The Redwoods in Yosemite
Chilnualna Falls, Yosemite National Park
At a Glance
130 unique and traditional cabins secluded in the forest
Home from home style cabins by the beautiful Yosemite National Park
Great cabins of varying sizes for a romantic getaway or a family retreat
Approximately 40-minute drive from central Yosemite Valley
Some cabins have their own hot tubs
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Yosemite is an all-year round destination, best visited from spring through to autumn. From late June to September, the entire park is accessible and all visitor facilities from hotels, cabins, campsites and eateries are running at maximum capacity. During the months of July and August guests should expect traffic and lots of people as it is the most popular time to visit the park to hike, river raft, horse ride and climb. Those wanting to enjoy Yosemite Falls should visit in May when the falls are at their best and there are less crowds. Autumn also brings less crowds and crisp sunny weather, although by September the falls will have dried up. Less people travel to Yosemite in the winter, although when the snow falls - often in October - the park is turned into a winter playground with sledging, skiing and iceskating on offer.
To start planning your holiday to The Redwoods in Yosemite
Nestled among the giant redwood trees, stay in your own log cabin in Yosemite's Wawona area. Peaceful, private and authentic, the self-catered homes are located on private property within the National Park.
With around 130 individually owned cabins nestled in the forest, the homes range from one-bedroom romantic rustic cabins to 'platinum' six bedroom homes. Most are traditional and quaint in style, and come complete with fully equipped kitchens and most have a grill on deck for summer evening barbecues. Guests can not expect up-to-the minute technology or contemporary design, but cosy cabins, with comfortably furnished living space both inside and out and home comforts such as televisions and fireplaces, that make a superb base for exploring the park.
The cabins are the only privately owned homes within the park, providing an authentic and private alternative to the hotels in the valley floor which become extremely busy in the summer holidays. The drive into the park takes approximately 40-minutes (dependent on time of year) with the Mariposa Grove of giant native Sequoia trees being just 20-minutes away from the Redwoods.
With homes from 1-bedroom to 6-bedrooms, the cabins are particularly popular with families looking to enjoy the park for a few days. During the summer months guests are required to stay for 3-nights or more, which is what we would recommend to really be able to get the most of your visit to America's original National Park.
The cabins are graded in three levels, from more rustic basic cabins to platinum homes with the wow-factor. Cabins range from one bedroom to six bedrooms, and are selected with our guests, based on requirements and party size. The larger homes are extremely popular in the summer months and should be booked early.
All the cabins are self-catering, and guests should come equipped with groceries to stock their kitchens. Dining options are close by from the historic Wawona Hotel which is located next to the Redwoods. The dining room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tenaya Lodge is also located approximately 20-minutes from the cabins and has three restaurants. Standard coffee is supplied from the lodge front desk and popcorn for the children, and there is a basic grocery store in the Wawona community.
Inside the park, there are various cafes and canteens including the canteen at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls that makes a good stop for lunch or cookies. The Ahwanhee Hotel has a historic, high-beamed dining room that is popular for lunch and dinner.
Part of the joy of The Redwoods is sitting on your deck with a coffee in the morning listening to the sounds of the birds, or packing up a hearty home-made picnic to enjoy in a peaceful spot along the river or on the meadows in the park.
Few places in the world rival the landscape that can be seen at Yosemite National Park. The park encompasses over 1000 square miles of scenic wild lands of the Sierra Nevada and its epic valleys and peaks range from 2,000 feet to 13,000 feet above sea level. The park is home to alpine meadows perfect for picnics, mountain forests for hiking, lakes and waterfalls, sky-scraping giant sequoias and redwood trees and plentiful wildlife from mule deer to black bears.
Not to be missed is the sweeping view of the valley floor and towering rocks from Tunnel View, world-class climbers conquering El Capitan, walking the Meadow Loop, hiking up to Half Dome for the energetic and when the water is flowing, simply marvelling at the wonder of Yosemite Falls. Walking and biking are the most popular ways to see the park, but the 2 hour Valley Floor tour on board an open-air park ranger guided truck (departing from outside Yosemite Lodge at the Falls daily) is an excellent way to get your bearings and see the park with minimum exertion. They depart at 10am and then throughout the day.
