One of the great pleasures of touring the United States is visiting its scenic national parks, and California’s Yosemite National Park is among the most popular destinations. It is easy to see why, with the park boasting spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves and biological diversity. With the park hitting five million annual visitors in 2016, many accommodations have sprung up near the national park for travelers to beat the inevitable heavy traffic in and out of the park, and hopefully spend more time enjoying the wondrous vistas. Here are some great Airbnb yurt accommodations near Yosemite National Park to consider basing yourself in. Just don’t forget to bring along your mobile phone or camera to snap Instagram-friendly photos of the beautiful scenery.
There are rustic accommodations available amid the Yosemite Valley, and the area is well-served by amenities such as a visitor center, a convenience store, eateries and even a library. Demand for the lodgings is extremely high, as visitors can then spend a few days exploring the picturesque peaks, waterfalls and lakes in the valley. If you are unable to snare a room, fret not, because there are many good accommodations all around the national park. This yurt rental is further away from the park vicinity, but makes up for it with great comfort amid the private and remote location near the town of Coloma, about three hours from Yosemite. With wooden walls and concrete floor, the yurt is without the drawbacks of a canvas construction, and also has a cozy hot tub for guests to keep cool in the summer. You can even enjoy a river shuttle service along the nearby South Fork American River.
Sophisticated yurtLotus, California, United States
Top guest reviewsthe yurt is private, incredibly comfortable and filled with everything one might need, including fresh ground coffee in the fridgethe yurt is comfy with everything one could want/needreally comfortablea comfortable bed and everything you need in the kitchenvery private as welleverything in the yurt was clean & usefulthe space is clean, spacious, and serenethe yurt was beautiful, clean, and had all the needed amenitiesthe grill, hot tub, and sound of the river running can't be beatthe pictures, description, and reviews are accurate
Host:we did not meet the hosts but there good friend john showed us aroundthey showed us all of the amenities and gave knowledgable local tipsthey gave awesome recommendationsthe setting was peaceful and beautiful and the hosts made us feel very welcomesimple and well thought throughRead more reviewsgood place, boring areagreat outdoor activities and good local restaurants very close to the yurtbest regards from switzerland!the property is beautifulreally enjoyed the area, especially lotus pub and the argonaut
If you are not too eager to join the summer crowd at Yosemite Valley, a great alternative scenic spot is the Glacier Point, about an hour’s drive up from the valley. From the car park, a walkway leads to one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the park, as you can take in miles and miles of scenery of the valley below. The road to the lookout point is closed in winter, although you can enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing at Badger Pass near the start of the road. This luxurious yurt is perched on the edge of a forested ravine with beautiful sunset views near the town of Garden Valley, three hours north of Yosemite. A salt-water vanishing edge pool and spa are available for guest use, as are semi-outdoor showers and a patio area with picnic table.
Sunset Yurt - hot tub/poolGarden Valley, California, United States
Top guest reviewswonderful little touches all around, a super comfortable bed and so grateful for the restroom attached to the yurtjust as describedthe yurt stayed nice and cozy with the space heater, so it was very comfortablethe space was beautiful as was the propertydespite being near the hosts house and other guests, it was very private and quietthe private outside showers were clean, and very easy to usethere were a few areas to explore, which was fun, and the views were breathtakingclean, quiet, private and very comfortablethe yurt was extremely clean, bedding and bed was much better than i anticipated, and the space was decorated perfectly
Host:wonderful hostswonderful and relaxing weekendgreat hosts!visually stunning and very comfortabletamara and ramon were gracious hosts with quick responses and went out of their way to make our stay very memorableRead more reviewsthe sunsets are beautifulthe area was quiet and the sunsets were the bestbeautiful viewsthe site gets a lot of direct sunlight throughout the day so remember to bring lots of sunscreenthe property is well maintained and has a beautiful view
If you are traveling in a large group around California, and still wish to enjoy watching the stars in a secluded tent accommodation, then this Cowboy Village ranch offers an excellent choice to stay. It has two western cottages – John Wayne on the left and Annie Oakley on the right – and together they can house more than 16 guests. In between them is a hangout spot with lights, tables and a BBQ pit. Guests also have full access to the ranch, where they can learn how to rope, practice archery, feed and groom the animals and of course, gaze at the stars. Horseback riding and shooting come at additional charges.
