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Inside Yosemite NP Gates, the Falcon's Nest is minutes from valley attractions

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Yosemite National Park Lodge Rental Photos and Description

Split level lodge in forest community with 2 apartments. Apartments sleeps 8.


We are located inside the gates of Yosemite National Park and are minutes by car to Yosemite's three most famous areas, Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Redwoods.


Accommodations: Falcon's Nest Upstairs

The Falcon's Nest is located in Yosemite West, a quiet neighborhood of private homes, located inside the gates of Yosemite. You don't realize the size and beauty of the Falcon's Nest from the street as you are viewing the carport and driveway. It is one of the few rentals in this area to give you covered parking and a level entry free of stair climbing. You step inside to rooms of light and color, filled with original paintings and works by famous photographers and wonderful views from the wall of windows in the great room.

You don't realize the size and beauty of the home until you step inside and see original paintings and works by famous photographers and the wonderful views from the wall of windows in the great room. The fully equipped kitchen is a joy to work in with its colorful granite countertops, lots of pots and dishes and basic food supplies such as herbs, oil, flour, sugar. There is a barbecue on the deck which has a sunset view and overlooks an animal trail. You may see deer, coyotes or even a bear on the hill below you while enjoying a sunset cocktail.

This split level home has two apartments. Each apartment can accommodate up to 8 guests. One bedroom is wheelchair accessible and has a queen and a twin bed. A second bedroom has a king bed that can be converted to twins and the third bedroom has a queen bed. All linens are provided. There are satellite TVs and DVDs in the great room and all bedrooms. We have wireless, of course! This is a very quiet area with no street lights or traffic but lots of stars.

This is an ideal home for those who are seeking comfortable relaxed accommodations for family, friends, coworkers or groups. Enjoy quick access to Yosemite National Park's amazing attractions without waiting in long lines to get into the nation's most famous national park. In less than 30 minutes, you can be watching the water cascade down Yosemite Falls, hiking up Half Dome, attending the Valley Chapel, rafting or kayaking on the Merced River, picnicking on Sentinel Dome or watching the sunset from Glacier Point. There is golfing on the 9 hole golf course at Wawona, only 11 miles away. In winter, let it snow! The roads are plowed regularly and often, and downhill or cross-country skiing at Badger Pass is very close by.

Enjoy our outdoor decks as you watch our local wildlife: bears, deer, coyotes, a variety of birds and more. Ski in the Winter at Badger Pass, only six miles away.

Attractions and distances:

The distance from Yosemite West to famous landmarks are: Badger Pass Ski Area 6.5 miles (10,5 km), Tunnel View 8.3 miles (13,4 km), Bridalveil Falls 9.8 miles (15,8 km), Wawona Hotel 12.4 miles (20 km), Ahwahnee Hotel 15.9 miles (25,6 km), Glacier Point 16.2 miles (26 km) and El Portal 21.7 miles (35 km).

Weekend Booking: May 1 - November 1

There is a three night minimum for weekends Friday through Monday between May 1, and November 1.

Weekend Booking: November 1 - April 30

There is a 2 night minimum stay for weekend bookings between November 1, and April 30th.

Internet availability

Internet service in Yosemite is provided by satellite which can be slow and subject to adverse weather conditions.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 4, 2016
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About David

David Maynard is the onsite manager and owner of the Yosemite Peregrine just next door. David greets all our guests with warmth and a wealth of information. With many vacation rentals you get a key at check-in and then you're on your own. At the Falcon's Nest you receive complete personal attention from David who lives next door.

The Falcon's Nest is owned by Done and Kay Pitts. Don Pitts, a retired magistrate judge, held court in Yosemite for over 18 years. His wife, Kay, is an artist specializing in paintings of Yosemite.

They built the Falcon's Nest in 1998 next to their home, the Yosemite Peregrine. Kay designed the home and it is filled with original art and photography from some of the best known artists of the area.

Kay and Don have hiked and skied every part of Yosemite over many decades and have now retired to the nearby town of Fresno CA.

