20 Parks near El Portal, California
Jul 2016 - $48.00
The location is the closest private cg to Yosemite NP. The sites are as close together as possible. We had no table or fire ring. Our cable connection was on a tree beside the rv parked in front of us needing two coax cables combined resulting in a terrible picture. The manager was extremely rude to us and to people he was speaking to on the phone when we walked in. We will not camp here again. - geeman53
Oct 2015 - $45.00
The sites were difficult to negotiate even for our 30 ft coach. Once parked each coach was front to front with little room to walk in between. The hookups were awkwardly placed. If we backed in, our door opened into a tree, if we drove in, as was the preferred method, our door opened over a slope. It was all dirt with minimal gravel. I cannot begin to convey how rude and confrontational the white haired "host" was. We had just driven up to our campsite when my sister-in-law came over to ask if we could be together since he had originally said it would not be a problem when they came in 2 days prior. He suddenly, in a nanosecond, went ballistic... screaming and with arms flailing. I found him to be crude and rude. I usually feel somewhat safe in most campgrounds...not at all here. This guy has no social skills, nor people skills, and definitely has no business in any position dealing with the public. He is in desperate need of some anger management! - Bindi1
May 2015 - $35.00
If you are going to Yosemite to camp with a good size rig, there are not too many options for you. Indian Flat is a good one. This is not an RV resort by any means. Expect real basic plug in camping. Location is what you need and this has it. Good enough restaurant/lodge next door, (same ownership complex as RV park), and you can use pool at the lodge and their showers.
Manager was bend over backwards accommodating. A great guy. Hope he is still there when you visit. We really enjoyed the stay, and... it WAS camping, albeit with full hookups. We could get Dish TV from our site, but I bet not all sites could do that. Trees and mountains around. It will not be one of your greatest camping experiences, but visiting so close Yosemite will be. - Elmo and Gracie
Sep 2012 - $20.00
OK campground. No hookups or dump station. Need to go into the valley to dump (45 min drive). Very unlevel. 3 tires off the ground and still not completely level. Had a difficult time getting into the space as did most folks. Good location for seeing the Northern sections of the park. - JimSC
Aug 2012 - $20.00
The main benefits of this site were being in the park and the beautiful surroundings. You are about 15 miles from the main Yosemite Valley. It is not really set up for a large 31ft RV. The pitches are nowhere near level although the access was OK. We had a firepit, bear locker and picnic table which were great. The bathroom wasn't that clean by the end of the day and there were no lights at night! However, we enjoyed the peace of the site after being in the Valley all day. - Treetop
Aug 2009 - $20.00
This is a wilderness type campground in a beautiful, quiet area of Yosemite. 50% of the sites are reservable, the rest first come/first serve. We enjoyed camping here even with the primitive nature of the campground. There is water available in the park, just not at every campsite. There is a waste water disposal drain next to the restrooms for Grey water. There are adequate numbers of restroom facilities with flush toilets. I don't think the toilets are cleaned very often which is kind of unfortunate given the heavy use that the campground has in the summer months. Showers available 17 miles away in Yosemite Valley. Food storage restrictions enforced because of bears. We did actually see a bear, too. We would return to this campground. - benidew
Sep 2016 - $55.00
Friendly, helpful staff. Nicely stocked camp store with homemade fudge and pizzas made to order. The roads were narrow though paved which was good on this mostly hilly campus. Sites were adequate but close together. Many trees which affected our Satellite signal though some others were open to the sky. Cable TV worked pretty well. Some cell services were just completely out of luck. And the wifi was functional but not as good as it could be. Frequently dropped connections and could not get back on for hours. We were there to see Yosemite. It is the closest full hookup campground to the west entrance. 25 miles into the park but not a bad drive. - DMcKitt
Aug 2016 - $60.00
This is a typical KOA: little expensive, great location, clean, accommodating all comers. The road to the office is steep and narrow, the sites are gravel and dirt. The office is friendly and efficient. The store is well stocked with groceries and memorabilia. - MJHP*28
