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Gay-friendly Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes Resort | Review

Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes Resort – our review of a 3-days-stay close to the Western entrance to the nature reserve. The Yosemite National Park in California USA was one of our top highlights we planned for our four weeks road trip around the South West of the United States of America. Looking for a unique glamping accommodation located very close or even in the middle of nature, we found this Resort just a five minutes drive away from the West entrance of Yosemite National Park. The resort includes cottages, tents, space for trailers, hillside Yurts, and other Yurts nestled in a valley along the South Fork Tuolumne River.

We stayed in the Yurt village located on the top of the Northern side of the valley. Hillside Yurt number 17 was our glamping home for 4 nights, which offers the best view over the valley and the forest area surrounding the tent-like accommodation. A parking space for our car was right in front of the Yurt and so was a space for a barbecue. If you are looking for an LGBTQ+ friendly place to stay in nature and close to the Yosemite National Park West entrance combining the back-to-nature feeling with a pinch of luxury and adventure, the Yurts of Gay-friendly Yosemite Lakes Resort are a great choice. See the world through a Couple of Men‘s eyes with our review, photos, and gay travel tips about Yosemite National Park.



Couple of men arm-in-arm overlooking Yosemite National Park © CoupleofMen.com

A couple of men arm-in-arm overlooking Yosemite National Park © Coupleofmen.com



Our Stay at Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes Resort

Coming from the state of Nevada, we had to drive right through Yosemite National Park. From the West Entrance of the Nature Reserve, it is just about 5 to 10 minutes (it depends on how fast you are driving) to reach Yosemite Lake Resort. Therefore, drive along the Big Oak Flat Road 120 in a western direction until you see a gas station on your left. To check-in, we had to drive all the way down the valley to the main building. Very friendly staff welcomed this tired gay couple with a quick and smooth check-in providing a lot of travel information about the region, the weather forecast, and highlights of Yosemite National Park. We stayed at Yurt number 17 right on the hilltop of the more private Yurt village. And there we were, in the middle of the forest just around the corner of the world-famous Yosemite National Park.




Yurt 17 – Our home for 4 Nights

Our hillside Yurts number 17 was very spacious with a separate bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen corner, a huge table for at least 4 to 6 people, a comfortable bed, a folding couch for two further guests, a heater, and air conditioning. A coffee machine with some coffee and tea was waiting in the kitchen corner. The middle part of the roof is made out of a see-through glass dome perfect for stargazing during a starry night. The windows are protected by mosquito nets. Outside our Yurt, we had access to a gas barbecue and a wooden seating area. A perfect glamping experience, combining rough nature along the South Fork Tuolumne River with a touch of luxury.



Road Trip USA Highlights American South West © CoupleofMen.com

Gay Travel USA © CoupleofMen.com

Gay USA Travel Guide

The United States of America, still known as the land of boundless opportunities, is a varied destination for outdoor fans exploring the sea, mountains, and diverse cultural attractions in its 50 states on the North American continent. From New York over Chicago, Florida, and California: Read all about our USA Gay Travels here!


Review of our Glamping Trip to Yosemite National Park

Coming back after a tough but fulfilling day around the beautiful and stunning nature of Yosemite National Park, the Yurts were just waiting for us nature lovers and adventurers to come home and take a rest. Although mosquitos were part of the deal for approximately one hour every evening (right before it turned dark and significantly colder), we furthermore had no hassle with insects. The Yurts were clean even though spider webs and dust are part of the deal staying outside in such a tent-like accommodation. Wifi is only available in the main building of the Resorts and it is very weak. Thus, perfectly fine for an off the grid trip in nature. If you need stronger Wifi, we recommend visiting a restaurant nearby.


Happy to be here: Selfie at Yosemite National Park sign © CoupleofMen.com

Happy to be here: Gay-Selfie at Yosemite National Park sign © Coupleofmen.com



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Gay Travel Blogger Karl & Daan vor der Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Road Trip USA Highlights American South West © CoupleofMen.com

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Gay USA Travel Guide

Our second-ever trip to the USA was to the South Western parts including California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. But this was just trip number two. Last year, we visited New York for the first time just prior to World Pride 2019 including a weekend trip to Dutchess County. Learning more about the US Eastcoast was a new experience for us but not less exciting. Later on, during pride month, we traveled to California again and then further to Oregon and Illinois. But this was just the beginning. We need to bring the rainbow to the country of uncountable opportunities, now more than ever. Please check all our USA articles and gay travel guides to plan your perfect USA adventure.


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View of Yosemite National Park from Yurt 17 © Coupleofmen.com

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Good to know: Tips for your stay at the Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes Resort

Thousand Trails for a Yosemite Lakes Resort Yurt
31191 Hardin Flat Rd, Groveland
CA 95321,
Unites States of America

Opening Hours: www.rvonthego.com
Offers & Deals: On TripAdvisor
Contact: Tel.: +1 209-962-0109

Good to know:
A Gas Station with a small but pricey shop is located right at the entrance to the Resort. If you are planning to stay longer, make sure to bring bigger rations of groceries with you. Restaurants are located along the way in a western direction, away from the West-Entrance of the Yosemite National Park. Good to know: Yosemite NP is a huge nature preserve, where you need your car to come around. Therefore, it is not necessary to stay inside the park, if you don’t have to. Be reminded, that in high season the waiting time to enter Yosemite might be extremely long. Tip: be early.

If you have any questions about your plans for traveling to the USA, send us an email or follow us along and drop us a line on FacebookTwitterYoutubePinterest, and Instagram. See you around the world and the next time in Yosemite Nationa Park, California, or somewhere in the USA!

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