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Forming part of the Meadowcliff Lodge in the Eastern Sierra, the Coleville / Walker KOA is the ideal base for exploring Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. It lies directly on the Three Flags Highway, with a magnificent wall of chiseled gray granite rising up behind the campground.
The Coleville / Walker KOA is a big rig friendly RV park, with all of the sites being full hookups with electric, water, sewer, cable TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. There’s the capacity to cater to RVs up to 68 feet in length.
You can mingle with other guests at the pavilion and pick up firewood to burn on site, with a small general store that sells camping essentials. Take advantage of the swimming pool during the warm summer months or enjoy a game on the volleyball court. Pets are welcome to stay with you, and there’s a dog park where they can roam free, as well as an on-site restaurant if you don’t feel like cooking.
Coleville campers can enjoy easy access to Mono Lake and the city of Reno, as well as the former gold-mining town of Bodie and historic Virginia City. You’re on the doorstep of the Eldorado National Forest and the Stanislaus National Forest, both of which offer no shortage of outdoor pursuits.
Camping at Coleville / Walker KOA gives you easy access to Lake Tahoe, which is the largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It’s renowned as a getaway destination for residents from both California and Nevada, with protected parks, hiking trails, and beaches to explore. Embark on the long-distance Tahoe Rim Trail that departs from the Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park or witness the historic Vikingsholm mansion in Emerald Bay State Park. If you’re visiting during the winter months, Lake Tahoe transforms into a wintery wonderland, with the Squaw Valley Resort and Northstar California Resort both in the immediate vicinity.
Camp in an RV near Coleville and use it as a base for visiting Yosemite National Park, which is one of the United States’ most iconic wilderness areas. Natural landmarks such as the towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome are renowned across the country (and beyond), as are Yosemite’s giant sequoia trees. Gain an insight into the park’s history at the Yosemite Museum and see some of the most evocative photographs ever taken here in the Ansel Adams Gallery. The Yosemite Valley can get incredibly busy during the height of summer and holiday periods, but there are plenty of remote areas and trails if you want to escape the crowds.
Also within an easy drive of Coleville / Walker KOA is the Stanislaus National Forest, which encompasses the glacial-carved landscapes of the Emigrant Wilderness. Soaring volcanic peaks and dramatic ridges alternate with scenic lakes and meadows that can be explored while hiking, rafting, or kayaking. Embark on the part of the long-distance Pacific Crest Trail that traverses the national forest or get out on the water to experience the scenic Tuolumne River.
Renting an RV in Coleville is ideal for visiting the former gold-mining town of Bodie, which lies just over an hour’s drive south of the RV campground. This 19th-century ghost town is clustered with buildings that date to its glory days and are now protected within the Bodie State Historic Park. Admire the Methodist Church and the Dodge Graham that sits beside the old gasoline pump or wander through the Masonic Cemetery. Mining tools and machinery are on display at the Miners Union Hall, where you can learn about the establishment and success stories of Bodie.
Another destination that history buffs shouldn’t miss is Virginia City, a 19th-century mining boom town that lies just across the border in Nevada. Elegant Victorian buildings line the streets, with some (such as the Washoe Club and the Piper’s Opera House) believed by many to be haunted. Stop in at the Way It Was Museum to learn about the mining history of the town, then visit the Chollar Mine where old rock drills and machinery are displayed.
Coleville / Walker KOA can also be used as a base for visiting Reno, which has been nicknamed “The Biggest Little City in the World.” It’s renowned for its nightlife and casinos, as well as boasting an outstanding dining scene, ranging from fast food eateries to farm-to-table restaurants. Sample the local brews at one of the craft breweries, admire the classic cars on display at the National Automobile Museum, or delve into the world of science and technology at The Discovery - Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. En route to Reno is Carson City, which has plenty of supermarkets where you can pick up supplies, as well as gas stations if you need to fill up your RV rental.
Whether you want to get active in the Yosemite Valley or along the shores of Lake Tahoe, book an RV in Mono County and start planning your next vacation.