Wanna leave your car and take the bus to the park? Can do, easy. The YARTS bus is a for-profit enterprise designed to move bodies from outside the park to inside. If you have a ton of time, it might be worth it rather than driving all the way in and dealing with parking.
I am going to the Yosemite Gateway Partners meeting this Thursday and considered YARTS. The meeting is where all of the Visitor/Tourist Bureaus gather to discuss events and support for the park. Kinda like a Giant Chamber of Commerce session. Obviously, they are trying to fill rooms and sell meals. I have no problem with that.
I’m hardly in a “gateway” town – San Jose-by-the-sea is about 200 miles west, but I was invited by the kind people from Mariposa and Coulterville. To save dough-ray-me$ I will be at the Yosemite Bug again. $23 with my Yosemite Conservancy coupon. But I digress. The YARTS bus only makes a few runs this time of year and I’d be stuck there a long time. But you may want to consider it. Here are the stops they make on the Hwy 140 run. All the way from Merced. In fact, if you have a ton of time, you can even take a bus or train from the SF Bay Area to Merced.
Park and Ride
Midpines Park & Ride
Midpines Post Office
Yosemite Bug Resort
Barium Mine Road
El Portal Post Office
Yosemite View Lodge
Valley Visitors Center
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Every day I get in the queue to get on the bus that takes me to you. I’m so nervous, I just sit and smile; your house is only another mile. Thank you, driver, for getting me here. You’ll be an inspector, have no fear. I don’t want to cause no fuss, but can I buy your Magic Bus?” – The Who
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com