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The Jumping Deer Apartment nestled in the forest of Yosemite West.

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

A One Bedroom, Fully Equipped Apartment Nestled In The Trees

Located inside the gates of Yosemite National Park, The Jumping Deer is a one bedroom apartment vacation rental nestled in the quiet neighborhood of Yosemite West just minutes from Yosemite Valley. Situated below Pine Arbor Retreat, The Jumping Deer Apartment has its own private entrance. The apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area, a bathroom with a shower, and an outside deck with a gas barbecue and a table and chairs for relaxed outdoor dining.

The Jumping Deer one bedroom apartment can sleep two persons. Do not exceed this limit. California Penal Code Section 537 makes it a crime to defraud an Innkeeper. All rules are strictly enforced. Park Rangers or the County Sheriff's Department will be notified immediately of any violations.

Check in time is 4 pm; check out time is 10 am.

So you can explore all of Yosemite, The Jumping Deer is just 6.5 miles from Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Resort, 12.5 miles from Glacier Point, 15.5 miles from the Wawona Golf Course and 8.5 miles from the famous Tunnel View entrance to Yosemite Valley. All the wonders of Yosemite are at your fingertips.

For your entertainment while indoors, The Jumping Deer is equipped with a satellite TV and a DVD/video player. We have provided a number of movies for your viewing pleasure.

Be advised that there are 61 steps from the parking space down to the apartment.

More Details

Betsy and Pete
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2017

Why Betsy and Pete chose Yosemite Area

Imagine this. Living in a forest of trees; surrounded by Yosemite National Park. Quiet, uncrowded, peaceful. Look above at night and explore the stars of the Milky Way stretched before you in the darkening sky. This is what makes Yosemite West a very special place to stay inside the gates of the Park.

What makes this apartment unique

Jumping Deer apartment's living area is in a quiet setting nestled among tall pine trees. Sit back on the outdoor deck with book in hand and rustling trees around you. Awesome! Barbeque some steaks on the grill and discuss the day's adventures far from the crowds of the valley. Your quiet retreat does exist here.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great time here. Waking up after a very comfortable sleep, baking pancakes in the kitchen. After breakfast, taking a shower which we didn't want to leave!

And after exploring the Valle, coming back to the Jumping Deer and put the BBQ on.

We saw a deer family, a lot of squirrels and even a coyote.
Sep 2016
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Yosemite National Park Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The bedroom has a queen size bed and a armoire.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • whitewater rafting
There is a $59.00 damage insurance required at booking. This is non-refundable.


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The Jumping Deer Apartment nestled in the forest of Yosemite West.
average rating of 4.3965516 based on 63 reviews

Great spot

  • 5 of 5

Really great option for Yosemite, close to the valley and in a lovely wooded spot. Everything you need for a short stay, although no shops very close so bring what you need.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and cozy

  • 5 of 5

Great location and value!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The only reason to rent is proximity to the Valley

  • 3 of 5

The apt. is technically not in the park, however for all intent, it is. You have to pass through the NP entrance on 41. The subdivision is privately owned land. They weren't kidding with the 64 steps to reach your front door from the parking area. Be prepared to make numerous trips up and down. We were not informed that they were building a home directly in front of the apt, with many trees down and a bulldozer, backhoe already working. The apt itself is nicely sized for two, however, it was not clean. Hair in the shower, dirty pots and pans and knives. I cleaned everything before I cooked with any of it. There was no dishwasher soap (the box was there, but empty). The TV is small, but functional with the basic Direct TV channels. Some people would think we don't need a TV, we'll be gone all day, but we were on east coast time, so up and out early (best time to beat the crowds and find parking) and back early. The owners had mentioned the wifi being spotty, but they did not tell us it was turned off at 5am and back on anywhere between 4-6pm. Not conducive to getting work accomplished when your business is on the east coast. This apt is on the bottom of the building, so when there are people staying in the unit above you, you hear all movement. A problem if they are not on the same sleep schedule. I give the unit itself a 2 star, however, with the closeness to the Valley (20 minutes to parking) and Glacier Point (15 minutes.) I gave it a 3.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great retreat after exploring Yosemite

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I enjoyed spending Memorial Day weekend at Jumping Deer. It was clean, comfortable, and we loved grilling after a long day hiking and exploring Yosemite. It was a nice alternative to staying in Yosemite Valley, a scenic 30 minute drive away — right past Tunnel View. Plus the road to Glacier Point is nearby. Be sure to buy gas and groceries outside the Park, as Betsy and Pete recommend. Satellite WiFi didn't work well, it may have already reached its monthly data limit, but we didn't really require it. For GPS navigation, we found it helpful to download Yosemite as an offline area in Google Maps before the trip. It was great to meet Pete at the end of our stay — you can tell he and Betsy really care for the place. Overall Jumping Deer provided the rest and relaxation we needed after long days outdoors.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review and the great advice you shared with our future guests. We are happy you enjoyed your visit to Yosemite and that you liked staying in The Jumping Deer.
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Excellent vacation

  • 5 of 5

Great location in the park. Comfy and Clean.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay in the Jumping Deer. Please visit us again.
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cozy & quiet

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at The Jumping Deer. It was very comfortable and equipped with all the essentials. The drive into Yosemite Valley was pleasant and not too far from the apartment.The owners were also very responsive when we had questions and concerns. I didn't have a problem with the wifi as mentioned in other reviews. Would definitely recommend The Jumping Deer for visiting Yosemite National Park!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review and your recommendation. Please visit us again some time.
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Fresno International
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Half Dome Village
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
Majestic Yosemite Hotel
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Resort
Car: necessary

So you can explore all of Yosemite, The Jumping Deer is just 6.5 miles from Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Resort, 12.5 miles from Glacier Point, 15.5 miles from the Wawona Golf Course and 8.5 miles from the famous Tunnel View entrance to Yosemite Valley. All the wonders of Yosemite are at your fingertips.

It’s a perfect place for that quick weekend getaway or as a place to return to for relaxing and refreshing after spending the day exploring the trails, rock climbing areas or rivers of Yosemite National Park.

Photography classes, ranger tours, waterfalls and numerous hiking trails await you nearby. Learn to ski in winter or rock climb in summer. Visit in the fall and see the beautiful fall colors in the Park. Spring time shows off the waterfalls at their best. The Jumping Deer is available for rent year round.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

Rate Information: Holidays require a three night stay, Thanksgiving requires a four night stay.
Rates are based on the total number of guests, both adults and children.
We require a two night deposit and the balance is due thirty days before your arrival.
Cancellation Fee is 15% of your deposit if you cancel prior to thirty days of arrival.
No Smoking
No Pets

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.