Cost: From May 1 until Oct. 16, hillside yurts are $166.24 a night, plus tax; river yurts are $206.99, plus tax.

Info: (800) 533-1001, http://www.stayatyosemite.com.

Nearest town: Groveland, about a 20-minute drive west, features a community park, historic saloon, restaurants and shopping. At Mountain Sage, customers can purchase camping gear, trail maps and a latte all in one stop. On the other end of Main Street is Dori's Tea Cottage, where Yosemite-bound commuters can get lunch (sandwich, fruit and cookie) to go for $8.95. The teahouse sells about 65 teas, including popular candy bar-flavored teas. For traditional hotels, try the Groveland Hotel ([209] 962-4000, http://www.groveland.com) and Hotel Charlotte ([800] 961-7799, http://www.hotelcharlotte.com), both on Groveland's Main Street.

The Highway 120 corridor also has several B&Bs, including the Blackberry Inn in nearby Buck Meadows ([888] 867-5001, http://www.blackberry-inn.com) and Lillaskog Lodge, on a mountaintop 11 miles from Yosemite ([209] 962-1818, http://www.lillaskogyosemite.com). Yosemite Pines (www.yosemitepinesrv.com), a recreational vehicle resort just outside of town, also features more modest yurts without kitchens or bathrooms. Starting May 1, they cost $109 on Friday and Saturday nights.

Historic Sierra Sky Ranch Resort

Location: 50552 Road 632, Oakhurst, Calif.; off Highway 41, about 10 miles from the park's South Entrance.

Amenities: Established in 1875, this property was originally a working cattle ranch. It also was a tuberculosis hospital in the 1920s, a religious retreat and a recovery center for soldiers wounded in World War II.

In 1946 the ranch was converted to a hotel, with John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe among its celebrity guests. Now, the ranch can house up to 72 overnight guests in 26 rooms.

There's a veranda on which to relax, as well as a swimming pool for hot summer days. Fishing is allowed in a trout stream on the property.

A steakhouse and saloon are attached to the resort's rustic lounge. The resort is also popular for events (there are family reunions booked until 2015).

Cost: Standard rooms are $135 to $155 a night, while suites are $175-$225, plus taxes.

Info: (559) 683-8040, http://www.sierraskyranch.com

Nearest town: Oakhurst, about three miles south, has modern shopping centers, fast food restaurants and lodging. Driving north on Highway 41 will bring you to Fish Camp — a cluster of cabins with a general store and post office near Yosemite's southern entrance.

As you approach, you'll find the Narrow Gauge Inn ([888] 644-9050, http://www.narrowgaugeinn.com), which has 26 rooms, a fine-dining restaurant, flower gardens lining a seasonal creek, a swimming pool and hot tub.

Along the highway in Fish Camp is Yosemite Big Creek Inn ([559] 641-2828, http://www.yosemiteinn.com. This bed-and-breakfast has three guest rooms next to a year-round creek. Another B&B in Fish Camp worth noting is the Tin Lizzie Inn, a Victorian-style inn where guests have a chance to drive an original Model T Ford ([866] 488-6877, http://www.tinlizzieinn.com).

Across the highway from the Tin Lizzie is Tenaya Lodge ([888] 514-2167, http://www.tenayalodge.com), a massive complex with a conference center and spa. It's the only Yosemite-area property outside the park operated by DNC.

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