Sunset Inn-Yosemite Cabins
Photo © Lauren Nickell
Three quaint cabins far from the crowds, yet in close proximity to all the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park. Situated within an ancient forest at 4,500 ft. elevation, Sunset Inn is tucked away on a lush private meadow surrounded by huge aromatic pines, fresh air & star studded nights.
Sunset Inn is an historical property. The first inhabitants, local Miwok Indians, spent their summers here feasting on acorns, abundant wildlife, and other local delicacies. Evidence of their habitation from prehistoric times can still be seen in the grinding stones near the cabins overlooking the lush meadow.
Originally homesteaded in 1883, Sunset Inn has had a colorful past. In its hey-day, around the turn of the last century, Crocker Station, the main stage coach stop along the Big Oak Flat Road to Yosemite National Park, housed nearly 200 inhabitants. The 2 acre Sunset Inn property was purchased and eventually became the only portion of this 160 acre homestead still privately owned.
Sunset Inn is comprised of three beautiful cabins situated in a natural forest and meadow settings. Rustic exteriors on all three cabins give way to beautifully remodeled, clean, well appointed interiors. All 3 cabins offer plush beds, equipped kitchens, private bathrooms, and sun porch or patio.
The kitchens are complete with a four burner stove top, toaster oven or range oven and toaster, refrigerator, coffee maker, & coffee grinder, as well as pots and pans, dishes, utensils, dish soap, even coffee and tea for you to prepare as you like. You will also find a dining table or counter with seating, and either an easy chair or rocking chair in each cabin.
There are charcoal barbecue grills for each cabin and a picnic table in our idyllic meadow available for your use.
WI FI internet is available free of charge to connect to your laptop. A telephone is also available on the premises. Cell phone reception is good at many areas in Yosemite National Park, but not usually at Sunset Inn.
For entertainment, in addition to the great outdoors, we offer a game cupboard in each cabin with playing cards, board games, puzzles, magazines, local literature, books and park information. Each cabin also has a clock radio, CD player, or MP3 player.
For those young at heart, Sunset Inn offers a swing, sand box, frog pond, and farmyard chickens. When they are 'in the mood' our chickens supply us with delicious fresh eggs, and we are happy to share!
*A non-smoking facility*
MEADOW LARK FAMILY CABIN Our newly remodeled family cabin, Meadow Lark is beautifully hand crafted. This 450 square foot two-room cabin will accommodate up to 5 guests and includes: a queen bed in the main room; a double and single bed in the other; a well equipped kitchen; dining table and chairs; private bathroom with shower; propane heating including a gas parlor stove with glass door to view the fire, as well as fan cooling in the summer months. This cabin overlooks our lovely meadow and frog pond, with a roomy sun porch, ideal for taking in those gorgeous sunsets for which we are so aptly named.
LARKSPUR CABIN & SUGAR PINE CABIN These two lovely cabins will accommodate two (or three) guests. Larkspur Cabin and Sugar Pine Cabin offer similar amenities. Both are attractively done in a studio layout, and are handsomely designed in the "Craftsman" style of custom woodworking. Both cabins have been recently remodeled. The bed in each cabin is adorned with a beautiful quilt. For winter warmth enjoy the cozy wood burning stove (firewood is provided), as well as propane heat, or enjoy the breeze of fan cooling in the summer months. Both cabins have a roomy sun porch.
Seasons Open: Year Round
LOCAL ACTIVITIES! Enjoy many Yosemite National Park area activities on your own, or with a guide. We are happy to book guided trips for you!
HIKING- Blaze your own trail, starting from your cabin door. Or enjoy any of the vast trails as well as the lesser traveled paths within Yosemite and the surrounding exquisite forest. The scenery is spectacular: granite cliffs and domes, rivers and waterfalls, fabulous vegetation, and wildlife!
FISHING & SWIMMING- Rivers, streams & lakes abound with trout, bass and more. The South Fork of the Tuolumne River with great fishing and swimming holes is just 2 miles from your cabin.
ROCK CLIMBING- Yosemite National Park is renowned for it’s ‘world class’ granite walls and domes, a rock climbers mecca, with limitless climbing routes. Classic rock climbing information is available from your innkeepers. Professional guide services are recommended for beginners.
BIRDING- Our meadow is a terrific spot to behold the sights and sounds of the plentiful feathered species, including song birds, owls, ravens and water fowl. The magnificent Great Grey Owl is a frequent visitor to Sunset Inn.
WHITEWATER RAFTING- Wild and Scenic Tuolumne River rafting trips depart just 15 miles down the highway.
BICYCLING- Numerous mountain biking paths are available to enjoy throughout the area. Bicycle rentals are available seasonally in Yosemite Valley.
HORSEBACK RIDING- Several stables in the area offer from 1 hour to 4 hour rides.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING- You can ski right out the door of your cabin (snowfall permitting), with numerous trails throughout the forest. Also, Crane Flat, 10 miles up the road, inside Yosemite National Park, boasts many great ski tours.
SNOWSHOEING- Sunset Inn is often a great place for snowshoeing right out the door of your cabin (snowfall permitting). Also, Crane Flat, 10 miles up the road, inside Yosemite National Park, boasts many great snowshoeing trails and meadow areas. You can rent snowshoes in Groveland or at Crane Flat, or opt for a guided tour with snowshoes included.
DOWNHILL SKIING- Badger Pass, the historic ski resort in Yosemite National Park, is a great family ski area. Dodge Ridge on Highway 108, and Bear Valley on Highway 4, provide a tremendous variety of exciting and more advanced skiing options.
RANGER NATURALIST PROGRAMS- The National Park Service offers wonderful, free, guided ranger programs for all ages, year-round.
BUS TOURING- Guided tours of several key areas of Yosemite National Park are available on a daily basis with 2 hour, 4 hour, or all day tours.
FREE 'MINI' BUS TOURS- The shuttle bus in Yosemite Valley travels between the Visitors Center and the four main activity centers of the Valley, just a couple of miles, is free transportation, and has a knowledgeable guide/driver.
DOING ABSOULTELY NOTHING- Come up for air, stars, mountains, trees, and divine seclusion. Do nothing, relax and enjoy. We won't tell...
Rate Range: $160 to $250 for 2 to 4 guests depending on cabin selection and season
We are located about 24 miles east of Groveland, off Hwy. 120, two miles west of Yosemite National Park, at the 'Big Oak Flat' entrance, at 33569 Hardin Flat Road. Please do not rely on your GPS unless you enter our exact coordinates, which are: Lat: 37° 48' 32" Long: 119° 53' 47" (Lat: 37.808889° North Long: 119.896389° West), otherwise your GPS may take you as much as a mile away, Thank You!
Sunset Inn is situated in the natural environment. We strive for harmony with our surroundings, do our best to reduce our energy usage, reuse office paper and grocery bags, make use of environmentally friendly cleaning products, and offer an extensive recycling program to our guests. We also provide delicious, 'fair trade', organic coffee in each cabin. Yes, even on vacation it can be easy to care for the earth.