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MADERA COUNTY

California's Gateway to Yosemite


Yosemite Mtn Sugar Pine Railroad ALL ABOARD!

Authentic Steam Powered Locomotives “Moonlight Special” Train, Barbeque & Entertainment • • • • •

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Family In 1965

Operating in the Sierra National Forest at Yosemite’s South Gate

Model-A Powered Railcars Museum Gift Shops Sandwich Shop Gold Panning


Thank you for reading the latest Visitors Guide from the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, promoting Madera County, California’s Gateway to Yosemite.

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As you read through the pages, you’ll see photos of stunning beauty taken by local photographers. You’ll read about the numerous attractions and activities that make Madera County a world class destination itself, located next to arguably the most beautiful spot on the planet: Yosemite National Park. You’ll learn that Madera County is California, as this region has everything for which our lovely state is known. The wine, the agriculture, the fine dining, the outdoor adventure and much more, it’s all here in Madera County. If you’re coming from out of state and looking to experience California, Madera County is the perfect place to do just that. Use this guide to plan your next vacation. You’ll find everything you need: lodging, dining, what to see, what to do, where to go and much more. From the highest peaks in the Sierra Nevada to the plains of the valley floor, the fun and excitement of Madera County is contained within these pages. Read on to plan the perfect California vacation in Madera County.

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Welcome to Madera County, situated in the heart of California. A perfect location surrounded by the peace and harmony of the Sierra Nevada National Forest, Yosemite National Park and Bass Lake. As chairman of the Madera County Board of Supervisors, I invite you to explore the county's diversity from the high, rugged country and Scenic Byway in the Sierra to the world-renowned Madera County Wine Trail. There is recreation for everyone at every level in and around the county such as skiing, fishing, hiking, camping, or, for a more leisurely activity, golfing at one of our beautifully landscaped golf courses. Madera County hosts a variety of lodging options from bed and breakfasts to full service hotels and is home to some great restaurants offering a variety of cultural cuisines. While visiting Madera County, we encourage you to learn about our local history which is preserved in our museums and historic communities, as well as the recently-opened Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County where more than 15,000 fossils have been unearthed, including those of mammoths and saber-toothed cats. On behalf of the Madera County Board of Supervisors and the people we serve, welcome to Madera County, where wonderful treasures and exciting adventures await you.

Frank Bigelow, Chairman Supervisor, District 1 Madera County Board of Supervisors Northside Drive, Yosemite N.P. - Donn HoyerŠ

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24-hr information board • guide books • maps free coffee • clean restrooms • postcards Post Office Box 2247, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Phone 559.683.4636 Fax 559.683.5697 ysvb@yosemitethisyear.com

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®2011 Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau. All rights reserved. Writer: Jarrod Lyman. Our thanks to all of the photographers who submitted photos for this publication: Gay Abarbanell, Creativity Unlimited, gaya926@gmail.com, 559-877-4867; Rikki Alley, rikki@rikkialley.com, 209-617-5095; Michael Ambrose, michaelambrose.com, michael@michaelambrose.com, 559-250-7853; Bill Brehm Jr.; Patty Cottington, petpal@netptc.net; Terry Dolph, Terry@dolphmedia.com, Dolphmedia.com; Barbara Ezell, avalonfreelance.com, avalonfreelance@gmail.com, 559-760-8615; Joanne Freemire, joanne.freemire@yahoo.com, 559-877-4911; Franka M. Gabler, frankagabler.com, franka@frankagabler.com, 559-683-0727, cell 559-760-2852; Jeff Grandy, jeffgrandyphotography.com, jgrandy@sti.net; Ron Hendershott, hendershott@sti.net, 559-683-6546; Donn Hoyer, donnhoyer.redbubble.com, digitalphotoart@sti.net; Victoria Hughes, DeadwoodDigital.com, Victoria@DeadwoodDigital.com; Donn Lusby, aroundyosemite.com, 559-683-5032; Paul Mullins, mullinsstudio.com; Martin Nunez, My.FresnoArts.net/profile/MartinNunez, martinonunez@yahoo.com, 559-288-8961; City of Chowchilla Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department; Jeanne Ratchford, GoodLightPhotography.net; Nancy Robbins, robbinsphotography.com, nancy@robbinsphotography.com, 209-617-7147; Roger Robinette, rhrobinette@yahoo.com, 559-676-1171; Rhonda Salisbury; Doug Scott, sburst7@sti.net; Debbie Sutherland, goatgal11@netptc.net; Peter Telian, ptelian@sti.net; Susanne Updike-Waite, sierravistastudios.com, tswaite@sti.net, 559-658-5950; Dan Warsinger, yosemitephoto.com, dan@yosemitephoto.com, 209-966-6622; Brian Wilhite, White Cloud Photography, yosemiteskyway.com, bluesky@sti.net, 888-759-9293 or 559-683-2812. Sierra Star® a McClatchy Company® • SierraStar.com • Publisher: Betty E. Linn; Design and layout Lisa Baker. 6

