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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: September, 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! We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Travel Trailer.
Yosemite National Park, of course. However, be sure to visit some of the historic communities like Groveland - we had a great lunch at Dori's Tea House on their gated patio area with our dogs! Public parking is behind the ReMax Realtor next to the old town jail!
Review Count: 27
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 6
Date of Stay: July, 2016
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. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.
Sites by river are very close together and back-in. Pull-through sites are side by side and have space for awnings, tents and tables. Some have about 50 feet to next camper. Very dusty.
Review Count: 23
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4
Date of Stay: July, 2016
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. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $61.00
Made reserv. in Feb. & requested sites for 2-38 ft motorhomes w/ slides & 50 AMP & 40 ft Fifth wheel w/slides. We were not advised until arrival that no 50 AMP except for Thousand Trail mars. Advised that we did not speak with the off on location but through Thousand Trails Reservations line. Reservationist was more in tune with attempting to market membership than disclosing information about campground. Resort Mgr was new but extremely cordial. She did allow us to park on sites supposedly with 50 AMP. Our site worked ok but it was horrible to level - concern was refrigerator working properly. The morning after arrival the friend who accompanied us reported the 50 AMP was not working on their site & opted for 30 AMP adapter in order to have any power. Staff advised they would make a service request & no one ever even came to check the out issue over 4 days. Poor power service caused damage to their power plug & melted the adapter. Our friends were fortunate a fire didn't develop. Very unreliable electrical hook-ups. Another couple with our group could not dump their sewage the night before departure because drain lines were full in the sewer system & had to move to another site to be able to dump. This campground is in the Yosemite area about 5 miles from the park entrance. Beautiful wooded area but campground is not properly maintained & needs updating particularly in view of the fact that rates are $61.00 per night for non-members & no wifi except intermittently in the lodge on property. Staff advised they were short in number & most seemed to be newly employed. Would not recommend this campground under current conditions unless you prefer to just have water hook-ups. This is the most expensive campground we visited in 30 day travel period. Had amenities been suitable we would not have objected but this is outrageously expensive under such poor conditions. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.
Beautiful forested surroundings near Yosemite entrance but outside the Nat. Pk.
Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $61.00
I must first point out that we stayed here as non-members. Non-members are given "sites" on the other side of the road on a 3-tiered hillside. I had called the reservation line ahead of time because we were unable to make a reservation online with our 5th wheel being a little over 40' and was told that we would have no problem. When we arrived, sites are not assigned - you choose from the remaining available sites. Luckily we were able to squeeze into one of the back-in sites, hanging our back end over the hill. Sites are basically a big dirt curbside next to a hill. Very close together with a view of the road in the non-member section. The amenities need serious updating. Every badminton racket had broken strings, shuffleboard poles were bent, tether ball was tiny, ping pong balls were unusable they were so cheap, and while my kids had a lot of fun playing mini-golf, the course is in rough shape. WiFi was terrible. Some of the member sites along the river looked nice, but very close together. Tent/cabin area was a nice wooded setting. Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point Road are at least an hour's drive. Park is way overpriced for what you get as a non-member. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 77
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 17
Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $1.00
Having read the reviews on this campground I had low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. We were there during the spring waterfall season in Yosemite and the park was quite busy, but this campground was barely 1/3 full. It is a huge park and apparently quite old, but our experience here was excellent. We had a river front site in the trees, full hook-ups and it felt more like a state or national park than a private campground. The staff was always very nice and helpful, letting me use their phone several times a week (there is no cell reception here). The lodge was recently refurnished and is comfortable to relax and use the WiFi (very weak, but serviceable). There are a few nice hikes around the area and there are tons of outdoor activities with equipment for families and groups to play with--volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball, badminton, mini golf, etc. It is an hour to Yosemite Valley, but that is not much further than the outlying National Park campgrounds like Wawona and Hodgdon Meadows, so if you can't get into a campsite in the valley, this is a decent option.
