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High Sierra RV Park & Campground
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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35 reviews
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“Eh, you can do better for Yosemite”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2010

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.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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peggycroce, Public Relations Manager at High Sierra RV Park & Campground, responded to this review, 24 July 2011
We apologize that your recent visit to High Sierra RV Park was less than you expectations. We agree our tents sites are in need of shade trees and do plan to plant before the 2012 season. You would never have to worry about the family of 10 as we do not allow more the 5 guests per site.

On the Map & Directions of our website, it states we are 17 miles from Yosemite's South Entrance Gate, not 17 miles from the valley floor of Yosemite. Yosemite National Park is nearly 1,200 square miles of waterfalls, valleys, meadows, giant sequoias, and much more.

When driving up Highway 41 through Oakhurst to enter through the South Entrance, it is the logical way to go if they want to see the Mariposa Grove, the Wawona area, and Glacier Point on the way to Yosemite valley. Highway 41 becomes the Wawona Road when you enter Yosemite.
For those who want to see the view made famous on countless postcards, the Wawona Road through the South Entrance is the place to enter Yosemite. It is called Tunnel View, 1.6 miles from the valley floor. Motorists emerge from the Wawona Tunnel and see the grand vista of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall. Most people simply pull into the huge parking areas, climb out of the car or bus, and start snapping photographs.

Wawona and Camp 4 are wonderful campground within Yosemite National Park. Make your reservation early; nearly every campsite fills on the very first day when the Park Service opens reservations.
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2010

Website pictures are very misleading. Very narrow, tight spaces -- the awning was almost over the next space's picnic table. The bathhouse and laundry rooms were NOT convenient -- up the hill in the "long-term, permanent" part of the campground. The site backed up to a sandy bank that was not level and was beginning to give way. There was no shade. The WiFi was "spotty". The park is "OK" if all you plan on doing is sleeping there.

Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2010

We parked our van on a campsite for one night, $19, next to the river. Bathroom was clean nearby, didn't use the shower as the office was closed and they were locked, required you give a $20 CASH deposit to get a key for the showers. We walked nearby to find someplace to eat, not bad for $19.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Palmdale, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2009

We camped at this RV Park and Campground with a 6 person tent. The tent locations are right next to the river which at this time of year was not flowing very much. The ground was extremely hard in places to get the tent pegs in but we came prepared with a large hammer. There are lots of trees so plenty of shade and the campsite was quiet at night. Rest rooms are really close by which was ideal. The showers are a short walk away and can get busy at times - so just aim to be there early and you won't have a problem. There is a really handy fire pit which you can also use to barbecue. Keep an eye open for the friendly wildlife when it gets dark, I had a large deer came and check me out while I was sitting outside the office using the Wi-Fi. Tent camping is not 4 star so don't expect the Ritz. The town of Oakhurst is within walking distance and there are well stocked supermarkets close by. Best of all the entrance to Yosemite Park is roughly a 20 minute drive away.

Our tip for Yosemite is to go to Subway or a deli and buy your food before you go in to the park. Inside the park food is expensive and it can be very busy. We had a fabulous weekend which did not break the bank!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about High Sierra RV Park & Campground

Property: High Sierra RV Park & Campground
Address: 40389 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644-9440
Region: United States > California > Oakhurst
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Oakhurst
Price range (per night): ₹ 972 - ₹ 2,982
Number of rooms: 70
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 
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