Yosemite Valley, 9005 Southside Dr., , California, 95389, United States
Water fun by Housekeeping Camp
We didn't stay at this camp but one day we took a shower there, (public showers available for a few $$) and we saw this river next to a sand area surrounded by beautiful scenery of tall trees. So the next day our whole family decided to go spend the afternoon there with the kids. There is a beautiful bridge to cross to reach the sand area, water was freezing, I mean to the point of getting cramps, but it was a fun time for the kids to just float around on their inflatable boats and get their ankles wet.
Unique Quality: Not crowded, beautiful area!
Great for Family Camping
Housekeeping is great for family camping. We brought two young children (3 years and 18 months). Electrical outlet makes cooking very easy. We brought a rice cooker (good to boil water, noodles, rice, etc) and an electric frying pan. Could cook steaks, eggs, bacon, chili, soups, ...anything in the electric fry pan. The bear containers are HUGE so that you can put all you need for cooking and dry goods in one large bin and slide it into the bear safety box. That still leaves room for a large cooler.
Easy access to Merced river is a key feature. You can keep kids happily playing in the rocks, water and surrounding river banks. Housekeeping is a short walk from Yosemite Village shops. We went on a Saturday for a "story time" on the trail benches. A volunteer read about 10 books. Good activity for kids. Housekeeping is also a a short walk to Curry Village...there is a pool open during summer season.
If you go early summer or early fall (we went mid-sept) I would recommend a small space heater for the morning. We didn't bring one b/c I felt like it was cheating. But, I think that for the first few hours in the morning it really can be cold (enough for gloves) and once they are out of their beds/ sleeping bags, it would have been nice for them to be able to keep warm and veg. a bit in the tent untiil the sun warms things up a bit.
The cabins at Housekeeping camp consist of a structure that has a wall seperating you from your neighbor with a tarp curtain as your door. There is enough space for about four people to sleep in the cabin. There is a bunk bed and a double bed. You could fit in more people if you brought your own sleeping bags or air beds. There is a little patio attached to the cabin where you could also set up your cooking items and gear. I noticed some people slept out in the patio as well.
Housekeeping camp offers some measure of privacy, but not much. The camp caters mainly towards families who stay in camp probably for several weeks. When we visited in August, people brought their own grills and hung up lights and decorated their cabins. It is very family friendly.
Overall, the facilities were well taken care of. The bathrooms and showers were clean, although I made sure to use flip-flops when in the showers. There were laundry facilities available, as well as a place where you could rent linen. The store was small but carried most of the goods needed. The focus on Housekeeping is enjoying the nature and camp life. Although Housekeeping didn't have all the amenities like Curry Village (restaurants/stores), I liked the fact it was less crowded and simple. Back to the basics.
Prices have been rising over the last several years, I believe it is now $70 a night. Also, if you decide to go over the summer time (peak season), make sure to book well in advance as it gets booked up quickly.
Unique Quality: I liked the fact that we could park right outside our cabins. The camp was also located by the river and if you were lucky enough, you'd get a spot with an amazing view. Each cabin also had their own fire-ring, and at night many famillies sat around the fire telling stories, singing songs...we made s'mores and cooked dinner over the fire.
Bears still roam the area freely, so keep an eye out for them. We had to get up early one day, and my brother spotted a bear on his way to the bathroom! Don't forget to make sure you lock up your food in the bear boxes!
Awesome place to stay
For those of you not really into camping and at the same time don't want to stay in a hotel, Housekeeping camp is between those two types of places. You basically get a little room with beds and a cloth covering the doorway. You also have a fireplace just outside where u can build a fire and cook your own food. I'd advise this over a hotel because you are so much closer to nature. How close? Watch out for bears as you might bump into one just as I almost did. There's nothing better than relaxing in front of a fire and gazing at the stars after a long tiring day of hiking and rafting.
Check out the link below for more pics of the camp!
Unique Quality: Camp Store - Featuring basic grocery items and camping supplies.
Laundromat - Located at the Showerehouse.
Transportation - Free shuttle bus service to various locations in Yosemite Valley with pick-up from Housekeeping Camp.
Parking - Free parking is provided on the premises.
Nearby Activities & Services - Restaurants, fast food, gift shops, guided tours, horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking, fishing, ranger/naturalist programs and photography supplies.
More about Housekeeping Camp
Great place to spend a couple of nights
Kate's right. If you want to stay in Yosemite (or nearby) you should have made your reservation 100 days before yesterday. It gets very crowded there in the summer. There are nice camping areas in YP that have cabins (no need to bring your own).
There's no need to make reservations when visiting the cities... sometimes you can find an even better last minute price! Outdoor grill and firepits available in every cabin, double beds, bunks, electrical outlets abd lights. Very cozy for a campground!
Thngs to bring
Depending on where you are staying, you can pretty much bring everything including the kitchen sink if you want, it depends on your vehicle. Good hiking shoes. Probably the main thing as you will be doing a lot of walking. And if you go in the summer, well bring summer clothes obviously although be prepared just in case it rains as it most certainly will. Again, this depends on where you are staying. I stayed at Housekeeping camp and so I brought pretty much all the necessary toiletries: shampoo, soap, toothbrush and paste, deodorant, contact lens solution, etc. There's a grocery store in the camp if you forgot anything. How can you go to Yosemite and not bring any photo equipment? Its a must as you'll get breathtaking views on a constant basis. Bring your own folding chairs, lamps, and even a gas cooker if you don't want to use the fireplace provided at Housekeeping camp. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate around camp when it gets dark. Bring charcoal, or you can just buy the necessary items for a fire at the grocery store. Instead of renting their linens, bring your own bed sheets, pillows and blankets. Bring all the necessary cooking items and cutlery. Oh, and leave the electronics at home people. You won't die if you don't have internet access or if you don't watch a movie. Bring a radio, but leave the laptops and portable tvs at home. The whole point is to get away from it all. My friend brought his and it almost got soaked in the rain. Oh and if you play an instrument that's portable... i.e. a guitar or harmonica, bring it. And don't forget them marshmallows.
Is there a running water faucet on each site? Also is the light provided inside the unit enough, or should we bring another indoor light?
Re: Housekeeping Camp
There is a running water faucet (and sink) at each site, and the light inside was sufficient (for me, at least). There's also a fire pit, in case you want to start a camp fire. There's also a bear-proof cabinet outside for your food and other stuff. The restrooms and hot showers are in different buildings. You'll need a flashlight to walk around the camp at night.
Re: Housekeeping Camp
The light inside the units was enough to see but probably not for reading. There is accessible running water near each site. We actually brought a microwave and it worked quite well for popcorn by the campfire! Just watch out for squirrels and bears. Secure everything as those critters will get into everything. A bear knocked over a closed BBQ grill to get at the potatoes left on the grill while in broad daylight, the squirrels tore at the bottom of the hanging trash bag we had to get at our food scraps!
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Address: Yosemite Valley, 9005 Southside Dr., , California, 95389, United States