Yosemite Weekend Trips – Your 2 Day Itinerary

Yosemite National Park is home to world-famous sights like El Capitan and Half Dome, lush meadows, rushing waterfalls, and miles of hiking trails to let you explore it all. Although most guests report feeling like no trip is ever long enough, Yosemite weekend trips are a popular way to get a taste of Yosemite and help you plan future adventures depending on your favorite excursions and activities.

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Planning Your Yosemite Weekend Getaway

Family Hike at Hetch Hetchy flip.to (Jessica B. 2023)

When to Visit Yosemite

Yosemite is stunning year-round, and every season presents a unique set of opportunities and adventures. Spring brings magnificent displays of wildflowers and waterfalls rushing at peak power as the Sierra snowmelt fills the vast watersheds throughout the region. Fall is famous for  intensely colorful changing leaves and cooler temperatures perfect for hiking. Summer provides warm weather and long sunny days perfect for rafting or picnicking along a river. Winter blankets the park in glistening white snow for fantastic snowshoe hikes on wide open trails throughout the park and groves of giant sequoia trees.

How to get to Yosemite

If you’re within driving distance, we recommend taking in the sights on the way! Yosemite and the surrounding areas hold beautiful views and overlooks for you to enjoy on your drive. Here’s how you can get to Evergreen Lodge Yosemite.

If you’re flying in for your Yosemite adventure, Fresno-Yosemite International Airport is a terrific regional option. You’ll find many more carriers and times available through San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento airports, all within about a 3-hour scenic drive to Yosemite.

The friendly experts at Evergreen Lodge have put together a terrific list of options and driving directions for you on their Directions and Transportation webpage.

Where to Stay in Yosemite for a Weekend Trip

Wondering where to stay in Yosemite? Look no further than Evergreen Lodge’s Yosemite cabins. With decades of experience curating unforgettable Yosemite vacations, this newly expanded historic resort near Yosemite National Park is the perfect basecamp for your stay.

Just outside the park’s lesser-known northwest Hetch Hetchy entrance, Evergreen Lodge offers a classic mountain lodge feel with modern amenities, guided excursions, and daily resort activities like nightly fireside s’mores, all with no hidden resort fees.

Essential Yosemite Gear

Depending on when you visit the park, your essential Yosemite gear will vary, aside from the basics like comfortable hiking boots/shoes, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, and your chosen navigation methods. 

Seasoned Yosemite guides recommend dressing in light layers, as the temperatures in the park can rise and drop quickly with weather conditions.

Wondering what to pack for a trip to Yosemite? Check out Evergreen’s expert Yosemite packing list for tips.

If you’re not taking one of Evergreen’s professionally guided excursions, be sure to stop by Evergreen’s friendly Recreation Desk for free planning advice on the best plans and supplies for your party’s adventure.

Must-Do Yosemite Experiences

Glacier Point (Molly S. Flip.to 6-17-19)

Iconic Yosemite Sights

  • Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America
  • Half Dome, a visual wonder and widely considered one of the most challenging day hikes in any national park 
  • El Capitan, the birthplace of big wall climbing and subject of Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo

Tunnel View is an unforgettable first look at Yosemite Valley and a picture perfect backdrop with El Capitan rising to the north, Half Dome looming in the distance, the mighty Merced River meandering through the middle, and Bridalveil Fall effortlessly accentuating the south rim of the Valley.

Depending on when you visit Yosemite, the best views and sites to see will vary. For example, while Bridalveil Fall flows year-round, in the summer you’ll have to venture out of the Valley if you want to experience the cool mist of Yosemite’s legendary waterfalls.

If planning your own itinerary seems daunting, read on for a sample itinerary for a weekend trip to Yosemite. Keep in mind that Evergreen offers dozens of professionally guided excursions throughout the year, and their friendly Recreation team happily dishes out free planning advice if you prefer to explore on your own.

Best Yosemite Weekend Hikes

Evergreen Lodge offers a variety of guided Yosemite excursions with effort levels to suit everything from leisurely driving tours to moderate hikes and even advanced mountaineering.   Options range from full and half day adventures or shorter trips to accommodate any schedule. 

