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Yosemite Hideout Located Inside Yosemite National Park!!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Beautiful 3 Br - 2.5 Bath House Inside Yosemite National Park and Garage Parking

Looking for a hide out inside the gates of Yosemite to take a memorable vacation, explore new places complete with adventure, fun and relaxation? Yosemite Hideout is just the place for you!! My home in Yosemite West offers a secluded respite 18 miles inside the South Entrance of Yosemite. Nestled in the trees at 6000' in elevation, and far away from the surrounding Valley communities, Yosemite Hideout is midway between the Yosemite Valley waterfalls and granite monoliths, the Giant Sequoias in the Mariposa Grove and the breathtaking views from Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Yosemite Hideout is the ideal place to set up your base-camp!! (This is a brand new listing and the calender is wide open!!)

Yosemite Hideout is a three bedroom, two 1/2 bath house deep inside the park boundaries. Yosemite Hideout is PERFECT for family getaways! There is a large two car garage on the road at the main house level, making unloading your car quick and easy, even in the winter!! Three large private decks float high in a pine tree canopy on the property with the two largest facing west where you experience the wonderful sunsets. Enjoy a barbeque, a glass of wine and good cheer on the deck recounting your day's adventures and explorations of Yosemite.

If you prefer to cook a gourmet meal, Yosemite Hideout has a HUGE fully appointed kitchen with full-sized appliance, spacious counter tops, and all the cooking equipment and gear you will need including pots, pans, Oxo utensils, coffee maker, toaster, blender, electric beater, tea pot, microwave and plenty of interesting cookbooks! You will have your choice between informal eating on the porch under the umbrella, or the adjustable butterfly table in the dining room.

Yosemite Hideout's living areas are on the top floor away from the downstairs bedrooms. In the living room you will find a flat screen television with Acoustat speakers, an extensive DVD collection, Yosemite Guidebooks, novels and comfortable seating. Satellite internet is available for checking your email and browsing. (Please note that the satellite internet is NOT sufficient to stream video or other bandwidth intensive activities).

Yosemite Hideout has been my home for the past almost three decades. This year is the first year I have made it available for guests to enjoy. My good friends and neighbors Melissa and Jeff are close by and quickly onsite in case you need assistance with the house. They have kindly offered to help make your stay at Yosemite Hideout a memorable vacation!!

More Details

Jeff Hornacek
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, spanish, Melisa is fluent in French and speaks Spanish.
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About Jeff Hornacek

Iconic ski instructor Nic Fiore taught me to ski at Badger Pass when I was three years old. I could not get enough of the snow, the trees, the smell and the unparalleled beauty of Yosemite National Park. After high school I took a brief hiatus and worked for the Yosemite Park & Curry Co in a variety of jobs including ski patrol, ski instructor, life guard and pantry worker. I returned to college and still worked in Yosemite on weekends. The National Park Service hired me as a Park Ranger and I held every job imaginable for the next 20 years ~ horse patrol ranger, resources manager, foot patrol, fee collector, EMT and dispatcher. Law school was my next calling and while I have never lost my love for Yosemite I do not get home as often I would like so I decided to share my home with Park Visitors. I hope you will find as much fun, adventure and pure happiness here as I have over the years. My neighbors Jeff and Melissa will help insure you have everything you need for your perfect vacation.

Jeff Hornacek purchased this house in 1988

Why Jeff Hornacek chose Yosemite Area

My parents starting bringing me to Yosemite National Park when I was three years old. I remember frequent family trips to Yosemite to ski, hike, ride horses, float on the river and ride bicycles. I feel like I grew up in Yosemite and once out of high school I began working for the Yosemite Park & Curry Co before going to college. After working several years for the National Park Service I had the wonderful opportunity to purchase an empty lot in Yosemite West, a place I knew I wanted to be for a very long time. My dream of building a home came true in 1988. As you know, Yosemite National Park is quite simply the most breathtaking place on earth. The waterfalls, the granite domes and monoliths, the Giant Sequoias, Sugar Pines, and Oak trees are most spectacular in Yosemite National Park. There are over 750 miles of established trail in the Park, giving you the opportunity to see extensive wildlife such as bear, mountain lions, deer, squirrels, raccoons, coyotes and marmots on a regular basis. If you are lucky enough to live in the mountains you are lucky enough.

