You’ve seen “covered wagons” in Western movies ever since Hollywood began telling the stories of the great migrations to the Old West. Those flickering old films showed families as they packed up their few belongings, hitched up their horses, and followed dusty trails westward in search of a better life. And now, you have the opportunity to re-live that experience, but in a very modern and comfortable way.
The famous song of the West might have said, “they’ll be driving six white horses when they come,” but you’ll just have to drive to California’s Gold Country to enjoy the brand new American-made Conestoga Wagons at Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging.
Even though several generations have passed since the days of the Old West, that Pioneer spirit comes alive when you stay in a furnished Conestoga Wagon, with heating, air-conditioning and all the amenities you expect for a fun ‘glamping’ vacation. And unlike the Pioneers who slept on a bedroll under the stars, you’ll sleep on a king-sized bed while others in your party enjoy the twin bunks inside the wagon.
When morning comes, you can get back into the spirit of the pioneers by making your coffee over a campfire in the wagon site’s fire ring, to be enjoyed on the picnic table while you view the scenic surroundings of the Sierra Nevada foothills. If you think cooking coffee over an open fire seems too rustic, these Conestoga Wagons also feature a modern Keurig coffee maker, as well as microwaves, refrigerators and bed linens.
When Yosemite Pines Resort announced the new Conestoga Wagons on a recent Facebook post, it received the page’s largest-ever response, with many interested guests liking, sharing and commenting on the news. ‘Glamping’ in the new wagons will be a high-demand experience for families as well as individuals. The resort’s specials page: yosemitepinesrv.com/index.php/our-specials has the current discounted rates.
The proximity to Yosemite National Park is why guests choose Yosemite Pines Resort as their home base for day trips to see the glorious, world-renowned scenic beauty of Yosemite Valley and the surrounding area. The resort is just 22 miles from the western gate of Yosemite National Park, so guests enjoy their morning breathing in the refreshing Sierra Nevada air before making the drive along Highway 120 into the park. Once they have spent the day taking selfies with the magnificent Yosemite Falls as their backdrop, they return to the resort to cook dinner over the fire ring or pick up something at the resort’s on-site deli.
While on an Escapation® at Yosemite Pines Resort – where escape and vacation meet – guests have great family fun using the many on-site recreation amenities such as a swimming pool, and the popular Petting Farm with many adorable animals. And then they finish off the day with some time on the Bocce Ball and Volleyball courts or the Fitness Trail, and enjoy outdoor movies and hayrides during the summer season.
There’s plenty of fun to be found near Yosemite Pines Resort as well. With a quick three-mile trip to the nearby city of Groveland, guests find grocery and specialty shops, wonderful restaurants, museums and other local attractions. A drive through California’s historic Gold Country is another popular day trip for guests, or they choose horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hiking, and trips to gorgeous waterfalls and swimming holes.
While the new Conestoga Wagons are sure to be a hit with guests, Yosemite Pines Resort also offers fully-restored classic trailers like the 34’ Airstream for a generous dose of nostalgia. The resort’s new Silver Beach trailers are built in the "retro" style to sleep up to 5 people and are an affordable and popular choice for families. The resort’s very popular Yurts provide another “glamping” experience for guests who want the comfort of a cabin while enjoying the ambiance of nature.
The cabins at the resort offer different configurations, from larger cabins with full kitchens and living rooms to more basic cabin options that are a very affordable lodging choice. For those guests who have RVs or prefer tent camping, the resort has many sites available, including premium pull-thru sites with full hookups.
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20450 Old Highway 120
Groveland, CA 95321