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Frequently Asked Questons

How much time does it take to 'see' Yosemite?

We suggest staying a minimum of 4 nights, which gives you 3 full days to see much of the park, however seven days is even better, particullarly if you like to hike or take photographs. There is so much to see and do! Yosemite is vast! The park is 1,169 square miles, with 800 miles of trails! You could spend a lifetime exploring this majestic natural wonder!
Fortunately, all major areas of the park are a reasonable day's drive from Sunset Inn. The key areas to visit include:                                                                                                        
1. Yosemite Valley, roughly the center of the park is where you will find many of the water falls as well as the dramatic granite cliffs, including Half Dome and El Capitan.

2. Glacier Point has a dramatic view overlooking Yosemite Valley, and there are some great hikes off the Glacier Point Road ranging from short, 2 to 3 mile hikes to Centeniel Dome or Taft Point, to longer hikes to Dewy Point or the Panorama Trail. The Glacier Point road is generally open May through October. If so, this is an amazing view point overlooking Yosemite Valley. If it's not open, or if you are inclined for some strenuous exercise, you can do it on foot. It's a great hike about 9 miles round trip.

3. Giant Sequoia Groves. Of the three groves, the main one, Mariposa Grove is located at the south entrance to the park, about an hour and a half drive from us, has hundreds of trees, and because you can drive right to the grove there are usually hundreds of people. However there are two other lovely groves with the same amazing giant Sequoias, but only a handful of them, much closer to Sunset Inn. You have to hike 2 or 3 miles round trip to get to these groves and consequently there are far fewer visitors. The short hike to either of these groves, the Tuolumne, or the Merced Grove, is highly recommended.

4. The Tioga Road, Yosemite's High Country. Highway 120 east takes you to the dramatic high country, and is generally open Memorial Day, ?till the snow flies? in October/November. Here you will find White Wolf, Tenaya Lake, Tuolumne Meadows, & Tioga Pass, and numerous trailheads. This drive takes you up through the majestic forest and even above tree line to the highest point of 9,900 feet, where the rugged expanse of the Sierra really opens up. The views are spectacular! Summer hiking in this region is outstanding!

Do you have laundry facilities?

We do not have a guest laundry facility at Sunset Inn, however there are a couple of options in the area. About 5 miles down the road is a laundry mat at a camping resort, open to the public. Or, in Yosemite Valley there is one at Housekeeping Camp where you can put in a load and go sit by the river while you wait.

The Yosemite River Cabin and Yosemite Mountain Cottage do have a washer and dryer for guest use.

What size is the refrigerator?

At Sunset Inn the refrigerators in Sugar Pine and Meadow Lark are full size, in Larkspur there is a dormatory size refrigerator. 

The refrigerators at the Yosemite River Cabin and Yosemite Mountain Cottage are both full size.

Can we bring our pet?

Unfortunately, due to our own very energetic and unrelenting puppy, Sunset Inn is no longer able to accept pets. Also, be advised, pets are not encouraged to visit Yosemite, must be kept on a leash at all times, and are only allowed on paved roads and trails. There are a few paved trails in Yosemite, particularly in the valley, but pets would limit your options in visiting the park, especially hiking. However, outside the park in the national forest there are no restrictions.