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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Are park reservations required for guests staying at The Redwoods vacation homes?

    No. Guests staying at The Redwoods In Yosemite cabins and vacation home rentals are not subject to the Yosemite National Park reservations system this year. However, guests of the The Redwoods must provide their cabin reservation confirmation email, either printed or on their mobile device at the park entrance kiosks. All Redwoods guests still will need to have a valid ID and a credit/debit card to pay the park entrance fee at the gate, unless you are pass holder already. No check, cash or mobile payments are accepted at the park entrance kiosks.

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  • Q: Where do we go for check-in?

    A: Please visit our registration office, located 6 miles inside the South Gate (Hwy 41) entrance of the park at 8038 Chilnualna Falls Road, Wawona, California to check in and pick up keys. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 10:00 a.m. Please read your confirmation email very carefully for late arrival check-in instructions as our registration office closes at 5:00 p.m. and opens at 8:00 a.m. daily. Please do not go directly to your cabin.

  • Q: What happens if we arrive after the office closes?

    A: We will leave a packet containing cabin information & keys to the cabin, along with a map to show you how to find the cabin. This packet is left outside the front door of our office, to the left of the front door. Please visit our office in the morning to complete the reservation process.

  • Q: How far are your cabins to popular destinations?

    A: We are located 6 miles inside the South Gate (Hwy 41) Entrance of the park, and we are located 22 miles south of the Valley Floor, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Curry Village, etc. We are 18 miles south of Badger Pass, 28 miles south of Glacier Point, and 8 miles north of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

  • Q: Is public transportation available?
  • Q: Where can we go to buy groceries?

    A: We have two smaller and well stocked local grocery stores in Wawona. The Pine Tree Market (ph. 209-375-6343) is located on 7995 Chilnualna Falls Road and the Wawona Market is located Forest Drive and Highway 41 . For more store variety on your way in, you may stop in the town of Oakhurst or Mariposa, where most of the major chain store are represented. (Ex. Raley's VONS, CVS, RiteAide, etc.)

  • Q: What is supplied in the cabin and what do we need to bring?

    A: We provide bedding and bath linens. We provide bar soap, dish soap, and dishwasher soap. We also provide toilet paper, Kleenex, coffee filters and trash bags. We DO NOT provide ANY food products or food related items such as: spices, salt, pepper, and sugar. We also do NOT provide paper towels, foil, Ziploc bags, etc. For the full list of what's in your cabin, please check here: https://redwoodsinyosemite.com/whats-in-my-redwoods-in-yosemite-cabin/

  • Q: What is different about visiting Wawona this year?
  • Q: Where is the nearest gas station?

    A: There are only three gas stations located inside Yosemite National Park. One is located approximately 2 miles from our office, another is located in Crane Flat, and the third one is in Tuolumne Meadows. We recommend you get gas in the town of Oakhurst considering it is less expensive than it is in the park.

  • Q: When are chains required and where can I go to get them in the Winter times?

    A: Per Federal and California State Law, you are required to carry chains or cables in your car in a snow area from November to April, even if you have 4WD, AWD, or Snow Tires. The dates can change depending on the weather. To find out what the current restrictions are, call 1-800-427-ROAD for conditions outside the park and 209-372-0200 (then press 1, 1) for conditions inside the park. You can rent chains or buy chains at almost any auto parts store. We do not supply them.

  • Q: What is the weather going to be like during our stay?

    A: Our weather is always unpredictable. We have found that the most reliable weather forecast is www weather.com and enter the zip code 95389. That will give you Yosemite's weather conditions and you can look at a 10-day forecast as well. We also have our own weather station and you can check weather here: https://www.wunderground.com/dashboard/pws/KCAYOSEM20

  • Q: How much does it cost to get into the Park and do we have to pay every time?

    A: The Park entrance fee applies to all visitors. If you arrive in your private car, van, pickup truck, or RV, the entrance fee is $35 per car. This is valid for unlimited entries to Yosemite for seven days, and includes all occupants of the car. Otherwise, entrance fees are as follows: $15 per person if arriving on foot, horseback, bicycle, motorcycle, or on a non-commercial bus (free for those 15 years old and younger). You can also purchase annual passes. Visit www.nps.gov for more info. https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/fees.htm#entrance-passes

  • Q: How many cars are allowed at the cabin?

    A: You are allowed to have one vehicle per bedroom. For example, if you are in a three bedroom cabin then you are allowed three vehicles. Parking is not permitted on any Wawona Streets.

