How To Go Glamping, Oregon Trail Style, in Yosemite’s New Covered Wagons

Remember the video game Oregon Trail? The series was released in the 1970s and was frequently updated such that it’s still around. But it was at its peak of popularity from the mid-1980s the mid-2000s. The original game was designed to teach kids about the realities of 19th century pioneer life, including traveling in a covered wagon for months on end. Unfortunately, you or your family member sometimes died of dysentery. Or typhoid fever. Or cholera. Or diphtheria. (BTW, totally off topic, but this Mental Floss “Where are they now?” take on all the things that could kill you on the Oregon Trail is kind of interesting. Well, as interesting as mostly-eradicated in the U.S. [*cough* except measles *cough*] illnesses can be).

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Welp, taking a page from Oregon Trail (or maybe not), Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging is now offering Conestoga covered wagons as hotel rooms. But they’re nothing like the ones the pioneers used on the Oregon Trail. These will let you “glamp” in the lap of luxury, complete with air conditioning, heat, a soft bed, a refrigerator and even a microwave!

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The offer 2 sizes of wagons. Large ones can accommodate up to six people, and the smaller wagons can sleep up to four. Each wagon includes:

  • King-size bed and 1 (small wagon) or 2 (large wagon) sets of twin-size bunk beds
  • Under-counter refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, bed linens
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Communal picnic table and barbecue/fire ring

The only amenity not included inside the wagons are showers and toilets, but those are  very close by, in a separate facility. Please bring your own towels.

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Located about 22 miles from the western gate of Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging offers bunches of on-site activities, including a seasonal swimming pool, volleyball and bocce ball courts, and a petting farm. Oh, and if Conestoga wagons aren’t your style, they also have traditional RV and tent sites, as well as classic/retro trailers, cabins and yurts available for rental. Pets are welcome.

The RV park sells 2-night vouchers for each type of accommodation, and you can buy up to 2 vouchers (good for 4 nights) that are good for up to one year (with some blackout dates).

As of this writing, the Conestoga wagons’ regular rate for 2 nights is $418 but they currently have a special on the 2-night vouchers – just $313 (price is pre-tax and, as applicable, pet fee).

Interested? Check out their website for more info.

Oh, and if you’ve like to play an emulator of the 1990 version of Oregon Trail online, click here. You’re welcome ;-).

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