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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
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.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(49 traveler reviews)

The Jumping Deer Apartment nestled in the forest of Yosemite West.
average rating of 4.408163 based on 54 reviews

Perfect location for Yosemite getaway

  • 4 of 5

We booked this place as a spur of the moment trip to Yosemite for a New Year's getaway. I'm not sure if the person I communicated with was the management company or the actual owners but they were very quick to respond and return calls - which is a always a good sign. We were glad to find a place in Yosemite Park for a reasonable price so close to NYE (4 days before). The description and pictures accurately represented the place when we arrived. The place was clean, equipped with all the essentials, except that there was no dishwash sponge, which is probably an oversight by the cleaning crew. It's something so small but it was tough rinsing the dishes since we had to cook all the meals ourselves (there is no eating establishment for at least 30 min). We could have called the management company and I'm sure they would have took care of it, anyhow we didn't - just dealt with it. The best part of this place is the location. The place is the only private development remotely near Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Badger Pass (15 minutes), etc. The place is 500 sq ft as the ad states. Which is a bit small for a condo but cozy for a couple. Note there is a two story unit right above which is part of the same unit. However it did not bother us any bit. All in all, we had a wonderful time. Our 6 yr old tried cross country skiing for the first time, experienced first snow fall, witnessed the majesty of Yosemite. I'm afraid we set the bar too high for this kid now. Thank you, Betsy and Pete for giving us the opportunity :)

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We wish you had mentioned that you were missing a sponge in the kitchen, as we would have been more than happy to provide one for you.
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Nice property overall, new bed needed

  • 3 of 5

We found the location and amenities of the apartment to be good. It's worth reiterating that you really need to bring your own food and drink from outside the park. there's nothing available under 30 mins. One area for improvement is the bed. The bed has a pronounced dip in the middle and my wife and I kept rolling towards the middle of the bed.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback on The Jumping Deer. We always appreciate hearing from guests about their stay. Having stayed in the apartment ourselves many times, we are confused about your remark regarding the bed. Other recent reviewers have said the bed is comfortable and they liked it. For example in a review on Oct 5 the guests said, “The kitchen was well-equipped the bed was comfortable and we couldn't beat the location". So, after hearing from you, we stayed in the apartment for three nights to look into this. The bed did not show any indent in the middle. It did not sag when we laid on it. We know that sleep comfort is a matter of personal taste and we are sorry that you had this experience.
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Very comfortable

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Jumping Deer. Besty and Peter did an amazing job of providing all the information we needed for our short stay in Yosemite.

The apartment is at the bottom of 60 stairs so be mindful of this if you have a lot of luggage. However, it's very close to the Glacier Point look out so you can catch the sunset on your way home from the Valley Floor (approx. 30 minutes).

No hesitation in recommending this apartment - great value for money. Was delighted to find an iron and ironing board as it wasn't mentioned. Finding some cling wrap in the drawer was a bonus as we could pack sandwiches for our hiking.

A lovely stay, thanks Betsy and Pete

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable, enjoyable apartment

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our three days in Jumping Deer in October. Everything was as described in the extensive information and videos provided by the owner. The apartment was very clean and well maintained. The steps down to and up from the apartment were a bit of work, but since we had come to Yosemite to hike, this was not a problem. The location led to a 30 minute drive each way to the valley floor (our destination) and was scenic en route. There are no restaurants in the area of West Yosemite so we brought provisions for meals each day. We enjoy cooking so that presented no difficulties. Overall, a very pleasant stay!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you had a pleasant stay and that you found the information we provided to be helpful. Please keep us in mind for your next trip to Yosemite.
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Excellent location - great apartment!

  • 5 of 5

Very nice, clean and comfortable! Owners communicated within minutes when we had any questions. It had everything we needed! It was perfect for us ad would definitely recommend!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your recommendation. We are happy you enjoyed your stay at The Jumping Deer and hope you can visit us again.
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Perfect location, cozy little house

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect little house for our trip to Yosemite. The location in Yosemite West was awesome. This is really close to the valley, bridalvail falls and glacier point. Each day coming out of the valley, we stopped at the Tunnelview pullover and watched the sun set and the moon rise over the valley. The apartment is fully stocked and has lots of privacy. The only downside (which we only experienced one night) was that if you have a group in the apartment above you, it is super loud. There we a couple kids running around when we were there and it was like a herd of elephants. This definitely wouldn't deter me from staying here again but something you should be aware of if you're sensitive to it. Overall, we loved our stay here and the owners were super helpful!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed the location of The Jumping Deer and had a chance to enjoy the spectacular views in and around the Valley. We would be happy to have you stay again.
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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

Yosemite National Park Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
Feb 20 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
High Season
May 1 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Holiday
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
May 29 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day Holiday
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Sep 4 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Low Season
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Low Season
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 14 2017
2 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 15 2017 - Dec 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas Holiday
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Holiday Season
Dec 26 2017 - Dec 29 2017
2 night minimum stay
New Year Holiday
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Jan 2 2018 - Feb 15 2018
2 night minimum stay
President's Day Weekend
Feb 16 2018 - Feb 18 2018
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.0%

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.

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