Sierra Mountain Lodge - Yosemite

45046 Fort Nip Trail , Ahwahnee, CA 93601 USA (Show map)


A lodging oasis centrally located between the Southern Entrance and Arch Rock Entrance of Yosemite National Park. We offer spacious 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and studio suites with vaulted ceilings and large open wood beams. Our suites all include private entries, quality king and queen beds, fine linens, private bathrooms, living quarters and kitchenettes.(no stoves) Guest Lobby is open daily and includes: Free WiFi, over 200 DVD movies, reading library, coffee, tea and hot chocolate! Easy to find, just one block off of historic Highway 49 in Beautiful Ahwahnee, California, We are 22 scenic miles from the Southern Entrance of Yosemite National Park, 45 miles to Arch Rock, 8 minutes to Oakhurst for your shopping needs and 16 miles to Bass Lake for summertime water sports. We are a perfect location to explore the many wonders that Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Mountains have to offer. No pets allowed - Children 5 and over are welcome guests - All Non-Smoking Suites - Private and community BBQ areas available



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.6


5 on August 14, 2016

Wonderful place to stay! Charming and spotlessly clean.

The only place to stay when we visit Yosemite

5 on August 05, 2016

This is the third year in a row we have stayed here and would not consider anywhere else. It is a family run establishment which makes it so welcoming. John & Brenda are also very knowledgeable about the area which helps. The rooms are well appointed and beautifully decorated and so comfortable. The breakfasts are quite substantial which you need if you're going hiking.

July 4 weekend stay

5 on July 13, 2016

My husband and parents stayed together in the Pine Suite lodge over the weekend of July 4. We really enjoyed our stay at Sierra Mountain Lodge, the Lodge hosts are excellent, extremely friendly, and very knowledgeable about Yosemite. They were super helpful helping us plan out our 2 days there, as well as giving us tips on parking and times of day which sites are best to see. Breakfast every morning was delicious and the rooms were clean, comfortable, and decorated adorably. I would highly recommend this lodge to anyone visiting Yosemite, it is about 40 minutes drive outside the park, but it wasn't a problem and we enjoyed escaping the madness of July 4 weekend in the park. I would visit again- and I know my parents really enjoyed the location.

Loved our stay

5 on June 29, 2016

Best B&B of our trip. We loved the large room we had, and the private porch and BBQ allowed us to relax in the evenings without having to drive out. The view is superb and the breakfasts were great. Highly recommend!

Beautifully peaceful!

5 on June 28, 2016

I can't believe it's taken me this long to review! This place was beautiful, and so relaxing after having large days at yosemite. Which John & Brenda know all about, when it comes to Yosemite! I thought I had a plan worked out I totally changed it after speaking to John as he factored the weather and duration of our stay, and it was perfectly planned out. Couldn't have been any more enjoyable. Now,, my absolute favourite thing is the PANCAKES & WAFFLES! Best ever! Highly recommend, John & Brenda are so kind and welcoming :)


5 on June 18, 2016

More than we expected. Everything was perfect.... room, breakfast ... and John's recomendations were the best. We really enjoyed our days in the lodge!!!! Highly recomended

The Perfect Getaway!

5 on May 01, 2016

The Sierra Mountain Lodge was so nice, that we had come twice! Our first stay was so wonderful-- we simply could not wait to return here! It is the perfect getaway, as it it in a secluded, forested location that is near both the South Yosemite Entrance and the Arch Rock Entrance of Yosemite. After our day hike to Glacier Point, we were so excited to get to the Sierra Mountain Lodge. When we finally pulled in to the property, I saw the "Sierra Mountain Lodge" sign covered in Christmas lights. At last, we arrived at our "home" for the weekend. As soon as we parked, I couldn't contain my excitement any longer and ran to to front door of our suite! How wonderful it was to open the door to such a beautiful, warm, and welcoming suite! Our innkeepers, John and Brenda, are the kindest, most thoughtful, and best hosts that you could ever hope for! From the cleanliness of our suite to the provided amenities, they have thought of everything! They are extremely communicative and quick to respond to any inquiries. Before we started the next morning's day hike, we headed over to the lobby to have breakfast. I was so pleasantly surprised to see the extensive and beautifully laid out breakfast spread that they had for us! They prepared the fluffiest pancakes with fruit, sausages, hard-boiled eggs, freshly chopped fruit, yogurt and more! What a selection! Everything was so delicious--we had to have seconds! It was exactly what we needed before our hike! Thank you, John and Brenda, for another wonderful stay. The Sierra Mountain Lodge has become our favorite place to stay while visiting Yosemite. We cannot wait to return and stay with you again!

