Saturday, May 14, 2016

Yosemite Pines RV Park, May 4 to May 11, 2016

Rating: 2 on a scale of 5

Location: Yosemite Pines is located a few miles west of the small town of Groveland, CA. It is about 20 miles to the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park, which is why we chose to stay here. From a location perspective, this place worked out very nicely as a home base for exploring the area. We spent most of our time at the but went to the Groveland Museum and had dinner in Groveland one night, which was fun. This was the best part of this place.

Lot size: Our lot was too small, from our perspective, even though it was a pull through. Primarily it was too narrow with very little space between us and our neighbor. While there was a picnic table and fire pit, there really was not enough space to use them. Also, the lots were VERY muddy after light rain one day. 

The configuration of the site did not leave enough room to put out our rug to keep some of the mud out of the RV. 

Below is a site map of the park. 

Because of the time of year when we visited, the park was not very full. By the time summer arrives though, they are frequently sold out. There are three sections: A is a small area near Old Highway 120 with a pavilion, two cabins, two yurts, and 21 sites. 

It is closest to the club house (getting a new roof), pool, and deli.  

Section B is where we were (site #24). There is a bathhouse located here, 14 cabins, 14 tent sites, and 48 RV sites.

Section C also has a bathhouse, pavilion, 6 yurts, 13 cabins, and 44 partial hook up sites, and 33 full hook up sites. There is an area near section C where there are 15 more sites available for group tenting.

Amenities: There are lots of advertised amenities, but in reality this place is not nearly as nice as I had expected. The laundry room is located in the Clubhouse next to the Deli that we used. A change machine is located in the Office.

The pool was not yet open and there is a sand valley ball court, horseshoe pits, and a playground here as well. We did do laundry here which was very convenient for us. 


The park advertises and has free cable TV hook up, but we could only get 2 channels that had audio and poor reception. The wifi is free, but is, as you would expect, pretty slow most of the time. You have to log into the local provider every day that you are there to use the wifi. We had NO AT&T reception, which was a real pain for us, but that has nothing to do with the park. 

Cost: $312/week (7th night was free).

Management: Check in was smooth and efficient. The ladies that worked in the officer were helpful and well informed. We were able to have a package delivered to us here which was very convenient. There are basic supplies at the store and some food/drinks. Both firewood and ice are also sold here although they close at 5 pm

When we stopped by the office for change for laundry, a gentlemen lectured me about driving 5 mph in the park because there are kids at play. I wasn't even driving! When I told John about it, he spoke to the guy saying we are always very cautious in RV parks and always follow the posted speed limits. A back-and-forth rude dialogue ensued with him basically saying that he didn't accuse us of driving too fast, but was just warning us about it. Regardless, he was Very gruff. Overall, there is a lot of spring cleaning that needs to be done at the park as there are lots overgrown weeks throughout. Also, it appears that they are planning to do some much-needed work on the "Petting Zoo" that has alpacas, goats, burros, rabbits, and chickens. This will be a major improvement. 

General Comments: Near the front entrance to the park is a YARS bus stop that provides transportation (for a fare) to Yosemite National Park where you can then access the free shuttle system. This is very convenient for those in RVs who do not tow a car. We chose this park because of its proximity to Yosemite and information on their web site. We were primarily disappointed in the lot size here. If we return to the area, we will stay somewhere else.  

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