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Helping travalers have a perfect Yosemite Vacation since 1977.

Yosemite Lodging for rent INSIDE the entrance gates of Yosemite National Park! We are proud to offer the following Yosemite lodging for rent. Our location of just 7 miles from Yosemite Valley in Foresta is a location of unbeatable convenience. No waiting in entrance gate lines. Be wary of other Yosemite Lodging claiming to be close to Yosemite National Park, ask how far they are from Yosemite Valley.

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Horsetail Falls and ravens, El Capitan, Yosemite, 4.19.17

El Capitan View

This chalet style cabin offers wonderful views of the Yosemite Sierra Mountains. Located INSIDE the gates of Yosemite and only 7 miles from Yosemite Valley. NO waiting in Entrance Gate lines!

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  • Sleeps 4
  • Children under 18 not allowed
  • Summer Rate- $300 per night for 2 + Taxes
  • Winter Rate- $200 per night for 2 + Taxes
  • $50 per night per extra guest
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Full baths

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Clouds Rest Cabin

A custom built two story, one bedroom, cabin. With sweeping views of El Capitan and surrounding mountains. Beautiful wood interior with two person soaking tub. This cabin is located in Foresta.

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Alpenglow, a brand new cabin for rent in Yosemite.

Alpenglow Chalet

This beautiful 2700 sq. ft. secluded home has custom wood and granite throughout the interior, a large modern well furnished kitchen, spacious wrap around decks, including a large back deck, with a propane BBQ and fireplace, and a 2 car carport. Completely quiet mountain setting with lovely views, inside Yosemite National Park, only 8 miles from Yosemite Valley. Hiking and biking form the front door, with easy access to the Merced river and Tuolumne Meadows. The Alpenglow Chalet is a wonderful mountain retreat: our guests repeatedly express appreciation at the thoughtful attention to details and amenities throughout the home. Enjoy the splendor of Yosemite by day and then return to your home away from home.
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Rocky Point lodge in Yosemite.

Rockypoint Cabin

This brand new home is now available. It has unsurpassed views of El Capitan and Half Dome.Watch the sun set on Half Dome out the living room window. Sleeps 4.

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Doe's Cottage

Located in the historic quaint town of Mariposa, you are on the Hwy 49 Gold Country route. Perfect for your Yosemite vacation. Enjoy the ambiance and restaurants of this Old West Town, all within walking distance.

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Owl Moon

Beautiful cozy cabin inside Yosemite National Park at Foresta.

This cabin is inside the park just 8 miles from Yosemite Valley floor has two bedrooms with king and Queen size beds, two full bathrooms, and a truly comfortable Queen plus pull-out sleeper couch in the living area for extra guests. Large rock face propane fireplace, central heating and air conditioning, large front and back decks with gas outdoor grill.

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Make sure you book a home inside the entrance gates of Yosemite so you are not stuck in long lines like this everyday. This is the new norm with lines almost daily.YOSEMITE ENTRANCE GATE LINE

We offer the closest private lodging to Yosemite Valley for rent. INSIDE of Yosemite Park, these vacation homes are only a 15 minute drive or 7 miles from Yosemite Valley. You can see Half Dome, El Capitan and the beautiful surrounding high Sierra Nevada from some of the decks of our vacation  homes.

Located in Foresta, a small private subdivision inside Yosemite's borders, these homes are surrounded by Yosemite National Park. Once you have paid the $20 entrance fee you won't be bothered again by having to wait in the entrance station lines as our lodging is inside Yosemite Park. You are now free to roam this treasure of a National Park. Perfect for your Yosemite vacation!

Escape the hectic crowds found in Yosemite Valley and retreat to the peace and quiet of our homes in Foresta. There has been very little development here with only 30 private homes in the area. Due to the unique nature of Foresta, private inholdings inside Yosemite, very few more will be homes built.

