Yosemite lodging pick: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls

If your family vacation will center around the valley floor area of Yosemite National Park, you can’t beat the location and convenience of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. Located steps from Yosemite Village in the heart of the park, Yosemite Lodge is directly adjacent to Yosemite Falls (yes, you can see them out your door) and a shuttle stop away from everything else on the valley floor. Read Yosemite National Park touring tips and advice.


Yosemite National Park has plenty of lodging options, obviously, including Curry Village tent cabins, campsites, and upscale accommodations at historic Ahwahnee. Just outside the park, Tenaya Lodge is a good pick. All have their pros and cons, but for location and convenience, Yosemite Lodge can’t be beat. This is no secret, which makes reservations at Yosemite Lodge hard to come by. Here’s what you need to know:

  • the lodge takes reservations a year in advance
  • the 4 family rooms are hardest to come by (try for one of 27 family bunk rooms instead)
  • packages including breakfast or select tours are available seasonally
  • the site availability calendar is kept up-to-date: keep dates flexible to ensure a reservation


Yosemite Lodge is run by the park’s main concessionaire, Delaware North, who does a fantastic job offering park programming such as nature walks, ranger-led talks, and naturalist-run activities. I recommend the Night Prowl with a Delaware North naturalist for school-aged kids and teens (which departs directly from the lodge). Yosemite Lodge also offers valley floor tours.



Yosemite Lodge’s standard rooms feature two queen beds or one king, a separate bathroom area and private patio or balcony. There’s a small fridge in each room, and complementary wifi, but for coffee and other food preparation, you’ll have to venture out. Family rooms feature bunk beds, living space, and kitchen tables, which helps with space, but I definitely wish they also included kitchenettes for simple meal preparation.



Everything families need in the dining department is right there at Yosemite Lodge: the Food Court is open for all meals, and serves counter-service style items a la carte or by platter or meal. I recommend a B&B package to save some cash on breakfasts. At the time of my visit, a standard adult breakfast cost approximately $10 and up.

In addition to the Food Court, the Mountain Room is open daily for dinner (even in the off-season) and offers upscale dining against a backdrop of mountain scenery thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. I recommend budgeting for at least one relaxed dinner in Mountain House (and definitely get the pastry-wrapped salmon entree!).


Activities on-site:

In addition to ranger and naturalist-led programming held on-site, Yosemite Lodge offers an outdoor swimming pool in summer, bike rentals seasonally as weather permits, and ice-skating at nearby Curry Village. The Tours and Activities desk can help you with anything else you might want to do in the area.


A five-minute walk takes you to Little Yosemite Falls, and the trail head for Upper Yosemite Falls. A ten-minute walk takes you to Yosemite Village and the visitors center and museum. The park-wide shuttle services stops right at your door.


Rates vary widely by season. Check rates here for up-to-date information.


As I disclose whenever applicable, my stay at Yosemite Lodge was hosted, for the purpose of review. I hope my knowledge of the property can help other families plan a perfect Yosemite vacation!