What makes this house unique

Yosemite Hideout is in Yosemite West.....right in the middle of the most popular Yosemite sites.....whether it's the many waterfalls and huge granite monoliths and domes of Yosemite Valley to the north, the Giant Sequoias of Mariposa Grove to the south, or the breathtaking views from Glacier Point to the east, you are perfectly positioned to explore them all when your base is Yosemite Hideout in Yosemite West. Add to that the unparalleled comfort of the Hideout and scenic sunset views from the decks, you are truly able to hide out from your daily life and recharge your batteries. The large two car garage has easy access from the street, and to the main floor of the house; unloading your car is simple and the layout supports easy access during winter snows. The 6000' elevation is cooler in the summer than the surrounding towns and Yosemite Valley, and because Yosemite Hideout faces to the West, it is warmer in the winter.


Yosemite National Park House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Private bath for Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hall bath near queen and Full bedrooms
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Hair dryers, and travel sized soap, shampoo, and lotion provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , With sliding glass door to large lower deck and forest view
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Cal King with private bath and sliding door to large deck
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Two twin inflatable mattresses available for extra paying guests. 7 guests max (counting children regardless of age). Bedrooms include alarm clocks with USB charging ports.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • whitewater rafting


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Yosemite Hideout Located Inside Yosemite National Park!!
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 36 reviews

Excellent Retreat from the Busy Valley with all the amenities of Home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed July 31-Aug 5. and loved it! The home was clean, warm and inviting. The owner has made updates not reflected in the current pictures, and they are great! The carpet is now a lovely hardwood floor in the main living area, and the sofa set was replaced during our stay, it is beautiful and very comfortable after a busy day hiking. We loved being able to escape the very busy Valley without having to leave the park. The trip to the house was a mere 20 minutes to/from the Valley, when the roads weren't being worked on in the Valley. There is a good variety of movies to watch and games to play, as well as books to read. Multiple guides on Yosemite are handy. There is even an abundance of cookbooks if you so choose. We loved eating breakfast each morning on the deck, and finishing each evening with a glass of wine, reminiscing over the days events, while watching the sunset from the deck. There was ample linens available for our group of 7. Beds were comfortable with plenty of pillows for all. We did need the two air mattresses, and there was plenty of room for them, easy self inflating and no fuss. The kitchen has all the pots, pans, and bowls you could need for cooking. We shopped at the Village Store, which made for much less expensive meals. Before checking in, we had lunch at the Village Grill, for 5 to eat it was $65. We had dinner one evening at Degnans Loft, when traffic was at a standstill and we had already sat for an hour in the Valley traffic with more than 2 miles before the turn onto 41 back toward the house, where the rest of our family was, a 10" pizza and Irish Nachos, and 4 waters was $45, and it was fair at best, just to give you an idea of the cost. (Eat breakfast and dinner in the house and pack your lunch for a picnic on the trail, by the river or in the meadow. There are much better things to enjoy in Yosemite than the lines at the Village eateries and the fight for seating.) There are several spices left by others, including the much needed coffee to get a hiker going (we did bring the wrong filters, but they still worked fine). The grill worked great and made for quick meals with easy clean up. The owner and managers are helpful and informative. We had no issues whatsoever. We will gladly come back to Yosemite Hideout on our next visit, and highly recommend this home to anyone considering staying in Yosemite, especially those who want to escape the crowds and avoid the drive in from outside the park each day.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation House

  • 5 of 5

This is one of the best vacation rentals we have been in. The property is well stocked from the kitchen, media in the living room and books. The balcony was a great place ro have family dinners and breakfast. Beds are comfy and all rooms have ample of storage. The kitchen specifically us well stocked. It is 25 min from Yosemity valey and the plave itslef feels like within the park. The managers are very responsive. I could not reccomend this place enough.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 loved our 5 nights at this home! It had everything that we needed and served as a great base for our Yosemite Park exploration. The home felt clean and had great spaces for hanging out. The dining tables inside and outside provided a great spot for games, meals and conversations. We cooked every evening and the kitchen had everything that we needed.The owners had left a very informative book about Yosemite that helped us choose some great hikes. One of the neat spots that it highlighted was the Henness Ridge Fire Lookout which was inside Yosemite West. It was a great spot from which to look at the stars at night. Don't miss the short Sentinel Dome hike! It has the best 360 view. While the valley was teeming with people, Yosemite Hideout made us feel like we were removed from it all and the hikes off of Glacier Point Road felt less crowded. This place was an integral part of making our vacation a memorable one.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Did not feel welcome!