  • Big Trees Hike & Swim: a half day trip along historic Big Oak Flat Road into a grove of Yosemite’s famous Giant Sequoias for exploration and a dip in a refreshing Yosemite swimming hole to round out the hike.
  • Hetch Hetchy Wapama Falls Naturalist Hike: a half day excursion through a lesser-known part of Yosemite that resembles a smaller version of Yosemite Valley, this 2.2 mile hike along the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir to Wapama Falls ends in a relaxing break at the falls before heading back to the lodge.
  • Yosemite Valley Explorer Tour: one of the best ways to see Yosemite Valley’s iconic spots, your guide will show you the way on a moderate hike that traverses hidden trails showcasing pristine meadows, impressive boulders, seasonal creeks, and incredible views that most visitors miss.

Making the Most of Your Time

Youth at Carlon Falls (Sam S.)

Weekend in Yosemite Itinerary

Day One

  • Arrive at Evergreen Lodge and settle in – unpack your bags from travel and get ready for adventuring in Yosemite 
  • Visit the Recreation Center for help planning your Yosemite explorations, or relax by the fire and play some classic board games with your group
  • Stretch your legs and have some outdoor fun in Evergreen’s many play areas, like the Forest Disc Golf course, bocce ball courts, ziplines, or ping pong in the Plaza
  • You can also stroll along the lodge’s own Nature Trail or enjoy Yosemite’s Carlon Falls hike just 10 minutes from Evergreen Lodge
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner at Evergreen Lodge’s on-site restaurant, then venture outside for your first night of complimentary dessert s’mores around the lodge’s outdoor fireplace
  • Head back to your room and get some sleep for day two!

Day Two

  • Fuel up for the day’s adventures with a hearty mountain breakfast in Evergreen’s charming historic Restaurant
  • Choose a full day guided excursion to get the most out of your weekend trip to Yosemite
    • Yosemite Alpine Adventure: a customizable trip in Yosemite’s alpine high country, treating you to unparalleled vista views of the Sierra Nevada’s majestic peaks.
    • Half Dome Journey: one of the most enduring challenges in Yosemite, this single day hike covers about 17 miles with an elevation gain of 4,800 feet – not for beginners or the faint of heart, as the crux of the hike means ascending via the legendary steel cables affixed to Half Dome’s granite face.
    • South Rim of Yosemite Valley Naturalist Hike: starting with Red Fir groves and meadows of wildflowers and traveling on through the less-visited vista at Dewey Point in the southern rim, this hike offers unbeatable views of Bridalveil Fall, The Three Brothers, Clark Range, El Capitan, and other Yosemite icons.
  • Relax and refresh in the 2,000 square foot heated saltwater swimming pool at Evergreen Lodge, or hop into the hot tub for soothing relief after a long hike – if you time it right, you can get some of the best stargazing in Yosemite from the hot tub! 
  • Grab a relaxed dinner and drinks at Evergreen Lodge’s Tavern

Beat the Crowds in Yosemite

The early bird still gets the worm in Yosemite! Beat the crowds at popular spots by starting your days early. While you’ll encounter folks chasing the sunrise and others who have caught on to this trick, you have your best bet at a peaceful and nearly-private experience in Yosemite when you start early. 

Looking for less-traveled trails in Yosemite? Ask Evergreen Lodge about lesser-known trails and hidden gems in Yosemite – some of the park’s most beautiful spots are tucked away from the crowds.

Where to Eat in Yosemite

Fuel your Yosemite adventure with Evergreen Lodge’s on-site dining options. From top-notch dining at the Restaurant to ready-made snacks and picnic fixings at the General Store, Evergreen Lodge has dining in Yosemite covered! The Tavern at Evergreen Lodge has been a Yosemite staple for over 100 years, and makes the perfect spot to unwind and debrief with your group after an exciting day in Yosemite. 

Yosemite’s beauty will stay with you long after your trip ends, and even a weekend escape allows you the opportunity to bask in the glory of this world-famous national park. Start planning your Yosemite getaway today! Find packages and offers that will make for an unforgettable experience.