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As you read through this magazine, you’ll find that everything for which California is known can be found right here in Madera County. California’s Wine Country: Looking for fine wines and sprawling vineyards? You’ll find them in Madera County along the Madera Wine Trail. The family owned wineries along the trail have produced some amazing vintages, many of which have received prestigious awards at competitions around the country and beyond. California’s Farm Country: If you’re looking for the farm fresh fruits, nuts and other produce right from the fertile fields of Madera County, you’ll find that we’re one of the largest producers of pistachios, grapes, pomegranates and much more. Many of the foods you love back home make their start here in Madera County. California’s Restaurants: Of course those fresh ingredients find their way to the pantries of the outstanding restaurants throughout Madera County. California is known for being home to cutting edge chefs and cuisine, and Madera County is no different. Your taste buds will sing as you are treated to the culinary delights of our restaurants. From down-home cooking featuring the best burger you will ever eat, to five star fine dining and everything in between, your choices abound. California’s Fun: California is also known as a fun destination, and Madera County embodies that as well. With unique events such as the Tractor Parade of Lights in Madera each winter, the Tarantula Festival in Coarsegold each fall, or the Bass Lake Fishing Derby, you will find new ways for your family to come together and make memories. California’s Attractions: Of course we have fun attractions as well, such as Bass Lake, an outdoor haven with all sorts of boating, fishing and more. Or the Fossil Discovery Center in Chowchilla, a new museum featuring dozens of prehistoric animals found right here in Madera County. Try your hand at whitewater rafting, tour the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway or take a ride through history on a nearly 100-year-old steam locomotive. The adventure is here waiting for you in Madera County. California’s Gateway to Yosemite: Of course one icon California may be most known for is Yosemite. Yosemite is the crown jewel of the National Park Service and the area that gave rise to it. The majesty of Yosemite is unmistakable. The beauty undeniable. From powerful cascades, sending countless gallons of water flowing over granite precipices, to peaceful meadows teaming with life, Yosemite is something special – a piece of a simpler past and a place to once again connect with nature. So many people pass through Madera County on their way to visit the park, but they often find during their journey that there was much more to be found than the park itself. Yosemite is amazing, but the journey can add so much more to your vacation. Explore what Madera County has to offer, and you’ll see that Madera County is California.

Rhonda Salisbury Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau President Meadow, Hwy 41, Coarsegold - Susanne Updike-Waite©

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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MESSAGE FROM THE Supervisor .................5 President ....................7 INFORMATION GUIDES Area Information .....28 Dining .......................43 Lodging ..43, 45, 47, 49

MAPS Recreation Area at Bass Lake ..................... 21 Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway .................. 25 Area Map for Madera County/Southern Yosemite ..................... 26-27 Yosemite Valley................ 27 California Map ................. 28

