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
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.
Tent Site 2 is about 100 feet from the parking area and facilities, below the vegetable garden and above the vineyard. There are several other tent sites on the property, with varying degrees of privacy versus convenience to the bathroom, the fire pit, the communal picnic table and the parking area. Let me know what your priorities are and I can direct you to the best option.
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 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Yosemite Garden Camp Tent Site 2 in California.
The vibe at Yosemite Garden Camp Tent Site 2
Places to see near Yosemite Garden Camp
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
We had a wonderful stay here! The site is beautiful and so private. We stayed up chatting and shared dinner with Alex, one of the two hosts living on-site. It definitely is a rough road to get out there but just beware (we made it in a small Prius so you'll be fine!) We unfortunately had to leave a day early because of the wild fires but we're absolutely planning to come back soon and stay here again in the future!
Special campsite amongst wildflower
We decided to book this site on our way from SF to Yosemite as a way to break up the drive. The site is beautiful—we woke surrounded by wild flowers and to a beautiful view. The entire camp site is very clean and tidy with cute little extras like fairy lights in mason jars. We also loved the earth flag at the gate. We chose to spend the night chatting with other campers around the shared fire pit. As visitors, it was great to meet locals in such a casual and peaceful environment. We picked up a bunch of tips for our trip to Yosemite and time back in SF. We were sad to leave this beautiful site and we hope to find something similar in Australia :)
Our stay was wonderful! Our group was pretty last minute in booking any sort of lodging before spending a weekend in Yosemite, and Geoff was extremely communicative and accommodating. The bathroom and showers were clean and well kept, the grounds were spacious, and we enjoyed the company of a few friendly dogs. During our stay, Geoff was in the midst of building a pizza oven with his bare hands. Looking forward to coming back and using it! :)
We had a wonderful stay at Yosemite Garden Camp! Geoff was communicative and helpful leading up to our stay. The land is beautiful and has some sweet sunsets. We hope to return someday :D
The directions could've been better. I arrived at night and only by chance finally found the place, as I was backing up to turn around and stay at a hotel. My lights just happened to flash on the green gate. The directions didn't even say the place was on the right, which may have been okay during the day, but not at night. Also, if you're going to charge $50 for people to stay, you could at least try to flatten out a space on the slope for the tent. Other than the spot being on a slope, it was a nice set up with the bathroom and communal fire. Amazing view, as well. The property is much smaller than it appears in the photos.
This is a beautiful and secluded campground with gorgeous views and seclusion. Getting to the campsite was an adventure in itself and somewhat tricky. Geoff's directions are accurate but there are not many road signs to back it up. I would highly recommend downloading the map and using that in conjunction with his directions to see street names on your GPS. Also make sure you use a high clearance vehicle! The previous review that mentions coming in a Prius, I do not recommend! There are some steep sections with loose gravel that can be slippery.
Lastly, at site 2 we couldn't find a tent site that wasn't on a slope. Everything near the picnic table is on a slight hill. Would be nice if maybe a flat spot was cleared out?
Gorgeous hilltop site, great host
We loved staying with Geoff. His hospitality and warmth was one of the highlights of our trip. The facilities are really great (flush toilet, hot shower, filtered water) and the sunsets there are incomparable. We loved hanging out around the communal campfire and playing with his very sweet dog. The whole place is gorgeous and a really great home-base for day hiking in Yosemite. We did make it up and down the hill for 4 days in a Prius--it is doable in summer but was certainly treacherous, I'd recommend a 4WD vehicle that's a little higher off the ground.