Dimond O Campground
Stanislaus National Forestwrite a review 34660 Evergreen Rd.
Groveland, CA 95321
GPS: 37.8634, -119.8694
|Last Price Paid:||$26|
|Number of Sites:||26|
|Max Length:||36 ft|
“No big rigs, overpriced national forest campground”
Reviewed Jun 04, 2018
We stayed here for a almost a week while visiting Yosemite National Park. We live full-time in our 30 foot Keystone Laredo fifth wheel and work on the road. Like most full-timers, we do not make reservations ahead of time as we typically stay in first come first serve spots and cannot plan far enough ahead. When we decided to stop by Yosemite, it became clear that there were limited first come first serve options. There are a few National Park campgrounds that open up for first come first serve later in the summer, but not in May/June when we were visiting and everything was already reserved.
Dimond O has around 10 sites left for first come first serve (all others were reserved). It is $26/night for dry camping. They have potable water (but don't allow RV fillups) and out toilets. That is it. We managed with our solar but there are a lot of trees. The positives: the campground is very pretty set in the pines and very close to the Yosemite park boundaries. The Hetch Hetchy entrance is a few miles down the road and it takes about 1 hour to drive to Yosemite Valley through the other close by entrance.
We came in through highway 120 from Fresno (the recommended route). The drive was very stressful. There are sharp mountain switchbacks and climbing coming through Mocassin. Once you turn off 120 on Evergreen Road, the drive is pretty rough. We wouldn't take our fifth wheel down it again. It has tight turns on a road that can barely fit oncoming traffic in some points. It also has steep dips and we dragged out at least once. Even when not pulling the camper, this 5 mile drive takes 15-20 minutes to reach the main highway.
Most of the sites in the campground could not fit a rig of our size. Luckily, there was a double site near the entrance that we could back into (although our truck could not fit in our space). We have ATT and did not have signal at all in the park. We could drive 1 mile up the road to Evergreen Lodge for slow WiFi. Or, if we drove the 5 miles back up to highway 120, we could get cell service and fast free WiFi at Rush Creek Lodge. This is also a Yarts shuttle stop which will take you into Yosemite for an affordable cost (although times are limited).
Overall, we ended up here because we listened to the advice of the Groveland District Ranger who said the road was perfectly fine for our rig. It certainly wasn't ideal for full-timers considering the high expense, lack of service, and extremely stressful drive. But, I'm not aware of any better options close by. Next time, we would try to stay on the other side of the park near El Portal. We had attempted to find something there on this stay, but the only RV Park would not return our calls. Ultimately, it worked out for our needs. I would not recommend the campground for larger rigs. It would work well for small travel trailers or tent camping.
This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com
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- ADA Accessible
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