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Housekeeping Camp is more or less an in between of a campground and lodging. 266 units are scattered along the Wild and Scenic Merced River. The camp has excellent views of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls .
A lodging unit consists of a concrete floor and 3 concrete walls with the front wall being curtained. A double canvas roof which extends over a dining patio to keep rain out while you are eating or relaxing. The patio area which is furnished with a picnic table and bear proof containers is surrounded most of the way by a privacy fence. Each sleeping are includes a bunk bed (2 stacked twin beds), a double bed, table, chairs, a mirror and an outlet with electric lighting. Up to two more cots can be added to sleep a total of six. Bed packs which consist of 2 sheets, 2 blankets and 2 pillows can be rented for $2.50 per night - limited availability.
There is a fire ring / grill at each site, perfect for cooking over the open flame.
Centrally located are restrooms and a shower facility with soap and towels which are a short walk from any lodging unit. A very nice laundry room and store are also on premises.
One of the nice things about Housekeeping Camp is that you can drive and park next to your lodging unit. Housekeeping Camp is ideal for those not wishing to pack everything that a traditional campsite needs.
A great sunbathing/swimming beach is located at the northwest end of the camp. See map below.
Cost per night is around $100 (2011).
Nearby Half Dome Village stop 13b, (click for a fantastic map from the National Park Service) offers several restaurants including a Pizza Deck (some of the best Pizza I have ever had and should be a stop on everyone's trip to Yosemite), Ice cream shop/ coffee bar, A Taqueria, a Dining Pavilion (Buffet style), A small bar that serves an excellent local draft selection located next to the Pizza Deck. Also at Half Dome Village is a mountaineering shop and mountaineering school, a store and gift shop, an amphitheater, a public pool, showers and a Lounge that has open WIFI access.
Raft and Bicycle rentals are next to Half Dome Village at the Half Dome Village Recreation Center get off at Shuttle Stop 13a.
Road conditions can change at any time. Please check road and weather before arriving at (209)372-0200 for conditions inside Yosemite, and 1-800-427-ROAD for conditions outside the park. Highway 120 over Tioga Pass from Lee Vining and the Glacier Point Road are closed seasonally.
Entrance Fee to the park is $20 per private vehicle.
Nearby Yosemite Village boasts several restaurants, a store and gift shop.
Degnan's Cafe features smoothies, coffee, baked goods and an internet kiosk. The cafe is usually open from April to September.
Degnan's Deli - sells deli sandwiches, salads, vegetarian and gourmet food, snacks, lattes and other beverages. The deli is open daily from 7am to 5pm.
Degnan's Loft - This Yosemite Village restaurant features pizza, salads, soups and appetizers - all served in this family-style loft restaurant located above Degnan's Deli. Wine and beer are also available. Open Spring to Fall. Open 5 to 9 pm Mon-Fri and
Village Grill - serves an excellent variety of grilled items, such as cheeseburgers, grilled chicken, veggie and salmon burgers. Don't pass on one of the Milkshakes. Open 11 am to 5 pm daily.
The country store at Yosemite Village is well stocked with groceries and has an excellent gift shop.
Map courtesy of www.yosemitepark.com
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