BTW, don't be put off by the reviewers complaining about Highway 120, it is windy and steep but that section is only a few miles long and has plenty of turnouts. Take it slowly and you'll be fine. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 48
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 13
Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $63.00
This is a Thousand Trails Park, so while members pay little, those who are not make up the difference. The best feature of this park is it's proximity to Yosemite's north gate (CA 120) - less than 5 miles. That said, it is still a long way to Yosemite Valley.
This is a nice park, with well-spaced ample sites and friendly staff. The lodge offered many amenities, such as TV, fireplace, and lending library. WiFi, which was only accessible in the lodge, was so-so depending on the number of guests. For those depending on cell phone service - forget it. Access to AT&T and Verizon both required a 2-4 mile drive.
Bottom line -- if your rig will not fit into one of the NPS campgrounds, Yosemite Lakes or Midpines KOA are your nearest options. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.
Be sure to visit Yosemite in the Spring or early Summer to enjoy the beautiful waterfalls.
Review Count: 26
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 5
Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $1.00
This resort is a challenge to get to with a heavy trailer (very twisty, steep grades from the west and south) so plan on taking your time and making a few stops to save your engine and your brakes. This is a beautiful location about 15 miles from upper Yosemite - wooded and very peaceful. Level gravel sites. I was backed up to the creek (which was quite shallow due to the drought but still very pretty). Nice older clubhouse with decent wifi (avoid at night when everyone seems to be online). Very quiet and reasonably dark at night. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.
An entrance to Yosemite is about 15 miles to the east - this is the top of Yosemite, not the main village near Half Dome. The small, historic town of Groveland is a 20-minute drive to the west.
Review Count: 132
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 22
Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $10.00
Thousand Trails. Gravel roads with large level gravel and grass sites. 30 & 50 amp, water, and sewer. No cell signal at any site or at office. Only Wi-Fi at office and very slow. Have both shaded sites for TT members and open sites for non members. Shaded sites have no satellite signal. Hiking trails and stream. Over an hour drive to Yosemite Valley. Staff Friendly and helpful. Will not stay again. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.
Over an hour drive to Yosemite Valley
Review Count: 54
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $40.00
Close to Yosemite, but yee haw the road leading up to the campground gave me some white knuckles. I guess if you're going to Yosemite, that's what you have to do. Campground is a Thousand Trails campground. It's large and very dusty. Sites can be somewhat tight to get into, but it's in the forest so what would you expect. Again, lots of dust. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 33
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 7
Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $1.00
This is a very well-run park near the CA-120 entrance to Yosemite National Park. It is clean, the staff are courteous, knowledgeable, and helpful. They don't charge extra for parking in a 50-amp site unlike some TT parks. We had a spot backing up to the Tuolumne River which was gorgeous although mosquitoes were abundant. There is NO cell phone service in the park (ours is Verizon). The wifi was only available in the office because of construction in the lodge (normally wifi is offered in both places) but it worked well. Unlike some of the Thousand Trails parks which are getting old and run down, this park is being maintained and upgraded. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.
Just 5 miles west of Yosemite park entrance, 18 miles east of Groveland. Stay on Yosemite Lakes Drive to entrance.