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MADERA COUNTY IS Calling .......................... 3, 52 Artistic ................................ 9 Activities ..................... 10-11 Wine Country ................... 13 Agriculture ....................... 15 Great for Golfers .............. 16 Tribal Culture ................... 17 Wild .................................. 17 Fun ................................... 19

Diverse ............................. 23 Yosemite's Neighbor ....... 29 A Winter Wonderland ...... 31 A stone's throw from Yosemite ................. 33 A Water Lover's Paradise .. 35 Romance .......................... 37 History .............................. 39 Alive ................................. 41 Fine Food ......................... 42

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The majestic views of Yosemite and Madera County have inspired many an artist to capture the scenes in various forms. It has been said that Madera County is home to more artists per capita than any other place in the county. Their work can be seen at numerous galleries throughout the county. The Circle Gallery in Madera is the headquarters of the Madera County Arts Council. At the Circle Gallery, you will find works focusing on the valley way of life: beautiful scenes of vineyards, orchards and still-lifes featuring local crops. You’ll find many other galleries exhibiting the work of numerous local artists throughout Eastern Madera County as well. The largest collection can be found in Gallery Row in Oakhurst. Gallery Row is home to several museums showcasing beautiful photography, photo realistic paintings, inspired sculpture and much more. Nearly any medium you can imagine is on display, from canvas to jewelry, glass to ceramics. Each October the many galleries open their doors for the Sierra Art Trails. This annual celebration of the vibrant art community attracts people from throughout the country and beyond to see some of the most beautiful and inspired works of art they can imagine.

Photographer - Nancy Robbins©

You can also find some fun examples of the performing arts. The Golden Chain Theatre in Oakhurst is renowned for their melodramas. Audiences “boo” the villain and “cheer” for the hero, while the Grub Gulch Grannies perform during intermission. The Golden Chain Theatre also brings in other performances and stages their own, from powerful dramas to hilarious comedies. The Madera County Arts Council teams up with various businesses and non-profits in Madera each year to put on the Concerts in the Park series. Enjoy all genres of music throughout the summer in the beautiful setting of the Lions Town and Country Park in Madera. When looking around Madera County it’s easy to see why so many artists are attracted to the region. Take the time to browse the galleries, and perhaps you’ll find the perfect piece so that you can take a little slice of Madera County home with you. To learn more about the arts in Madera County and the numerous galleries and studios, visit www.YosemiteThisYear.com. Pines Flat Lupine - Paul Mullins©

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February

June

Valentine Wine Express

Bass Lake Boat Fest 2011

Wine & Chocolate Weekend/Madera Wine Trail

Bass Lake Arts & Crafts Fair

Chowchilla/District Chamber of Commerce • (559)665-5603 maderavintners.com • (800)613-0706

Fresno Flats Ragtime & Vintage Music Festival

v-driveboats.com • (559)322-9340 Pines Village • Bass Lake thecraftfair.org • (559)877-3474

Oakhurst • (559)683-6570

Classic V-Drive Boat Show

March

Art, Music and Dinner in the Meadow

Bass Lake • v-driveboats.com

Vision Academy of Arts Grand Night for the Arts Fundraiser*

Oakhurst • (559)683-7071 • *Scholarship Monies for Local High School Graduates Pursuing Higher Education in the Arts • Community Center

