Located at the Gateway to Yosemite
Built in1952, originally named the Swiss Melody Inn, the Narrow Gauge Inn was built by Swedish immigrants, Rudy and Luce Stauffer. The Stauffer family also purchased and restored the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. The railroad remains in operation to this day and is easily accessible by a walking trail that joins the two properties. The Stauffer’s eventually sold the Narrow Gauge Inn to focus on the railroad operation. The second owner George Cordingly renamed the inn, Narrow Gauge Inn to honor the neighboring railroad. Mr. Cordingly also added the restaurant to the property and brought fine dining in a rustic mountain lodge atmosphere to the Fish Camp area. In 1990 Mr. Cordingly purchased the 1952 fire truck built by the Four Wheel Drive Auto Co., following the restoration of the firetruck it was placed in it’s garage here on the property for guests to enjoy. Although the Narrow Gauge Inn has gone through several ownership changes it remains a quaint and peaceful place to relax and enjoy the serenity of the forest. The Narrow Gauge Inn is family owned and operated by the Venkat family. We are not part of a franchise or large corporation. When you telephone or email the inn, you are speaking directly with us and we are grateful you chose us for your visit to the area.
Our staff’s first priority is you, our guests and your comfort. Our goal is to make every guest feel welcome and appreciated. We would like to ensure that each stay is memorable for you. We strive to provide warm and welcoming service. Let us know how we can help you.
The Narrow Gauge Inn consists of 26 rooms, of which two are family units and one suite. Each room has a private bathroom, most have a shower only. Each room also has an outdoor seating area with lovely views of the forest and some with distant mountain views. We do have several rooms that are accessible by staircase only, if you prefer a room without stairs please contact us directly. On the property is also a three bedroom mountain home, referred to as the cabin, available for larger families. The cabin comes with a fully equipped kitchen and private fenced in yard. The cabin is in a private, quiet and secluded area to give you that real “in the forest” feel.
The Narrow Gauge Inn does offer free Wi-Fi, which is accessible in most areas of the property. However, do to the remote location our service is not incredibly reliable. Which to us isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it gives you more down time to unwind and enjoy the scenery.
“Unauthorized use of illegal websites is punishable by all federal and state laws. This includes illegal downloading of movies, music, and all other digital content.”
On the property we have a lovely seasonal creek side trail which boasts nearly 100 Azaleas and Rhododendron, along with Columbine, Ferns, Foxglove, Hydrangea and Dogwood trees. The sitting area near the stream is a wonderful place to relax and take in all the calming, therapeutic sounds of nature. The trail is pet friendly (on leash of course) and is a welcoming spot for your furry friend to get out and explore a bit of nature. And “Please Stay on the Paths”.
Our pool is seasonal, typically opening June 1st every year and closing October 1st, weather permitting.
The pool is available from 9:00am-9:00pm.