by Andrea Orr
It’s unclear where the name comes from, but make no mistake — this is a place for families visiting the park, not people who work to clean the park. Billed as the ideal location “for those who like to camp outdoors without the hassle of setting up a tent,” this camp is similar to Curry Village, with bare-bones, yet clean and comfy structures containing basic cots and lighting. Two perks of this camp are its location on the banks of the Merced River that runs through Yosemite Valley, and its campfire ring. You can cook and swim right outside your front door. Visitors to Housekeeping Camp should know, however, that linens are not provided.
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- Riverfront location
- Free shuttle to Yosemite Valley
- Onsite groceries
We wanted to camp but were coming by plane, so Housekeeping Camp seemed a good compromise, and it was. Price was decent too. We were not prepared for a completely full campground though on our arrival Saturday night. It was like an amusement park - boom boxes, disco lights, barking dogs, screaming kids on bikes racing through our site, car alarms, clanging metal bear boxes, etc. The layers of dirt and debris under my bed were amazing and made it clear it had not been swept since the beginning of the season 6 months ago. Not once. The canvas door hung on by threads and was dirty and ripped. No hooks in the cabins or in the bathhouse. We were glad we brought Clorox wipes and wish we had brought a string on Christmas lights for outside (to join the disco gang). All that said, the price and location were right, and once the crowds sort of left on Sunday, it was somewhat quieter. Bring ear plugs. We hadn't known what to expect and once we got used to it and accepted it, it was fine. It was camping with lots of close strangers. Not exactly the peaceful quiet we usually seek outdoors but hey, it's Yosemite! We made the best of it. TIP: find free firewood all over the park and load up your trunk. No need to pay $12 for a box of wood when you're already in the forest!
Housekeeping camp has a great location. It is also good you can make your own bonfire. But I find the place very dirty and the restrooms were really horrible. This wouldn’t have bothered me if the price had been decent. It is crazy overpriced, and they can naturally do it because so many of us want to go to Yosemite. At Housekeeping you are close to nature. Still, in the evenings it was so noisy by people partying that I wondered if I was is a beautiful national park or in a pub home in San Francisco. Yosemite does not have many options for places to stay. So if this is your opinion, I would recommend to book the place. You are really in the middle of the beauty of Yosemite.