Coarsegold • (559)642-4448

Annual Sidewalk Celebration

Hot air balloon - Martin Nunez©

North Fork • (559)877-2487

April

Sierra Chamber Singers and Friends Concert

1st Annual Palms to Fossil 12K Run, Jog, Walk

Oakhurst Community Band Patriotic Concert

Western Stampede

Bass Lake Triathalon

Raymond Parade and Family Fun Day

July

Stage Route Tour

Light Up the Sky Annual Fireworks Show

"We Can Be Kind" • Oakhurst • (559)683-7071

(559)665-5603

Chowchilla • (559)665-1882 (559)689-3341

Coarsegold • coarsegoldhistoricmuseum.org

Annual Coarsegold Rodeo

thecoarsegoldrodeo.com • (559)683-1952

Barn, Madera - Lisa Baker©

Oakhurst Community Band Spring Concert oakhurstband.com • (559)760-3849

oakhurstband.com • (559)760-3849

Bass Lake basslakechamber.com (559)642-3676

Annual Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree

North Fork • (559)877-7700

Woodcarvers Rendezvous

Oakhurst • oakhurstchamber.com • (559)658-2405 or (562)425-0732

May

Chowchilla Lions Club Fireworks Show

Chowchilla Fairgrounds Chowchilla • (559)665-7639

Annual Bass Lake Fishing Derby Bass Lake • basslakechamber.com (559)642-3676

August

Bass Lake Arts & Crafts Fair

Bass Lake Arts & Crafts Fair

Pines Village • Bass Lake thecraftfair.org • (559)877-3474

CIE Wakeboard Championships Bass Lake/Pines Resort basslake.com • (559)642-3121

Logger's Jamboree, North Fork Roger Robinette©

Pines Village • Bass Lake thecraftfair.org • (559)877-3474

Annual Sierra Mono Museum Indian Fair Days & Pow Wow

Madera Speedway - Victoria Hughes©

Oakhurst Home & Garden Show

North Fork • (559)877-2115

Annual Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show

North Fork • (559)877-4597

Mountain Classic Car Show

oakhurstchamber.com • (559)683-7766 Bass Lake • acbs-tahoe.org • (559)733-8379

31st Annual Chamber Golf Tournament

Chowchilla District Chamber of Commerce • (559)665-5603

Chowchilla-Madera County Fair

Coarsegold Rodeo Susanne Updike-Waite©

Chowchilla/Fairgrounds • (559)665-3728

Memorial Day Weekend Peddlers Fair Coarsegold • (559)683-3900

Home & Garden Show

Oakhurst • oakhurstchamber.com • (559)683-7766

Spring Wine Trail Adventure/Madera Wine Trail maderavintners.com • (800)613-0706

Sierra Mountain Quilters Association Quilt Show Oakhurst • quiltshow@smqa.org • (559)877-7610

Flatlander Day Parade

Madera Ranchos • (559)645-4001

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These are just some of the events happening in the area, to see dates and additional events visit http://www.yosemitethisyear.com/events Franka Gabler© Madera Vineyard in Spring, East of Hwy 41

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Smokey Bear Run / Walk

Yosemite International Jazz Festival

smokeybearrun.com • (559)683-1770

Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino • (559)683-4636 Co-sponsored by Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau

Lions Club Home Tour

Annual Sierra Art Trails

Bass Lake • basslakehometour.com • (559)642-3037

12th Annual Chowchilla Chamber of Commerce Classic Car Show Chowchilla/Veterans Park • (559)665-5603

Labor Day Weekend Peddlers Fair Coarsegold • (559)683-3900

Old Timer's Day Parade & Celebration Madera • (559)675-7071

November Annual Bass Lake Tree Lighting Bass Lake ��� basslake.com (559)692-8868

Tenaya Lodge Christmas Tree Lightning

Old Timer's 'Day in the Park' Madera • (559)673-0291

Run for the Gold Car Show, Oakhurst - Victoria Hughes©

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Annual Run for the Gold Car Show

Oakhurst • runforthegold.net • (559)877-6500

Fish Camp • (559)683-7071

Bass Lake Arts & Crafts Fair

Celebrate Ag with the Arts Open Reception

Pines Village • Bass Lake thecraftfair.org • (559)877-3474

Madera District Fair

Holiday Spirit Wine Trail Weekend/Madera Wine Trail

maderaarts.com

Madera Fair Grounds • maderafair.com

maderavintners.com • (800)613-0706

Yosemite Flute & Art Festival

Holiday Art Affair

Oakhurst • yosemiteflutefest.com (559)641-5980

Madera County Arts Council maderaarts.com

Annual Mountain Heritage Days Oakhurst • (559)683-6570

October

Coarsegold Historic Village Susanne Updike-Waite©

43rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Christmas Gala at the Museum