May 2016 - $57.00
Starting with the phone call for a reservation, and continuing when we checked in, the employees have an attitude. Then when the WiFi wouldn't connect (it's Tengo, the worst service on the planet), their attitude was "well, it works on my phone." Many of their cable connection are male (should be female). At the office, they have double female adapters, if you ask for one. Sites are not level, and roads are narrow. To register, you have to drive to the back of the park, register, then turn around and go to your site (which you passed on the way in). They only recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Other than that, the facility is nice. - ta96silver
May 2014 - $10.00
Even though we weren't in the valley, we enjoyed our stay at Hodgdon Meadow. There are about 4 sites that can take a larger trailer/motorhome, the rest are tent or small trailer sites. It is a 45 minute drive to the valley, but there are also some nice areas to visit nearby--Hetch Hetchy, Merced Grove and Tioga Road. The 2013 Rim fire burned all around this campground, but the immediate area is still beautiful. - MrSunshine
Jul 2011 - $20.00
Please beware that it is next to impossible to tow a trailer up Tioga Pass: we only made it to 9000 ft. It was a very intimidating tow, and physically impossible for our Expedition to tow our 18 ft trailer up the Mountain Pass. We tried to phone and cancel, but there are no phone signals in the area, plus they give you a run-around on the phones. They do not return phone calls, and don't expect to get any refunds. Also, we received an email about a burn off. We tried to call, left messages, with no replies. Frustrating to try and get information, and cancel with no response. Yet, we were charged for being a no show. - acadiandave
Jul 2010 - $20.00
Managed to reserve a tent site here for 2 nights on recreation.gov about a week ahead of time. Clean restrooms with cold water only and no showers. Close to the entrance to Yosemite, about a 40 minute drive to Yosemite Valley. Lots of big big trees and not too dusty. Only complaint is nearest store is a 20-minute drive to Crane Flat. We would stay here again. - User1443
Apr 2015 - $35.00
Lovely campground right on the river. Just a 30 minute drive to the valley. There is a pretty busy road right above the campground. The noise wasn't too bad, but it made walking anywhere a little hazardouse. No hiking trails right from the campsite, you pretty much need to drive everywhere. The sites are very small and we didn't have much of a "patio" area to set up on, had to walk around the opposite side to get to our fire pit and you share a common area. Overall, nice and quite and away from the crowds of the valley. No hookups and only port-a-potties but they were clean. - KShipps
Apr 2015 - $13.00
Needing a nice National Park experience. There are no hookups, so you are "dry camping." We did have cell phone service. The sewer dump and clean water tank fill station is located 2 miles away down Forest Road in Wawona "town." South fork of Merced River right there in camp for water play. No trails in campground. We were too early for ranger "fire" talks in the evening. - GrammaGinny
Apr 2014 - $10.00
We stayed in Yosemite for 4 weeks, 2 weeks at Wawona. We really liked the campground and the area. We had a site along the river and our 30' 5th wheel fit easily, though the site was seriously unlevel. The sites varied a lot, some were very large and private, others less so, but overall the campground had a great feel and was way less busy and noisy than the valley campgrounds. - MrSunshine
Sep 2016 - $10.00
Located about 14 miles outside of Yosemite off of Highway 120 - Yosemite Lakes is a Thousand Trails park which is affiliated with our RPI membership. The park is clean with full hook ups for RVers and tent campers. There are also cabins and yurts available for rentals. Sites are available by the river, under trees or in the sun - if you prefer.
The only real complaint was the number of flies that always want to hover around your head.
The Country Store is about 1/4 mile away on Hw 120, but their gas is very expensive - about 40 cents more per gallon than in Groveland. However, it has a good variety of items - wine, RV accessories, and souvenirs.
This is a family oriented park with a 9-hole mini golf course, badminton, volleyball, basketball, a swimming hole in the river. NO CELL PHONE SERVICE and in the lodge VEEEEEERY slow wifi! - G_Barbosa
Jul 2016 - $0.00
Our rate was $0 because we are members.
Very impressed with this campground. Spacious sites and very nicely arranged. Felt like we were in the national park but with hookups. . Mosquitoes were more annoying closer to the creek but nothing a little Off couldn't help with.