  • 2 of 5

First, I will say that the trip to Yosemite was great, the views and day trips were the best. The downside was staying at this particular house. Be prepared to feel more like an intruder, not a guest. There were so many doors and cabinets locked up that I felt like we were imposing. The air downstairs, where all the bedrooms are, worked well, however there seemed to be "no air" upstairs at all. We stayed in June and smoldered while trying to prepare a meal. Shoddy air conditioner I suppose. We have stayed at several private home rentals for the last 15 years or better, and I have never been treated by the owners as we were here. We had booked a three night stay here, for a family of 5. We arrived to find four towels and four washcloths and no more for our whole stay. You are only allowed to use the in house washer and dryer for week long stays, so beware of this fine print. When I acquired with the owner about possibly getting more linens for the next few evenings I got no response for at least 24 hours, and even then they seemed "put out" to stop by and leave us 4 washcloths. Keep in mind we had booked 3 Nights stay, not one! The next evening I was told through text, to REUSE all our linens as they did not want to put stress on their septic system. Wow!! Needless to say, we still enjoyed our days at the park, who wouldn't, however we would not make a return stay at this home. Plenty of other places to stay in the park, so keep looking!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As a note, all of this guest’s communications were with me (Melissa) and Jeff, the Hideout’s managers, not with the owner. The owner loves her Yosemite Hideout, her home for many years. She has made significant improvements, creating a comfortable and welcoming refuge for Park guests. While there are locked cabinets where the owner stores her personal possessions and supplies for the home, there is substantial storage space for guests. Regarding the cooling system, we have not received any complaints about it and this guest did not mention it to us. The guest did try to contact us at 4:11 PM the day she arrived. It was Jeff’s birthday; we were hiking and out of phone range. Returning home, we sat down to dinner and birthday cake. By the time we saw her message it was late. Since her message was about bath linens, it didn’t seem urgent. We would respond in the morning. At 8:06 AM I replied to the guest, explaining why we hadn’t contacted her the previous evening. At 10:21 AM I sent a message telling her that I had put out additional towels and washcloths for her family. In her message she said that they had 5 washcloths for their party of 5, but needed more; they needed 21 washcloths. That didn’t make sense to me. It was a party of 5 for only 3 nights. I assumed it was a mistake, so did not set out 21 washcloths. I suggested, since we have a very dry climate, that washcloths dry nicely during the day if they are hung up. Normally, Hideout guests want to use resources in an environmentally responsible manner. Later that day we received a message thanking us for the additional bath linens and advising us that they would need 7 fresh washcloths the next night. They would not reuse a washcloth. 21 washcloths for 5 guests on a 3-night stay was unusual. Since we don’t provide daily linen service, it seemed the sort of thing that a guest would let us know about in advance. They had not advised us of this need. Nevertheless, I went to the Hideout the next day and set out 7 fresh washcloths. As for the laundry, as stated on the Hideout VRBO site, its use is generally restricted to guests staying one week or more. Water is a precious resource in Yosemite. It is unfortunate that this guest feels the need to disparage the Hideout and its owner in this misleading review. All of us at the Hideout hope that potential guests will not limit themselves to reading this review, but will look at the many 5-star reviews submitted by happy guests.
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Great location & a very comfortable family accommodation.

  • 4 of 5

Lovely home that has everything you need. Jeff & Melissa were great to work with & very accommodating. It's so close to Yosemite Valley & Glacier Point that it makes it easier when traveling with young kids. Only complaint was the mattress in the 2nd bedroom (off the lower deck) was a bit too firm for our family members that stayed there. It was great to have the half bath on the street level. The oversized garage worked out well for our large rental SUV.

We really enjoy the large selection of movies & games. Very comfortable house & a great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Picture Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Yosemite Hideout was perfect in every way. The photos on Homeaway don't do the home justice. We were a party of 4 adults and an 18 month old. After a long day of hiking and driving it was wonderful to go home to a home. We were able to grill on the beautiful deck every evening and relax. If you're looking for a picture perfect ending to your days in Yosemite, this is the place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Fresno (FAT)
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Hwy 41
Nearest Restaurant
11 Miles
Wawona Hotel
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Badger Pass
Car: necessary

Located Inside The Park Gates, You Are Perfectly Situated To Explore All The Attractions Yosemite Has To Offer. To The Right Is Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoias, Left To Yosemite Valley, And Straight Ahead To Glacier Point To Enjoy An Overhead View Of The Valley Floor. An Ideal Place From Which To Discover All That Yosemite Has To Offer.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $35 per person per night
Damage Insurance $59

* Free night for stays longer than 6 nights

* Minimum 3-night stay required

* A $50.00 Cleaning Fee will be added to all Standard Rate 2-night stays

* Rates are for 5 people. $35/ea additional to max of 7 including children (twin airbed for extra guest)

* Check in after 4:00pm. Check out before 11:00am

* No smoking, No animals, No exceptions

* No vacationing students or singles under 25 years old

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.