fresnocycling.com

Madera County Historical Society

Bass Lake Arts & Crafts Fair

Christmas Tree Lighting

Pines Village • Bass Lake • thecraftfair.org • (559)877-3474

Coarsegold

Picayune Rancheria Pow Wow

Tractor Parade of Lights

Coarsegold • (559)683-6633 First weekend in October

Madera • (559)673-5951

Christmas Bazaar

Stage Route Tour

North Fork • (559)877-4554

Coarsegold • coarsegoldhistoricmuseum.org Coarsegold • (559)683-3900

Annual Grizzly Century Bike Ride North Fork • grizzlycentury.org

December Chowchilla • (559)665-7639

Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century

Tarantula Festival

Musican at Bass Lake Susanne Updike-Waite©

Tarantula - Susanne Updike-Waite©

Annual Children's Parade North Fork • (559)877-7590

Christmas Tree Lighting Oakhurst • (559)683-7653

Yosemite Trails Sleigh Rides Victoria Hughes©

North Fork Fall Festival

Christmas @ Fresno Flats

Fall Oakhurst Chocolate & Wine Festival

Annual Tree Christmas Tree Lighting

Oakhurst • (559)683-6570

North Fork • (559)877-4806 or (559)877-2282

Madera Ranchos • (559)645-4001

oakhurstchamber.com • (559)683-7766

Oakhurst Community Band Holiday Concert

oakhurstband.com • (559)760-3849

Chowchilla Stampede Cattle Drive Compliments of the City of Chowchilla©

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Tractor Parade of Lights, Madera - Jarrod Lyman©

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FEBRUARY 2011 2011 Wine & Chocolate Weekend Saturday, Feb. 12 - Sunday, Feb. 13 10 a.m. - 5 p.m MAY 2011 Spring Wine Trail Adventure Saturday, May 15 - Sunday, May 16 10 a.m. - 5 p.m NOVEMBER 2011 2010 Holiday Spirit Weekend Saturday, Nov. 12 - Sunday, Nov. 13 10 a.m. - 5 p.m

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California is known as wine country. What many people don’t know, however, is that Madera County is one of California’s, and the country’s, oldest winemaking regions. Madera County’s wine history can be traced back to the 1890s as settlers from other countries moved to the region and brought their wine making traditions with them. Those traditions have become ingrained in the vineyards and wineries Wine Barrels - Susanne Updike-Waite© that are found throughout the valley and foothills of Madera County, and have resulted in the region being one of the most prolific producers of wine grapes and wine in the country. The combination of oenological expertise and unique growing conditions, including soil types and climate conditions created by the Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin River, have set the stage for the establishment of award winning wineries throughout Madera County. From aperitifs and dessert wines to whites and reds for any palate, the vintners of Madera County are earning praise and accolades from critics and wine lovers alike. While you can often place orders, the only way to really get the whole experience is to visit the wineries and sample the wines in person. The Madera Wine Trail hosts three events each year that are the perfect opportunity to acquaint oneself with the varied selection of the trail or visit on your own, and meet the winemaker one-on-one and discover the passion each has put into every bottle of wine, making it that much more special. The beauty of the vineyards combined with the quality wines will make your journey on the Madera Wine Trail one you won’t soon forget. And if you’re like many others, you’ll find yourself here again and again.

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Supporting the Visual & Performing Arts in Eastern Madera County with Shows & Art Festivals

www.northforkartscouncil.org

PutneyRanchCamp.com 10 Platform Cabins at Lake Manzanita Available for Reunions, Religious Retreats, Youth Camps, etc. 559

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North Fork

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104 Years of History, Food & Fun!

