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Hodgdon Meadow Campground
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3 reviews
“Poorly managed campground”
Reviewed 12 July 2011

Luckily we only stayed at hodgdon meadows for one night, we could not get out of there fast enough the next morning. The campground is poorly laid out and managed. Roads through the campground are very rough, bathrooms were dirty, no showers, and they do not sell firewood here (if we had known this before it wouldn't have been an issue but by the time we figured it out the closest place to buy some was closed and we had to gather fallen wood from the nearby woods in the dark). The worst thing about this campground though is the sites. Sites ate clustered together with no privacy, sites are not leveled or delineated. There are no paths through the campground and people just walk through each others sites. We were unlucky enough to be in site 57 which was right next to the bathroom and people walked through our site, next to our tent talking, shining flashlights in etc all night long.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Cape Coral, Florida
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Reviewed 6 July 2011

We reserved a site that said it was appropriate for an RV. We were on a SEVERE slant. I mean so severe that we had to hold on to our countertop & table to walk in the RV. When we saw how bad it was I walked back to the ranger check-in station at the campground entrance. I asked the ranger if they had any cancellations because our RV was on a severe slant. He said "Let me guess, it's site #35?" He was right on. He said that everyone that rents that site complains and that there was nothing he could do about it. He showed no empathy & cold heartedly handed me a piece a paper and said we could lodge a complaint if we wanted to. Lovely, like that would do any good.

My husband tried taking a shower in the RV. We placed a towel under the bathroom door but we were so sloped that the towel barely helped and water ran the whole way from the bathroom down to the drivers seat! On the bright side my kids did have fun having slide races on their butts in the RV and sitting at opposite ends rolling water bottles to each other!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Henderson, Nevada
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

We stayed in campsite #4. Then we had paid and were supposed to stay in campsite #98 for two nights. This site had no place to pitch a tent. Everything was at a 40 degree slope. There are two bathroom buildings (2 stalls each for men) for the whole campsite. There was duct tape holding one toilet seat together with a wooden lid covering the toilet tank. The bathrooms were covered in filth from not being cleaned! We had just come in from camping at Kings Canyon where things were maintained. The only water at the site was at the bathroom. The gate keeper made everyone in the vehicle (Made for a very slow entrance, some over an hour) read the bear warning because they were handing out fines to people who weren't within arms reach of their food at all times. This was a trip we had planned for over a year. We didn't stay in campsite #98 as we couldn't see sleeping on a slope like that! There were others there who felt the same way. Campsites are very, very small. People were under a lot of stress from living so close. If this is what the future of camping in Yosemite is going to be like we will never return. I camped in the Valley many, many, but this was the worst!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 December 2010

The staff were very helpful, felt safe, was a great atmosphere and excitment on the campground. Everyone around us were friendly. We were lucky enough to have an RV site at the top of the campground where it was a little quieter and away from the larger groups. Bathrooms are not much to rave about...but who cares...your in Yosemite!!!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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Lodi, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2010

This campground seemed to be mostly for RVs but we were perfectly fine in a tent. The camp sites were clean and spacious. Great place to stay if you want to enjoy the Yosemite Valley and escape from the crowds in the evening. Overall a quiet and decent campground. The bathrooms are typical of a public campground bathroom. There is no soap and no hot water and no showers. We hiked during the day in Yosemite Valley and on our way home stopped at the public showers. We enjoyed our overnight stay here and for $20 per night who can complain!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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Houston, TX
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Reviewed 18 June 2010

Hodgdon Meadow Campground is a great place to stay inside Yosemite if you don't want to stay inside the valley with the crowds. I thought the campsite was kept very clean. The bathrooms were always clean and full of the necessary supplies. There are no showers at this camp ground, but there are showers in Curry Village, in the valley, for $5 per person. The showers provide towels if needed and the stalls were clean. There is also no place to wash clothes at the campground. There is a gas station and small corner store about 8 miles from the campsite inside the park. The gas prices are a little high, but it is a good place to pick up ice or other little things. There is large grocery store in the Valley that has everything you could want. The Valley is a good 30 minute ride (without traffic), but the drive is so beautiful, everytime we went down to valley I fell in love with the drive even more.

We bought fire wood in the valley for $6.50 per box. It was good wood but it burned quickly.

The campsites have bear lockers which easily held our two large ice chests and other tools. The sites are pretty close together, but there are enough trees to help them feel private.

Lastly, we drove up from the south entrance to the park and it took about an hour and a half to get to the campsite, so be prepared to drive a bit when you get inside the park.

I would defiantly stay at this campsite again.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Orange County, CA
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 17 October 2009

Our family stayed at group site D last weekend and had a great time. As was mentioned on the previous reviews, the bathrooms up the hill has flushing toliets and were cleaned everyday which kept them decent. Overall, great place to stay especially with a group.

Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hodgdon Meadow Campground

Property: Hodgdon Meadow Campground
Address: Just past south entrance off Highway 120, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Region: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
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Ranked #21 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Number of rooms: 105
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Hodgdon Meadow Campground Hotel Yosemite National Park

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