Guide to Choosing a Hotel at Yosemite National Park
There are many places to stay at Yosemite National Park, and the first thing that you need to decide is whether you want to have your lodging inside the park itself, or you would prefer staying outside the park in its surrounding community. If you are going to Yosemite National Park for your summer holiday, then make sure that you book your accommodations early since the company that handles the housing reservations inside the park takes reservations months in advance, so booking just a few weeks before your trip will not guarantee a place to stay for your holiday. Reserving months in advance will assure you that you will have accommodations inside the park. If you are going to the park for the summer holiday period, booking a year in advance is really not too early.
Inside, your choices include 4-star hotels, the Ahwahnee Hotel and campsites in the backcountry. If you prefer to stay in a campsite in the backcountry with your sleeping bag, then a wilderness permit is required from a ranger station. If you need to make other arrangements for your stay in the park, the you should go to the company that handles the housing reservations to make them. Aside from the Ahwahnee hotel, you can stay in the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, which is in the Yosemite Valley. In Camp Curry, the accommodations are tents and cabins. Other campsites include Housekeeping Camp which is along the Merced River and other campsites nearby.
If you prefer staying outside the Yosemite Valley, but still inside the park, you can stay in the Wawona Hotel and Tuolomne Meadows Lodge which you can find at Tuolumne Meadows, together with White Wolf Lodge. You can also stay in the high-country campsites. Privately owned rentals inside the park can be found in Wawona.
There are still many lodgings outside Yosemite National Park, near the gates. The Arch Rock/El Portal Entrance, the Big Oak Flat Entrance on the west, the South Entrance, and the Tioga Pass Entrance on the east, are the four main gates of Yosemite National Park. Along these entrance routes are many types of accommodations.
There are many more accommodations outside the park. Going inside the park to watch the attractions will take long drives if you lodge outside the park.
If you want to make housing reservations outside the park, then you need to call the lodging places individually. There is no central place to call and these lodgings outside the park are not part of any hotel chains. If you are a member of any organization, make sure to ask if they give discounts as some lodgings do.