Something for Everyone! Art in the Garden ◆ Didgeridoo Fest ◆ Fall Follies Christmas Bazaar, Parade & Art Show ◆ Fall Festival & Art Show Derby Spring Fling ◆ Squirrel Cage Theatre ◆ Sidewalk Arts Festival Grizzly Bike Ride ◆ Indian Fair Days Pow Wow ◆ Kids Fishing Loggers Jamboree ◆ Mountain Classic Car Show

Operated by Madera County Sheriff’s Dept.

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JANET WHEELER Homes, Ranches, Bass Lake, North Fork, Commercial & O’Neals and Lake Property surrounding area

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877-6209

PO Box 400 33030 Road 228 North Fork CA 93643 EASTERN MADERA COUNTY’S NEWSPAPER

www.chawanakee.k12.ca.us

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Visit Oakhurst’s First Winery and Taste our AwardWinning Wines OPEN FOR WINETASTING: JUNE-AUGUST: Wed - Sun : 12 pm - 4 pm SEPT-MAY: Friday - Sun : 12 pm - 4 pm Or By Appt.

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The fertile soil of Madera County grows many things. Many of your favorite produce items are grown right here in the fields of California’s Gateway to Yosemite. The fruit in your fridge, nuts in your party bowl and vegetables in your salad may very well have been grown by the farmers in Madera County.

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Pomegranate - Terry Dolph©

Madera County extends into the San Joaquin Valley and is the home to a thriving agrarian way of life. Many of the farms are still family owned and operated, maintaining the charm and appeal associated with the image of American farming. What many people are surprised to learn is how many wine grapes are grown in Madera County. More than two thirds of all wine produced in the United States gets its start from vines in this region. Many well known wineries in California buy their grapes from this region as well, making this California’s true wine country. Grapes aren’t the only crop for which this region is known. One popular fruit that grows prolifically in the valley is pomegranates. The pomegranate has enjoyed a tremendous surge in popularity in recent years, fueled by its level of antioxidants and other health benefits. Between the growing and processing of pomegranates, Madera County is quickly becoming a leader in producing this heart-healthy fruit. Pistachios are also a very abundant crop here. As you drive through the valley you’ll see pistachio trees lining the streets. It’s exciting to come during harvest and watch the farmers gather their crop with large machines that literally shake the nuts from the trees, where they are gathered and shipped off to a store for you to enjoy. Figs are another important fruit, and again, Madera County provides a sizeable portion of that US fig crop. This versatile fruit is enjoying a fresh popularity as chefs learn of fun and delicious recipes involving this tasty treat. You can sample the fruits, nuts, vegetables and more of our farmers’ labors at local restaurants and at farmers markets throughout the county. Nothing can compare to the flavor of fresh produce plucked from the field that very morning. Fig orchard, Madera - Paul Mullins©

Walnut trees - Martin Nunez© Foresta, Yosemite Debra Sutherland©

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Riverpark Golf Center, Madera County Victoria Hughes©

For many, no vacation is complete without a round or two of golf. There are in California’s Gateway to Yosemite, where you’ll find a challenging round of golf at an affordable rate.

You can “play through” Madera County, stopping at five courses on the valley, and two beautiful courses east of Oakhurst off Highway 49. Sierra Meadows County Club Course winds through the foothills, Sierra Meadows and is also a favorite event location, perfect for meetings and popular for weddings. A short drive up the road is the 9-hole River Creek Golf Course. Yosemite is home to the only golf course in a National Park. The Wawona Golf Course, directly across the street from historic Wawona Hotel is home to a 9-hole, par 35 course open seasonally. So when you pack for your vacation, be sure to bring your clubs. You’ll be happy you did. Golfing in the Sierra Foothills Donn Lusby©

Bass Lake RecReation aRea Sierra National Forest

Beautiful campsites along the shore of Bass Lake Group camping available

Paved day-use picnic areas Boat ramp

To reserve your site, call

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Other camping areas on the Sierra National Forest are also available

The Bass Lake Recreation Area is operated by California Land Management, a professional recreation management company operating under a Special Use Permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