Dude Ranch: Cowboy VillagePaicines, California, United States
Yosemite is not just known for its geographical beauty, but it also contains magnificent flora and fauna within its huge expanse. Near the village of Wawona in the southern region of the park is the Mariposa Grove, where you can find the largest stand of giant sequoias (also known as Sierra Redwoods) in Yosemite. Walk among these trees and you will get a sense of how grand nature can be. If you can’t get enough of these giant trees, you can stay in this yurt accommodation surrounded by Redwoods on top of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about a three-hour drive from Yosemite. The Yurt has electricity, a well-equipped kitchenette, wifi, a large dining room table, a rocking chair and couch. That’s pretty much all you need to spend a few days in peace and tranquility among the giants of the plant kingdom.
Mountain Top Yurt in the RedwoodsWatsonville, California, United States
Top guest reviewsrustic outdoor bathroom and showertowels were provided and the fridge had some water and extra condiments we could use if we needed tothe space is gorgeous and the outdoor shower is also amazingfresh air, quiet & beautifulit was very chilly but plenty of hot water in the outdoor showerthe yurt is cozy and clean and furnished very aestheticallythe yurt was very quiet and full of personal touchessuch an amazing getaway from the city!! the yurt is so cozy, decorated beautifully, and very clean
Host:they welcomed us very happily and showed us the property aroundthe host greeted us upon on our arrival and showed us how everything workedjames is a wonderful hostgreat hosts!great hosts with easy communicationRead more reviewsthe location is beautiful, peaceful and spiritualbeautiful location near mount madonna park and centerbeautiful location in the redwoods!a delightful place to stay, beautifully locatedthe yurt itself is convenient to get to
If you are looking for a companion trip to your Yosemite National Park getaway, you can consider the scenic Santa Cruz Mountains in central California, about a three-hour drive from the park. Besides having luscious temperate forests with giant Redwood trees among them, the mountain range also has more than 30 wineries, making it a premier producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines since the 1970s. This Lotus Belle yurt accommodation is located right in a vineyard, the Lago Lomita, and has free wifi, a kitchen, as well as a dryer. You can enjoy great views of the ridge-top vineyards on the premises, as well as Monterey Bay in the distance.
Lotus Yurt in Vineyard Overlooking Monterey BayLos Gatos, California, United States
Top guest reviewsthe bed is very comfortable, specially the pillowsthe view is amazingthe yurt has a nice size mini fridge and a table the futon was very comfortable and the bed toothe bed was super comfy and we were given fresh water, coffee, and muffinsthe view, space, and conversations were amazingthe yurt is very clean, especially the bathroomthe yurt was gorgeous, so clean and well appointed and the views incrediblethe bed is incredibly comfortable and the linens are plush and softalso very clean bathroom is equippedthe yurt was very clean and super cozy
Host:we arrived about 11pm and robin met us outside and helped us get settledwarm welcomethe hospitality was amazing tooshe is a lovely host (even gave us a tour of her vineyard upon arrival) and a wonderful womanrobin was a great hostess, giving us a tour of the vineyard upon our arrival and explaining her inspirational storyRead more reviewsthe lotus belle is in a beautiful locationthe location is serene and has amazing views- try to check in by the time that you can catch the sunsetwe spent the day just walking around the vineyard and then lazing around in the tentjust an hour's drive to a beautiful getaway!such a cozy place to stay in a beautiful and quiet location
From the Santa Cruz Mountains, you can head down to the coastal city of the same name, which is situated on the northern tip of the gorgeous Monterey Bay. The city is well-known as a counter-cultural hub with a bohemian feel and youthful vibe, as well as a fun tourist destination with attractions like the Beach Amusement Park and Boardwalk. You can also simply enjoy views of the bay along the numerous beaches around Santa Cruz. This yurt is on a beautiful property on the outskirts of the city, and is great for families or small groups of up to six guests. There is a fire pit outside where you can chat and listen to the night creatures in this serene setting.
Yurt on 20 Beautiful AcresSoquel, California, United States
Top guest reviewsthe bathroom waseverything was as expectedcute space with thoughtful touchesawesome space! the yurt is comfortable and provides plenty of blanketsthe hike up to the top of the hill is beautiful at nightyurt is clean and comfyglamping at its finest! the yurt was clean and comfortablemy daughter and pets were very happypretty area and everything was very clean
Host:wonderful experiencewe appreciated being afforded this experiencethe host was very friendly and responsivelovely hostkari lynn greeted us as soon as we arrived with helpful tips about our stayRead more reviewsvery close to the beaches and near by restaurant sa beautiful yurt with lots of lightif you're looking for glamping, this is not itvery peaceful area but super easy to get to town toonice place, just needs a little more attention to cleaning
The most visited location in Yosemite National Park has to be the gorgeous Yosemite Valley. It has the biggest concentration of scenic vistas in the park, with the most famous spots having evocative names such as the El Capitan, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Mirror Lake. Don’t forget to visit the Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America at 739 meters (2,425 feet). It is also well worth jostling with the visiting crowd at the Tunnel View lookout point, where you will get an awe-inspiring overview of the valley with all its granite cliffs and waterfalls. All the roads in the park lead to the valley, so you can base yourself in any town near its four entrances. One of them is Oakhurst, a half-hour drive from the park’s south entrance, where there is a regular bus service into the park several times in the summer months. This private and beautiful yurt accommodation is amid a property in the outskirts of Oakhurst, and has a well-equipped kitchen, indoor fireplace and free wifi for you to enjoy your solitude in comfort.
