Yosemite Pines RV
Resort and Family Lodging
plenty of comforts at Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging to
make for a very enjoyable Yosemite camping vacation. With a great
location and amenities, or property has been a popular stop for
Yosemite travelers for many years. Rated one of the top 10 RV Parks
in North America by Travelers On the Go.
Pines have the facilities to help you plan a great Yosemite area
vacation, whether you choose to park your RV in a fantastic RV Park,
enjoy nature by camping in a tent, Yurt, or staying in one of our
affordable Yosemite cabin rentals.
Yosemite Campgrounds and Amenities
Yosemite Pines has a Swimming Pool located near the volleyball court
and the children’s play area, which is a relaxing place to play or
just soak up the sun. And when you need supplies, the onsite General
Store will let you keep your campsite or cabin well stocked. If you
are camping at Yosemite Pines in an RV or tent, or staying in one of
our cabins or Yurts, you can get what you will need.
Two of our most popular features at Yosemite Pines is our Gold Mine
and Petting Farm. If you would like to take a look back into the
rich history of "Gold Country", you can visit the on-site gold mine,
or learn how to pan for gold on our sluice box. Children love our
Petting Farm where they can make new furry friends with friendly
animals including our popular Alpacas!
When it comes time to play, Yosemite Pines has something for every
age group. The Horseshoe Pit and Sand Volleyball Court are a great
way to challenge family or friends to a game of Horseshoes, or
select teams and get into the sand for a rousing game of volleyball.
Our Children's Playground has plenty fun waiting for your young
children, providing hours of fun and excitement!
There are plenty of nearby hiking and nature trails including a
Exercise Nature Trail featuring stations along the way to keep you
physically fit while having fun. Start out on foot on many of the
nearby foot trails, or enjoy Mountain Biking during your Yosemite
vacation while getting close to nature through scenic trails.
During your extended stay having fun at Yosemite Pines and in the
National Park, guests welcome the use of the Laundry Room, with
washers and dryers available to cabin, RV guests and tent campers.
The proximity to the National Park makes it easy to stay at Yosemite
Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging and see Yosemite National Park
without the need to stay inside the park overnight. Enjoy the
valleys and rock formations, the Yosemite lakes, the waterfalls and
the highest peaks of one of America's most popular National Parks,
just a short drive from our property.
History of the Area in and around of Yosemite Pines RV Resort
Welcome to the Gold Country of Southern Toulomne County! If you are
looking for Yosemite campgrounds you don't have to go straight to
Yosemite National Park camping. Instead, stay at Yosemite Pines RV
Resort and Family Lodging and learn about the rich history
surrounding one of our country's most beautiful National Parks.
The Hangman Tree near Yosemite Pines RV Park
The first residents of the Valley were Native Americans. They were
called the Southern Sierra Miwok. The Miwok called Yosemite Valley
Ahwahnee, which basically means "Place of a Gaping Mouth," and
called themselves the Ahwahneechee. Non-Native Americans began
moving into the area in the 1830s and 40s. Then an exciting new
thing was discovered in 1848 - GOLD! This area was known as Savage's
Diggings, named for miner James Savage. When he moved away in 1850
(due to squabbles between his Indian wives and the local miners,
it's said) the locals started calling the two major settlements Big
Oak Flat and Garrote (due to infamous "hangin' parties") that
eventually became Groveland.
Yosemite Pines RV Resort is located in an area originally called San
Ignacio Flat, but also became famous for its hangings and earned the
name Second Garrote. In fact, the "Hangman's Tree" can still be
viewed out on Old Hwy 120, not far from the entrance to the Yosemite
Mark Twain Trail Marker Just Outside Our Gate
But, despite the rowdy atmosphere, there was the lure of "gold in
them thar hills!" The largest nugget extracted in this area weighed
over 75 pounds and was discovered in Garrote Creek, which flows
through the Yosemite Pines RV Park and Campground.
In today's dollars, the mining camps extracted a quarter of a
billion dollars in the precious metal by the 1870s! Gold mining
continued, but mining interests eventually turned to minerals, such
In the late 1870's, naturalist John Muir brought more attention to
the Yosemite area with his writings about the remarkable trees and
other geological formations that could be found in Yosemite. The
national park was established in the 1890's thanks in part to John
Muir and the attention and enthusiasm he brought to the area. The
park was run jointly between state and federal governments but in
1906, California turned the Yosemite area back over to the federal
In 1916, another boom hit the area with the arrival of construction
workers under contract with the City and County of San Francisco to
bring in a water source from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Construction of the Hetch Hetchy Valley brought with it a railroad.
By the late 1920s, the construction had moved westward and the local
towns became quiet ranching communities.
The lure of gold
Still, the lure of gold remains! In 1997, a construction worker
discovered gold near Garrote Creek while pouring concrete. Recent
heavy rains have uncovered more gold deposits. Your Yosemite
vacation could turn into a lottery you never imagined. If you are
looking for Yosemite camping and lodging, you can stay here at
Yosemite Pines RV Park and Campground and enjoy the beauty of the
Yosemite National Park and surrounding areas. Yosemite Park covers
1,187 square miles. That's about the size of Rhode Island! And there
are Yosemite Lakes and the seven-mile-long Yosemite Valley that is
the heart of the park.
The beauty and wonder of Yosemite is something you will never
forget. It will likely be the best vacation you have ever been on
and if you are looking for Yosemite RV parking, we have what you
need here at the Yosemite Pines RV Park.
Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging
20450 Old Highway 120
Groveland, California 95321
Phone: (209) 962-7690
Pet Friendly and WIFI