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A perfect choice!
The tent cabins in Curry Village are the cheapest option to stay overnight in yosemite - but they are not really cheap (42.90 USD in october). For me it was the perfect choice and I really enjoyed it.
The tents look like tents, but they have real beds (2 or 4), wooden floors and doors, and electric light. And that's all. Bathrooms and showers are in some buildings, clean and they do their purpose. Coz of the bears: no food or beauty products in your car or in the cabins, you have your own locker where to put everything!
It's a very casual atmosphere around the village, lots of hikers, families, younger people. There is a restaurant for buffet breakfast or a quick coffee and bagel.
It gets colder and darker much earlier than in the rest of the valley, and in October it's useful to bring another blanket or sleeping bag. Go to the toilet before going to sleep - the first night I was lying awake but to scared to go outside coz of the bears ;-) Reservations via the website or central reservation phone number dealing with all yosemite accommodation. book head!!
Unique Quality: It's a bit like camping but more comfortable. The noise you hear at night are usually acorns falling onto your tent, not bears. Bears are quiet and sneaky - you wouldn't hear them!
Directions: at the far end of yosemite valley, just follow the signs.
bus stops13 a+b, 14, 20, 21
Storyin Curry Village
Tent Cabin 70 USD , very very comfortable bed :)
well equipment room!
need to wait in long line when I want to take a shower at night , less ppl in the afternoon.
friendly staff , I did not book in advance but still got a clean tent , summer july afternoon .
supermarket close by, shuttle bus take us to many place in yosemite valley.
Directions: yosemite valley
In the heart of it all
Well, I didn't stay here, but I did park in the parking lot and eat the really bad food at the taqueria stand (see restaurant tip). You really can't beat it in terms of location, but both Curry Village and Yosemite Village usually fill up well in advance of the peak season, so book early if you plan to stay here.
You can book anything from a campground, to a tent cabin (pictured here) or a full cabin and rates will run somewhere around $70-$170 per night. There is a pool, a grocery store, another store to pick up all of your hiking or climbing supplies and plenty of people to meet.
Curry Village is the largest lodging facility in Yosemite National Park. It's also the low-cost place to crash when visiting Yosemite (well ... low cost is a way of saying because prices have gone up considerably in the last few years). Still, if you're looking into saving money and don't want to bring your own tent, Curry Village is the best lodging value in the park. The Village offers a motel, wood cabins with or without private bathrooms, and canvas tent cabins (without private bathrooms).
I stayed in the canvas tent cabins and was satisfyed, but I wasn't expecting anything more than a simple tent. If you are expecting a tent you'll be pleasantly surprised, because the canvas tents have wood floors, sleep two to four people, and are equipped with beds, bedding, and electrical outlets. Some even have heating (which, if you're visiting in early spring may turn out to be quite useful). The tent cabins are located close together so the noise level depends on your neighbours mood. Another downside is that the tents being made of canvas and Yosemite being bear country, you'll need to lock up all foodstuffs and anything that bears might think is food (even toothpaste) in bear-proof lockers which are provided for free. But this isn't a big hassle really. The wood cabins are much more substantial (and comfortable) but they tend to sell out earlier than the tent cabins, so it's good if you reserve in advance.
Curry Village offers a few dining options (they have an ok all you can eat buffet) Their brochure said that they also offer an outdoor pool, raft and bicycle rentals, children's programs, tour desk, mountaineering school and sports shop but I didn't try any of these.
Curry Village - book up early!
I booked a bed in a tent about 6 weeks before arriving to Yosemite - and I'm very glad I did!
Curry Village is the cheaper of the four main accomodations available in the centre of Yosemite Valley.
You basically hire a permenently errected tent - ranging from a two person to family tent (cabins are also available at extra cost). Basic washing facilities are close to each area.
Given hindsight I would prefer to have stayed at Yosemite Lodge - more going on and with better access to village activities, however also at a much greater cost.
Don't forget when you arrive in Yosemite get hold of one of the Yosemite weekly newspapers - you'll find out what's going on and where.
Unique Quality: Other facilities include swimming pool, all you can eat breakfast buffet (and probably an evening buffet, but I can't remember!), a couple shops and "fast food" outlets.
The staff are generally helpful and friendly - only one chap let the place down with an impatient approach - however this was not common.
