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Posted by on September 17, 2014

We finally got to go camping with the Schnoebelens and joined them on their annual glamping trip to Yosemite with family.  It’s been about two-decades since either of us have been to Yosemite so it was a real treat to return to the area.

IMG_2990Housekeeping Camp – July 2014

Rating: 4 out of 5

Location: Located along a section of the Wild and Scenic Merced River in the center of Yosemite Valley.

Amenities: Flushing toilets and showers.

Pets: Not allowed

Sites: G515 (Riverfront Unit)




Pros:  Housekeeping Camp is centrally located in the valley floor and offers guests views of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. A riverfront site also provides campers an amazing view of a quiet meandering river, surrounded by massive mountains.   The campground is within walking distance to the famous, Ahwahnee Hotel, which offers guests an amazing breakfast buffet. The campground is also a short drive or bike ride to Yosemite Village, where there are a few useful facilities such as a fire station, post office, medical clinic, convenience store, restaurants, gift shops, a school, and a visitor center. Within the campground, campers can enjoy free showers (tickets are included in the nightly stay) and a convenience store that’s stocked up with ice and limited groceries. Each unit can accommodate up to six people but is comfortable up to four people. The unit consists of three concrete walls, a concrete floor, a double canvas roof, and fourth curtained wall. The unit has a sleeping area with a double bed frame, bunk bed, bookshelf, and a mirror. The unit also has a covered patio area furnished with a picnic table and a stainless steel table for cooking! Units are also wired with electricity and have two outlets (one in the sleeping area and in the patio area).

Cons:  Units are expensive at about $125/night and must be reserved up to a year in advance. You can’t reserve specific sites and are offered on a first come first serve basis, which can be difficult for large groups needing multiple units. Units are fairly close to each other and are not private. The patio area of the unit is open so it’s suggested that campers bring extra rope and a tarp to make a wall for privacy. Fire pits can be right next to each other so be prepared to get cozy with neighbors. The threat of bears is high and anything that can attract bears must be kept in a bear locker. Squirrels are EVERYWHERE and are very brave. They are not afraid of humans and can be quite the thieves! Do not leave any food or trash out in the open.   There is only one shower facility in the campground so expect to wait in line! Units do not have designated parking spots so plan on carrying gear to and from the car.