Excellent !

5 on June 01, 2012

We stayed here over the memorial day weekend, for two nights... We had rented out the Pine suite as four of us where there...the suite was very comfortable...and very clean... Excellent location about an hour and half from the Yosemite park... We had no problems finding the place.. We checked in very late in the night, but the innkeepers were very understanding and did not make a big deal about it ! their self checking in option is a great hassle free idea ! The suite had two very comfortable beds, a small but completely equipped kitchen and a very clean bathroom.. we completely enjoyed our stay... the view is amazing especially from the lobby !! Breakfast was awesome too ! Fresh pancakes are as good as it gets !! The innkeepers, John and Brenda were both very friendly and hospitable...I had asked them if they had white bread on the first morning, they were really sweet to remember that and the next breakfast, white bread was served !! Excellent location ! Excellent Views ! Excellent Value for money ! Excellent breakfast and Service !! Overall I would be staying with them again and would recommend them to anyone ! :)

Great Family Retreat

4.4 on May 10, 2012

I have stayed here with my family on three different occasians since 2007. Coming from a military deployment, I was looking for a place to relax with my family, yet have the comforts of home. This is it! Relatively close to Yosemite and local dining, John and Brenda made us feel at home. From the 24-hour access to coffee/tea/hot chocolate, to the interesting historical and sight-seeing informational books available, to the modern features of WIFI, DVDs, and Internet, there was something for everyone. The quiet atmosphere, surrounding walk paths, and magestic view across the mountain valley allowed us to relax in a way we wouldn't be able to at home. A hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate, sitting on the deck, watching the sun come up or go down across the valley is truely a sight to behold. While it is less often than I would like, when I think of going to the Yosemite valley for some peacefull rest and quiet, I think of the Sierra Mountain Lodge and the closeness and happiness John and Brenda have brought to my family over the years.

My stay in October

4.8 on October 09, 2010

This is my third time. I love the friendliness, serenity, and relaxed atmosphere. Breakfast is wonderful as is the coffee; the owners invite conversation. I especially enjoy having separate bedrooms. It's the closest to being home without all the work around the house.

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Rooms & Rates

Sterling Suite

Sterling Suite • Spacious 1 bedroom Suite • 1 King bed • 800 square feet • 1 Queen sleeper couch, LCD TV/Cable/DVD • Spacious bathroom with stall shower & stocked with bathroom amenities • Dining table, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, sink & stocked with kitchen amenities (No Stove) • Private heating & cooling • Overlooks the valley below and offers a large front deck with beautiful mountain views. $125-$185 nt

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $145 - $195

Sunrise Suite

Sunrise Suite • 1 bedroom Suite • 1 King bed • 650 square feet • 1 Queen sleeper couch, LCD TV/Cable/DVD • Bathroom with stall shower and stocked with bathroom amenities • Kitchenette with personal fridge, microwave, coffee maker, sink & stocked with kitchen amenities • Private heating & cooling • Faces the morning sunrise with large front deck and beautiful mountain views $165.00 Season / $115.00 Off-Season Rates is for 2-guests Accommodate up to 4 guests

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $135 - $175

Garden Suite

Garden Suite • 2 bedroom Suite • 1 King bed / 1 Queen bed • 700 square feet • Full sofa bed, LCD TV/Cable/DVD • Bathroom with shower/tub combo & stocked with amenities • Fridge, microwave, coffee maker, sink & stocked with kitchen amenities • dining table • Private heating & cooling • Overlooks the gardens and natural surrounding. $115-$175

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $135 - $185

Rose Suite

Rose Suite • 2 bedroom Suite • 2 Queen beds and 1 full sofa bed • 700 square feet • Couch, cable TV/DVD • Bathroom with regular bathtub and stocked with bathroom amenities • Spacious kitchenette with fridge, microwave, coffee maker, sink and stocked with kitchen amenities • Private heating and cooling • Overlooks the garden $175.00 Season / $115.00 Off-Season Rates are based on 2 guests

