Mariposa County



Merced River in El Portal Seen from Yosemite View Lodge, Mariposa County, CA


Yosemite View Lodge, one of the best kept secrets outside Yosemite National Park, features the Merced River that rapidly flows over huge boulders next to hotel rooms.  Flanked by a mountainside some rooms overlook, you can train your eyes on the forest and scout for wild deer and roaming bears. "The river's the only thing that keeps you separated from the bears," said one lodge employee who helped deliver my bags to my room. Head down to the river with a fishing pole and license for some of the best fly fishing to be had, locals say.


You'll Strike it Rich on a Mariposa County Vacation


Mariposa County, Calif.--Yosemite View Lodge isn't perfect, but it comes pretty close. The affordable prices by comparison to the in-park offerings make this highly-desirable accommodation a preferred choice for travelers checking into the lodge. A family from Los Angeles said it's been their favorite hotel for years--mainly because of the amenities and price.


Very clean rooms, nice decorator treatments, and fully stocked kitchenettes that include plates, silverware, pots and pans, are a few of the great offerings that make this hotel ideal for Yosemite National Park vacations. An added bonus is the YARTS bus stop at the hotel that takes guests into the park, dropping them off at all the spots. Since the park charges a minimum of $20 for car entry, this money-saving convenience is just one more reason to enjoy Yosemite View Lodge, located in El Portal.


The well-maintained hotel property with several swimming pools, spacious rooms and suites, comfortably firm beds, decent shower heads, and on-site shopping and dining, all point to quality, convenience and value. As the closest hotel to the park, it doesn't take long to be inside the national treasure having fun.


vidcam Video of Merced River from hotel room at Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal, CA

For those who love adventure, pay a bit more for a room overlooking the swift-moving river, the mighty Merced. While it has spilled over its banks rarely in recent years, the doors on Yosemite View Lodge hotel rooms provide information about the possibility of flooding and procedures, should that happen.


A tour guide who lives in the area and knows it well said that the storm of 1997 closed the Valley floor and shut down several roads going into Yosemite Valley because of landslides. Yosemite View Lodge's location is close to the National Parks El Portal station, which monitors 80 miles of the Merced River under the Wild and Scenic Rivers act.


Yosemite View Lodge has spotty cell service, and Internet wifi for guests is only offered in main the lobby, which closes each night at 11 p.m. As of this writing, the cost of wifi is $9 per day.


For a full list of accommodations, get the Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau free guide at, or call and request your guide at Mariposa County Visitors Center: (866) 425-3366. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-Sat during the winter months, beginning in mid-May the Center stays open every day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. through November. Location: 5158 Highway 140, Mariposa, CA.