Chuckchansi Casino is the closest Indian gambling casino to Yosemite National Park. Also known as Chuckchansi Gold Resort. It is right on the way to Yosemite National Park if you are coming through the south entrance on Highway 41.
Located in the city of Coarsegold, California, it is just a 45 minute drive north of Fresno and a 1 hour and 15 minute drive to Yosemite Valley. From Chuckchansi, driving for 40 minutes will get you to the gate of Yosemite National Park and 5 minutes farther will take you to the beautiful Mariposa Grove of trees.
The grove of giant Mariposa trees is home
to some of the tallest trees in the world. If you are coming this
route, take the time to see the big trees in Mariposa Grove. A good number of these trees are more than 2,000 years old.
seeing the big trees in Mariposa Grove, you'll enter Yosemite Valley through the tunnel,
which is a stunning first view of Yosemite National Park. Let me just say to you to do your best to go arrive at the tunnel during day light hours. You'll miss the great view if you come at night :) And, if you can get here before 10 am, there is typically no crowds. This allows for great pictures and a quite moment to take the scenery in.
Chuckchansi is a beautiful California Casino and Hotel. They have 2,000 of the latest and greatest slot machines and 42 table games. All of the rooms are modern, up to date, clean and have flat screen televisions.
When we stay a week at a time in Yosemite, we usually take one evening and drive to the casino for a nice dinner and a little bit of gambling and then drive back into Yosemite. It's a nice quiet drive and the food here is excellent :)