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $135 - $185

Explorer Suite

Explorer Suite This suite is for guests on a budget who plan to get up early and seize the day. The reduced rate reflects the foot traffic noise from the community lobby above, so this suite is not for the light or late sleeper. Clean and comfortable, this is a studio-style single-story suite on the ground floor. • 1 Queen bed • 450 square feet • Desk with complimentary WiFi • Flat screen TV/Cable/DVD • Bathroom with regular bathtub/shower combo & stocked with bathroom amenities • Private heating & cooling • Private front porch with table & chairs and outdoor BBQ $135.00 Season / $115.00 Off-Season Rates are based on two-person occupancy. Accommodates up to two guests.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $115 - $135

Pine Suite

Pine Suite • 2 Queen beds • 600 square feet • Couch, electric mantle fireplace, cable TV/DVD • Spacious bathroom with stall shower & stocked with bathroom amenities • Kitchenette with personal refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, sink & stocked with kitchen amenities • Private heating & cooling • Front lawn with picnic table and Weber BBQ $145.00 Season / $85.00 Off-Season Rates are based on two-person occupancy. Accommodates up to four guests.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $115 - $155

Oak Suite

Oak Suite •1 Queen bed •Full-size Futon couch • 600 square feet • Flat screen TV/Cable/DVD •Bathroom with regular bathtub & stocked with bathroom amenities • Spacious kitchenette with full-size refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, sink & stocked with kitchen amenities • Private heating & cooling • Sliding glass door off of the dining area with outdoor deck, table and Weber BBQ • Large Oaks & poplar trees surround the outside. $145.00 Season / $85.00 Off-Season Rates are based on two-person occupancy. Futon couch can accommodate one additional adult or two children. Accommodates up to four guests.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $115 - $155

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Location Type

*Yosemite National Park*, Giant Sequoias/ Mariposa Grove, Ahwahnee, Countryside, Mountains, Small town, Wine country


Fresno, CA (FAT-Fresno Air Terminal) 56 miles

Directions to property:

Take Highway 41 45 North towards Oakhurst, turn left on Highway 49 7 miles towards Ahwahnee, turn right on Road 601 in Nippinawasee, turn right on first street Fort Nip Trail to end of culi-sac.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Lake, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Yosemite National Park, Giant Sequoias / Mariposa Grove, Bass Lake, Sugar Pine Railroad, Antiques / Shopping, Nelder Grove, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, BBQ grill, Board games, Fireplace, Internet Service, Videos, Wi-Fi , Large sundeck, Covered porches, Coffee & tea available in lobby, kitchenetts, Private bathrooms, Private living rooms

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fridge, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Yosemite National Park, Boat/ Jet Ski rentals at Bass Lake, Mariposa, great antique shopping, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 4pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only All Non-Smoking Suites / Outdoor smoking ok
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children over 3 are welcome guests at the lodge!
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Sorry no pets
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: There is a two night min. stay on major holidays, weekends and in the off-season
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Cancellations: Cancellation Policy Season If it is necessary to cancel a reservation, there will be a $25.00 cancellation fee if the reservation is cancelled more than 14 days before the scheduled arrival date. If a reservation is cancelled less than 14 days before the scheduled arrival time, the innkeepers will diligently try to re-rent out the suite. If we are successful in re-renting out the suite for the original booking dates, the canceling guest will only be charged one night's base rent as a cancellation charge. If the innkeepers are unable to re-rent out the cancelled suite, the canceling guests are responsible for payment of all nights reserved, regardless of guests' actual arrival or departure date. A gift certificate to the Sierra Mountain Lodge will be sent to the canceling guests for the amount charged minus the first night's rent and a $25.00 per additional night cancellation fee. Guests are responsible for payment of all nights reserved, regardless of guests' actual arrival or departure date. Off-Season The same cancellation policy above applies but with a 48 hours cancellation period. This is due to the ever changing winter weather in the Sierra’s.



John & Brenda Eppler

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Resident Pets

Cats , Lots of deer & critters

About the innkeepers

The Sierra Mountain Lodge is family owned and operated. We have called Ahwahnee home for more than 20 years now and would love to share our version of paradise with you.

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  • Time Served: 8 - 9:30 am
  • Serving Location: in the lobby, on the deck or take to their suite., Guests are invited to dine, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options