El Portal

El Portal is in Mariposa County in California next to Yosemite National Park.


El Portal is a small community along the Merced River which is mostly notable for providing good lodging options for visitors to Yosemite National Park. Being outside of the National Park, El Portal is not subject to strict Park limitations on development, so a number of large motels have been constructed.

Yosemite Valley is a 20-minute drive from El Portal along a relatively flat road, which makes El Portal convenient while providing cheaper lodging than the Park itself. Visitors looking for even cheaper lodging could drive further to Mariposa. Those looking to save a might drive as far as Merced, but this would be considered quite a distance for visiting Yosemite.

Get in

By car

From Mariposa, Merced, and other points west, take State Route 140 east. El Portal is about 30 miles east of Mariposa.

From Yosemite, take State Route 140 west from Yosemite Valley. El Portal begins immediately after leave the Park.

By bus

By train

The nearest Amtrak station is in Merced where you can catch a YART bus to El Portal.




The larger motels have gift shops in case you forgot to get something while in Yosemite. They also sell the usual stuff that travellers often forget to pack.


Yosemite View Lodge offers two restaurants and a bar, along with a large convenience store, selling a variety of packaged foods. There is a pizza and pasta place, as well as an American (Steak and Fish) dining room.

Yosemite Cedar Lodge offers two restaurants (but one is closed during the off season), and a bar. The bar is 50's themed.


There are bars at both Yosemite View Lodge and Cedar Lodge.


Go next

Routes through El Portal

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