For other listings and activities in the park, simply ask for the Yosemite newspaper on arrival which is the best way to find out what is going on! The guest relations or 'concierge' at the parks hotels and lodges are also excellent at recommending activities on arrival.
The parks general entrance fee is $20 per car and is valid for 7 days and these can be easily obtained at the park entrance.
Greg Salmon (Staff)
There is no better place to come back to after a day of activities in Yosemite than a quintessential log cabin nestled deep into the forest of gigantic Redwoods. These very reasonably priced cabins at The Redwoods come in a variety of shapes and sizes, most of which will include an outside deck with a barbecue, a kitchen and a spacious living area with a TV and fireplace, which is invaluable seeing as there is not much going on after dark in the park! The cabins are also a scenic 45-minute drive away from the centre of the park which means that every day you have the privilege of stopping off at Tunnel View. I have travelled much of the world and this vista is up there with viewing Halong Bay, The Grand Canyon and Mount Everest!
Holly Brightwell (Staff)
Absolutely perfect for your time in Yosemite. About an hour form the entrance of the park, Redwoods is nested in thick forest and the cabins are spaciously scattered to give the sense of complete privacy and your own space. Many of the lodges have huge outdoor areas, decking and BBQs, some even have hot tubs and big comfy chairs on the decking. A real home away from home feel, all lodges have a large kitchen areas with all the mod cons you could need. Warm and welcoming living areas and tonnes of storage and space. These are owner owned holiday homes, so you see the individual love and care (and tastes) of each one. A perfect place to come back to for a day in Yosemite!
Jennie Stevens (Staff)
After a long drive (with a few unintentional detours) up from Carmel, we were very excited to be coming to Yosemite for a couple of nights and enjoying everything that the famous National Park has to offer! Arriving in the dark, we didn't truly get to appreciate the beauty of the location until early the next morning, when the sun shines brightly through the vast Redwood trees we were sleeping beneath. We stayed in cabin 33A, or more affectionately known as The Buss Stop, named after the Buss family to whom the cabin belongs. As such, it has a wonderfully homely feel, with comfortable sofas and a large open fireplace with complimentary logs and kindling stacked outside.
As The Buss Stop is a Gold standard cabin, it has fabulous amenities including an enormous hot tub, a wraparound deck, Weber gas barbecue grill, and a very well stocked kitchen. A new master bedroom and bathroom has tastefully been added on, which is a beautiful feature room with a fantastic spa bath tub perfect for an after-hike soak. We stopped at the supermarket in Oakhurst for groceries, but just around the corner from the house is the Pine Tree Market, which although small, is very well stocked with everything you may need for your stay. All cabins are self-catering with full kitchens, so it's a real rustic getaway but still with a luxury feel.
The location is also ideal with only a 30-40 minute drive to the valley floor, ideal to beat the traffic for the morning hikes. This is perfect for those who are looking for something a bit different and a home from home feel. From reading the guest book in the cabin, it was clear to me that many families had made visiting the Buss Stop a true tradition, coming back year after year and making wonderful family memories.
Guided Hiking in Yosemite National Park
Yosemite's Granite Cliffs and Giant Sequoias make for incredible hiking country. With easy to moderate options, experience this World Heritage Center with an expert private guide by your side to show you what you may not see with your own eyes.
Yosemite National Park Private Tour
Enjoy a stunning half-day hike through some of the most iconic areas of Yosemite National Park with a naturalist guide.
Get your zip on! Line 1 starts with a gentle introduction to ziplining, and by line 6 you'll be flying along 1000 feet of line above tree tops and the sierra foothills. Your guide will take you on a 2-hour adventure above Mariposa's beautiful countryside.
Your free time in Yosemite - Scott Dunn Suggests
Walking and biking are the most popular ways to see Yosemite, with self-guide trail maps issued at the entrance. Wardens at the visitors centre can advise on activities & the newspaper will tell you what's going on from star-gazing to wildlife talks!
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Location & directions
Chilnualna Falls, Yosemite National Park
The Redwoods are located in the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park. On the 41 north into Yosemite, the cabins see on the Chilnualna Falls Road nestled among the trees.
How to get there
An 11-hour direct flight from London to San Francisco with British Airways or Virgin Atlantic and 4-5 hours drive time from San Francisco.
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