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-week 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-minute drive away from the West entrance of Yosemite National Park. The gay-friendly Yosemite Lakes 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 leading 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.
Our Stay at the Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes Resort
Coming from the state of Nevada, we had to drive right through Yosemite National Park. The West Entrance of the Nature Reserve is just about 5 to 10 minutes (it depends on how fast you are driving) to reach the gay-friendly Yosemite Lakes 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. Amicable 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 from a see-through glass dome, perfect for stargazing during a starry night. Mosquito nets protect the windows. Outside our Yurt at the gay-friendly Yosemite Lakes Resort, 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.
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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 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. Wi-Fi is only available in the main building of the Resorts, and it is fragile. Thus, perfectly fine for an off-the-grid trip in nature. If you need stronger Wi-Fi, we recommend visiting a restaurant nearby.
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Good to know: Tips for your stay at the Gay-friendly Thousand Trails Yosemite Lakes Resort
Thousand Trails for a Yosemite Lakes Resort Yurt
31191 Hardin Flat Rd, Groveland
Unites States of America
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.
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Karl & Daan.
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