Yosemite Valley Lodge

Nestled among the 100-year-old cedar trees, massive granite walls, and Yosemite Falls is Yosemite Valley Lodge, formerly known as Yosemite Lodge at the Falls.  The Lodge has seen many changes from its beginning, when it served as headquarters for the U.S. Cavalry from 1906 to 1914.

In response to the influx of visitors to Yosemite National Park, Stephen Mather, who would become the first Director of the National Park Service, proposed the establishment of the Yosemite Lodge.  The third major guest unit in Yosemite Valley, the property was leased by concessionaire D.J. Desmond. Desmond converted the existing U.S. Army camp into lodging facilities; troopers’ tents became guest lodging and barracks were remodeled into a lounge and dining room.  Desmond then purchased cabins from an abandoned aqueduct project to accompany the barracks lodging (some of these cabins were in use until 1974).  On June 12, 1915, the facility was ready for its first customers and was aptly named Camp Desmond.  It later became Yosemite Lodge.

Yosemite Valley Lodge was redesigned and built in 1956 by E.T. Spencer.  The one- and two-story “lodge” buildings replaced the tent cabins and the outdoor cooking tent located in the area behind the Tamarack, Aspen, and Dogwood buildings. The flood of 1997 erased one-half of the original buildings, leaving the basic footprint you see today. After the flood, the main complex was redesigned with an emphasis on glass and wood detailing to blend harmoniously with its surroundings. Landscaping of indigenous trees, shrubs and wildflowers further reflect the natural beauty of Yosemite Valley.

As the closest property to Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley Lodge is an idyllic spot for families, group retreats and visitors seeking the comforts of a hotel after an exciting day exploring the wilderness.

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Latitude: 37.743346 Longitude: -119.59814 Elevation: 3974 ft

Lodging Style and Amenities

Lodge rooms open to a patio or a balcony and have a private bathroom, dressing area, activity table, telephone and television with select programming. Bedding configurations include one king bed or two double beds.

Slightly smaller than our Lodge Rooms, our Standard Rooms are furnished with a desk, private bathroom, telephone and television with select programming.  Bedding configurations include one double bed, or two queen beds, or one queen bed with one single bed.

Perfect for families enjoying the park, Family Rooms are our largest rooms at Yosemite Valley Lodge.  Family rooms are furnished with one king bed, two single beds, one sofa sleeper with a queen-sized mattress, a dining table, TV with DVD player and a private bathroom.

Wireless access is provided on the premises for Yosemite Valley Lodge guests.

Breakfast Style Served

Breakfast Not Included

Season Open

Open Year Round

Additional Services and Amentities Available

Yosemite Valley Lodge is the starting point for a wide range of activities. Our heated outdoor swimming pool is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting. The pool is available for the use of guests of Yosemite Valley Lodge at no charge and to other Yosemite guests for a small charge per person. Season permitting, the Yosemite Lodge Bike Stand offers standard bicycles in all sizes by the day or by the hour. An outdoor amphitheater located in the center of Yosemite Valley Lodge features nightly ranger/naturalist programs, slide presentations and scenic movies during the summer. Evening programs are held on property year-round. Our Tours & Activities Desk offers information and arrangements for family activities such as tours, Yosemite Mountaineering School classes, mule rides and other activities. An ATM is located in the lobby near the tour desk.

Casual fine dining is available at the Mountain Room Restaurant. For cocktails and lighter fare, visit the adjacent Mountain Room Lounge. Our Food Court offers a wide range of entrees and desserts for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The Coffee Corner, located in the Food Court has a variety of hot and cold coffee and tea drinks, bagels and pastries and hand-dipped ice cream. Next to the Mountain Room Lounge, the Cliff & Falls rooms are ideal for meetings, weddings or social gatherings for up to 150 people, with full catering services featuring a wide array of menu options.

Yosemite Valley Lodge also has two gift shops available. The Nature Shop offers unique sculptures, original photographs by Yosemite's leading professionals, one-of-a-kind Native American art, as well as apparel, music and videos.  The Yosemite Lodge Gift Shop sells sundries, newspapers, gift items, magazines, books, posters, snacks, jewelry and apparel.

Driving Directions

Once in the Park, Yosemite Valley Lodge and all of its amenities are accessible via the free Valley Shuttle (stop #8).

Pet Friendly Notes

All lodging within Yosemite National Park does not allow pets. In Yosemite, pets are allowed on fully paved trails and roads, on a leash six feet or shorter, and cannot be left unattended. 

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