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Old 03-30-2016, 02:12 PM   #1
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Yosemite National Park

Anyone know of a good RV park to stay at, near or in Yosemite? I having a hard time finding a place to accommodate our rig size. Thank you for any suggestions.
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It's tough staying 'near' Yosemite and traveling into the valley as a day trip. And there are only 12 campsites in the valley that can accommodate a 40 foot rig and they sell out in about 10 minutes after they're put online.

Which way are you coming in to Yosemite? Remember Tioga Road from the east can be closed until June.

My son was a chef at the Ahwanhee for 1.5 years so we made a few trips out there.
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Which way are you coming in to Yosemite? Remember Tioga Road from the east can be closed until June.
That road also has a tunnel with low clearance. The NPS website says: "Maximum vehicle length: 45 feet for single vehicle.
Height restrictions: tunnels, into Yosemite Valley: 10 feet 3 inches......."
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Hi Tim & Roger
We Stayed at Yosemite west/mariposa KOA in Midpines, CA. It was a nice campground, about 20 miles from the park but it was a beautiful drive to the park. It is also near Maraposa which is a quaint town with some great restaurants! We really enjoyed our stay.
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Coarsegold, California Campground | Yosemite South / Coarsegold KOA

We stayed here a few times.
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Hi Tim & Roger
We Stayed at Yosemite west/mariposa KOA in Midpines, CA. It was a nice campground, about 20 miles from the park but it was a beautiful drive to the park. It is also near Maraposa which is a quaint town with some great restaurants! We really enjoyed our stay.
Goes without saying but make reservations ASAP to get a 50 foot pull-thru without too much slope, one of the few parks in the area that can accommodate a big rig and still can be a challenge depending on your site. That said, it was a nice place.
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Probably not a bad a time to find a site away from the park and take a trip to a motel or hotel. You need to go - just may be hard to find a site "close"
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Thanks for the question 14 Cornerstone and for all the info. Yosemite is a possible for us this year so the info is good to have.
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That road also has a tunnel with low clearance. The NPS website says: "Maximum vehicle length: 45 feet for single vehicle.
Height restrictions: tunnels, into Yosemite Valley: 10 feet 3 inches......."
Marc and Jill, I notice you have been to Alaska. Would love to pick your brain sometime. We plan on doing Alaska in 2017 with another couple. We are leaving Florida for points north in a few weeks. Maybe we could meet up in the fall.
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We did not go to Alaska with our coach. Flew there and rented a Class C, so I have not experienced the drive to and from Alaska.
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That road also has a tunnel with low clearance. The NPS website says: "Maximum vehicle length: 45 feet for single vehicle.
Height restrictions: tunnels, into Yosemite Valley: 10 feet 3 inches......."
Your information is NOT correct for Tioga Road. I think you are reading the Wanowa Road info. And even that height is at the curb with plenty of height if you stay in your lane. There is also notes that full sized buses can get through the tunnels.

https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/restrictions.htm

There are four roads into Yosemite. I have driven all of them in a 40ft MH that is 12-6' high with no issues.
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I am referring to highway 120, which scared the daylights out of me when I drove it in my 12 foot high Beaver. I would not attempt it in my 13 foot high Entegra.
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Yosemite National Park

Update for Yosemite March 2016 - route 120 doesn't allow vehicles over 45'. I've taken this road many times - you really don't want to climb that mountain in an rv. Route 140 is an easier road but there was a landslide due to recent rains - there is a detour - no vehicles over 45'. Tioga road is still closed. This leaves only 1 good route into Yosemite - route 41. The closest private campground is in Oakhurst 50 miles away from Yosemite valley. There are dispersed free sites for small trailers in the nearby national forest. If anyone knows any other options, please share.
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The Lakes RV and Golf Resort, Chowchilla, CA (on Hwy 99) is excellent. They used to give a free round of golf with each stay and it's a nice course. It is 69 miles (1 1/2 hrs) from El Portal, CA, so good for day tripping into the park. Plus you keep your rig off the bad roads.
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