This was our first time staying at this campground and our family of four really enjoyed it! We reserved spot 246, for two nights, which had more room than we knew what to do with, it was a huge corner. There are 2 bathrooms nearby, downhill from this site. This campground is on slight hill, so coming up from the bathrooms or a walk around the campground made for good exercise. This site is at the entrance from the road leading in, so we did have road noise during the night. The garbage trucks that pick up garbage from the dumpsters are very loud! But you are right near the main dumpsters which is nice since you must keep all garbage picked up constantly (due to bears). Also across the road, across from this site is the Amphitheater! We enjoyed a Ranger Campfire story one night during our stay. A local Ranger builds a campfire and tells stories about the area, that was really fun! The bear lockers at the sites are quite spacious and easy to use. Picnic table and fire pit are also provided at each site. The campground was pretty quiet and we had 2 deer walk through one afternoon! We were there during bear season and never saw any bears, which was good. Also in the campground is a scenic trail, which is 1.5 miles one way, and leads to an overlook of the Yosemite valley. Very much worth the hike, the view was breath taking! We spent a good 2 hours hiking to the overlook and back. There are many downed tree's that block the trail, so there is some climbing required to get over the logs, all part of the adventure! There were a lot of mosquito's, but if you kept a fire going and citronella candles lit at the table, they weren't bad at camp. The mosquito's bit us the most during the hike, so bring bug spray!
We drove into Yosemite Valley one day and that was about a 20 minute, beautiful drive! We really like how this campground is away from the Valley, where it was really crowded. We could enjoy the Valley activities, that we could get near, and then head back to camp where it was quiet and serene. There is also a gas station and small market across the street from this campground, in case you forget something! We would definitely stay here again!
- Also Known As:
- Crane Flat Campground Hotel Yosemite National Park