WINTER NOTE: From December to March, rain can make the road extremely slippery, with deep, muddy ruts. Storms can drop dead trees into the road. Night temperatures are below freezing, and it sometimes snows. Pipes can freeze and make the plumbing nonfunctional. I therefore close the camp during this time, but if you are undeterred by these factors please feel free to send m
WINTER NOTE: From December to March, rain can make the road extremely slippery, with deep, muddy ruts. Storms can drop dead trees into the road. Night temperatures are below freezing, and it sometimes snows. Pipes can freeze and make the plumbing nonfunctional. I therefore close the camp during this time, but if you are undeterred by these factors please feel free to send me a message and I can open up winter dates.
Yosemite Garden Camp is on 10 acres of grassy meadows, pine and oak trees, and manzanita chaparral in the lower Sierra Nevada mountains, near the town of Groveland, outside Yosemite National Park.
The property includes a large vegetable garden and a small vineyard, and borders Federal Bureau of Land Management land. Most of the property has sweeping views across the Central Valley to the Coast Ranges to the west. Sunsets are breathtaking. Yosemite National Park, with endless hiking, backpacking, climbing and swimming, is about 1 hour away by car. Even closer is the Stanislaus National Forest and the Tuolumne River. The town of Groveland has some great bars, cafes and restaurants, and a good grocery store.
There is a bathroom shack in the middle of the property with a flush toilet, a sink, and a hot shower. The water is clean and drinkable. There is also a communal fire pit and a communal picnic table.
The vineyard walk-in tent site is for campers who want a little extra privacy and don't mind walking a couple of minutes up a hill to the bathroom and parking area. The site is a flat spot below the fence, with the vineyard at your back and beautiful views of the surrounding BLM land and beyond to the west. The flat area is only 8X10 feet (about 3X3 meters), so it is not suitable for a large tent or multiple tents. Also, as it is about 300 feet from parking, down a hill, it is not suitable for campers with a lot of big, heavy items.
Note that Yosemite Garden Camp is on a very rough dirt road, which gets worse every year. A higher clearance vehicle is highly recommended and 4-wheel drive is necessary in winter. Sedans often bottom out on this road and are not recommended.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Secluded Vineyard Walk-In (Site 3) in California.
The vibe at Secluded Vineyard Walk-In (Site 3)
Places to see near Yosemite Garden Camp
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Brilliant location, just 15 minutes outside of Groveland and the Iron Door Saloon. 45 minutes from Yosemite's Big Oak Flat Entrance. Accommodations are just as described and really beautiful. Geoff does an excellent job of providing directions to the site and clean facilities during the stay. Highlights were the post-Yosemite outdoor shower & sunset dinner on the main lawn.
However, if there is ANY rain or inclement weather during your planned stay, a couple recommendations:
1. Don't risk taking a 2 wheel drive vehicle to the site. The dirt-road washes out substantially in rain & 4-wheel drive is a necessity to get back out.
2. Consider one of the higher camp-sites. We were at Site 3, which has an excellent view and is 300 ft from the main lawn, but the sloped location, compacted clay, & substantial rains made for very, very muddy days.
This place is magical. It's only 3ish miles from town, but it's up a very secluded back road. I personally wouldn't drive a sedan up this road unless it was a rental. You're gonna want at least a Subaru or small Suv to navigate the road. It was particularly bad during our stay due to a recent flash flood. Honestly - the crazy road was a bonus to me!
Theres running water and limited power available. My Verizon phone got service, but I left it in the car all weekend. Three campsites with a decent amount of space between them - much more private than your average camping spot.
Can't wait to go again! Thanks Geoff!
The site was amazing, had incredible views and was very comfortable. The whole property is fenced in so we were able to comfortably let our dog roam. We will definitely recommend this site and plan to be back.
Geoff was great and very helpful. The directions were correct. Right when I started to think I was in the wrong place, I got to a neighbor's house described in the directions. Go slow - the road is very rutted.
The site itself was nice and the sunset view really was gorgeous.
This place is awesome! Definitely a difficult place to access with our Prius, but do-able if you go VERY slow. The property is laid out very well, giving each spot privacy. We were lucky enough to have the entire place to ourselves, which was a pleasant surprise! Our dog loved being off leash and running around the property. It is entirely fenced in which is a plus. There was plenty of little solar lights around, toilet paper, water, and the bathroom was fully equipped! We were only 40ish minutes from Yosemite where we spent even more time in the beautiful outdoors. You’ll love this beautiful spot with a great view. We can’t wait to come back!
Awesome place. When you see folks saying you need clearance/the access road is not maintained - believe us. It's slow going and coming down from Geoff's place, especially at night you gotta be real careful. But if you add 15 minutes to your itinerary for those trips, your SUVs and similar vehicles will be fine. The campsite itself is wonderful. If you're in campsite 3, it's on the bottom of the hill, below the vineyard, through another gate on the right side. At first we didn't think anything could be down there, but you just have to keep going. Amazing spot though.
Geoff's site was great, very secluded with beautiful views and is very well maintainted! One big tip, READ HIS DIRECTIONS. The road to the sites are dirt and are difficult to navigate with a regular car, a SUV is preferable, if not absolutely necessary. And, as Geoff mentions, the Google maps directions take you through private property, so read his instructions carefully beforehand.
Amazing place to camp!!! We had a blast staying at Geoff's property this past weekend. Perfect area to stay if you're looking for a more secluded area to stay still within proximity to head into Yosemite Valley. Geoff was very easy to communicate with and gave us awesome directions & recommendations. Spent some time getting to know him and his pup at the communal fire on the second night of our stay. Great guy!! Would definitely return for his company, the views, and the bathroom with hot water was a major plus. Our dog Cody also had the time of his life playing with Cuzco. Thanks again Geoff!