Covered wagon glamping comes to Yosemite—Oregon Trail-style

Want to live like the pioneers, but not so keen to give up modern amenities? This RV resort outside Yosemite has you covered.

By Nick Jaynes

Yosemite Pines’ Conestoga Wagon. | Photo: Yosemite Pines RV Resort

Growing up in Oregon, and playing the now-archaic Oregon Trail computer game in my elementary school library, I fantasized about living the pioneer lifestyle. That was, until we took a field trip to the real Oregon trail itself. There, we saw first hand just how grueling the life was.

Seeing examples of the wagons, the clothes, and heard tales of starvation and cholera, my pioneer pipe dreams were quickly pushed from my mind. I’d become too fond of plumbing and Nintendo.

Imagine my delight, however, when I discovered that I can indulge a bit of my Oregon Trail fantasy outside Yosemite National Park.

Interior of the Yosemite Pines’ Conestoga Wagon 1.| Photo:
Yosemite Pines RV Resort

Yosemite Pines’ Conestoga Wagon 1. | Photo: Yosemite Pines RV Resort

That’s right. Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging has opened up some covered-wagon cabins on its grounds for those who want a taste of the pioneer days without giving up modern amenities.

From the outside, the wagons appear conventional old-timey covered wagons. Inside beats the heart of the heart of any pampered 21st-century American. Or six, to be exact. The six-person wagons boast, according to the company site, an under-counter refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, and bed linens.

Outside, guests are privy to a picnic bench and a barbecue/fire ring, on which you can grill up some bison burgers, I assume.

Bathrooms and showers are listed as “convenient.” I wager, no matter how far a stroll they are from your cabin, they’re a sight nicer than what the real pioneers had to deal with. What’s more, the Yosemite Pines offers a swimming pool as well as volleyball courts on site.

Nightly pricing of the covered wagon cabins start from $149 during the off season and range up to $289 during peak holidays. If you’re not necessarily feeling the pioneer vibe for your Yosemite getaway, the Resort offers more traditional campers for rent, too.

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