Cabins Near Yosemite Valley – Couples, Families & ADA Options

Visitors flock to Yosemite Valley to admire the area’s natural beauty and explore Yosemite National Park. Generations of people have felt the unforgettable awe inspired by the sights in Yosemite, from larger-than-life waterfalls to rolling meadows of wildflowers and groves of giant sequoia trees. When you plan your trip to Yosemite, start with choosing the right Yosemite cabins for your group, whether you’re traveling with your other half or the whole family: Evergreen Lodge!

Deluxe King Cabin Interior (Kim Carroll)
Deluxe Cabin interior at Evergreen Lodge Yosemite.

Cabins near Yosemite Valley for Couples

Deluxe Cabins

Couples love the Deluxe Cabins at Evergreen Lodge. These spacious cabins near Yosemite National Park feature a bedroom with a king bed, a large sitting area with a queen sofa bed, a charming cast iron fireplace, and a private deck overlooking the beautiful Yosemite wilderness that’s perfect for romantic mornings and nights of stargazing. 

Deluxe Cabins include spacious bathrooms, in-room Wi-Fi, feather pillows, a Keurig coffee brewer, ceiling fans, and more. There is no cooking allowed in the cabins or campsites at Evergreen Lodge, but a refrigerator and electric kettle are available for convenience – and the on-site dining at Evergreen Lodge is always a hit.  

Ready to venture out of your cabin? Evergreen Lodge has so many activities and things to do that guests sometimes extend their stays to spend more time at the lodge – see the amenities, on-site dining, and outdoor fun waiting for you at the lodge.

Evergreen Vintage Cabin Bedroom (Kim Carroll)
Vintage Yosemite Cabin interior at Evergreen Lodge Yosemite.

Yosemite Vintage Cabins

Vintage Cabins at Evergreen Lodge offer big timber front porches or private decks facing nature, so guests can enjoy breathtaking views without even lacing up their hiking boots. Couples love sharing their morning coffee or tea with their other half, stargazing, and relaxing in these private outdoor spaces after a full day of adventure in the Yosemite wilderness. 

These vintage cabins near Yosemite feature a cozy room with a queen bed, a small reading area, and either a big timber front porch or a private deck that overlooks nature. While rustic on the outside, these cabins are updated with modern comforts like a private bathroom with eco-friendly bath products, in-room Wi-Fi, a refrigerator and electric kettle, and more. 

A young couple enjoying glasses of wine on the outdoor deck of their Yosemite cabin at Evergreen Lodge.
Outdoor deck of Evergreen Lodge’s One Bedroom Cottages.

One Bedroom Cottages

These standalone cottages at Evergreen Lodge are a great setup for couples, offering a cozy bedroom and separate living space plus a private deck with stunning nature views. Sink into the king bed for a great night’s rest, enjoy your morning coffee on your cabin’s private deck with your other half, take a luxurious shower with eco-friendly bath products, snuggle up in front of the cast iron fireplace, and more – and that’s all without leaving your cottage! 

Evergreen Lodge One Bedroom Cottage Exterior (Kim Carroll Photography)
Exterior of a One Bedroom Cottage at Evergreen Lodge.

Cabins near Yosemite Valley for Families

One Bedroom Cottages

One bedroom cottages at Evergreen Lodge are perfect for small families, sleeping up to four guests. These cottages feature a king size bed in the bedroom, a queen size sofa bed and rustic cast iron fireplace in the living room, and a private deck with views into nature.   

Evergreen One Room Family Cabin (Kim Carroll)
Room interior of Evergreen Lodge’s One Room Family Cottage.

One Room Family Cottages

Ideal for smaller families seeking a close-knit Yosemite experience, the one room family cottages at Evergreen Lodge offer a single room with a queen bed, a set of bunk beds, and a comfortable sitting area. The big timber front porch provides more space for lounging and fun like stargazing, while the inside of these cottages near Yosemite feature modern amenities like air conditioning units, in-room Wi-Fi, an electric kettle and Keurig coffee maker, an electronic safe, and more. 