Staff was friendly. Hint- take the bus! It's $10 RT and kids under 12 are free. The staff at the campground should be better informed about the bus system. Traffic in the valley is super heavy. - Wendle123
Jul 2016 - $0.00
Easy check in for Thousand Trails member. Found a pull-through in the meadows area in direct sun. Satellite TV no problem. There for 2 days when a shady site came open and we moved; still no problem with satellite TV. Needed to add 3 days to stay and office staff was able to do that for us. Used the restroom and shower several times and restroom needs to be updated, but it was clean even with heavy holiday usage. Would stay here again either before or after school is in session. Should be cooler at that time. Roads are dusty and zone campers did not follow the 5 mph speed limit. - mdmnkcm
Apr 2016 - $30.00
We camped at Mariposa Fairgrounds for 3 nights in April, at the same time the Gem & Mineral Show was going on. We'd had a long and occasionally scary drive down SR 49, plus we had a few questions about the facility, so we preferred to talk to a person upon arrival instead of using the self-registration kiosk. The staff acted like they were a bit put out by that.
Since Lots #1 & #2 were quite crowded, we chose to stay in Lot #3. We chose a spot next to the 4-H building, under a big shade tree adjacent to a nice grassy area. Level sites were hard to come by in this area, as was reliable wi-fi, but we dealt with both OK. Overall, we enjoyed our stay.
The biggest drawback to this place IMO, is the proximity of the restrooms to the RV lots. Requires a bit of a walk, so if you need to make a midnight dash to the ladies, carry a flashlight! The toilets looked like they could have used a good scrub, but otherwise, the showers were nice and clean and - thank you, God - no waiting for hot water.
Since Lot #3 was somewhat removed from the road, we did not have any issues whatsoever with road noise. The fairgrounds are located about 4 miles from town, and we didn't see a ton of traffic out there, but if you are a light sleeper, you may want to pass on Lots #1 and #2. Note to previous poster and whom it may concern: the swallows' nests in the gazebo have been cleared out, so no "target practice" on your vehicles. If we ever pass this way again, we would definitely consider camping here. - K-Bot
Dec 2015 - $30.00
We stayed in RV lots 1 and 2, which are on the grass next to Hwy 49. It was early December and had the place to ourselves. The problem with this lot is that there are not very many flat sites and road noise. I have slept through Cat. 3 hurricanes so it doesn't bother me. Lot 5 which is on the East side of the track is gravel and away from the highway. The showers were clean with pretty good hot water and OK pressure. Verizon MiFi worked fine. They have free Wi-Fi in lots 1 and 2 but it was on and off. That may have been due to the Christmas Craft Show going on here. We'd stay here again if in the area. They don't take credit cards so it's cash or check. - pumper9x9
Nov 2013 - $25.00
The KOA up the road was closed for the season, so we crashed here at the last minute. Perfectly adequate in most respects. We stayed in the most desirable area on the grass in the front of the fairgrounds. Very nice setting other than the road noise, which is constant except in the middle of the night. Wi-Fi and Sprint phone were great. Restrooms clean and nice, but we had to go to the other side of the fairgrounds for hot water. We dumped upon departure, and were surprised by the lack of water at dump site (probably a temporary condition), as the grounds are generally well kept. Wouldn't hesitate to crash here again while in transit. - Phx24J
Jul 2016 - $50.00
Very nice campground located within 20-30 minutes from Yosemite National Park. This is a small park with RV sites and some cabins, no tents allowed. The pool was appreciated after a long day of hiking. Wifi didn't work very well, but they let you know that during check in. Fuel is available on site. There's a small playground for children. My only suggestion is to add a fenced dog area. - jennifernelson49
May 2016 - $39.00
This RV park served a purpose...a place to sleep at the end of long days in Yosemite. This is a small park with more park model rentals than RV sites. We were there the week of Memorial Day so I had made reservations a few months in advanced. Could have found a site short notice, but only for 1-2 nights as people were in and out of the park frequently. Even though you are 13 miles from the Yosemite park entrance it's still a 45-60 Minute drive to the Valley floor, Hetch Hetchy and Glacier Peak. Be sure to arrive at the park entrance before 8:30AM or after 4-5PM to avoid lines at the entrance and to find parking. Most days we were heading back to the RV about 2pm (we have a dog) and experienced 3mile long traffic trying to get into the park. Had a late start one morning and got to the entrance at 9:30. Had a 30 minute wait in traffic. Would recommend avoiding the valley floor on weekends...insanely crowded. We stuck to perimeter hikes over the holiday and visited the valley during the