What's out the door: Hiking and horseback riding through aspen forests, trout fishing in scenic rivers, and swimming in nearby Doris Lake. The resort is set on the border between the Ansel Adams Wilderness and John Muir Wilderness areas—two adventurers with as expert an eye for gorgeous scenery as there ever was in the West.
Who will love it: Families looking for a low-key, High Sierra alternative to the crowds at Yosemite—and those willing to plan ahead. We recommend reserving a year in advance for the July and August high season.
4 wood-frame, canvas-walled, tent camping cabins (with shared bathrooms), $; 8 one-room cabins, $$; 2 one-bedroom cabins, $$; 6 two-bedroom cabins, $$; and 1 luxury “honeymoon” cabin, $$$; open from May 15th to Nov. 1st; monohotsprings.com