Housekeeping Camp

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An exterior view of a lodging unit in the Housekeeping Camp.
A Housekeeping Camp lodging unit.

Located in the Yosemite Valley, Housekeeping Camp is one of the more inexpensive lodging options for visitors to Yosemite National Park.[1] The camp is open from April through October[2] and is one of the most popular places to stay in the valley.[3] Reservations typically fill up on the first day they become available. The original design of the camp was intended to provide a camping-like experience for visitors who did not want to have to provide their own equipment.[3]


Around 1920, the Housekeeping Camp was established in the form of an automobile camp.[3] Later on, the camp provided the rental of camping equipment for visitors in addition to the housing of park housekeeping facilities. In the early 1960s, lodging units were added.[3]


The interior of a room in a Housekeeping Camp lodging unit.
Lodging unit room interior.

The lodging is somewhere between camping and staying in a hotel where there are three concrete walls enclosing beds covered by canvas rooftops and one curtain wall.[1][2] Outside there is a table and lounge area all covered by the rooftop along with a fire pit nearby.[4][2] There are 266 total units that can sleep up to six people.[1] Each unit is equipped with electricity.[2] Housekeeping Camp contains its own beach along the Merced River,[5] laundry facility, shower facility,[2] bathrooms, and a grocery store. Guest must rent or otherwise provide their own sheets, pillows, and other bedding.[6] Much like Curry Village, guests get a great view of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. The environment is also shaded by the many trees in the area[3] and cars are allowed to be parked next to the campsite.

Some of the downsides include noise and close proximity to neighbors.[2][7] Campfires are only permitted from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. during the months of May to October. Coordinates: 37°44.485′N 119°34.805′W / 37.741417°N 119.580083°W / 37.741417; -119.580083.


  1. ^ a b c Mann, Terry. "Affordable Lodging in Yosemite National Park". USA Today. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Palmerlee, Danny; Kohn, Beth (2008). Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Lonely Planet. p. 165. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  3. ^ a b c d e US National Park Service (2012). A Sense of Place: Design Guidelines for Yosemite National Park. US Government Printing Office. p. 155. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  4. ^ "Housekeeping Camp Details". DNC. Retrieved 2008-06-09.
  5. ^ Blauert, Adam (2014-12-23). "Blauert on Outdoors: Great camping locations in Central California". Merced Sun-Star. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
  6. ^ Scott, David L.; Scott, Kay (2012). Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges (7th ed.). Rowman & Littlefield. p. 70. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  7. ^ Scott, David L.; Scott, Kay (2012). Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges (7th ed.). Rowman & Littlefield. p. 71. Retrieved 2015-08-29.

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