Staying in Yosemite
Yosemite and the surrounding area offer a plethora of opportunities to overnight to fit any lifestyle or budget.
Wilderness Permits are limited to a certain number of hikers per trailhead per day. You are required to have a wilderness permit to camp overnight. You can obtain wilderness permits by reservation up to 24 weeks (6 months) in advance, or the day before (also day-of, but don’t count on it) your departure on a first come – first serve basis. Permit offices are located in Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, North Entrance (120 West), and Wawona. NPS information at http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm
Campgrounds (including walk-in, auto, group, and horse) in Yosemite National Park are administered through the National Park Service. Some campgrounds require reservations, others are first come first serve. The process is a bit cumbersome, so you would be well served to visit the NPS website. http://www.nps.gov/yose/trip/camping.htm
Lodging within Yosemite National Park is operated by Yosemite Concessions Services, a division of Delaware North Company. Accommodations range from the very, very nice Ahwahnee Hotel to tent cabins without bathrooms (the infamous WOBs) at Curry Village. Reservations are highly recommended, although it is not unheard of to get rooms day-of. For more information and online reservations, go to http://www.yosemitepark.com
Lodging just outside Yosemite is available in Fish Camp (Hwy 41 south), Oakhurst (Hwy 41 souther), Groveland (Hwy 120 west), El Portal (Hwy 140 west), Mariposa (Hwy 140 further west), and Lee Vining (120 east) among a few others.
Rent the Adams House in Mariposa, CA
For a truly unique visit to Yosemite National Park and its surroundings, rent the Adams House in historic Mariposa. This inspiring four bedroom, renovated craftsman home sleeps up to eight and is an elegant and relaxing retreat. Available by the day (2 day minimum) or week. See www.marisposarentals.com