At 4,200' in elevation and high on a ridge, these rental cabins offer relief from the hot summer temperatures found at other accommodations. Temperatures rarely go above the mid 80's while temps in the 100's are the norm for areas such as Oakhurst, Mariposa and El Portal. Gentle summer breezes blow across the ridges in Foresta every morning and night.  A devastating wildfire swept through the area in 1990 hence the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The area has made a remarkable comeback with thousands of new 20 to 30ft. pine and oak trees blanketing the area.

Centrally located, on Hwy 120, it is an easy drive to many of the Yosemite's attractions. You can quickly drive to Glacier Point, Inspiration Point, Valley View, or down into Yosemite Valley to enjoy the vistas. A short drive from the vacation Cabins are the Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoia Big Trees. Some old 1900 barns and a small pioneer cemetery are located right down the street from the lodging or take a 5 minute drive for a dip in one of the relaxing swimming holes.

A 45 minute drive will put you in the alpine splendor of Tuolumne Meadows, which at 8,500 ft above sea level is the place to go when its hot. Here you can relax on the white sands of Tenaya Lake or take a horse ride while enjoying views of the high country.

The only other Yosemite Lodging operations inside Yosemite are those offered by DNC , Wawona and Yosemite West (YW). DNC is the concession operator for all of Yosemite and controls such lodging as the Ahwahnee, Curry Village, and the High Sierra Camps. There are private rental homes in Wawona but this area is a good hour drive from the valley in the summer traffic. Yosemite West is about 18 miles from Yosemite Valley and does offer a good alternative to the crowded valley.

Don’t waste your time with other vacation homes, bed and breakfasts, or motels who might say that they are INSIDE of the Yosemite National Park. Many claim to be close to the park and quote short driving times. You may spend up to an hour driving just to get to the park entrance gate if you stay at Mariposa or Oakhurst. The El Portal motels, Yosemite View Lodge and Cedar Lodge, are right on the parks border but they experience high summer temperatures of 100 degrees everyday

The 9 reasons to stay in our vacation lodging cabins:

  2. 20 Degrees cooler in the summer than Mariposa, Oakhurst or El Portal
  3. The closest private homes to Yosemite Valley, only 8 miles!
  4. Total peace, quiet and privacy
  5. Fantastic views of El Capitan and Half Dome
  6. Escape the hectic summer crowds in Yosemite Valley
  7. Much more modern than the old cramped Yosemite Valley lodging
  8. Better value than Yosemite Valley lodging
  9. Most Yosemite Valley lodging does not have kitchens or TVs
  10. And you wont have to wait in lines like this as you are already inside  Yosemite Park. These folks waited over a hour!

Rave reviews!

"Your lodging in Foresta at Yosemite  was WONDERFUL! We had such a delightful time; the park is incredible (it was our first visit), but it was so nice to come home to a comfortable house at the end of the day, sit out on the back deck, look at a sky FULL of stars, and sip wine. Living in a city, I rarely get to see the stars like that. The bed in the down stairs bedroom is also very comfortable - I slept well! Thanks for providing an alternative to the Yosemite Valley hotels."

"Just a note to let you know that I have been looking for a cabin to rent in Yosemite for one week and gave up looking for the ideal home.  Thanks to your e-mail we found that perfect home. You have contributed greatly with your kindness and information.  In this day and age it is a pleasure to be served with such graciousness. We thank you so much!!! Our wedding will be our dream wedding now.  We will refer all of our friends and family to you regarding Yosemite and if you need any testimonials we would be more than happy to write or contribute in any way.  Again, THANK YOU!!!  Sincerely,  James & Victoria ------------- (soon to be)"

"We too enjoyed our stay at your El Capitan Lodging at Yosemite.  We particularly enjoyed the quite setting and lack of tourist activity there.  We saw quite a bit of wildlife (deer, squirrels, coyotes, birds of all types, etc.).  We also enjoyed our walks on the roads in the surrounding area.  Our access to Yosemite was wonderful and the drive down to the valley was spectacular!  It was indeed a place to come back to after a long day in the valley"


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