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Hodgdon Meadow Campground
Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Good place to stay in the park”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

We felt that we lucked out with many different factors with this campground. We blindly chose a campsite from the website shortly after they opened the reservations for our time period. Which, I'm glad we did, because the campground was sold out by the time we were getting things ready for our trip.

Our site was one of the tent sites, back from the road. It seems the camper sites are along the road and the tent sites are behind them, so you have to park your car along the road and walk a little bit to get to your site. One of the reasons we lucked out, was that we had some trees and bushes which created nice privacy for our tent. We also lucked out to have a pretty level area for our tent. MANY of these campsites have VERY unlevel ground. I felt bad for the people who had to pitch their tent on a slope. Even though the description of our site on the reservation website said "unlevel," we has one place that was perfect for our tent.

The bathroom was also a trek to get to. Uphill with no clear path, everyone walking everywhere and ankle breaking hills. It didn't bother us too much, but I could see people with very young kids having more trouble.

It is a park campground, so the sites are very close to each other. You will get to know your neighbors. Another reason we lucked out, the first night the site next to us remained empty over night and the whole next day. The next night our neighbors arrived after we had went to sleep and were very quiet setting up their tent.

The drive into the Valley, wasn't bad at all. It is a beautiful drive, went by quickly and we appreciated being outside of the madness of the Valley.

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Just got back from Yosemite and there's so much to write about, I almost don't know where to start. But since this review is about Hodgdon Meadow in particular, I guess I'll start with our campsite.

Campsite #17 -

We felt VERY lucky to have gotten a campsite at all bc we booked it only 3 wks prior. The ranger said this is the first weekend that the entire campsite is open and everything was sold out - the reason why we asked? We tried to change campsite. Granted we arrive at 3 am (road closure, difficult to find ... i'll get there in a bit), we found the only feasible land to pitch a tent was on a slope. It was a great location - breezy and airy during the afternoon under the trees, but it felt like sleeping on a slide. Looking back, there could've been more strategic ways around it, either with blanket cushion positioning or just moving our entire tent a little lower. We wanted some privacy, so moving it a little lower will place us practically in our neighbors campsite. The campsites are SUPER close to each other. SUPER close. I've been camping at various locations, but this is the closest for sure. There's no running water on the campsite, so we washed dishes very conservatively with water that we accummulated from the bathroom sink. There is no shower on site. We drove into Yosemite village to shower which is about 45 min of winding roads with AMAZING picturesque sites that we had to stop quite often to snap some pictures. The campground itself was so difficult to find. There's no set address to insert into your iphone or GPS - When you think you're lost, just go further. But it was actually kind of nice that it was so isolated. When we went to shower in the village, there were just SO many tourists and cars. It made it feel like a breath of fresh air to leave all the chaos in the village. But like i said, it's a winding road btwn the site and the village so if you don't enjoy that type of driving, it may not be the best place for you.

Last but not least, road closures - whoa - check for road closures bfore you head out. On our way there, we were hit with a road closure (Route 120) that caused us to back track and then detour through a super SUPER winding road and ended up costing us at least 4 hours more to get there (hence the 3 am arrival). Going home, Route 41 was hit with a Hazard Material spill and we again were detoured all around again through winding roads and that cost us another 4 hours. I guess road closures and detours just couldn't be avoided, so you may need to plan and account for it.

So I know this review may sound so 'negative', why the heck am I giving it 4 stars, right? I wanted to lay it all out and not sugar coat the trip. But even with all the downsides, the trip itself was just so awesome. SOOO amazing. Yosemite is so magnificent and so glorious. The waterfalls were breathtaking, the trees were so luchious, the air was so crisp. If you enjoy photography, it's a photographer's dream location. But even photographs can't do it justice. Just being one with nature, soaking in the environment made sleeping on a little incline completely worthwhile. Can't wait for our next trip there.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

We had a 2 night reservation in June 2011, but arrived a day late and were glad we did. We'd booked a site for a 10x10 tent and could not find space for even a 2 person tent on the whole site. The site was not just unlevel but steeply pitched and seriously washed out. Eventually borrowed garden tools from the host and raked/shoveled until we had built a spot big enough to hold a tent and level enough so that we would not roll down the hill. Had to clean camp, too... 2 bags of garbage and an industrial frig rack were left dumped on our site. An hour of work before we could start setting up. We walked the campground and found decent sites on the hilltops near the restrooms, but frankly the hillsides are too steep to be used as campsites. Neighbors told us that many campers had their tents flooded the night before we arrived, lots left in the middle of the night. Good little store nearby and close road access if you're going north or northeast. Not close enough to the valley to drive in and out more than once a day. Close to Tuolumne Grove (worth seeing).

Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

I see a lot of reviews on here about how much this places sucks because there are no showers or you are sleeping on a slope. What do you expect? You are camping! In the wilderness. If you need a shower every day, drive up the road 2 seconds to the public showers. If you don't like sleeping on a slope, find a less slanted place on your campsite and pitch your tent there. For people going camping, it seems they like luxury. If you like luxury, you should probably be sleeping in a hotel.

We stayed at Hodgdon Meadow two nights in August and had a great time. The first night we were close to the bathrooms, which was nice, but less privacy than some might want or expect. Bathrooms are clean enough for what they are. I wasn't expecting them to be pristine, since we are CAMPING, but they were always stocked with toilet paper and had a sink to wash your hands.

The second night we stayed near the Group sites and were much more secluded. I enjoyed this spot, except it was a bit of a trek to the bathroom in the middle of the night. They had a closer bathroom that was just a toilet that dropped into a really long hole so you can't flush anything. That was a little gross, but hey, you are camping and they had other bathrooms nearby.

Food storage lockers were sizeable. We had plenty of room for our food and belongings. Fire pits seemed taken care of. Campsite was free of trash. We didn't see any bears, even though we were expecting to. All campground rangers seemed nice enough, no one was overly loud and everyone seemed respectful. I would stay here again. Campground also has a BEAUTIFUL meadow. Definitely a must see!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, NS
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

We spent a week in Yosemite in a VW camper with our two boys. We had as much trouble as everyone booking a campsite through the reservation system when planning our trip so we felt lucky to get one at all. We entered through the upper park entrance and were happy to find our campsite so close - it was getting late and we were all tired. We were surprised to find out that they encourage you to burn wood from around the campsite. It was also a little ironic that a ranger lectured our boys about how you can't take anything from the national park (in their case, a pinecone), but you can go ahead and burn it! Doesn't seem to make sense. We were in campsite #8. The first night our camper was on a 20 degree slope. There was absolutely no level place to put it. For the following nights, we drove the back wheel up onto a piece of hardwood and managed to level it out enough to sleep comfortably. The campsites themselves are so dusty that everything gets filthy - feet, clothes, chairs - everything! There is cold running water in the washrooms but they are very dirty.

It was very nice to be away from the bustle and crowds of the village. We enjoyed the drive in and out of the valley and the relative quiet of our campsite.

We are used to camping and don't mind rough conditions, but this campsite could be so great with a few, very minor improvements. If they graded the sites and put down some gravel, the sites would be much more comfortable for everyone. A propane water heater in the washrooms would allow some hot water to keep things clean, without a noisy generator. Also, it would benefit from the addition of large outdoor sinks where people could wash their dishes. It seems odd that you're not supposed to have food around but you have to wash your dishes at your campsite.

Yosemite is spectacular and we will always fondly remember our week there - even with the sloped campsite.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Vacaville, California
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

I have been to Yosemite many times and to many campgrounds. This is probably my least favorite campground. I stayed for 2 nights at a walk-in site and didn't enjoy it much. The site (#22) was on a slope which made it difficult to load and unload our vehicle. The sites were very oddly placed in that there was no option other than to go through someone else's site to enter and exit our own (much like our other neighbor's sites). I don't like to walk through other's sites so that really made me unhappy. The plus side to our site was we had no rear neighbors so we could put our tent as far back as we wanted. The bathrooms were pretty far away so it was quite an uphill trek especially at night. I also thought it was far from the valley so it cost a lot in gas to drive back and forth. This would not be my first choice of a campground and I probably wouldn't stay there again if given a choice.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 13 July 2011

Luckily we only stayed at hodgdon meadows for one night, we could not get out of there fast enough the next morning. The campground is poorly laid out and managed. Roads through the campground are very rough, bathrooms were dirty, no showers, and they do not sell firewood here (if we had known this before it wouldn't have been an issue but by the time we figured it out the closest place to buy some was closed and we had to gather fallen wood from the nearby woods in the dark). The worst thing about this campground though is the sites. Sites ate clustered together with no privacy, sites are not leveled or delineated. There are no paths through the campground and people just walk through each others sites. We were unlucky enough to be in site 57 which was right next to the bathroom and people walked through our site, next to our tent talking, shining flashlights in etc all night long.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Property: Hodgdon Meadow Campground
Address: Just past south entrance off Highway 120, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Region: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
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Ranked #22 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Number of rooms: 105
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