Review Count: 83
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 20
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $5.00
We paid a member rate. This is a big campground with over 200 full hookup sites plus a large dedicated tenting area, several cabins, and two “Yurt” villages. There’s a nice playground, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, volleyball and basketball courts, and mini golf. The campground is located in a valley and a stream runs through the campground. Our stay was during a dry time of the year along with a serious drought so the stream wasn’t very impressive but I imagine it’s a lot nicer in the springtime. The sites along the stream are the most popular. They are shaded and several are 50 amps. We thought they were over-rated because the stream was nothing to get excited about, the sites stay full and are close together, and they were difficult if not impossible for those wanting satellite TV. There are also two “field” sections of the campground. They are pull-through sites but exposed to the full sun. We opted to stay in the section closer to the office. We had nice afternoon shade, good satellite TV, no nearby neighbors, and (a real bonus for us) using our WiFiRanger we could reach the park’s Wi-Fi from our camper. Using our Wilson Sleek cradle I could get 1 or 2 bars of unreliable 3G – really not enough to even have a decent phone conversation. We were disappointed and surprised at how far it really is to Yosemite valley. Even though a National Park entrance is only five miles from the campground it’s actually about 30 miles down to the valley – and those miles are twisting, turning, and sometimes steep miles. However there is a YARTS bus stop right at the campground and will take you to Yosemite valley. The cost for the two of us was actually about what we would have spent on fuel driving in and out. Let me mention that the drive up New Priest Grade to Groveland is 7-8 miles of non-stop 5-6%, switchbacks. If I were driving a RV that I knew was underpowered or overweight or especially long I would think twice before tackling this section of road. However, most people with a properly set up RV and moderate driving experience can drive it, hundreds do it every week. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 26
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $44.00
Giant park, but the tent section was virtually empty on a Friday night. Check-in staff was kind of surly and not very efficient. On a good note, the lack of campers made for a quiet night's sleep. Fine place for a quick stop over. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Tent.
Review Count: 64
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 9
Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $3.00
Staff was ready for us when we checked in, but we were disappointed that she didn't give us any information about the bus to Yosemite which stops right in the park, nor did she seem to know anything about local activities like the festival happening in Groveland that weekend. The campsite we had was right on the river with 50 amps, water and sewer, and was comfortable. The site next to us, however, was so narrow that if someone had pulled in there our rigs would have been right on top of one another. Not all sites have 50 amps and not all have sewer, although most were level or nearly level. The main draw for this campground for us was its proximity to Yosemite Park--just 5 or 6 miles from the West Gate Entrance. Our rig is too big for camping inside the park so this is as close as we could get. And we were really glad we were so close since Yosemite is so big and requires so much driving, anyway. We missed having a pool, and particularly a spa, when we returned every day after hiking. The restrooms and showers were in portable units but very clean and nice. We didn't use them, however. There are things for kiddos like mini golf and a clubhouse, but the few children we saw (teenagers) appeared to be bored to the bone. We enjoyed the little town of Groveland about 18 miles from the park, and had breakfast at a coffee house, lunch at the chili-cookoff, and snacks and beverages at Irondoor Tavern. We found the people in Groveland to be exceptionally friendly. We would return to this park if in Yosemite again. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $1.00
Located 5 miles from Yosemite National Park. 30 amp, water & sewer available at sites. Just installed 50amp sites in June, 2014. Some shaded sites along fish-able river. Numerous sites in open areas. Non-TT members stay in separate area. Extremely poor, terribly slow WiFi, even in the lodge. No cell service available. Need to drive 20 miles to Groveland for service. Convenience store with over-priced essentials located on-site. Enjoyed our stay and would return. We camped at Yosemite Lakes in a Motorhome.
Just 5 miles west of Yosemite park entrance, 18 miles east of Groveland. Stay on Yosemite Lakes Drive to entrance.Pull Toy • June 2015
Over an hour drive to Yosemite ValleyPepper Dan • July 2015
An entrance to Yosemite is about 15 miles to the east - this is the top of Yosemite, not the main village near Half Dome. The small, historic town of Groveland is a 20-minute drive to the west.rushin river • February 2016
Be sure to visit Yosemite in the Spring or early Summer to enjoy the beautiful waterfalls.CO2RV • May 2016
Beautiful forested surroundings near Yosemite entrance but outside the Nat. Pk.Ronjackie • June 2016
Sites by river are very close together and back-in. Pull-through sites are side by side and have space for awnings, tents and tables. Some have about 50 feet to next camper. Very dusty.mdmnkcm • July 2016
Yosemite National Park, of course. However, be sure to visit some of the historic communities like Groveland - we had a great lunch at Dori's Tea House on their gated patio area with our dogs! Public parking is behind the ReMax Realtor next to the old town jail!G_Barbosa • September 2016
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