This place isn't terrible, but the tent sites leave much to be desired for a typical "tent camping experience."
Upon arrival (after hours - which is laughably after 6pm daily) we had to check the whiteboard at the office to see what tent site we were in. Not knowing where the tent sites were, we drove around the tight spaces of the RV area until we were flagged down by the night attendant and what I would assume to be his girlfriend (she was like his shadow at all times). The attendant led us down to a very small, tight tent area with less than ZERO privacy from your neighbors. There is also ZERO tree cover to provide privacy, and the sun pounds down on your site all day.
You'd better hope you have some cool neighbors. The tent sites are inches away from each other with nothing separating the sites but a painted white line on the ground. Thankfully, our neighbors were great...however this could be potentially nightmarish if a family of 10 with eight screaming kids was next to you. It's the risk you take, I guess.
Tent stakes were impossible to pound in, and we had stainless steel stakes. You have to have the long, heavy-duty "nails" and a hammer to have any hope of securing your tent.
The High Sierra RV Park website claims that it's 17 miles from Yosemite, which may be accurate as the crow flies. However, we humans cannot fly. We have to drive vehicles to and from the park every day. This makes the 44 miles of breakneck, hairpin turns that we must endure each way along the Wawona Road (or a two-hour drive each way through Mariposa and El Portal) take about 1 hour and ten minutes each way. This isn't the RV Park's fault, as it's in the Sierra Nevada...however please don't make the claim that you'll be 17 miles from Yosemite!
Allegedly there was free high-speed internet, but we were unable to find a secure connection from our tent site.
All that said, it was nice to have electricity and drinking water at each tent site. The bathrooms were clean, and the shower house was actually a very pleasant surprise. Great water pressure and plenty of hot water. The mountain views from your tent site are quite nice, and the waterfall noise on the Fresno River was great to fall asleep and wake up to. The RV park is located right in Oakhurst, so you're in a city, not in the woods...which has it's pros and cons. It's nice to drive 2 blocks to get what you need from a gas station, Raley's grocery store, or to grab take-out for dinner. However, you're not camping in a quiet wilderness.
All in all, I'd say you can do better...especially if you can secure a walk-in campsite inside Yosemite. Check out Wawona and Camp 4...and stay at High Sierra as a last resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A short drive from spectacular Yosemite National Park, High Sierra RV Park & Campground sits directly on the banks of the seasonal Fresno River in Oakhurst, CA. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- High Sierra Rv Park And Campground
- High Sierra Rv Park & Campground Hotel Oakhurst