A VISIT TO YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK IS JUST PART OF A STAY AT YOSEMITE PINES
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Download the Area Activities Brochure (with links) as PDF here.
Let Yosemite Pines be your base camp for exploring the beautiful area, exciting towns and activities around Yosemite National Park.
Seasons – Activities by the season
Current road conditions should be checked prior to traveling and visitors are advised that chains may be required anytime from October through April.
Our resort offers lots of on-site features, and during the summer, our staff plans activities for the family Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Located near our Swimming Pool Area:
Playground Play Area | Games Area | Sand Volleyball Court | Tetherball | Bocce Ball Courts | BBQ Area | Deli/Clubhouse | Gold Panning Sluice Box
Hayrides, Storytelling, Outdoor Movies – ask at office for times, locations and other seasonal activities.
See Yosemite Pines property map for location of Nature/Fitness Trails, Horseshoes and Petting Farm (ask office for feeding times).
Please note that our pool and some other select amenities will be open no later than Memorial Day Weekend and close no sooner than Labor Day, depending on the weather. Some amenities are available year around.
Yosemite National Park – 22 miles from Yosemite Pines Resort to the Yosemite National Park Big Oak Flat entrance. Valley floor is an additional 24-mile drive from park gate. YARTS motor coach shuttles depart Yosemite Pines right to the Yosemite Valley Visitor’s Center Spring through September. (877) 989-2787, yarts.com.
All National Park Service information for Yosemite National Park: nps.gov/yose
Groveland – This quaint town is just three miles west of Yosemite Pines Resort on Highway 120, and has a great “downtown” with a park, shops, restaurants and the famous Iron Door Saloon – said to be California’s oldest continuously-operating saloon. Mar-Val Market also has a wide selection of groceries.
Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum grovelandmuseum.com
Hiking near Groveland – Day hikes on the Big Creek Trail and to Wapama Falls. tinyurl.com/groveland-hiking
Information on other hikes in Yosemite National Park area: tinyurl.com/ynp-area-hikes
Guided Hiking Tours, Sightseeing Tours in Yosemite National Park. YFAguides.com
Horseback Riding – Pine Mountain Lake Stables – Call in advance: (209) 962-8667. tinyurl.com/horseback-pml
Several trail ride operators in Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows area: tinyurl.com/ynp-horseback-riding
Mountain Bike Riding – Groveland Ridge Trail tinyurl.com/groveland-ridge-trail
Winter Sports Activities – Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in Glacier Point and Crane Flat area, and ice skating at Half Dome Village in Yosemite Valley. tinyurl.com/ynp-winter-sports
Golf – Pine Mountain Lake Country Club – Semi-private golf course with on-site restaurant. (209) 962-8620 for tee times, (209) 962-8638 for restaurant reservations. tinyurl.com/pml-golfing
4WD Trails/OHV Riding Areas – Maps at Groveland Ranger Station, Highway 120 east of Ferretti Road.
Swimming Holes – Rainbow Pools, 15 miles east of Groveland. tinyurl.com/groveland-swim
Begin or end your stay at Yosemite Pines Resort with an exciting river rafting trip on the Tuolumne River! (Note: Most rafting operators meet at La Casa Loma River Store, east of Yosemite Pines at Highway 120 & Ferretti Rd)
Sierra Mac sierramac.com
Sunshine Rafting raftadventure.com
All-Outdoors Rafting aorafting.com
Arta Raft Trips arta.org
HIGHWAY 49 TOWNS
Columbia – Columbia State Historic Park, Museum, Stagecoach rides. visitcolumbiacalifornia.com
Sonora – Tuolumne County Museum. tchistory.org
Jamestown – Historic Gold Rush town with quaint inns, restaurants, shops, local vineyards. visittuolumne.com/jamestown
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park – Train Museum located in Jamestown. railtown1897.org
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK ENTRANCES
There are five main entrances to the Park:
1. The South Entrance – Highway 41 North from Fresno.
2. Arch Rock Entrance – Highway 140 West from Merced.
3. Big Oak Flat Entrance – Highway 120 West from Modesto and Manteca. (Closest to Yosemite Pines Resort)
4. Tioga Pass Entrance – Highway 120 East from Lee Vining and Highway 395.
5. Hetch Hetchy Entrance – Hetch Hetchy Road from Evergreen Road west of the Big Oak Flat Entrance.
The spring season (April and May) is the best time to view the park’s spectacular waterfalls. As warmer weather begins to melt the snow, creeks and streams are rushing with water, and many unnamed waterfalls and cascades can be seen all along the rim of Yosemite Valley. Roads closed during the winter season remain inaccessible.
The summer season (June through September) is the peak Yosemite vacation period. Some of the more popular places to visit include the large, open sub-alpine Tuolumne Meadows along the winding Tuolumne River, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the breath-taking outlook at Glacier Point and the Half-Dome, and the silvery mists of Bridalveil Fall. The Yosemite Valley offers endless opportunities to explore its world-renowned spectacular waterfalls, granite cliffs, and unusual rock formations. Hetch Hetchy, the lesser-known twin to Yosemite Valley, is home to equally magnificent scenery, as well as the starting point for many of the less-used wilderness trails.
The fall season (October and November) has fewer visitors, but still permits access to large areas of the park during the month of October, and sometimes into November. Since most of the trees in Yosemite are evergreens, the park is not known for its spectacular fall colors. However, if the weather remains seasonable, a Yosemite vacation still presents ample opportunity to explore the Park’s exquisite scenery at greater leisure. Short-term closures may occur because of weather conditions although Yosemite Valley and Wawona remain open all year.
The winter season (December through March) is a Yosemite vacation opportunity for those who enjoy skiing and solitude. While Yosemite Valley and Wawona remain accessible year-round, the Tioga Road and roads between Crane Flat and Tioga Pass, including the Tuolumne Meadows are closed. From mid-December through early April, the Glacier Point/Badger Pass Road is plowed to permit access to the popular downhill and cross-country skiing areas.
About 95 percent of Yosemite National Park was designated as wilderness in 1984. Wilderness camping is a viable alternative Yosemite vacation. Camping permits are required year-round for all overnight trips into the park’s wilderness country. However, unlike other Yosemite campgrounds and lodging facilities, these wilderness camping permits are free.
For those who prefer to spend a Yosemite vacation day-hiking along some of the park’s 800 miles of trails (without an overnight stay), no permits are needed. A trailhead quota system limits the number of hikers beginning from each trailhead per day.