Door apartment is part of a duplex property; because this is the lower unit, it is possible that you'll hear footsteps or other sounds of occupancy coming from the unit above, please expect this. Feel free to contact us for further information.


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The RED DOOR apt.- Couples' Refuge - INSIDE YOSEMITE - sunsets & stargazing
average rating of 4.878788 based on 33 reviews
Los Angeles, California

Lovely property

  • 5 of 5

Everything was very straight forward. Residence was very tidy and accommodating. Had a great time!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Savannah, GA

Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The Red Door was the perfect spot to explore all of Yosemite NP! We loved "coming home" to a glass of wine and dinner on the deck after hiking! The house had everything we needed...plenty of towels, pots and pans, comfy bed and a great location. We appreciated the thorough pre-trip info that was sent to us...where to get gas, groceries and excellent directions. This location made viewing sunset at Tunnel View, climbing Sentinel Dome and beating the crowds to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Falls a breeze! Thank you for welcoming us into your home!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the place. It was exactly as pictured.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved the red door place. It was just as it was in the pictures. It was clean and neat and just enough space for us. We read all of the information provided to us prior to the rental from the home owner/renter. It was very helpful. We made sure we had all of our groceries/drinks/etc for our stay before we arrived. We also appreciate how well the spices were stocked. We are from Ohio and stayed three nights. We hiked roughly 22 miles in the 3 days there. We also saw a bear and a coyote whiles driving through the park. What an amazing trip. I would rent this place again. Amy from Ohio

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the five-star review and comment on how clean the property was! We hope you can return very soon!
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Palo Alto

All three of us walked in to the house and said Wow!

  • 5 of 5

It is a perfectly maintained and fully stocked lovely unit. The owner may want to make sure there is enough room for a three people party to sleep in, but I found out there is nothing to worry about for that. Also the layout of the floor plan seems very good too. The owner made sure everything you need for a trip is adequately provided--sheets, blanket, towels, paper products, seasonings in the kitchen, kitchen utensils, everything you can think of. I do believe the owner walked extra miles to make the unit welcoming and cozy. We absolutely appreciate the hospitality.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA

Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property. Close to everything yet far away enough that not overwhelmed by tourists. Clean, warm, private...excellent.

I walked around the hotels in the valley and staying here is exponentially better.

tip: Head to the valley early in the morning before the tours and it feels very private.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location. All the necessary comforts of home and the much appreciated break from technology

  • 5 of 5

All was great. Comfortable and super convenient.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Barpub
17 Miles
Yosemite Valley
Nearest Golf
17 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy #41
Nearest Restaurant
17 Miles
Yosemite Valley or Wawona
Nearest Ski
7.5 Miles
Badger Pass
Nearest Beach
17 Miles
Yosemite Valley or Wawona
Car: necessary

The Red Door apt. is located in Yosemite West, an exclusively residential neighborhood inside the park.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Housekeeping fee $70 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

We suggest guests contact host to confirm availability & rates
Minimum stay: April 15-Sept 6 and HOLIDAYS = 4 nights
Inquire about shorter stays (occasionally 2 or 3 nights are available between already booked dates)
3rd guest nightly fee = $35
~ no reservation will be accepted if the availability calendar is such that only one night is left vacant between an already booked date and the newly requested reservation's dates ~
Declare all guests: adults, kids, babies and infants when inquiring and/or booking
Note to our returning guests: new this year on VRBO: VRBO will charge a service fee payable by travelers who book a property on this Site

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.