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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, CA

by Frans
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, CA

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, CAAccommodations, services, and food were provided for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Price: $$$
For: Families, Couples
Cleanliness: 4/5
Comfort: 4.5/5
Recommended: Yes
Archery and other amenities, newly renovated rooms, full-service spa, close to south entrance of Yosemite National Park.

Links: Official site

Tenaya Lodge is located in Fish Camp, CA, very close to the south entrance of Yosemite National Park. This makes the lodge an especially interesting place to stay if you’re coming from Southern California. It’s right off Highway 41 so make sure you don’t have too much fun taking the curves going up the hill. It might be hard to resist the urge but you may miss the entrance.

Once you enter the park, which is practically around the corner, Wawona and Mariposa Grove are just a few minutes away. Glacier Point Road, which gives an awesome view of Yosemite Valley, starts at about 45 minutes from the lodge. It’s another 30 minutes going all the way up. Check to make sure if the road isn’t closed, which may be due to heavy snow during the winter months. Another half an hour and you’ll be in Yosemite Village, passing popular spots such as Tunnel View, Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan, and much more.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, CA

Going through the entrance really sets the mood. The décor is perfect for the natural setting the property is based in.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, CA

Staying at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

The rooms inside the hotel are comfortable and spacious but feel a bit dated.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, CA

The property is currently being renovated, though, and the new rooms are a great improvement. You don’t worry about noise or closed off areas as the renovation is being done in a way that won’t affect your stay.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, CA

There’s also a separate adult-only floor for those that want some peace and quiet from rambunctious little ones racing down the halls. It’s also nice if you want to get away for a few days for some alone time as a couple while you leave the kids with your parents.

In case you do prefer to bring the whole family or similar sized group, outside the hotel there are several extremely nice cabins. It’s right among the trees so you’ll feel that you’re in the middle nature even more. Large spaces are available for business meetings and special events as well.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, CA

Tenaya Lodge Review – Amenities

Once you’ve checked in, you’ll never be bored. TerriAnn and I really enjoyed the fancy spa and relaxing massage. After the massage we were advised us to drink lots of water and take a good shower. The altitude, in combination with the oils they use during massage, can apparently make you feel a bit woozy.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, CA

It’s not all fancy spas and massages though, no way. That same night we went for a ­­ flashlight hike through the forest, learning lots of interesting facts about the trees, animals, and other living things. For example, I learned that the Sugar Pine contains five needles in each bunch (easy to remember since the word “sugar” has five letters) and that the Ponderosa Pine has three (like the three sons in Bonanza who lived on a ranch calle­d the Ponderosa).

The next morning we enjoyed some archery lessons. Make sure to ask for the leather guard to protect your arm, or else it will be black and blue before you know it. (I learned that the hard way.) There’s also horseback riding and rock climbing. During the winter you even can go ice-skating, right there at the lodge.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, CA

Let’s not forget the pools. They have one inside and a few outside, including a wading pool with water play features. The main outside pool plays a jazzy tune underwater, which was quite unique. A fully-loaded arcade is on-site as well.

Tenaya Lodge Review – Dining

There are several restaurants inside the lodge. Embers is really fancy but only for adults and older children. Our nicely behaved (most of the time) teen daughter would be okay. Everyone, even the little ones, can enjoy the Sierra Restaurant next door.

I was pleasantly surprised with the efforts they took to care for ones with food allergies. The manager of Jackalope’s Bar and Grill was very interested to hear about the gluten-free beer I prefer. I hope they’ll follow through on that one. For future guests, an on-site brewery is on the way.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, CA

The Tenaya Lodge is in the higher price range. However, the location and the amenities make it a place worth staying at. We had a great time and would love the chance to visit again, but this time in one of the newly renovated rooms!

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HilLesha January 23, 2015 - 4:51 pm

That is certainly a gorgeous place to visit!

vanessa:thequeenofswag January 24, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Looks like such a fun place to visit with the kids. I’ve always want to go to yosemite.

Billie January 24, 2015 - 11:19 pm

I love the rooms, they look so cozy. I’ve always wanted to try archery too.

Jenn January 24, 2015 - 11:29 pm

A flashlight hike through the forest sounds like a ton of fun! And that breakfast? Yum!

Crystal January 25, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Yosemite is on my list of places to visit this year. The Tenaya Lodge looks like it would be a great fit for our family, especially when you consider the amenities.

Kait January 25, 2015 - 1:38 pm

These rooms look so relaxing! And you had me sold at the spa!

Colleen January 25, 2015 - 6:51 pm

I love that TUB! I also love the outdoor look, I would love a vacation away from home for a little bit.

Raijean January 25, 2015 - 10:03 pm

This looks like a place I would definitely enjoy traveling too. I’m going to check it out.

Liz Mays January 26, 2015 - 2:48 pm

Oh, I love it! Looks like a place I would really enjoy spending time. I love the rustic decor!

Ty February 1, 2015 - 4:21 pm

This looks like an amazing place to visit! Next time we’re out that way, I’ll be sure to look them up!

Anne - Mommy Has to Work February 8, 2015 - 6:43 am

This looks so beautiful! And that breakfast is making me hungry!

Andrea Kruse February 15, 2015 - 7:45 pm

I have always wanted to travel to Yosemite! I am not sure lodging could get much more beautiful than this! Wow. Though I might be tempted to stay pool side and send the family off to enjoy archery instead of viewing the National Park.

Tom from Tenaya Lodge March 3, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Andrea, don’t forget that relax and unwind time is important too! That’s half the point of the national parks after all.

That said, though I don’t think you would spend all your time at the pool, it is great for the kids after a day of touring. We do have great trails and horseback riding right by the resort without going anywhere and there is nothing wrong with the exploring the much quieter Sierra National Forest during your stay (I spend a lot of time running and exploring right from work and I have found some gorgeous spots and almost never another human soul).

Tom from Tenaya Lodge March 3, 2015 - 11:01 am

Thanks so much for the write up! Glad you enjoyed your stay.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite: Never Boring - Frans FYI July 2, 2016 - 9:13 pm

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Larry December 31, 2018 - 9:32 pm

Great location. Lousy check in process. Nice rooms. Over run with dogs. Hoard to walk thru lobby one day because of dogs. Large dog in dining room at breakfast. Food was good but pricy

TerriAnn February 4, 2019 - 9:46 am

Sorry you had such a hectic experience! Yeah, peak travel seasons get crazy in Yosemite no matter where you go so I can imagine how it can take away from your visit esp. since you were likely there for some quiet, relaxing nature time.

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