Inside Yosemite National Park Gates
Relax and enjoy a comfortable retreat approximately 30 minutes inside the southern gate of Yosemite National Park, and close to many of the Park’s attractions. Our location within the park gates means that during the 2022 season, if you stay at our rental, you will NOT need to go through the process of getting a separate peak hours reservation.
The house is located in Yosemite West, approximately 15 miles (a 25-to 35-minute drive) from three of the must-see destinations in the park: Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. No other location is as close as Yosemite West to all three locations.
All The Comforts of Home
Perfect for Couple or Small Family
This one bedroom, one bath vacation rental is perfect for a couple or parents with one or two children. With a queen bed and two twin beds, it’s also good for three or four adults.
Cooking is a pleasure in a full kitchen with granite counter-tops, knotty alder cabinets, and modern appliances.
Relax by the fireplace and watch a movie on the 47″ flat-screen television.
Great Winter Location
Yosemite West is the closest lodging to the skiing and snowshoeing at the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area at Badger Pass. This small ski area is affordable and friendly for beginners and the access point to all of the Yosemite wilderness in winter.
Tom’s first visit to Yosemite was in 1985 and Theresa’s in 1993. We first came here together in 1996 while living in Berkeley and getting our doctorates. Over the next seven years, we rock climbed in Yosemite as often as we could.
In 2003, we came to Yosemite for a three-month sabbatical that turned into “a Mondical and a Tuesdical” as Pete Seeger said. We both changed professions and have worked as ski instructors (both), a ranger (Tom), assistant manager of the Yosemite Mountaineering School (Theresa), building and maintaining websites (both) and, since 2010, hosts of Alpine Escape and consulting with small businesses to medium businesses and non-profits on their web presence.
We still rock climb, but now do more hiking and trail running, and have developed a love for natural history and looking for favorite wildflowers (though our favorites, the Hooker’s evening primrose, grows in our yard and we look forward every summer to watching the blossoms open at sunset and the sphinx moth arrive right on cue to drink the nectar and spread the pollen).
We hope to have the chance to share our love and knowledge of Yosemite with you!