California Glamping: Pioneer Wagons You Can Rent Near Yosemite

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Check in at This California Resort to Spend the Night in a Conestoga Wagon

These luxury pioneer camper wagons offer up a new form of "glamping" that marries history and modern amenities.

Written by Karen Marley

 
Nothing conjures up romantic visions of pioneers and Western destinations faster than a covered wagon. When you think of these Western icons, chances are high that what you’re imagining is something like the Conestoga.
 
Conestoga wagons are classic, large-scale wood wagons, covered in cream-colored canvas and pulled by a team of 6-8 horses or mules. Built to haul cargo, the lighter, smaller, and flatter prairie schooners were an adaptation of the Conestoga and used by pioneer settlers on their journey to the West.
 
These days, if you know where to go, you too can sleep in one of these iconic wagons and experience the same stunning scenery, fresh air, and adventure, without the extreme danger and hardships the settlers faced. And, you'll be conveniently situated right outside Yosemite National Park.
 
At Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging you will find a handful of Conestoga wagons; handcrafted luxury camper wagons built by the Conestoga Wagon Co.™.  While these camper wagons aren’t made to be pulled by horses or mules, they do transport you into an old-time experience. Stepping inside, you’ll find yourself surrounded by cedar and canvas. The cedar interior imparts a natural, calming fragrance. A king-sized bed ensures a good night of sleep. Depending on the size of wagon, there can be up to two sets of bunk beds. A small wagon wheel table sets the tone for the décor.
 
These wagons are equipped with air-conditioning and heating, so you are assured comfort from winter’s snowiest days to summer’s heat waves.
 
Located a mere three miles from the Gold Country’s mining town of Groveland, you can visit the Iron Door Saloon, California’s oldest saloon. These days it’s a family-friendly establishment. If you want big mountains on your agenda, Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging is located only 22 miles from Yosemite National Park’s western gate. The resort sits at about 4,000 feet of elevation and the facility itself offers an array of activities like swimming, volleyball, nature trails, panning for gold, and even a petting zoo.
 
The Sierra Nevada is a year-round destination spot for cabin lovers and these camper wagons give you one more way to live the cabin lifestyle on the road. Learn more and book your own wagon here.