Relax on the River: Yosemite View Lodge

By: Jessica Bay
Yosemite View Lodge
Yosemite View Lodge.

Yosemite View Lodge has been family-owned and family-friendly (that includes four-legged family members!) for nearly 50 years. Rich in amenities across all 335 rooms and suites, this property is a perfect home base for all seasons and reasons. Yosemite View Lodge stretches along the striking Merced River on the outskirts of El Portal. From here, it’s just 2.4 miles on Highway 140 to Yosemite National Park’s Arch Rock Entrance.

That convenient Highway 140 location lets you access Yosemite View Lodge and the park even as snowflakes fall. Set between mountains and the mighty Merced River, the lodge has spectacular views and most balconies overlook the rapids. Select from pet-friendly double, queen or king accommodations or check into a spacious suite. You’ll enjoy in-room coffee, kitchenettes and cable, along with optional upgrades like fireplaces and spa tubs.

The property’s dog-friendly walking paths include an accessible trail that parallels the river. There are indoor pool and spa facilities (plus outdoor options for the warmer seasons), along with an on-site cocktail lounge, gift shop and convenience store with basic groceries. Other perks range from laundry facilities to free parking for overnight guests. The park is a short drive away, or you can board the YARTS Public Bus and marvel at the scenery while traveling to the Yosemite Valley.