Beautiful campground. Built on hills but sites level & long enough. Gravel and lots of trees. Restrooms very nice & clean. High priced but they have a captive market. They rent to lots of Europeans who are happy to pay any price. Will stay here again if opportunity comes about. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This RV Park is located about a half hour from the west entrance to Yosemite National Park on Highway 140. It seems to be a popular spot for RVer's that can't get a site in the park with lots of rental RVs. Even when the park is crazy in the summer, I was able to find an open spot on several different dates. It gets hot here in the summer, about 95 degrees in July. This park would not be considered a destination in itself, but can work as a home base for ventures into the park. Just be aware that the valley floor is about 45-60 minutes away, with other points like Tuolumme Meadows much further. Also, due to a rock slide years ago, there are 2 'temporary' bridges on Highway 140 with a total length limit of 65 feet. If you drive a motorhome and tow a dinghy, you can drive them separately and hook up after the detour, which I did. It appears that the detour will remain in place for years to come. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We were initially concerned about staying here given the bad reviews. After staying one week at this park we cannot understand how it got any bad reviews. The staff was friendly, the park was clean and had lots of amenities and plenty of shade trees. The laundry room had lots of washers and dryers and even an iron. The WiFi worked perfectly from our site which was not near the office. The park is about 1/2 hour from the west entrance to Yosemite. We would stay here again and highly recommend this park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice park, although it is on the side of a hill. Staff was friendly. Good size, clean pool with a real deep end (8') which seems to be the exception in many parks. Site (39) was level and long enough to stay hooked up since we were just passing through. It would be a good home base to explore Yosemite, except for the price. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
On the west side of Yosemite, close in to the park, there are not very many RV parks. We don't really care for KOA's and had to stay at this one since it was the only one we could find closest to the park. It was nice, clean, but as for a KOA: over priced. The main reason we don't normally stay in KOA's. When we checked in, we were told we could only stay one night as there was a group coming in and the rest of the park would be filled after the next day. Good thing, since all we wanted was one night. Even when they have groups coming, they should save a couple of sites for overnighters just in case. It is not right for a group to fill up a whole campground. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The staff was unfriendly and the sites are very small. Due to the small site we were really concerned about our RV flipping over when we leave as the tires were on the ledge of the slope. We made it with no room to spare. It was a very, very close call. Bathroom facilities were not clean and toilet seats were loose. This KOA is not at the quality level we've come to expect of a KOA campground. The rate is higher than other KOAs and the level is much, much lower than other KOAs. This campground does not warrant a repeat visit nor a first visit. Stay away if you can. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Wow, staff is sooooo efficient! One enters with a reservation and within 2 minutes one is out again. Not one single nice word or welcome. "How are you?" Answer: "Good! What's your name?" We could make the "roundabout" at the office with our 39' MH in one turn. We got #40. We could not leave this site driving through, but had to back out; too steep and too close to opposite neighbor. One hour good Wi-Fi free, then $6 per 24 hours. Good cable TV. No privacy as neighbors were sitting in front of their rig, so almost in front of our rig. No street noise. No hot pool, but large pool. Campground was filled up. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This KOA is about an hour from Yosemite Valley. It is set on a steep hill and the office was at the top. Sites are terraced. Very nice new laundry room, lots of washers and dryers. They charge $2 a day for pets and you get one hour of Wi-Fi a day, then it is $6. No ATT phone service. There aren't many campgrounds to choose from, especially for a large motor home, so we would probably stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The good point: Clean. Now for the not so good. Rude staff, sites and rigs on top of each other - barely room to open your door. For the price they charge I was astounded that they charge for Internet service. You get one hour per day free. Only stayed 1 night. Couldn't wait to get on the road to find a friendlier staff and larger sites elsewhere. Would not go back. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Spent a couple of nights at this gem while visiting Yosemite National Park. The sites are rather close together, but our campsite made up for it. We had a back-in spot up against the mountain and sat outside enjoying the wildlife and gorgeous weather. The KOA staff were helpful, but short (not very friendly). If I ever find myself back at Yosemite, I will definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Ground wasn't level. Took a while to adjust it. Restrooms were nice and clean, a bit cramped. Wi-Fi just for an hour in free trial. After that disconnected. Or buy connection for $6 a day. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I like KOAs and we use them often. After 6 nights dry camping, having full hook-ups is such a treat! Our trailer is small so we had no difficulty navigating the narrow road to the office. I asked for a spot near the pool when I reserved and that is what I got. My whole family used the pool and we did not find it to be too cold. Yes, the WiFi was spotty and I did notice a bit of attitude from the lady in the office directed to a German fellow who was asking about pool hours and such. Also, there was no water pressure in their showers, which needed a cleaning. All in all, we enjoyed our stay and would go back if we needed a stop over. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The registration office is at the top of the hill. You need to go around a tree to be able to reach it; we arrived here in the dark so it was a little difficult, though well indicated that you needed to go around the tree before being able to reach the registration office. Sites are pull-through, but slightly not level. The pool is really too cold for children. The Wi-Fi is not for free (6USD) and in our case we even did get errors (ODBC Connect errors etc) so we were not able to benefit from the WiFi. Restrooms and showers very OK. At 35 minutes from Yosemite park so this is OK. Shuttle stop to the Yosemite park at the entrance of KOA. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I am always scared of KOA's, because it's like a box of chocolates..you never know what you will get. We made the reservation based on the website, and arrived late, after closing. The entrance is not well marked as to which way to enter, so we stayed to the right. This caused a problem, because at the top there is a tree to turn around, which had low overhangs, and required backing up and going forward. Since I tow a truck behind me, we had to detach, and take 5 minutes just to turn around. Had we gone up the middle, this would not have been such a big deal. The sites are very tight, and although they say they accommodate big rig, I question it. We did fit, but the site was not level for a big rig, but rather for a 24-30 footer, which is mostly what was in here (aka: Rental RV's). I had to use 3 sets of orange blocks to get my rig level enough to extend the jacks without raising the wheels off the ground. Whats worse, there is no room for a tow vehicle, and the other rigs like mine where parking their TV's on the road, making it even tighter. I took the kids to the game room, and discovered that all of the games are broken, and not working properly. The driving games don't turn, and shooting games aim is off. The owner's obviously know about it, as they have signs on every game "NO REFUNDS". The playground is dangerous to get to, as it is down a steep slope, and a rutted dirt path. For the price of this KOA, it should be better maintained, about the only thing I saw any caretaker doing was getting after someone for parking in front of the office, because that is where his golf cart need to be parked. This person was trying to check in, but decided better of it. The Wi-Fi costs $6.00 per day, and is marginal at best. I would not recommend staying here. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The campground is about 40 minutes to Yosemite. If you are not adept at moving and backing up your rig, I would not recommend this campground. The sites were close together and we were able to fit our 34 ft motorhome towing a 14 ft trailer into a back in site. The driveway entrance is uphill and the dump station is located on the down side. We could not use it because our hitch would have dragged. No Verizon cell service, but you need to expect that in the area. The staff was nice. For location, it was great for us. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The staff was not friendly and when asked about the WiFi they were not helpful. Pay $6.00 and then was not able to get on. The pool was nice but too cold to get in. I would not stay here ever again. The sites are too close together. The cable TV was lousy, didn't get the channel you were supposed to get. Pay too much to stay here. We have stayed at a lot of KOA's but would not stay here any more, and would not recommend it to anyone. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very quiet park. It’s the closest park to Yosemite even with a 30+ mile drive. Roads are paved and sites are gravel. The KOA can’t accommodate anything greater than 40 feet including tow vehicle. There’s no extra room to park vehicles. There’s a picnic table at each site. The store is well stocked and has everything you need for a quick meal. You can catch a shuttle bus to Yosemite from the campground for $24 per person round trip. Showers were very clean. The negatives are NO cell phone reception except if your carrier is Nextel. There’s no AT&T or Verizon reception. We weren’t able to get Verizon wireless internet connection whatsoever. The KOAs internet reception is fast. However, you are only allotted an hour per day. After an hour, you are disconnected. You can sign up for unlimited connection at $6 per day or $16 per week. For the price you pay per night, you should get unlimited internet connection. Cable TV reception was poor. We used our satellite dish to get better cable TV reception. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Typical of KOA where they charge too much for what you get and then charge more. ($6.00 per day for WiFi, that does not work.) My friend complained about the WiFi and was asked to leave early. Tight sites getting in and out. I had to back out of a pull through site. I would not stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I agree that the spaces are tight and terraced but the other amenities are worth the effort. The Wi-Fi and TV were excellent. It's the closest park to Yosemite even with a 30+ mile drive. Mariposa is only 7 miles away with a great restaurant: Sauvoury's, one of the best ever for us. Even made sure that my food was gluten-free at reasonable prices. The owners were very accommodating in allowing my son and his wife to park their vehicle in one of the cabin sites across from my site at no charge. They told me that I could use that site also. I would stay here again. We stayed for 5 days. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very quiet. Gravel sites that were a little close together. Picnic table at each site. Nice little store on site. Clean Pool area. Washers are a little old but quite functional. Paved roads to the sites but still a little dusty when cars and RV's moved around in the park. WiFi worked fine for $16 per week. No AT&T cell service. Staff at the store were pleasant. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Like all KOAs we have stayed in, this is an older park with very tight sites. It is very well kept but they advertise no extra space for cars. If you tow and your car won't fit in your site with you, you are stuck. There are no parking spaces or parking lot. The whole campground is built on the side of a fairly steep hill so every square foot is at a premium. Very nice pool and it is a good location on the west side of Yosemite if you're visiting the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
