21 Parks near Mariposa, California
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
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
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
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
May 2015 - $35.00
Interesting rv park. As others have said a quick uphill climb and then about a mile drive to the park.
Park was clean,did need a few few trees trimmed but overall a quiet place with golf course nearby.
We will be back. - ChiefUSN
Aug 2014 - $42.00
We do not recommend you stay here. The 1.5 mile entrance road is filled with tight turns. Two of them had signs recommending just 10 MPH! The first quarter mile of the entrance road is an incredible 8 percent uphill grade. Very difficult to get into golf course club house parking lot to register. You must reverse course to get back to the actual RV park. Roads in the campground are narrow. Over half of the park was inaccessible due to narrow roads, tight turns and trees right up against the road. Half the accessible pads had a steep section at beginning or end of the slot which would make it very easy to scrape the back of your RV. Only three other RVs there when we arrived. We now know why. Unless you have an overpowered engine and are a risk-taker, avoid this site! - Vince & Charlette
Sep 2013 - $44.00
Keep looking. Road to campground is not good. Lots of sharp turns and hairpins. You have to go past the campground to the golf pro shop to check in. When we called about 30 minutes out they didn't bother to tell us that. The drive into the campground is narrow and requires a very careful turn. Have to make 3 (or more) point turn to get to first row. Pads are crumbling asphalt. Site is dirt. No where near level. Doubt you will be able to level even with pads. No TV. We asked for a site that would allow us to use our dish. Host didn't have a clue as to which ones would. We finally got it to work. Glad we unhooked at golf parking lot, would have been near impossible to find a level spot in campground to unhook. Grossly over priced for what little they have to offer. As I said, keep looking. In 4 years this campground ranks in the top 5 of the worst ones we have stayed in. We would Not stay here again. - Scott Charlton
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
Apr 2016 - $15.00
The other reviews pretty much summed this place up. I just want to add that there is a good strong free wifi signal (I'm using to write this review) available from the Elks Club. The water tastes pretty bad, if you don't have a good filter system, bring bottled water. We called ahead of time to see if space was available and received a return call a short time later. Host said," he never saw the place completely full." Passport America price for non-members is $15.00 a night.. - john5079
Jul 2015 - $30.00
General info: This is a no-frills location to camp. It really is no more than a dirt/gravel lot with electricity and water hook-ups (no sewer or dump available on site). No on-site staff, so the payment is do it yourself style by placing a check for the correct amount into an envelope provide where you write your personal info, as well as your vehicle(s) and dates of stay. You then drop the envelope down a mail slot.
The Good: There are large trees nearby that provide some shade. It is very close to the entrance to Yosemite, off of hwy 41. It feels secluded and lonely, but it's well lit. Sites have available wood picnic tables. Checkout time is a generous 6pm!
The Bad: Completely dirt/gravel, so expect some dust in summer or mud during rain/snow season. Poor weed removal maintenance. Upper level has low hanging oak branches, which would probably damage taller rigs. Lower level is fine and easy to maneuver. 30 amp only. Low water pressure. No amenities (cable TV, pool, etc.
If we were going back to Yosemite, we would probably camp here again. It's worth the money for no frills when compared to other parks on our trip. - ADMD
Mar 2015 - $20.00
Other reviewers gave good descriptions, so I will cover other points:
Getting there: From Oakhurst, drive North on hwy 41 to the intersection of hwy 222. Turns left, then immediately turn right and drive up hill on a narrow paved road to a signed junction for the lower campground
There are about 20 sites in this area, a few suitable for large rigs. A steel stairway is provided to get to the lodge. We stayed in this area. We were there in late March, and it was nearly empty, except for a motor home at the far end that appeared to be stored. Two other one night campers were there during our three night stay.
To reach the upper campground, continue to the lodge parking lot and turn right at the far end and continue up hill. Camping is in a circular area, with about 6 sites. One is on a slab with a large motor home, which I assume is used by the camp host during the busy season. One site was empty, (a deep site suitable for a big rig, not super level), and the remainder filled. There is an exit road at the far end, so a U-turn is not needed to leave. This campground has shade and is a little nicer in appearance.
This lodge is unusual, in that non-members are welcome. We used the self-registration at the lodge. We were not there when meals were available, but Elks lodges typically have good cafeteria-type meals, and a bar that serves drinks that are not watered down with both meals and drinks available at reasonable prices. We are Elks, and a prime reason for joining is the RV site availability at many lodges, particularly in the Western states. We have a small travel trailer, and will definitely stay again. Non-Elks fee is $25. - Jim22
Nov 2016 - $38.00
Nice clean park. Very friendly staff that was willing to let us move to a better site when it came open. Easy in and out with 41' class A and toad, although necessary to unhook toad at check in due to tight quarters. Nice location in town and easy access to south entrance into Yosemite. - Finn
Oct 2016 - $35.00
We stayed in a pull through site. There are only two. It was not next to the river, but we preferred it and would stay there again. We had a hill behind us and the access road in front. We liked the separation and privacy. Roads and pads were gravel. We had two small trees.
The river is not free flowing and more like a pond.
The school across the river and the business next to it were a bit loud. After about 5:00pm, the noise dropped and it was quiet at night. - PKI
Jul 2016 - $40.00
Nice, quiet park. Sits down in a hole and noise of traffic is nil. Has a nice swimming hole and creek was running. Spaces nice: all backend so could be tight. - DRBurns
Apr 2016 - $15.00
This is a beautiful park indeed IF you want to get away from the city and enjoy the great outdoors. Facilities were spotless. All hookups were fine. The price is great. Dump station is easy to use. There is plenty of hiking, walking and fishing to keep you busy. Be prepared for: rough roads going out to the park, no wifi, very sketchy wireless service and active rattlesnakes. Just be prepared. We stayed here for 8 days and enjoyed everyday knowing that you must be vigilant and watch the trail or road in front of you. This campground would be a 10 if the roads were a bit better getting there. Its worth the trip!! - Beech35p
Mar 2015 - $15.00
This is a beautiful campground atop a hill overlooking the lake. The area is rolling hills full of wildflowers and falcon nests. Antenna is good, Wi-Fi is good when it works. AT&T and Verizon signals fluctuate, hotspots are not reliable. There is absolutely no traffic noise. Wildlife abounds with howling coyotes, turkeys, falcons, gophers, bunnies, and tons of birds. The only disruption are the weekenders that descend on the campground and party all night until they leave on Sunday. - LifeRidingShotgun
Oct 2013 - $15.00
This was a very pleasant campground, but trees and location meant no view of the lake. Had no trouble getting satellite reception, but no cell service at all. I had a full hookup site for the price shown with a senior federal pass. I only spent one night because of the lack of cell service, but would come back again. - judy_online
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