Yosemite West is a community of 153+ private residences and vacation homes, centrally located in Yosemite National Park. You can drive up Highway 41 through Fresno and Madera counties to enter the Park through the South Entrance, which is the best way to go if you want to see the Mariposa Grove, the Wawona area, and Glacier Point on the way to Yosemite Valley. Highway 41 becomes the Wawona Road when it enters Yosemite.
Yosemite West is located near the Chinquapin junction, midway between Wawona, Glacier Point, and the Yosemite Valley. During the winter months, Badger Pass skiing is just minutes away. In fact, Yosemite West provides the closest place to stay for skiers in all of Yosemite. There is a private road entrance to allow easy access from the Wawona Road.
Guests to Yosemite National Park are
amazed by the beauty, and grandeur of its scenery. But after a long
day in the park, many look for a quiet area to reflect on the day’s adventures.
Motels and campgrounds, crowded with other vacationers, make this difficult.
Yosemite West, provides the beauty and quiet of a private home in the woods,
surrounded by tall pines and cedar trees. Here, you can relax without
leaving the park, have a quiet dinner without the restaurant clamor, or
just watch a video, play cards or read a book. There is room for
you to stretch out and relax.
This family oriented environment is unique in Yosemite. Unlike other communities in the park, this area was designed with all utilities underground. There are no power poles or telephone lines to detract from the serenity of living in a forest. Views from your windows are filled with evergreens, oaks and manzanita. Deer, squirrels, and other animals frequent the area, so it is common to see them from your window.
With an approximate altitude of 5,500 feet, Yosemite West is higher than most other accommodations. During the summer, this affords a cooler environment by 10 – 20 degrees than the Valley; a welcome break from hot summer nights in the park. It is truly a home away from home..
Yosemite West has an unique history.
Part of the territory of the Miwok Indian Nation, it was a favorite area
for hunters and foragers who sought food and game along Henness Ridge.
Rich in Chinquapin
(a native chestnut bush with small sweet nuts), elderberry and other edibles,
the area abounds with game, even to this day.
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