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Old 01-13-2016, 09:39 AM   #1
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Will be heading to Yosemite in May. Any suggestions on where to stay? In the park or outside the park? We have a 37' rv.
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Old 01-14-2016, 06:47 AM   #2
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Wow! May can be a little early, although not as bad as Yellowstone, but I understand quite a bit of snow has been falling in the Sierras. I'd call before I got there to see what entrances are open. But with that said, Yosemite is beautiful with snow.
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Old 01-14-2016, 02:18 PM   #3
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Plan on being there around May 20,weather cooperating,staying outside park in Lee Vinning.Several campgrounds in area not sure yet where we'll stay.Our first time that far west so I got no clue what would be best.Good luck
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Old 01-14-2016, 03:04 PM   #4
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We were there in April one year. 60 degrees one day, snow the next!

We stay in the Valley whenever possible! Way closer to all the vistas.

YOU MUST go on recreation.gov TOMORROW to reserve your site for May! The valley campsites sell out in MINUTES! Reservations open at 10am sharp Eastern time.

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Old 01-14-2016, 03:20 PM   #5
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You might still have quite a bit of snow in May.. but you'll have the most amazing waterfalls ever!
Staying outside of the park is usually best, however only if you have another vehicle to drive around. We usually stay on the south end at the campground near Wawona (it's closer to us), or camp at Bass Lake and take the motorcycle up to the park. There isn't anything better than driving through the park on a bike.
There's usually a pretty good line of cars waiting at the gate to get in. Plan EARLY rising.
All of the roads are windy and 35 mph max in the whole park. Parking an RV in the valley might be a little rough too. Not impossible.. you're not the first one to do it.
Because of the snow level, it may impede your hiking choices. There's some GREAT bicycle paths in the valley too if that is an option for you.
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Snow pact is already deep, depending on how much more snow they get the east entrance may open late. In El Nino years 97-98 the east entrance didn't open until July 1st. This years El Nino is suppose to be larger the that one was. Keep on eye on sites like this for the estimated opening date.

Info & Guesses about Tioga Pass opening date in 2016 ~ Late? - Yosemite National Park Forum - TripAdvisor

tioga pass opening 2016 - Yahoo Search Results
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Our first trip there was in April of '73 with an Opel wagon towing an old tent trailer. I don't remember for certain, but we must have used the East entrance (we came from the East) because we also visited Kings Canyon, Sequoia, or both. The snow must have been 10' high along the roads near the redwoods. It was all BEAUTIFUL!!

We stayed overnight in a parking lot in the valley near a restroom. That night it rained followed by a light skiff of snow. The next morning I went to the restroom and the whole floor was covered by people, I guess they were hikers or? who came inside to avoid the rain. Probably can't stay in the parking lot any more, but I remember passing at least one beautiful campground in the valley. We've been back several times, but not recently and those times we visited for the day and continued Eastward over the hill. It is truly a beautiful place.

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Have a great trip!

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I was in Yosemite Valley in November. Have you made reservations yet? I'd get on that right now once you know the dates you'll be there. Memorial Day or near it might be tough.

If staying in Yosemite Valley, they have buses to help you get around. If you want to be independent, use a bicycle or walk and bus.. If crowded, getting around in a car will be hard, and hard to park.

When making reservations on Reservation.gov, if they say the site has room to park a thirty five foot vehicle, they mean it.
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The thousand trails 3 miles outside the park is a great place to stay.

If you are coming in from the north or west (san fran), go in via coulterville and greely rd. way way way easier than 120.
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Do a day trip up to Badger Pass Ski Area... You can rent snowshoes and walk out to Angels Landing...
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We are also heading to Yosemite in May. So far I have checked all of the campgrounds inside the park and 9 that I found outside the park (including Wawona as mentioned in post #5) and they are all full. I also noted the reference to "The thousand trails 3 miles outside the park" as noted in post #9 and it appears to be a membership campground called "Yosemite Lakes RV Resort"?

Boy, I thought that once I retired and could get out there before school lets out that I'd have an easy time getting reservations. Guess not.

In any case, if you have recommendations I'd like to hear them.
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I just came across "Diamond O" campground which says it is just outside the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite park. They have slots open for the days that we want to visit Yosemite. Are any of you familiar with Diamond O?
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We made our reservations for inside the park, for early June 2016, last month. The RV spots were gone in 3 minutes for Upper Pines campground in the Valley. This morning reservations opened for thru July 15.

We stayed outside the park two summers ago. We stayed at Yosemite Pines, nicely wooded, kinda crowded. It's about 20 miles from the Big Oak Flat entrance on HWY 120. The Yosemite Lakes Thousand Trails park is about 15 miles closer to the park entrance. It is not as wooded, mostly open field. We would stay at either of these parks again if we couldn't get inside the park. The problem is that Yosemite Valley is at least a 45 minute drive from the park entrance. So you spend a lot of time commuting back and forth. Our granddaughters got tired of that pretty quickly, even though with FHUs it meant TV and WiFi! It limits the time you can actually spend enjoying the park.
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We made our reservations for inside the park, for early June 2016, last month. The RV spots were gone in 3 minutes for Upper Pines campground in the Valley. This morning reservations opened for thru July 15.

We stayed outside the park two summers ago. We stayed at Yosemite Pines, nicely wooded, kinda crowded. It's about 20 miles from the Big Oak Flat entrance on HWY 120. The Yosemite Lakes Thousand Trails park is about 15 miles closer to the park entrance. It is not as wooded, mostly open field. We would stay at either of these parks again if we couldn't get inside the park. The problem is that Yosemite Valley is at least a 45 minute drive from the park entrance. So you spend a lot of time commuting back and forth. Our granddaughters got tired of that pretty quickly, even though with FHUs it meant TV and WiFi! It limits the time you can actually spend enjoying the park.
We are looking at "Diamond O", "High Sierra", and "Yosemite Pines" right now so it's good to hear your evaluation of Yosemite Pines.

It looks like Yosemite Lakes Thousand Trails park is a membership park system, but I see that they do have an option for non-member reservations as well. More expensive than the other options but maybe the closer proximity to the park entrance is worth the extra $$$.
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