Don' forget to lock up your food in a food locker in the evening to keep bears from stealing it!
If you do take a car into the valley - and you don't need to if you get organised with public transport! - remember to leave no food in it over night, bears do sometimes break into cars!
Directions: Curry Village is in the main valley floor area.
The shuttle buses run to and from Curry Village all day until late.
Yosemite's Curry Village
Housing here was REALLY cheap... $25/nite... but it was COLD... its pretty much a family size tent that is lifted off the ground about 6" on wood blocks. There were 2 beds in our room, a double size and a twin size. There was also room for a chair and little nightstand with mirror. There is no electrical sockets but there is a halogen light that is just bright enough in the evenings. The door is locked from the outside using a key padlock.
Unique Quality: Very cold in the winter, but very inexpensive. It felt like camping without all the work of putting up a tent. Winter nights can get pretty cold. Brought extra blankets in preparation for the cold.
Curry Village... continued
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But what I didn't bear in mind that it could be very very cold in the mountains in May. The only thing that was provided in the tent was a very thin blanket...and it was freezing outside! I may be smiling in the picture, but I wasn't smiling for long. It was so bitterly cold, that I couldn't sleep. I didn't dare to go out of my tent to warm up a bit in the car, because there are bears walking around... especially in the car park! This is another thing I didn't realize when I booked the accomodation. There are no mountains or bears in Holland, so how should I now? ;-)
I heard every noise outside and was afraid that a bear would enter the tent. Don't blame me, it was my first camping experience in active bear country... All I could think of, that the bear might see me as a nice midnight snack ;-)
Finally it was morning and I could get out of the tent. I was still freezing cold, and I had to get warm again, quickly! So the first thing I did was take the car for a spin, with the heater in the car put up high. This would probably do the trick. Going for a spin around the park turned out to be a great idea. The morning light was exquisite (see the first picture on this page)
I made reservations for 2 nights, but decided to leave after the first day. The weather was too misserable to enjoy the park and the tent was far too cold. Luckely this wasn't a problem and I even got my money back for the second night.
I think the Canvas Tent Cabin is probably a good place to stay in summer, when it is not that cold. But in May I wouldn't recommend it.
I always try to get accomodation inside a National Park, to make the most out of my visit. The parks get so peaceful when the day tourists have left. This way I can enjoy the sunset / sunrise in the most beautiful surroundings.
So I made reservation for a Canvas Tent Cabin in Curry Village (in the middle of Yosemite NP). I do go camping very often, so a stay in a tent in the middle of the park sounded great. It costed only $42.00 a night (in 1998).
A Canvas Tent Cabin is a wood-framed canvas tent on a raised wooden platform. It has a daily maid service (linen, beds, towels and soap provided every day). Restrooms and shower facilities are centrally located. The tents have electric lights but no heat, plumbing, outlets, phones or TV's.
It sounded good.... I don't need all that, when I am camping. Just me and nature, that is all I need...
Read the rest of the chilling story in the next accomodation tip....
Curry Village is terrific! ...
Curry Village is terrific! Showers, food, cabins and tent-cabins, wooden cabins. Some of the wooden cabins have their own showers and bathrooms, while tent-cabins have two single beds, a lightbulb, bed linens and blankets and a bookshelf. Food lockers are placed throughout the camp, where you should place all food and smelly toiletries. Most excellent.
More about Curry Village
Curry Village Pavilion
Ice skating at Curry Village
Curry of Housekeeping camp
With children in the summer, which do you recommend: Curry village or housekeeping camp?
How far is the walk from housekeeping camp to Curry village?
Re: Curry of Housekeeping camp
I just returned from Yosemite, and it was beautiful!
Choosing between Curry Village and the housekeeping camp depends on how much you want to "rough it" and how much you want to pay. The housekeeping camps are 3 walls and a curtain and 3 foam mattresses, an electrical outlet and cooking table. You bring your own bedding or rent it. The cost may not be any cheaper than the cheapest tent cabin at Curry Village. Curry Village is a step up with a range of cabins from tent cabins with no bath to cabins with bath and fireplaces. No cooking facility in these cabins, but your are right in Curry Village with its cafeteria.
I'd say the walk from the Housekeeping Cabins to Curry Village is about 15 minutes.
Someone unaffiliated with Yosemite has put up a very informative website with lots of pictures of both types of accommodations. Go to
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