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Old 01-19-2014, 03:20 PM   #1
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Planning trip to Yosemite in the spring

Good place to camp. Will have tode with us.....
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We stayed at Yosemite Pines RV Park. It's a Thousand Trails park, but they allow the public too. It's not far from from Groveland, CA on Hiway 120. From there, you can get down into the Valley in about a half hour. We were there just before the fire, so I don't know what's changed. I would stay there again If I went to Yosemite. I guess I'm assuming you are coming from the west, buy maybe not.

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Old 01-19-2014, 09:22 PM   #4
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We camped at Lower Pines Campground, right inside Yosemite, during the first week of April last year and enjoyed it. We didn't realize till we arrived that it was spring break for school kids for some (or all) of Califorinia that week so it was a busy place & full campground. Once the weekend came, the campground wasn't nearly as full. We like it a little quieter and would reserve around spring break next time. Our 35 foot RV towing a dolly with a Jeep wasn't a problem. Pictures taken after school break week ended.

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We stayed at Yosemite Pines RV Park. It's a Thousand Trails park, but they allow the public too. It's not far from from Groveland, CA on Hiway 120. From there, you can get down into the Valley in about a half hour. We were there just before the fire, so I don't know what's changed. I would stay there again If I went to Yosemite. I guess I'm assuming you are coming from the west, buy maybe not.

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The Thousand Trails Park is called Yosemite Lakes, not Yosemite Pines. It is about 15 miles further west, closer to Yosemite NP, than the park you've cited. The Yosemite Lakes park is a Thousand Trails park (the Yosemite Pines park is not). Yosemite Lakes park does have non-Thousand Trails member access.

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The Thousand Trails Park is called Yosemite Lakes, not Yosemite Pines. It is about 15 miles further west, closer to Yosemite NP, than the park you've cited. The Yosemite Lakes park is a Thousand Trails park (the Yosemite Pines park is not). Yosemite Lakes park does have non-Thousand Trails member access. Yosemite Lakes RV Campground | RV Resorts in California

My bad. You are correct and that's the one we stayed in.
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GREGORYJ, do you remember which space you were in at lower pines? I know there are only a few for a rig your size. We are planning a trip there in August and your space looks perfect. Thanks, Al
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We loved Yosemite and the surrounding area(Jeep Roads). We stayed at Mono Vista RV in Lee Vining...less than a mile to the road that leads into the west side of the park(120). There are some good restaurants in town and gas stations for our end of day fill ups. We packed a lunch every day and sometimes would not get back to the CG before dark.

We would have stayed another week but the CG was booked. We spent 7 days hiking/driving Yosemite and most of the back roads listed in their off road maps(most visitor ctrs have them). Although Yosemite is the star attraction, the ghost town of Bodie, the Stone Coral, Mono Lake and many, many other seeming endless back roads with numerous old closed mines, were an adventure in of themselves. A few of these roads(some were old stage coach roads) are mainly pumice and require a 4wd(very loose) but most can be traveled by normal 2wd car. On most, we never saw another vehicle, so you're basically on your own out there.

This thread makes me want to go back...what a great backyard California has.
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Hi macnut. I made a mistake, we stayed in Upper Pines Campground which is just across the road from Lower Pines. Our site # was 85. On the reservation site, I
had picked a site that was rated for 35' RV's. See info Campsite Details - 085, UPPER PINES, CA - Recreation.gov. We used the
park's free buses or biked most of our time there, only using the Jeep to see the Sequoia trees at the Mariposa Grove.

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Looks like a great site and a great vacation. Thanks!
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