week. Wifi & Verizon cell coverage is terrible at the RV park. We had better connectivity in the Valley and took our camp chairs to set up under shade in the parking lots to get calls made and some online work done. Cable was really bad in site 4 and let front desk know. Took 4 days for someone to come and test it. All he said was, " yep, it's bad" and that was the last of it. One morning we had zero water at the campsite and in the bathhouses. Bathrooms were OLD and barely functional. The pool area was very nice though! We did drive through the Thousand trails RV park a few miles down the road. Very steep road in/out but many more campsites, but felt a bit overgrown and tight. We will probably give it a try next time. Overall Yosemite Ridge was OK for our needs to go to the park every day. - JeffDeb
Mar 2016 - $30.00
A ways to go to reach greatness. Surface was a clay like dirt that never dried out, so it was muddy all the time. Water worked fine. Electric was fine until the last of our 6 days, when we had a fault warning 3 times. Sewer connection was a full foot uphill from the sewer outlet on my coach - in fact, the sewer connection was in the neighbor's site. They have cable TV and they give a list of about 12 channels. They actually get only 6 channels which include CBS and Fox, but no ABC or NBC. I counted only 9 RV sites and a dozen or so park models they rent out as cabins. Trees prevented satellite reception and it looked like there was only one site from which you would get it. WIFI is Tengointernet with all the shortcomings we are used to. It worked sometimes and not other times. It is about an hour's drive to Yosemite Valley. - ramblin' vagabonds
Sep 2015 - $12.00
The road in is very narrow, bumpy and busy with logging trucks. It is also not well marked. More than once we thought we had missed a turn or something. The sites themselves were not bad and we had no trouble finding one that was big enough for our 32 foot fifth wheel. For the most part, sites were spaced far enough apart that you had privacy. The campground host is being replaced next year and it's easy to see why. He is rude and not at all helpful. It was so bad, we stopped at the ranger station in Groveland to complain. That's when we found out he had been told he wasn't coming back. Perhaps that was the reason for his negative attitude. The campground was also not being taken care of and the sites were littered with items left behind by previous campers. The camp host's site was full of junk and it really made the whole place look trashy. The only reason we would stay here again is if we went back to Yosemite, which we don't plan to do. - Bobbi1948
May 2015 - $24.00
This is a beautiful campground just 2 miles from the east entrance to Yosemite. Our site was near the river. Very clean campground and the sites are spaced far enough apart for privacy. We were next to restrooms and never had any smell problems. Be aware that the directions on the camp website are a bit inaccurate. You need to know that the District Office in Groveland, from which you start counting miles to the turnoff, is 9 miles past the actual town. And once you are on the turnoff to the campground (Evergreen) add another 1.5 miles to their stated distance. The road is paved but rough. Some sites are a bit tough to back into, so choose wisely based on your RV type. - AZDalGal
Aug 2012 - $21.00
We ended up here after failure in finding a good spot in Yosemite. The park is not more than 15 miles from the park. Unfortunately it was not really what we expected. It took us several hours to come into contact with the staff. There was no shower and the toilets were basically holes in the ground. Not a place I would recommend for a family with children. In the evening a trailer did put on his loud generator and disturbed the peace of the whole camping ground. Not a place a would want to stay again. - Paul69
Sep 2010 - $20.00
Summerdale Campground is located in the Sierra National Forest one and a half mile south of Yosemite National Park entrance on Hwy 41. The CG is a single loop around a grassy meadow full of wildflowers and shade for most sites is provided by Cedar, Fir and Cottonwood trees. This campground offers good fishing and cool summertime temperatures. I gave it a 7 rating not because of facilities but because of the setting and site size. All sites have tables, fire rings and grills. About half the sites are 20-footers with the balance being 30 and 40-foot pads. The campground loop is narrow and might be difficult to negotiate for a very long trailer. Motorhomes should disconnect their toads when checking in. The camp host isn't real friendly and is hardly ever around so if you have a need get to him when you see him. Water bibs (with threads) are scattered throughout the loop. Vault toilets. No showers or dump station. The sites are rustic and very pretty and could be a good option for Yosemite NP visitors who don't have a reservation in the Park. Reservations can be made between Memorial Day and Sept 30 but not for a specific site number. This CG qualifies those with a senior discount pass for a $10 rate. - exportman