Kolana Village Family Cabins (Kim Carroll)
Exterior of a Two Bedroom Family Cabin at Evergreen Lodge Yosemite.

Two Bedroom Family Cabins

Bring a bigger group or just enjoy the extra space in the two bedroom family cabins at Evergreen Lodge. These cabins near Yosemite offer two bedrooms and a separate living space, giving parents the freedom to put their littles to bed and enjoy the cabin’s private deck, comfortable living room, or their very own bedroom with a king size bed. 

Two bedroom family cabins at Evergreen Lodge offer spacious bathrooms with shower/tub, air conditioning units, in-room Wi-Fi and Alexa devices, a Keurig coffee brewer and an electric kettle, a mini fridge, and more. 

Evergreen Two Family Bedroom Cabin (Kim Carroll)
Room interior of an ADA Two Bedroom Family Cabin at Evergreen Lodge Yosemite.

ADA Cabins near Yosemite Valley

Two Bedroom Family Cabins

The ADA accessible two bedroom family cabins at Evergreen Lodge offer ample room for the whole family to spread out, sleeping up to six guests with two twin bedrooms and a queen sofa bed in the living room. These cabins are 600 square feet, and feature a private outdoor deck with views of the Yosemite wilderness. 

The ADA cabins at Evergreen Lodge have spacious bathrooms with roll-in showers, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and more to make everyone’s stay comfortable! See the full list of amenities for these cabins near Yosemite here. 

Evergreen Vintage Cabin Exterior (Kim Carroll)
Exterior of an ADA Vintage Cabin at Evergreen Lodge Yosemite.

Vintage Cabins

The most budget friendly of Evergreen’s cabin options, vintage cabins offer classic Evergreen style at an affordable price. The ADA accessible vintage cabins are modest in size, featuring a queen bed in the bedroom, a small living area, and a covered front porch. These cabins near Yosemite offer spacious bathrooms with roll-in showers. 

Evergreen Lodge near Yosemite offers ideal accommodations for couples and families, with one and two bedroom cabins available. This newly expanded mountain resort blends a rustic feel with modern comforts, providing opportunities for fun, relaxation, and every need in between. Come enjoy a classic Yosemite experience at Evergreen Lodge

4 Best Yosemite Family Lodging Options

When you plan a family trip, one of the most important decisions is where you’ll stay – and the best Yosemite family lodging is at Evergreen Lodge, just outside the Hetch Hetchy entrance to the Yosemite National Park. From glamping to two bedroom cabins and plenty of amenities, our family friendly lodge in Yosemite is the ideal place for families visiting Yosemite. 

Best Yosemite Family Lodging Options

Whether you need a two bedroom cabin or want to sleep under the stars with Evergreen Lodge’s custom camping option, we can’t wait to welcome your family to the lodge! Featuring private cottages, cabins, and even customized camping, there is room for everyone at Evergreen Lodge.

Evergreen Lodge One Bedroom Cottage in Yosemite (Kim Carroll).

One Bedroom Cottages

One bedroom cottages at Evergreen Lodge are perfect for couples and small families visiting Yosemite. These standalone cottages feature one bedroom with a king sized bed, a living room with a queen sofa bed, a gas fireplace, and private decks with beautiful nature views. One bedroom cottages at Evergreen Lodge sleep 2 – 4 guests. 

Amenities include spacious bathrooms stocked with eco-friendly bath products, Wi-Fi and an Alexa device, Keurig coffee maker and an electric kettle, a mini fridge, luxurious feather pillows, and more.

Evergreen Lodge One Room Family Cabin in Yosemite (Kim Carroll).

One Room Family Cabins

One room family cabins at Evergreen Lodge are ideal for smaller and budget conscious families, featuring one large room with a queen size bed and a set of bunk beds. One room family cabins at Evergreen Lodge sleep up to 4 guests.

These cabins were built in the 1930s and have retained their knotted-pine mountain charm, with thoughtful updates like a private bathroom with a shower, an air conditioner, Wi-Fi and an Alexa device, mini fridge, eco-friendly bath products, and more to make your stay convenient.

