Lonely Planet Writer

Live like a pioneer in these covered wagons near Yosemite National Park

If you’re feeling nostalgic for days spent playing the classic educational video game Oregon Trail, there’s now an opportunity to bring that experience to the real-world with a night in a covered wagon near Yosemite National Park.

Live like a pioneer in one of these cabins in Yosemite. Image by Yosemite Pines Resort

Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging, located just 22 miles from the western gate of the California park, has introduced a new glamping option that will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time. The new Conestoga wagons are large covered wagons that provide a lot more comfort now than they did in the Old West. It’s the first spot in Northern California to offer the massive tents, which hold a king-size bed and bunk beds. Luckily you won’t have to risk dysentery like the unfortunate travelers on the Oregon Trail; the wagons have heating, air conditioning, microwaves, refrigerators and even a coffee maker.

Spend the night in a pioneer cabin. Image by Yosemite Pines Resort

If you’re not interested in pioneer life, you can always check out the yurts, where you can enjoy nature without giving up on all of the luxuries of a cabin. For those who want a retro vibe and a bit more comfort, there are also classic trailers like the 34’ Airstream, 34′ Silver Avion, 31′ Silver Avion or a 32′ Boles Aero. Naturally, there are also classic cabins where guests can stay the night, many of which have full kitchens and living rooms.

Inside one of the Conestoga Wagons. Image by Yosemite Pines Resort

The resort offers easy access to Yosemite – one of the most popular national parks in the US – but there are also many amenities on site to keep families entertained. There is a swimming pool, petting farm, bocce ball and volleyball courts, a fitness trail and more.

Prices for a Conestoga wagon for four people ranges from US$139 (£108) to $279 (£217) a night, depending on the season. Learn more about the resort here.