​​Knarly Oaks Yosemite Vacation Cabin Rentals

The number of visitors to Yosemite has been increasing, but the amount of parking spaces and picnic spots has not, and the Yosemite Admission cost per single car/truck/van is $30 for a 7 day summer pass.  We have been seeing more and gridlock in Yosemite Valley when the Park Service closes the second driving lane to allow a buses and shuttles only lane.  For a stay with only one or two days entering Yosemite during summer, especially with children under twelve, using YARTS makes good sense.  Our business plan is to have happy customers return to visit again, but sitting in a traffic jam with no cell or Wifi reception makes unhappy visitors.  In general, if you leave our vacation cabins before 7:00 am or after 3:00 pm, you'll miss most of the traffic.  If not, please consider existing public transportation.

Free Yosemite Valley Shuttle System​

Yosemite Valley shuttle
This bus provides service around eastern Yosemite Valley from 7 am to 10 pm.

El Capitan shuttle
This bus stops at El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, Four Mile trailhead, and the Valley Visitor Center from mid-June through early October from 9 am to 5 pm.

Yosemite Glacier Point Guided Bus Tours

$41 Adults

$35 Seniors 62+

$23 Children 5 - 12 years old

Free Children under 5 years old

Public transportation is recommended as an affordable alternative, and is pretty cool in winter so you don't need to carry chains. Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) is the primary transport into Yosemite.  They have expanded their service to include State Routes 120, 140, 120 and 395.  We are only recommending bus stops with public parking, although YARTS stops at many private lodges.  Tickets are available from the bus driver using cash or VISA, MasterCard or Discovery cards.  Pre purchase tickets are also available in town.

Rates and examples below are for comparison only.  Examples based on one car/family with 2 adults, 2 children, because that is what our family is.  Also based on guests boarding pets because public transit plan only allows service dogs.  Please click on the provided links for any additional information

Knarly Oaks Yosemite Transportation and Maps

Yosemite Valley Guided Bus Tours

$25 Adults

$23 Seniors 62+

$13 Children 5 - 12 years old

$66 2 Adults + 2 Children

Free Children under 5 years old

Example #1.  One day trip to Yosemite Valley, 2 adults, 2 children using YARTS and free shuttle.  Hiking to Lower Yosemite Falls and Vernal Falls. Saves $6 on entrance fee and 1 – 3 hours of traffic at Entrance and Valley.

YARTS Hwy 140 Mariposa to Yosemite Valley Rates

$12 roundtrip per person, includes entrance fees, plus one 12 years or under child ticket

$ 8 roundtrip for seniors (62+), children (12 and under without an adult paid fare), and persons with disabilities