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Trip Report June in Yosemite Curry Village

Phoenix, AZ
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We (50+ couple and our parents 75+ couple) stayed in Yosemite Curry Village for 4 nights. The park itself is amazing, but the experience with the crowds and infrastructure did impact our enjoyment of the views and hikes and ultimately may have been a bit too much for my parents. We had booked the trip last November and at that time the only lodging left in the park was Curry Village so we took the reservation. The staff are trying very hard to deal with the huge number of people visiting and the lack of resourcing - they were uniformly nice and helpful.

We stayed in a "heated" tent but the heat was turned off after Memorial day. Too bad as it was actually still pretty cold at night for the first two nights. We did request extra blankets and had at least one extra blanket each. The tents come with decent beds, a sheet pillow and an insulated blanket (picture a piece of a sleeping bag). These were pretty warm, but were very slippery and kept falling off the bed at night - also impacting our comfort and sleep.

The main bathroom near us was closed due to construction (although there was no visible work being done) so the bathrooms we had to use were very busy and not super clean.

Dining was also impacted by the staffing shortage - for dinner only the pizza and bar food was available and had long lines at dinner time. We brought food for lunches and breakfast had a buffet. Coffee place was not open every day. One day we went to Yosemite Village & Lodge for lunch and dinner and again ran into very long lines.

Busses - same story. Very few shuttles, long waits and packed buses.

Advice for visiting - bring a lock for the bear locker, bring cooler and food to avoid the long lines (ice was available at the store), try to bring warm clothes/extra blankets if possible and its likely to be cold.

Get up early to use the shuttle to avoid crowds or use your car (although parking is very tight in some locations). Maybe my best advice is to plan more ahead than we did, avoid the tents unless you really like camping and sharing bathrooms and stay in a hotel and/or find a less crowded time in the park - if that exists.

We did really enjoy our hikes - even a simple walk along the river in the valley was amazing, we also loved seeing the climbers on El Capitan via scopes the rangers setup, and enjoyed our drives to Mariposa to see the sequoias and Tioga pass.

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Nice report! 🏖

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nice trip - thanks for your report. Cheers

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Your Curry Village is so is,ilar to our experience ten years ago! After one breakfast at Curry Village, we upgraded breakfast to what was then the Awanhee. It was a great trip.

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Thank you for sharing. I agree with you that the Curry tents are not the best place to stay.

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For sure not "the best" place, but the best you can get for that money. Every "better" place will be much more expensive.

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You are correct, it was certainly the lowest price option unless we camped on our own. In any case, it was also the only one available to us. I will have to plan well ahead of time for any future trip :)

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