David purchased this lodge in 1998

Why David chose Yosemite Area

Yosemite West is a small subdivision of private homes located at 6,000 feet elevation. It is only accessible by entering Yosemite Park. There is no commercial development here and consequently no traffic or crowds. The home is close to Yosemite's 3 major attractions: Yosemite Valley is 10 miles north, Glacier Point is 16 miles east and the Wawona golf course and the Mariposa Grove of giant redwoods are south. Winters bring lots of snow and the home is only 6 miles from Badger Pass ski resort where guests enjoy Nordic and Alpine skiing as well as snowboarding and snowshoeing.

What makes this lodge unique

The serene location allows guests to enjoy the abundant wildlife. Guests often see coyotes, deer and bears in the garden area drinking from our pond. Many varieties of birds are here and at night the stars are amazing. There are no street lights or traffic to spoil the serenity. Hiking and Nordic ski trails are just outside the door. Those who enjoy art will be amazed at the variety and quality of photography, prints and original paintings which adorn every room.


based on 17 traveler reviews

Inside Yosemite NP Gates, the Falcon's Nest is minutes from valley attractions
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

Lovely lodge

  • 5 of 5

My wife, 15 month old son, and I stayed here for 3 nights in August 2016. Lodge was exactly as described with all amenities including a fully equipped kitchen. We enjoyed sitting in the balcony during the evening and watching the sun set behind the trees.

WiFi was available but slow and there was no mobile phone reception, which made our stay all the more enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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great place !

  • 5 of 5

all so well equipped, organized, the place is very clean, very good welcome, perfect stay, best way to visit Yosemite,

thanks to David !


  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Great place to explore Yosemite

  • 5 of 5

Spacious, well equipped, and great location. We got a swift response to any problems that arose. Would stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great accommodations and location

  • 4 of 5

We had a group of 8 men stay at Falcon Crest for our Half Dome hiking trip and it was perfect for our needs. Only wished it had a hot tub to soak our weary bodies after a long day of hiking. The kitchen is well stocked with cooking utensils, beds where comfortable and the house was clean. The house was spacious even for a large group and we enjoyed the art and photos through out the house. And of course the location might be the best part of it as it is conveniently located a short drive from the valley and Glacier point. So much better than last years experience of staying in Mariposa and having such a long drive each day. David was a good host and is always willing to accommodate you and make sure your stay is a pleasant one. The neighborhood was very nice and quite, parking was good and easy to find so over all a great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Beautiful, serene place to stay within the gates of Yosemite!

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible stay in the upstairs part of Falcon's Nest just after July 4. The park itself was quite busy and we saw long lines to enter the park as we left on our last day. We, however, never had to deal with the long lines to get into the park each day as Falcon's Nest is already in the park! How nice to start out our adventures each day without having to sit in traffic. The location of this home is very convenient to so many places within the park, especially to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome, two of our favorite stops in the park!

David was such a great manager! He was around to check on us and help with anything we needed, while also respecting our privacy. David's suggestions about places to visit and activities to do were so helpful. He helped us figure out the details of hiking up to Half Dome, including how early in the morning to get started and where to park, he gave suggestions about places to play in a creek when we wanted a day to just relax and play in the water, and he gave us excellent advice about stargazing at Glacier Point (a must do activity!).

The pictures on the website do not fully show what an amazing place upstairs at the Falcon's Nest really is! The colors and artwork are warm, inviting, and unique. We definitely felt like we were staying in a well cared for home, not just a rental property. Our favorite part was the huge windows from the floor all the way up to the high vaulted ceiling in the main living area. The view of the trees with the distant mountains made us feel as if we were staying up in a treehouse. The porch is quite large and a good place to sit, relax, and take in the beauty. It also has a large gas grill. The home was well stocked with everything we needed to cook our meals at home and prepare picnics to take with us each day. We enjoyed sitting at the dining table, eating our freshly prepared dinner, while watching the beautiful colors of the sunset, then listening to the crickets. The bedrooms were all large with plenty of space, bathrooms attached, interesting pieces of furniture, and more beautiful artwork. After sleeping on the floor of hotel rooms for many nights, our youngest son truly enjoyed finally having a bed to himself while our teenagers enjoyed being able to spread out in their own large beds. Our boys' only disappointment was not having a bear climb up onto the porch!