Yosemite Shuteye, a most romantic getaway...Oakhurst, California, United States
Top guest reviewscreative and loving touches make the space feel like homevery cozy with thoughtful touches and everything you need to make your stay unforgettablepeaceful, comfy and cosy after busy days in the park!the yurt is very cosy and stylish and pretty spacious as wellyou'll have plenty of space and memories hereextremely clean, and exactly as picturedeverything was cleanlarge, clean windows; new floors; lovely furnishingsit was perfect! the pictures cannot capture how lovely it really is! helene timothy and bru are amazing hosts!
Host:she even alerted us to a secret stash of marshmallows after we asked her to set up an evening campfire!helene met us in person upon arrival to make sure we had everything we neededhelene and tim were quick to respond and very helpful with any questions we hadamazing home away from homethe hosts were so kind and helpfulRead more reviewsjust a few minutes drive from restaurants and grocery storespeaceful get-away near yosemitevery cute and beautiful placethe area around the yurt is very peaceful, and just down the road we found great food and groceriesa cozy, cute and well thought out little abode
To truly explore the vast expanse of Yosemite National Park, you have to trek its many enjoyable hiking trails. There are more than 800 miles (1,280 kilometres) of trails of varying distances in the park, all rewarding you with close-up looks at great scenery. Top trails include the 17-mile (27.4 km) round-trip hike up the Half Dome, the short half-mile (0.8 km) stroll to the Bridal Veil Falls, or the remote 7-mile (11.3 km) trek around the Upper and Lower Cathedral Lakes. After a day of hiking, what better way to sooth those aching legs than a soothing massage session, which you can enjoy at this yurt accommodation in a spa retreat at Santa Cruz. The yurt has two futon beds, a wood burning stove inside, and even musical instruments for your enjoyment. The host also provides a fully organic smoothie for breakfast, a super food juice and detox oils to take home.
VEGAN MASSAGE SPA RETREATSanta Cruz, California, United States
Another great exploration area in Yosemite National Park is at the dammed-up Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in the remote north part of the park. Away from the crowd, travellers can enjoy spectacular scenery in solitude along the dam, and can also embark on many wilderness trails originating from the area. This yurt retreat near Monterey Bay is great for rejuvenation after trekking at the park, with a private hot tub to soak those weary legs and even a DVD home theatre system to unwind with movie screenings. If you still have energy to spare, you can rent bicycles to cycle to the Pacific Coast and even the beautiful Big Sur region nearby.
Carmel River Yurt RetreatCarmel, California, United States
From Santa Cruz, you can travel all the way to the other side of Monterey Bay, where you will find the town of the same name. Monterey is famous for its huge aquarium as well as the world-famous 17-Mile Drive, a scenic road through the Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach which hugs the coastline and passes famous golf courses, mansions and stunning lookout points. This posh tent accommodation is situated amid the nearby Saddle Mountains Ranch, and has comfy beds, indoor and outdoor seating and a fire pit. Guests can also enjoy full access to amenities at the ranch like a seasonally heated pool, hiking trails and playground.
Luxury Tent at Saddle Mt. Tent Village
Enjoy the perfect balance of nature and comfort by staying at this resort yurt, in which you can indulge in a glamping adventure. The yurt comes with a bunk bed, a lower bed, and a comfortable futon, so it can accommodate five people in total. Other facilities you can enjoy include a refrigerator, a microwave, and showers. You are also welcome to enjoy the shared facilities, like the swimming pool and volleyball court.
Yosemite Pines Resort YurtGroveland, California, United States
Top-notch nature playground
With so many scenic areas to explore and so many activities to partake in, it is no wonder that Yosemite National Park has earned a global reputation for being a top-notch nature playground. While you may need to share the most popular scenic places with hundreds of other like-minded visitors, the park is huge enough to have many other pockets of picturesque vistas you can enjoy in quietude. And what better way to enjoy the park than to book a yurt accommodation nearby, and experience the splendors of Yosemite at your own pace.
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