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Some people are drawn to tribal culture, as the history and spirituality of various tribes varies so much from what we see on a day to day basis. This culture is alive and well in Madera County, and can be seen in museums and special events throughout the year. Dancer, North Fork Pow Wow Barbara Ezell©

Inuit 2010 Head Woman Dancer, North Fork Pow Wow Barbara Ezell©

Pow Wow souvenir stand - Doug Scott©

The region has been home to numerous tribes, such as the Miwok who inhabited Yosemite Valley, the Mono of the Sierra Nevada mountains who reside mostly in North Fork today and the Chukchansi, one of several tribes that spoke a common language throughout Central California. The ceremonies and customs of the tribes are demonstrated at Pow Wow’s every year. The Mono host Indian Fair Days and Pow Wow each August in North Fork. There you will see traditional dancing, explore traditional native foods and enjoy native arts and crafts. Many other tribes attend this Pow Wow, giving you the chance to see the unique customs of each of them. The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians holds their annual celebration the first weekend of each October. There you will experience the heritage of the Chukchansi tribe, as well as tribes from throughout California and beyond, as they share their unique cultures with each other and guests looking to experience the unique arts and traditions of native peoples.

Dancer, North Fork Pow Wow - Barbara Ezell©

Long before Europeans found and explored Yosemite National Park and the San Joaquin Valley, native people called this area home. Pow Wows and museums are glimpses into what that life was like centuries before.

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While Madera County has a well documented history going back well over a century, a new museum is focusing on the pre-history, dating back tens of thousands of years. The Fossil Discovery Center is a newly opened museum in Chowchilla showcasing the fossilized remains of prehistoric behemoths found on location behind the center. Crews working on a landfill in the mid 1990s found what turned out to be a fossil. What started out as an inspection that paleontologists thought would take only a few weeks continues to this day as a productive dig with more than 15,000 fossils unearthed and more are being found regularly. The area is now the largest Pleistocene fossil bed in the western United States. Species such as California’s official state fossil, the sabre-toothed cat, have been found, as well as huge mammoths, short faced bears, the largest bear to ever walk the Earth and many more are all on display. Other denizens, such as the Dire Wolf, the massive Harland’s Ground Sloth and many others can also be seen at the Fossil Discovery Center.

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Scientists working on site can give guests a firsthand look at the work that goes on at the site, as well as unprecedented knowledge of the animals that used to roam the area. You can find out more and schedule your tour at www.MaderaMammoths.org. Road 145, Madera County - Donn Hoyer©

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One of the main indicators of a good vacation is how much fun it was. Rest assured that you will have plenty of fun, memory making opportunities during your vacation in California’s Gateway to Yosemite. From the valley to the foothills, Madera County is full of fun attractions, activities and events for all ages. Ride the trolly to see the workings of a pomegranate farm at Home Grown Cellars in Madera, or ride The Logger at the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Rail Road in Fish Camp. Want to hit the water? Ride the Bass Lake Queen and see what Sunset Magazine called one of the West’s Best Lakes. Bald Eagle, Bass Lake - Bill Brehm Jr.©

If you’re more in to nature, take a day and tour the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway. This 100 mile trip takes you from North Fork, the exact center of California (another fun attraction to visit), up to the high country of Madera County, with some of the most awe-inspiring panoramic views you can imagine. The Byway overlooks sweeping vistas of granite peaks, pine forests above sparkling lakes. If adventure is your calling, try white water rafting in the clear waters out of Yosemite with Zephyr Whitewater Rafting or O.A.R.S. If you prefer to stay on land, find adventure horseback riding with the Yosemite Cowboys at Yosemite Trail Pack Station or at Red’s Meadow on the other side of the Sierra Nevada. Others, find fun in sampling Forks Pier, Bass Lake Debra Sutherland© the local wines. You can try many varieties at Appellation California in Madera, which specializes in showcasing wines produced locally along with local cheeses, fruits and nuts. There are numerous ways to have fun in Madera County and these are just a few ideas of what’s in store for you. You can find more at www.YosemiteThisYear.com or forge your own trail to fun as you explore Madera County.