Two-bedroom family cabin in Yosemite at Evergreen Lodge (Kim Carroll).

Two Bedroom Family Cabins

The largest accommodations at Evergreen Lodge are the two bedroom family cabins, sleeping up to 6 guests. These cabins feature two bedrooms, one with a king and the other with two twin beds, plus a queen sofa bed in the living room. These spacious family cabins also feature a private deck and have separate living and sleeping areas, giving parents the opportunity to stay up and enjoy Yosemite after putting the little ones to bed. 

Amenities in the two bedroom family cabins at Evergreen Lodge include a spacious bathroom with a shower and tub, an in-room air conditioning unit, Wi-Fi and an Alexa device, feather pillows, eco-friendly bath products, and more. Cabins do not have kitchens, as there is no cooking allowed in or around the cabins or at our custom campsites.

Yosemite camping at Evergreen Lodge.

Custom Camping Alternative

Want to try camping without the hassle of packing in and setting up your campsite? Let Evergreen Lodge take care of it for you. With our custom Yosemite camping package, guests arrive to a fully furnished and set up campsite – no mallets or stakes required! Couples Tents feature a queen foam mattress, while Family Tents feature a queen and two twin foam mattresses. These mesh-top tents let you fall asleep under the beautiful trees and stars. 

Amenities include sleeping bags and liners, pillows, towels and toiletries, camping chairs, a bear box, and a lantern. All campers have access to our bathhouse and all of the lodge’s facilities, including delicious on-site dining.

Kids crafts at Evergreen Lodge in Yosemite National Park (Kim Carroll).

Family Friendly Amenities

Evergreen Lodge offers a host of family friendly amenities, including a daily activities calendar, fun water amenities, outdoor games, guided hikes, and the lodge’s famous nightly s’mores by the fire. 

  • Enjoy the Main Plaza’s large Sun Deck, with space to read, relax, play a game, or stargaze
  • Kids love the play areas around the property, especially the plaza play area that features a sandbox with toys and three Native American Miwok teepees (also called Umachas), made from fallen trees on the property
  • Follow the lodge’s nature trail to explore the forest surrounding the lodge to learn about the area’s wildlife and natural history
  • Bring the family together with a game of life size outdoor Chess and Connect 4, located in Kolana Village
  • Go above and beyond with a Yosemite flight tour, flying high above the Sierras and Yosemite National Park in an expertly-piloted aircraft

With seven villages scattered across 20 wooded acres, there’s so much to discover while you’re here. From thick Manzanita forests to mountain vistas, explore beautiful corners of the property on our Nature Trail or the Historic Scavenger Hunt. No matter what your family loves to do, Evergreen Lodge is here to help you craft the family trip of your dreams! 

How to Visit Yosemite on a Budget

Located just a mile from Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy entrance, Evergreen Lodge is an ideal place to stay when you visit Yosemite on a budget. With rustic and comfortable Vintage Cabins, a range of on-property amenities and activities, and fast access to Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy entrance, Evergreen Lodge is one of the best places in Yosemite to stay on a budget.

Need a little more convincing? See how you can plan an affordable trip to Yosemite with Evergreen Lodge

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Choose Budget Friendly Cabins

The Vintage Cabins at Evergreen Lodge are ideal for travelers experiencing Yosemite on a budget. These cabins blend that classic “cabin in the woods” feel with contemporary comforts to make your stay even better. Each cabin features queen beds, a small reading area, and a covered big timber front porch. 

Evergreen Lodge’s Vintage Cabins are equipped with air conditioning, a private bathroom with a shower and Ecossential bath products, a mini fridge, coffee machine, and even an electric kettle with an assortment of teas. WiFi is available in the cabins and throughout Evergreen Lodge for guest use, free of charge. 

Guests in the Vintage Cabins at Evergreen Lodge are welcome to all of the property’s amenities, like the well-stocked General Store and delicious meals (and satellite TV) in the restaurant and Tavern, and the various outdoor adventure activities held by Evergreen Lodge. 