There are lots of trees and a small pond. Roads are narrow, but easy to drive on. Pool was always full of people. I too have never seen so many Class C motor home rentals. I almost felt out of place with my travel trailer. Our site had trash in it when we arrived and the sewer hook up had a small hole in the pipe so it wasn't fun to drain our tanks. Restrooms were filthy and the floors were always wet. Overall, the park is beautiful and the ladies in the office were friendly. Great location to access Yosemite. Closest town is 7 miles away and locals are very friendly. We will not stay here again when we return to this area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Narrow access, uneven narrow gravel sites, unable to level with hydraulic jacks (38' 3 slides), trees very close to sides, rutted sites. Asked to leave after 1st night of 3 day stay -- refused to cancel the rest of the stay. Left a day early. Poor value!!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
Our RV developed an unexpected hydraulic problem so we told the RV park that we had to leave a day early in order to get it fixed. They refused to refund us for this night even though we weren't going to be here. Also, our cell phones never worked in this park and we were never able to get TV reception. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The campground is nice, and if you are coming from LA, it's not too bad of a drive to get in here. The 140 is not all steep and loaded with switchbacks. Yosemite Valley is about 38 miles from this campground, and the drive on the 140 was really beautiful and not terrible for my fear of height passengers. There are a few things I must mention about this otherwise nice park. Number one there is no cell reception of any kind. I have AT&T, another member of my party has Sprint, another TMobile, and finally another member of my party has Verizon. None of us could get service. In the office they said the only people who could get service were Nextel users. The Park does offer free Wi-Fi, which is nice, but the reception is spotty at best especially after 3 PM once everyone comes back from the park and wants to check their e-mail. Don't even attempt Skype as the service is slow at best when connected. I did find that by going to the main building and sitting on the patio, the Wi-Fi worked pretty well. There seemed to be a lot of European travelers here who were renting RVs. I'd say that 60% of the park was filled with Class C rental units. Everyone was nice and there was just enough space between our unit and our neighbor to open our awning. My biggest complaint would have to be the roads in the park. They are very narrow, single lane, and steep with some pot holes. The single lane wouldn't bother me except for the fact that so many people have their tow car hanging in the road and in places I was getting by with 2 inches to spare. I had a spotter get out to help me in those cases. When you get into the park, you must pull all the way up the hill and go around a tree, which is a bit of a challenge for a bigger rig. Power, sewer and water were all in excellent shape and CATV offered about 20 channels but many of the channels had interference. Spaces are gravel and fairly level, but I did notice some using blocks to bring their rig to a level position. I would consider camping here again, it was nice but I may be interested in seeing what else is available in the area too. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We used this park to visit Yosemite NP. There was no Verizon Internet service or cell service. Because this KOA is built on the side of a hill, the WiFi was unusable 200 feet from the office at the top of the hill. The turn around area at the office is around a tree so it’s better to disconnect at the bottom of the hill (entrance) if you’re towing a car. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Despite other reviews regarding "rude" staff we made reservations here so that we could take the kids to Yosemite Valley. Overall the campground was very clean and the one staff person I had contact with was helpful and friendly. The kids loved the playground. I would have given the campground a higher rating but the pool was cold and we were told that they had not turned on the heat due to a late winter storm. Not exactly sure how a late winter storm has anything to do with not heating the pool before Memorial Day weekend but I did notice that they didn't have a cover on the pool either. Would have been nice to get a bit off the daily rate since the pool was closed. Another camper said that the office told her on Saturday that they just turned the heat on but it would be a week before the pool was warm enough to swim. Overall I would go back here. It was very convenient to get into the valley and a beautiful drive. The park was busy due to the holiday weekend but was very quiet. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Park has narrow roads, a tight fit for our 37' fifth wheel. Staff was not at all helpful. They were not willing to help with any Yosemite details. Video game caboose was locked and they wouldn't open it and told us that 1/2 the games were broken anyway so it wasn't worth them opening it for us. Tough to explain to our little kids when they saw the games turned on and lights blinking inside. Sunday morning check out at 11 am is strict. You cannot pay for a late check out. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Decent place to stay while you visit Yosemite. The interior roads and the sites are narrow. Sites are also short as we had to park our truck sideways in front of our trailer. It's true that cell service is spotty. All told, nothing to write home about, but we would stay there again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We were in a 40 ft. Motorhome, pull-through site (#21) , and it would have been impossible to leave if we hadn't backed out. The sites are small and the interior roads are narrow. The overall appearance is nice with pines throughout the sites. I was disappointed to pay for 50 amp service and then have a $2/day electric charge added to the site cost. A back-handed way to make you think the cost/night is lower when making reservations. The Park is one hour from the west / Rte. 140 entrance to Yosemite and the drive is breathtaking (as is Yosemite). We didn't see any RV park that looked any better on the way. The Verizon signal in the motorhome was almost none; however, the free Wi-Fi and cable worked well. The park had a water pipe fail and they were right on it and had service back within a few hours. It is the most expensive park we've used to date; however, we would probably return unless we stayed right in Yosemite. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We thought everything was great at this park. Very quiet and peaceful. We were in a back-in space and it was spacious and well maintained. Free Wi-Fi that worked great. It's a big perk to be right on the bus route to Yosemite. The only semi-complaint would be that the cable TV channels were small in number and several were very fuzzy. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
This campground is OK, although staff is not the most friendly. They kept claiming that I don't have a $10 credit from my previous KOA rewards despite my last site specifically told me I could use it right away (I guess it was too much hassle to do it on their computer). The Kabins are OK. There looks to be TV connection, but there's NO TV, and NO FRIDGE in the Kabins. (Unlike the ones in Oregon which had them.) The access ways were narrow and could be a problem for big trailers. Luckily we just drove a van. The tent sites are INCREDIBLY SMALL so I was glad I didn't reserve a tent site. The Kabins were quite secluded (good privacy between Kabins). There are not enough washrooms (only 3 stalls for ALL the sites), which is located next to office. There are only 3 shower stalls. Although people cycle through them quickly since they are communal type (ie: single door to all stalls/bathrooms/sinks). The washrooms are CLOSED 11am-1pm for cleaning!!! I don't know how people can hold it for 2 hours during cleaning. LOTS of WASPS on the sites, especially when cooking. Overall, it was OK. It is a bit pricey for KOA (one of the most expensive). I didn't have chance to use Wi-Fi since it wasn't picking up from Kabin and I didn't want to sit by office. We camped here in a Campground Cabin.
This park proves that when you are this near Yosemite National Park, you don't have to be very good to be successful. The staff, while not rude or disrespectful, didn't really go out of their way to help with any problems I had. The internet never worked (even when I was right in or next to the office where the wireless router was located). The 45 minute drive to Yosemite Valley was as close as I could hope for, given the busy tourist season, and my inability to plan far ahead. If you have kids, they will probably enjoy fishing in the small pond near the office and there is a video gameroom in a railroad by the pond. If I remember correctly, the site also included a cable hookup, so I was not completely without communication with the outside world. (Oh, and cell phones don't work here, either, due to the mountainous terrain. They had a small store inside, but it was sorely lacking in what I considered essentials such as milk and juice, but they had plenty of beer on hand. While this wasn't a "bad" park, it wasn't a very good one, either. I would stay here again if they could get their internet up to modern standards. But until then, when I return I will be looking to stay somewhere else in the area. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice park. It's family owned and everyone was so nice and helpful. We were having trouble with our awning and one of the owners came out to help us. The park is clean and well maintained. The shuttle to Yosemite worked out well for us. It takes appox.1.5 hours to get to the Yosemite valley so I would suggest taking the 8:00 bus. We enjoyed our stay so much we are already planning on returning next year! We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 7 / 10 ]
Nice clean park. The big rig pull-through spots are very close together. Not much room outside your RV to do much but sit. There is a short trail that surrounds the park. Nice place to walk the dogs. Also has a nice fenced pet area. Staff is friendly and the park is very well maintained. A little bit of road noise from highway 140, but not so bad at night. Overall, a great place to stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 9 / 10 ]
This was our first time camping at the Yosemite / Mariposa KOA. Our expectations were not very high given the recent poor ratings by other reviewers, but we were pleasantly surprised. Check-in was easy, and the front desk staff was very friendly. We stayed in campsite #38, a 50 amp pull-through site and found it easy to get into with our 36' motorhome while towing our car. Interior roads are paved while parking strips in campsites are mostly gravel. Some RV campsites have grass. All campsites have a standing BBQ pit, movable picnic table, and are graded level. The RV campsites are close together but wide enough to park a car along side the RV in the site without encroaching on a neighboring site. We met one of the owners during our stay and learned that they have been renovating the park, and it shows. The store and gift shop were small but stocked well with a sufficient variety of necessities including fresh items like milk and eggs. Restrooms were clean and modern. We didn't find noise or rude neighbors to be an issue at all during our four night stay. Overall, this is a great place to camp in an RV if you want to have hookups and be close to Yosemite. The drive between the campground and the Visitor's Center in Yosemite Valley is about an hour. We camped here in a Motorhome.
