Curry Villiage

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Camp Curry

Yosemite Curry Village is the coolest accommodation in the Valley during the hot summer days. It is conveniently located in the south central part of Yosemite National Park directly beneath Glacier Point next to the Merced River, with breathtaking views of Half Dome. 

Formerly known as Camp Curry, Curry Village was founded in 1899 by two schoolteachers, David and Jenny Curry of Indiana. Their legacy and philosophy — to provide friendly service, a family atmosphere, and affordable fun — are what made Camp Curry as successful then as it is today.

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Firefall

Early on, entertainment played a key role in Camp Curry’s success, with nightly performances and the famous Firefall. A tourist attraction between 1900 and 1968, the Firefall was a cluster of wood and bark that was lit on fire and pushed off the top of Glacier Point. The glowing embers tumbling 1,000 feet to the Valley floor was a sight to see, drawing millions of visitors. But eventually, the concern for safety prevailed and the attraction was discontinued by the National Park Service.

Luckily for visitors, Yosemite Valley doesn’t need the attraction of man-made novelties. Mother Nature delivers graciously on her own, and Curry Village is in the thick of it all. Mirror Lake and Yosemite Falls are just a short walk away from the village. Staircase Falls (a series of small waterfalls) on Gossamer Creek drops into the Valley directly behind Curry Village from Glacier Point.

Lodging

Curry Village provides the largest, most popular, and affordable lodging options in Yosemite Valley. Nestled in a shady wooded area are  cozy motel rooms, wooden cabins with private bath, wooden cabins with central bath, and tent cabins.

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Currey Village Tent Cabins

The tent cabins are made of canvas with a wood frame, wood floors, and electricity for lighting (but no outlets), screened windows, and nearby shared restrooms and showers, with soap and towels provided. Some of the tent cabins have heaters, while others have no heating. Bed arrangements vary from two double beds, or one double bed with two twin beds. Linens, blankets, and pillows are provided. If you are concerned about keeping warm and being comfortable, you may want to bring your own sleeping bag and pillow. 

Note that cooking facilities/campfire rings are not available in Curry Village. If you are looking for a campsite setting with similar accommodations of a tent cabin, consider another lodging accommodation called House Keeping.

Looking for a special getaway place to stay? There is one “specialty cabin” available, Cabin 819, with a king-sized bed, a queen-sized pullout bed, fireplace, TV and private bath.

Because of Curry Village’s popularity, it is highly recommended to book reservations 10-12 months in advance.

For lodging information and reservations call: 801/559-5000 or 801/559-4884.

Food & Beverages

Curry Village Pavilion
The atmosphere here is that of a mountain lodge: roomy, rustic, and ready to serve breakfast and dinner at moderate prices (Lunch is not served at the Pavilion). Also available is an all-you-can-eat buffet offering a nice selection: salad bar, build-your-own taco bar, pasta, chicken strips and fries, meat and potatoes, macaroni and cheese… (Open from May through November, weekends and holidays during the other months)

Curry Village Pizza Deck
The pizza is really good served with a choice of toppings. Also available are hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled sandwiches, salads, fries and various snacks. There is beer on tap, and wine is served as well. Seating is outdoors on benches/tables under the trees. Seating is also available near the amphitheater. (Open spring to early fall, noon to 10 p.m.)

Curry Village Coffee
Satisfy your caffeine and sugar needs with espressos, lattes, mochas, ice cream, and assorted pastries at this little hangout located next door to the Pavilion. (Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the summer)

Please note – Before Memorial Day and after Labor Day the restaurants cut back on their working hours and some actually close. The free Yosemite newspaper will list all of the latest details on opening and closing times for the park’s food establishments.

Recreation

Bicycle and Raft Rental
One of the best ways to explore Yosemite, at your own pace, is along 12 miles of paved bicycle paths throughout Yosemite Valley.

If water is more your thing, rafting a mild section of the Merced River is a scenic and relaxing trip. Rafting rentals are seasonal and are available usually June through July, depending on the water level.

Bicycle rental rates: $9.50 per hour, $25.50 all-day, helmets included.
Raft rental rates: $26 per adult, children (12 and under) $16, flotation devices included.

Bicycle and raft rentals are available at the Curry Village Recreation Center (209/372-4386).

Yosemite Mountaineering School
Located in the Curry Village Mountain Shop, mountain-climbing classes and seminars are offered to beginners, intermediate and advance climbers from mid-April through October. (209/372-8344, www.yosemitepark.com)

Swimming Pool – Outdoor
Guests staying at Curry Village or Yosemite Village can enjoy the use of their pools at no charge. The pools are open to non-guests – $5 per adult and $4 per child.

Ice Skating Rink
From mid-November through early March, Curry Village’s outdoor ice-skating rink is open daily. Skate rentals are available for $3 to $4. The skating rink has been around for some time; it was built in 1928 by the Yosemite Park and Curry Company. (209/372-8319)

Grocery Stores & Shops

Curry Village Grocery Store
A small grocery/general store and sundries market is open year-round. For a complete supermarket with fresh produce, butcher shop, and souvenirs galore, visit the Village Grocery store in Yosemite Village.

Curry Village Mountain Shop
You’ll find the latest and greatest outdoor, camping and mountaineering equipment in this large store. You name it, they’ve got it: sleeping bags, tents, water filtration systems, cooking utensils, guide books and maps, climbing footwear… The shop is open year-round, 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (209/372-8396)



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