Truly, we cannot say enough about how special we felt staying at such a wonderful place!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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The Complete Package

  • 5 of 5

Falcon's Nest worked out perfectly for our group, which consisted of five people in three upstairs rooms. The location was an easy drive to all major attractions of Yosemite Valley and Glacier's Point trail. The accommodations were as advertised - spacious bedrooms with their own bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a large comfortable common area. We cooked every evening and the manager (David) was terrific. He stopped by each night to check on things and follow up on our requests (empty trash, drop off paper towels, etc.). We noticed a few area that were not as clean as we might have liked, such as the upper windows and (mouse droppings?) the outside bar-b-que deck. I suspect this is normal in the woods :) We were delighted with all aspects of our vacation and it definitely helped that we chose to stay in a property that David manages.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Linda, Thank you so much for your detailed and thoughtful review. I am happy you appreciate our location within the park. Many folks like to stay in the valley which is a very different experience. The valley is wonderful with it’s many attractions, but the accommodations for hotels and camping are very popular and tend to be very crowded as well as having all the issues that one would expect from so many people in one place. I believe our location is one of our strongest benefits. We are inside the national park gates. About 17 miles inside the park from the South gate on highway 41. Compared to staying outside the Park and can mean avoiding waiting up to an hour to get in the park each day. Our very central location: 20 minutes north to Yosemite Valley, 20 minutes east to Glacier Point which overlooks the Valley and 20 minutes to the Wawona area and 35 minutes to the Giant Sequoias is the best anyone will find for a lodge stay in the park. I appreciate your comments regarding the upper windows, and feed back like yours helps us to do a better job. As far as mouse droppings go, yes you are right it is normal in the woods. We put out traps during mouse season and remove any we find inside, but it is impossible to control them outdoors. To respect the privacy of our guests we clean the decks and BBQ before each check in but do not enter the lodge after our guests are settled in unless we are invited or there is an emergency. So we do not see the guest’s private decks until they are gone. If anyone experiences similar issues please let us know, and we will be happy come in remove droppings during your stay, whether they are bird, mouse or bear ;-) Also it gets pretty bad during pollen season and if you like we can also enter to clean up the pollen of the decks as well. Thanks again for a great review. Cheers, David
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Nearest Ski
6 Miles
Badger Pass
Car: necessary

Yosemite National Park is so amazing and our vacation home is right in the center of the 3 most popular areas: You'll gasp at the height and power of the waterfalls in Yosemite Valley, gaze at the alpenglow on Half Dome at sunset at Glacier Point and be amazed at the height of the giant redwood trees in Mariposa Grove. After a day of touring you can return to the solitude of the Yosemite West area where you leave tourist traffic behind and enjoy a quiet dinner on the deck as the sun goes down and millions of stars come out to greet you.


Rates & Availability

Yosemite National Park Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 23 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
Nov 24 2016 - Nov 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Nov 29 2016 - Dec 22 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 26 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Dec 27 2016 - Jan 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
Jan 13 2017 - Jan 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
Jan 17 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Clean deposit refundable $300
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.0%

CANCELLATION POLICY: NOTE: THIS POLICY SUPERSEDES THE OWNER'S CANCELLATION POLICY BELOW! VRBO does not allow custom cancellation policy settings at this time.

More than 30 days the deposit will be returned minus $100 fee. Within 30 days no refund unless property can be rebooked. Any refund will have a $100 processing fee.

Children under 2 years old, no charge.

There is a three night minimum for weekends Friday through Monday between May 1, and November 1.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Yosemite National Park Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bedrooms 1, 3 and 4 have a basin in the bedroom as well as the bathroom. Hair dryer in each bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Room has private shower and toilet with outdoor deck
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 king & 1 twins, private shower/toilet and outdoor deck
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , king bed with private shower and toilet
  • Each bedroom is uniquely decorated with colorful linens and original paintings. There is a separate deck for all bedrooms except bedroom 2. Porta crib available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
You enter the Falcon's Nest through a gallery of photographs of Yosemite. All rooms have original paintings and other artistic touches to delight your senses. Watch a variety of birds from the deck. Our property is visited by deer, bears and coyotes. You can lie in the hammock and enjoy a rare time of silence in your busy life. (You may be disturbed by the chatter of squirrels or the sound of a breeze passing through the trees.) And at night enjoy the milky way, constellations and shooting stars.

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