The High Sierra RV & Mobile Park is a no-frills RV and tent campground located about 25 minutes outside of the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park in Oakhurst, California.
Not including the campgrounds inside the national park, High Sierra is the closet campground to Yosemite National Park's South Entrance. See photos, along with a full review, below.
High Sierra RV & Mobile Park is a small and humble campground with 29 RV sites and and 12 tent camping sites. Of the 29 RV sites, 13 are Deluxe Full Hook-Ups (30 amp), 9 are Premium Full Hook-Ups (50 amp), 3 are Riverside Partial Hook-Ups (Water & Electric), and 3 are Standard Partial Hook-Ups (Water & Electric). RV site fees include up to five people ($7 extra for the 6th person) and the maximum number of people in an RV site is six.
One of the best perks of staying at a campground outside of Yosemite National Park is that you may be able to get full or partial hook-ups, as evidence above. This means that you can take showers and wash dishes after a long day in the park.
The sites are all dirt, fairly level, and on the small side. You will likely be relatively close to your neighbors on either side. Expect to back-in for most sites. The two sites advertised as "pull-through" sites (#36 and #34) actually require some tricky maneuvering.
The RV sites appear to range in price from $40-$60/night, whereas tent sites are in the $20-$30/night range. Cabins currently rent for about $90-$150/night, depending on the time of year.
High Sierra RV & Mobile Park has 12 tent camp sites that are near the Fresno River (which is more like a creek, to be fair). The tent sites are numbers 5-15 and they all offer water & electric.
High Sierra RV & Mobile Park also rents out small cabins that sleep 4 people. They have beds, a mini fridge, and a microwave - but do not have private restrooms or showers (you can use the shower house on-property).
There are two restroom facilities. Laundry and showers are also available, if needed. We did not use any of these facilities because we were self-contained in our RV.
High Sierra RV & Mobile Park is more of a "place to hang your hat" rather than a destination campground. The park offers convenient access to Oakhurst and to area attractions, but you probably won't want to spend much time on-site. There is no playground, dog park, or swimming pool.
There is, however, a small swimming hole in the river. Young children may enjoy splashing and getting wet/muddy on warm summer days. Bring water shoes, hats, swimsuits, and sunscreen!
While there is no cafe or restaurant on-site, there are picnic tables at each RV and tent site for your convenience. Plus, High Sierra is plopped right in the middle of Oakhurst so there are plenty of restaurants within two miles - including Carl's Jr, China Delight, DiCicco's Italian, Judy's Donuts, Kyoto Kafe Japanese & Korean Cuisine, McDonald's, Pete's Place, Plazuelas Mexican, Round Table Pizza, Starbuck's, Subway, and Taco Bell.
As for grocery stores, you won't have to drive far! Von's or Raley's are both less than a mile away.
In fact, if you enjoy exploring new areas by foot, you can stroll to the above restaurants and grocery stores without getting in your car. Oakhurst also has a trolley, which runs seasonally, that will take you around town.
Checking in? Need advice about area attractions? Stop by the front office and the ladies there will be happy to assist you. Check-in time is at 12:00pm noon for RV & tent sites; check-out time is at 11:00am.
The map of this campground includes volleyball (pictured above - perhaps the net can be checked out at the front office?), horseshoes, and tetherball. Keep in mind, however, that you won't want to spend much time at the campground when Yosemite National Park, Sierra National Forest, and Bass Lake are in the vicinity.
As mentioned previously, the High Sierra RV & Mobile Park is in Oakhurst, California – which is about 25 minutes south of the South Entrance of Yosemite National Park. Oakhurst is a charming town with an elevation of 2,274 feet and a population of about 12,000.
Here is an estimate of the number of minutes from the High Sierra RV Park to popular area attractions: