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Totally overwhelmed by all the info..just want to spend 3 days in YNP in June doing some moderate hiking. .?? Where to stay. And how to get to hikes within the park. Thanks for any clarity.

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Make lodging reservations one year in advance.

One way to fill 3 full days: Spend a full day in Yosemite Valley, a full day along Tioga Road, and split a day between Glacier Point Road / Sentinel Dome & Mariposa Grove.

The Top Questions on the right has oodles of information including details about lodging, what to do in each area of the vast National Park, trip reports from other visitors, maps, and more. You need to be on the full TA website to see the Top Questions.

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Try to make reservations inside the park. See https:/… The Half Dome Village tent cabins have a few openings. They aren't bad for a night or two. My optimal choice is the Yosemite Valley Lodge, but it rarely has last minute openings. In the south end of the park, there are sometimes openings in the Big Trees Lodge. There is some hiking around there, but the spectacular scenery is in the Valley, which is about an hour commute from the south end of the park. There is private lodging inside of the park, but it tends to be pricey. One company that rents cabins near Big Trees Lodge is The Redwoods. We have also stayed in a private residence in Yosemite West (about a half hour from the Valley).

Edited: 10 May 2018, 09:57
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In addition to the information here on TA, have you looked at the park's official website? www.nps.gov/yose

If by "hikes within the park" you mean "within Yosemite valley", then the easiest way to get to most trailheads is to take the free valley shuttle. If you're staying inside the valley, that just means walking out of your lodgings to the nearest shuttle stop. If you're staying outside the valley, you'll need to drive in *very* early (this is a very popular park), park at one of the day use lots, then take the shuttle. If you want to do any of the hikes along the Glacier Pt Rd, you'll need to drive up there (again, go early). Ditto if you want to hike around the giant sequoias of Mariposa Grove.

Here's a link to the park's map page. Hint: on that very first map, if you click on the arrow next to "Park Tiles" and select "Brochure Map" instead, you'll get a much more useful version. https:/…maps.htm

If this trip is next month, then you might be too late to stay inside the park (they take reservations a year in advance). But people do cancel, so you might get lucky. I would check the website for individual nights, not for a single block for all your nights. Official site for rooms in the park is www.travelyosemite.com For info on rooms outside the park, check those Top Questions and look on the hotel links.

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