Take Advantage of Activities & Amenities Included with your Stay

Evergreen Lodge offers a wide range of activities for their guests, making it an ideal spot for those seeing Yosemite on a budget. The lodge offers daily activities like games, guest lectures, and live music. Guests gather nightly around the outdoor fire for s’mores and stargazing, and can fill their days with family hikes, nature crafts, and more. 

Here’s a list of outdoor fun you can enjoy during a stay at Evergreen Lodge:

  • Outdoor, solar-heated swimming pool (open year-round)
  • Hot tub
  • Kids playground
  • Onsite nature trail
  • Disc golf course
  • Horseshoes and bocce
  • Kids’ zipline

And much more outdoor fun!

Evergreen Lodge offers guided Yosemite hikes in Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy Valley, as well as white-water rafting, horseback riding, and even flight tours. A guided excursion with one of Evergreen Lodge’s expert guides is a great way to see Yosemite on a budget – whether you see it from horseback or on foot! 

Seek out these Budget Friendly Perks for Travelers

Evergreen Lodge offers packages and special offers that can help you get the most out of your trip when visiting Yosemite on a budget. Book a romantic Yosemite getaway package, an ultimate California staycation, or take advantage of Evergreen Lodge’s seasonal packages, like the Late Summer Savings package or Yosemite Fall Getaway. 

Looking to summit Half Dome during your trip, or wondering about public transportation within Yosemite Valley? Check out the National Park Service’s Yosemite Valley website, which is the best source for the most up to date information about weather conditions, road closures, and other important Yosemite details. 

Evergreen Lodge is the answer for those visiting Yosemite on a budget. The Vintage Cabins provide comfortable, cost-effective accommodations just minutes from Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy entrance, with plenty of free things to do on-site and expert guidance for offsite activities. Ready to experience the best of Yosemite without breaking the bank? Book your stay at Evergreen Lodge today! 

Your Essential Yosemite Camping List

When you plan to camp in Yosemite National Park, there are a plethora of things to consider: your packing list, the best time to go, acceptable camping practices, how long to stay, and more. Evergreen Lodge offers a custom Yosemite camping option to simplify your camping trip so you can enjoy your time to the fullest. Read on for more information about camping in Yosemite and a Yosemite camping list! 

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What to Bring?

Equipment

While the equipment you’ll need to camp in Yosemite varies depending on your daytime activities, some of the basics will be the same no matter what:

  • Tent and accessories
  • Camping chair
  • Sleeping bag and liner
  • Lantern

When you elect Evergreen Lodge’s Custom Camping alternative, you’re treated to a fully set-up campsite upon arrival – no need to pack in your tent! Your mesh-windowed tent will include a queen size foam mattress (or a queen and two twins, sleeping bags and liners, and a pillow for each camper).

Outside the tent, you’ll find a camping chair for each member of your party set around a tree trunk “table,” a lantern, and a numbered bear box for each campsite’s use. Evergreen Lodge Custom Camping package also grants you access to a well-appointed bathhouse and all of the lodge’s facilities

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What to Wear?

Clothing

Wondering what you’ll need to wear while you’re camping in Yosemite? Aside from seasonally-appropriate outdoor weather gear, like a raincoat, you’ll want to utilize layers. The temperature in Yosemite can be up to 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding areas due to the high elevation, and nighttime temperatures can dip into frosty feels throughout most of camping season. Don’t forget…

  • Plenty of socks + underclothes
  • Moisture-wicking shirts + tops 
  • Hiking pants/shorts 
  • Camp/shower sandals 
  • Hat or beanie 

Evergreen Lodge’s Custom Camping option takes care of the largest aspects of camping, like the tent and chair, so you can prioritize your own packing list. When you arrive at Evergreen Lodge, you can make full use of the property’s facilities: wash and dry your clothes, take a hot shower in the shared bathhouse, and climb into your tent to get a good night’s rest for the next day’s adventures. 

