There's Golden Opportunities for FUN
in Yosemite National Park!
the middle of California's Gold Country, near the scenic
foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains lies Yosemite
Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging, one of the best
Yosemite vacation and Yosemite lodging locations in
the Yosemite area. It's conveniently situated near
Yosemite National Park and all of Yosemite 's attractions.
A Yosemite vacation is the entrance
to an unparalleled world of natural treasures and scenic
wonders. Almost every visitor to Yosemite National
Park is first drawn to the incomparable Yosemite Valley.
Yosemite VacationsYosemite National
Park is not only the oldest park, but also the most
unique of its kind in the United States. Located in
California's western Sierra Nevada, its scenic grandeur
and natural mystery remain unrivalled in the world.
Even backpackers heading out on Yosemite 's hiking
trails begin their Yosemite vacation in the valley.
And it is to the valley to which they return on their
way home. The best of Yosemite National Park is first
discovered from this vantage point.
From the portals of Yosemite Valley,
you enter into the unfolding drama of mile-wide natural
wonders surrounded by walls of white granite, sheer
cliffs and craggy mountains. On your left you'll see
El Capitan, Three Brothers, Yosemite Falls, Royal Arches,
Washington Column, North Dome. On your right you'll
find Cathedral Rock, Cathedral Spires, Sentinel Rock,
Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point and Half Dome.
A magical sense of splendor is evoked by the gossamer
clouds that periodically conceal the high cliffs and
towering mountains above Yosemite Valley. The fading
light of day paints Horsetail Fall's one thousand-foot
rush of plummeting water with the golden colors of
a Yosemite Park sunset. El Capitan stands guard in
the distance with its crown of burnished clouds.
A fiery sunset lights the serrated
edges of Cathedral Rocks at the edge of the Yosemite
Valley. Behind the summit of Half Dome, a summer storm
shrouds the trackless wilderness of Yosemite's High
Sierra. Shimmering lakes, craggy mountains, and glorious
skies, luxuriant forests perfect the drama of nature
that is Yosemite National Park.
Tioga Pass, at an elevation of more
than 9,000 feet, is the highest road for vehicles in
the Sierra. During the summer season, thousands of
visitors cross the Pass in Yosemite to see the splendid
peaks of the rugged High Sierra, Tenaya Lake (also
known as the "Lake of Shining Rocks"), and
the variety of greens and grasses in the Tuolumne Meadow.
Visitors taking this route into Yosemite
National Park can enjoy a 39-mile scenic drive between
Crane Flat and Tuolumne Meadows. This route will take
you through forests and give you a beautiful panoramic
view of sparkling lakes, alpine meadows and spectacular
More than one hundred thousand people
cycle through the park, walk on the Yosemite hiking
trails or ride horseback through the wilderness backcountry
each year. Yosemite cycling is limited to paved roads
in Yosemite National Park and to the twelve miles of
paved bike paths in the Valley.
No matter the method of travel, Yosemite
National Park offers endless opportunities to experience
spectacular waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs and the
unusual rock formations of the giant tulas.
The starting point for Yosemite hiking
is at the Tuolumne Meadows, a large, open sub-alpine
meadow circled by awe-inspiring mountains. The Tuolumne
River glides through the meadow's carpet of waving
grasses and wild Yosemite flowers. At an elevation
of more than 8,000 feet, the meadow is a popular starting
point for day hikes. It's also great place to start
for longer treks through the High Sierra.
The Hetchy Hetch Valley, home to the
Tuolumne River and equally spectacular scenery, has
relatively unknown and little-used Yosemite hiking
trails. These are great for those who prefer solitude
and tranquillity on their Yosemite vacation. One mountaineer
described his experience in the Hetchy Hetch Valley
like this. "Below me was the valley floor but
with no roads, buildings, campfires, or smoke. I heard
no horns, motors or voices."
If serenity and tranquillity are necessary
for you to truly enjoy your Yosemite vacation, then
this twin valley to Yosemite is a wonderful place to
go. Here the traveller to Yosemite will find enjoyment,
rest and relaxation.
second major river in Yosemite Park is the Merced River.
It sparkles through ancient channels sculpted by Ice
Age glaciers. In the spring, the Merced's waters swell
with snowmelt from the mountains and feed the cascades
of waterfalls in Yosemite. These waterfalls have enthralled
and captivated visitors since the early days of Yosemite
Among the most spectacular of the
waterfalls are Bridalveil Fall, Nevada Fall, Wildcat
Falls, Vernal Fall, Ribbon Fall, Horsetail Fall and
the splendid Yosemite Falls. The Yosemite Falls are
the world's fifth tallest falls, and are made of a
series of three cascades starting at more than 1,400
feet above the valley floor. In the spring numerous
unnamed creeks and streams cascade down the cliffs
Thick stands of trees and grasses
attract many bird species to the lower banks of the
Tuolumne and Merced's freshwater marshes. In the low
meadows, flowers of Yosemite like the lupines, bloom
in thick batches with the arrival of spring. Early
summer in the foothill meadows brings out the blue-violet
brodiaea lilies as they reach their peak of bloom.
Thirty-five miles to the south of
Yosemite Valley, the Mariposa Grove of the Giant Sequoias
has attracted large numbers of visitors since the early
1850s. In the cathedral quiet of the grove, these centuries-old
300-foot sequoias are the largest living things on
There are actually three sequoia groves
in Yosemite. The other two are smaller, somewhat more
difficult to reach and not as well known. They are
the Tuolumne and Merced Groves near Crane Flat.
But these are not the only indigenous
trees in Yosemite National Park. There are stands of
black oak, forests of red firs, groves of pine and
incense cedars, and languid willows along the banks
of rivers and streams.
At the higher elevations, other plants
and flowers of Yosemite grow. Sierra Primroses, fiery
snow plants, and the resilient monkey flowers flourish
in the naturally sheltered hollows and crevices of
their rocky environment.
When you reach 11,000 feet in Yosemite
National Park, the trees disappear. The region above
the timberline is a harsher terrain. The only plants
and trees that flourish are the hardy dwarf shrubs,
low-lying heather and alpine flowers. Above Yosemite
National Park 's timberline is also home to the alpine
chipmunk, the marmot and the coney.
Here the Yosemite hiking trails often
switch back through gargantuan boulders, and at each
turn whole new vistas are opened up. Visitors who hike
along the popular John Muir Trail can enjoy the sight
of rocky splendours and the shimmering mirror of Upper
Cathedral Lake. This area of Yosemite is beautiful,
but it is mostly barren, silver-fretted rock.
When winter quiet enfolds the park
in its soft embrace, snow drifts over the Yosemite
hiking trails. Roads become inaccessible and most Yosemite
campgrounds recede into stillness. In Yosemite Valley,
the average winter snowfall is around 30 inches. In
the High Sierra, the totals are often more than 100
inches per year. This heavy mantle of snow puts Yosemite
under the spell of solitude and silence.
Winter brings to Yosemite a special
gift of tranquillity. Cross-country skiing, downhill
skiing, and snow shoeing through the parks powdery
snow are popular winter Yosemite vacation experiences.
After more than a century as a world-renowned
natural wonder, Yosemite National Park camping, either
by RV or tenting, still remains the most popular way
to experience the remarkable beauty of this natural
wonder. So, the next time you think about experiencing
the splendours of beautiful Yosemite National Park,
why not consider staying at Yosemite Pines RV Park
and Campground? It's located just minutes from the
entrance of Yosemite Park and near all of Yosemite's