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- Lower Pines Campground
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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.
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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.
Nearby Housekeeping Camp
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Curry Village 0.2 miles away
The Ahwahnee 1.4 miles away
Yosemite Lodge At The Falls 3.2 miles away
Upper Pines Campground 3.3 miles away
North Pines Campground 3.3 miles away
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Valley 0.2 miles away
Glacier Point 0.6 miles away
Ahwahnee Hotel 0.9 miles away
Falls 1.8 miles away
Vernal Falls 1.8 miles away
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Housekeeping Camp Hotel Yosemite National Park
Address: Yosemite Valley, 9005 Southside Dr., , California, 95389, United States
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Amenities at Housekeeping Camp
- Swimming Pool
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Free Parking
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