  • Q: Can I bring my RV or motorhome?

    A: You are allowed to have an RV or camper at your cabin. However, not all cabins can accommodate RVs. Please call our office for further information. Per Park regulations and Mariposa County fire code, you ARE NOT permitted to hook RVs up to the cabin nor are you allowed to sleep in the RV while on the property of the cabin. There is NO outside tent camping allowed except for in designated campsites.

  • Q: What can I do with my pet if I leave my pet-friendly cabin?

    A: Pets are not allowed to be left in the cabins for more than 2 hours at a time. Pets are permitted on paved trails & must be leashed at all times. See the front desk staff for a handout of the park's pet policies, visit our pet friendly page or go to: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/pets.htm

  • Q: Does our cabin have a BBQ or fireplace?

    A: Every cabin has a propane BBQ and we supply the propane for this BBQ. We do not permit charcoal BBQs. Not all of our cabins have fireplaces. If your cabin has a fireplace, it may be wood or gas. Wood is provided at no additional charge. **Fireplace use is not permitted during June, July & August. No outside burning is permitted during these months. *

  • Q: Where can I plug in my electric vehicle?

    At The Redwoods, we have two Level 2 chargers with J1772 plugs at our central office on Chilnualna Falls Road in Wawona.

  • Q: Is there WIFI in our cabin?

    A: All of our cabins provide WIFI. On all networks password is required. There is a WIFI hotspot located in our office as well. If our office is closed, you are more then welcome to sit outside and use it. For more info on the speed and the connectivity of our connection please visit this page: https://redwoodsinyosemite.com/internet-and-data/

  • Q: Where is the nearest laundry facility?

    A: If your home or cabin are not equipped with washer and/or dryer, our onsite laundry facility operates daily from 8 am to 5 pm and is free of charge for guests staying at The Redwoods. Please bring your own laundry detergent and/or fabric softener.

  • Q: Where is the nearest hospital?

    A: There is a medical clinic in Yosemite Valley, 22 miles north of Wawona and a medical clinic in Oakhurst, 22 miles to the south. There are also 911 paramedics available in the park and Wawona area. The other hospitals nearest to use are John C. Fremont in Mariposa and St Agnes, Kaiser & Valley Children's Hospital located in Fresno.

  • Q: Where is the nearest pharmacist?

    A: There are 4 pharmacies located 22 miles south of Wawona in the town of Oakhurst: VONS, Raley's, CVS and RiteAid.

  • Q: Where are the nearest restaurants to the cabins?

    A: There are restaurants in Yosemite Valley, 22 miles to the north, at Fish Camp 12 miles from Wawona to the south and in Oakhurst which is 22 miles to the south.

  • Q: Where can I go to swim in the summer?

    A: The south fork of the Merced River runs through Wawona. There are many access points to get to the river. Please visit the front desk for more information. What are the hazards? 1. Be aware that mountain water is extremely cold, despite hot air temperatures. Strong swimmers may quickly become too weak from hypothermia to swim. Even professional swiftwater rescuers wearing layers of insulation sometimes struggle to stay warm! 2. Even a slow current will take you where you may not want to go. Remember, "slow" is a relative term in the mountains... you probably won't be able to swim to shore or away from a hazard faster than the current is taking you towards it. 3. Watch for water hazards, like submerged tree branches, abandoned cables, or narrow gaps between rocks, which can trap you or part of you underwater, causing hypothermia and even death. The pressure from even a "slow" current can be enough to immobilize you against an obstacle and keep you submerged.

  • Q: What is the vehicle traffic like in the Park?

    A: In a normal year, there is traffic inside & outside of the Park. Even though we are 22 miles from the Valley floor, it can take 45 minutes or more to get there due to traffic. You may experience traffic at the south gate as well. The south gate is the most visited gate in any National Park and wait times can be up to an hour in the summer time between 10:00 am & 2:00 pm. With the vehicular traffic restrictions imposed by the park service due to Covid-19, expect lesses traffic and congestions this summer and fall.

  • Q: Is there any place in Wawona for group gatherings such as a wedding or a family reunion?

    A: Yes! Our new Wedding & Event Center can accommodate small groups, weddings and events. There are several wedding sites at the Redwoods as well. Call our Group Bookings Department at 877-496-3052 for more information. Group lodging discounts are available.

  • Q: Is the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias open?