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What Not to Forget

Personal Items

What kind of personal items do you need to pack to camp in Yosemite? Most seasoned campers recommend a basic repair kit, extra batteries for anything you bring that runs on battery power, and your navigation method, along with any activity-specific gear you need. We also recommend…

  • Your favorite sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Any Forest Service or park passes you require for outings
  • A sturdy reusable water bottle
  • A notebook + pen/pencil 

 

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Custom Camping

Fun Made Easy

The Custom Camping option at Evergreen Lodge allows you to focus on the personal parts of camping while the lodge takes care of the logistics. Knowing that your campsite is set up with everything you need at the end of the day alleviates stress and literal weight on your shoulders, leaving you to soak up every minute of your Yosemite camping experience.  

Forget something? The General Store & Gift Shop at Evergreen Lodge has you covered with the usual items, like toothpaste, sunscreen, batteries, and water bottles. The General Store & Gift Shop also offers everything you need for a successful day on the trails, from hot coffee and breakfast items to deli sandwiches and fresh fruit. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Yosemite Camping

Yosemite is a popular camping destination and brings campers from all walks of life together – but when is the best time to go camping in Yosemite? How long do you need to camp to get the true Yosemite experience? Read on to find out. 

What is the best month to camp in Yosemite?
The best month to camp in Yosemite varies depending on what you want from your camping trip.

With Evergreen Lodge’s Custom Camping package, you can see the wildflowers return to the landscape in spring, swim in May Lake in the summer, or sleep amongst the changing trees in fall! This option is available from May to October, with dates filling up quickly for the time between April and September.

How many days do you need to camp in Yosemite?
Most Yosemite campers stay between two and four days.

Longer trips give you more time to soak in the sights, but shorter excursions challenge you to make the most of your time. There are limits on Yosemite camping during peak season, with the park only allowing 7 consecutive nights in Yosemite Valley between May 1 and September 15. 

Looking for an itinerary for your two, three, or four day trip to Yosemite?
There is plenty of options!

See these itineraries and find more information about the best sights to see and things to do in Yosemite! 

Camping in Yosemite National Park is a bucket list item for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike – with breathtaking landscapes and countless adventures waiting within them, there’s no surprise camping is one of the most popular things to do in Yosemite. When you’re ready to camp, let Evergreen Lodge do the heavy lifting and head out on your Yosemite camping adventure! 

Wellness Vacations Near Yosemite National Park

Anyone who looks at a beautiful photo of a nature scene depicting a sunset or a mountain range or a towering forest of evergreen trees can’t help but smile and wish they were there. Studies are now proving that those who go the extra step, physically stand in nature and experience its beauty firsthand are receiving immense benefits for their mental and physical health.

Celebrating 20 Years of the Youth Intern Program

When I first started my job search, all I was looking for was to be close to Yosemite. This is the place I came when I was young, and it shaped me in ways I am forever thankful for. When I found my way to the Rush Creek and Evergreen Lodges, I was excited for my work in marketing because sharing my love for Yosemite was so easy.

When I first arrived, I thought I would be promoting the image of a beautiful, family-friendly vacation spot. And that was certainly the job. But then I learned about the Youth Development Program at both lodges. I wasn’t only getting people excited about visiting Yosemite, I was helping to support a mission. A mission centered around supporting and helping young adults in need.

The Youth Program is an aspect of the company I’m always proud to share. A business with a social enterprise is not something I sought out, but was something I’m thrilled to promote. The transition from city life to the woods can be complicated, but the support and community on this mountain makes it possible. I, along with every employee and intern, made a leap of faith, some of necessity and some of adventure, to see what remote Yosemite life could offer us.

What makes the Interns in the program so successful is a culmination of the efforts of every single employee. Whether that means being a mentor or a friend, a coworker or a peer, everyone here has a vested interest in supporting the experiences and success of the Interns. One administrator took an intern under their wing to give flying lessons to her. Another employee started a regular game night with several of the interns, and despite many of them being gone now, they all still stay in contact in a group message. Personally, my very best friend out here is a former intern. And I count myself eternally lucky to be her friend and to have her in my life.

As much as this program is meant to support the interns, the interns are what really bring this community together. When interns are around, other employees make a marked effort to be a good role model and to build community with one another. Without this impactful program, the lodges would not be the same. And in my opinion, the lodges would not be the success they are without the program.