So over priced. Not many choices for big rigs going into Yosemite Natl park. The sites at this KOA are real tight and not easy to get in and out of. The front desk people where so rude. In the three days we stayed there several other campers complained about how unhelpful they where. The drive into the park was about 45 minutes. I would not stay there again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Staff not very friendly or helpful especially with the slow or no Wi-Fi even after paying for it. Their response was call the company. There was no cell service for us in the park either. Sites are close together and barely long enough for us. All stones no grass. Good location, pool very nice and clean but cold. Laundry small but clean. Huge store and gift area, but we did not shop there. It is all about location and this is pretty close to Yosemite and thus busy. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Stayed on the "Camp Friday and get Saturday free" weekend. It was crowded. OK. Should have expected that. What I didn't expect was the close campsites and really poor internet reception. I complained that the internet was slow to nothing, and the response was "let me reset it". That happened twice. Since everyone else in the campground was kicked off the internet, that seemed extreme. While internet access was a prime consideration for staying at the park and was disappointing, the location by Yosemite was great and the second night (the free night) was actually quite pleasant. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Acceptable park on the way to Yosemite. Check in staff not very friendly. Large attractive store. Electric, water, cable and WiFi all worked well (WiFi is free for the first hour, then $6 per day after that). Beautiful location amongst the trees, but the sites are so close together that it feels more like a parking lot than a forested campground. Pool is kept clean. Noisy septic system runs 24/7. Of note, there is a city bus to Yosemite Park for $12. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great place to stay when heading to Yosemite. The staff was very friendly and helpful. There is even a shuttle that will take you to the park from the campground and back, which was great considering gas was almost $3.50 a gallon. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Owner did not honor space reservation as they said they would and gave our spot to someone else before we arrived. Then they argued with me that there's no promise to save a spot for anyone. Then I asked for another spot that looked promising and were told that all of the other spaces were sold out. Over the course of our 4 day stay I found that the park was not sold out and the space we asked for on arrival sat empty for the duration. Restrooms are not cleaned daily or even every other day. The park is on a septic system. The large septic pump hums 24/7. In the middle of a forest, that's the only sound you can hear at night. Staff are less than friendly and not helpful. We asked for a space with a clear view of the south for satellite coverage. While they said that some spots had a clear view, we were not given one. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 9 / 10 ]
Friendly staff. Very accommodating. As others have said, sites may not be exactly level. Crowded but large trees help break up the CG. Narrow roads in and out, but doable. Grandkids loved the pond and the playground. We come here at least once a year. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The campground was very quiet and is about 20 minutes from Yosemite. We enjoyed our stay here. The site was clean and surprisingly quiet even though it was close to the highway. The sites were a little to small but worth the price we paid. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
There are 50 RV sites, 28 with full hookups. Recommend pull through sites 19-23, 26, 29, 36-40 for large rigs. Not all sites are level and most will require blocks under levelers. Entry roads are asphalt and sites are packed gravel. We stayed in site 39 and it was nice enough but could have been wider to provide room for our toad. Mature trees but still decent SW exposure for satellite reception. 40 minute drive to Yosemite's Hwy 140 Arch Entrance. Cannot have any chemicals in holding tanks per mgmt! We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 6 / 10 ]
Not a bad park, but not as level as I'd like it. Tight getting in and out. Can't dump at your site unless you use the same tank chemicals they do. The dump station by the entrance is sloped downhill and away from the dump. The pool was nice and the staff was friendly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
[ 8 / 10 ]
Nice campground. Typical KOA layout. Sites were a little crowded but park was clean and
well managed. Friendly staff. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.