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As you read through this magazine, you’ll learn that Madera County is a land of diversity, encompassing fertile fields in the valley on up to soaring mountains in the eastern half of the county. Throughout, you’ll find cities and towns with attractions and activities just as varied. AHWAHNEE Ahwahnee is another small mountain community, located west of Oakhurst on Highway 49. Several popular bed and breakfasts are located in Ahwahnee. Stay here and be away from it all, while still just moments from restaurants, shopping and only half an hour to the southern entrance in to Yosemite. BASS LAKE A sapphire gem in the mountains, Bass Lake is a popular vacation spot. A beautiful hotel, spacious cabins, campgrounds and vacation rentals ranging from rustic to luxurious are all found in Bass Lake, as well as the Pines Village, a fun shopping center. There you can experience many fun events, such as the regular craft fairs, the annual Antique and Classic Wooden Boat show and an upcoming triathlon. Perhaps the biggest event is the annual fireworks display on July 4, an amazing spectacle of light and color above the lake. COARSEGOLD Located at the intersection of Raymond Road and Highway 41 in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada is Coarsegold. As the name may suggest, Coarsegold was a gold rush town, after coarse nuggets were found in a nearby stream. Today the community is home to the largest Indian casino in Central California, a charming bed and breakfast and historic museum and numerous special events like the popular Peddlers Fair each Memorial and Labor Day, and the annual rodeo and Tarantula Festival. CHOWCHILLA Chowchilla is Madera County’s second incorporated city. A western town in many ways, at no time is this more evident than each April when they hold the Western Stampede, where countless cattle are herded down the city’s mainstreet in an amazing spectacle. Each May you’ll have a blast at the Madera County Fair, held at the county fairgrounds in Chowchilla, another fun way to experience Madera County. FISH CAMP The northernmost attractions in Madera County are in Fish Camp. Here you’ll find the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Rail Road, a popular historic trek on a Shay locomotive. Fish Camp is also home to a very popular inn and restaurant next door to the railroad, making it a great spot to stay. Fish Camp is also the closest community to the entrance to Yosemite, and a wonderful retreat for those looking to escape summer heat. YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

MADERA Madera is the seat of the county that share’s it’s name. The largest city in the county, you will find museums, an art gallery, great food and excellent hotels. Madera isn’t just part of California’s Gateway to Yosemite, but it’s an excellent place to stay and explore much of central California. From the beaches to the west to the giant sequoias to the east, it’s placement along several main highways makes it an ideal place to stay and play. The Madera region is also home to many of the wineries along the Madera Wine Trail, and a great spot for exploring the agricultural tourism opportunities, or “agtourism,” for those who have never experienced life on a farm. MADERA RANCHOS Madera Ranchos is a small community east of Madera. The Ranchos, as it is often referred to by locals, is well known for it’s famous founders, Jack Haley who played the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, and Jackie Gleason. Many streets are named after Hollywood stars of the time, reflecting their connection to Tinsel Town. NORTH FORK Located “In the middle of it all,” North Fork is the exact center of California. A charming mountain town, it has a motel and a guest ranch, and is a popular kick off point for the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway. It also boasts a tribal museum and fun restaurants and more. Annual events include the Mid Sierra Loggers Jamboree each July and the North Fork Fall Festival each October. OAKHURST Just a few miles up Highway 41 from Coarsegold is Oakhurst, the largest of the unincorporated communities in Madera County. Oakhurst is home to several hotels, bed and breakfasts as well as central California’s only five star restaurant, numerous art galleries and several museums. Oakhurst is even home to the newest winery along the Madera Wine Trail. Enjoy popular annual events such as the Run for the Gold Car Show, Chocolate and Wine festival and many more. Browse the gift shops, or see if you can find all the carved bears throughout the community. O’NEALS North and east of Madera Ranchos is O’Neals, another small town, located in the foothills. O’Neals remained a quiet community while other neighbors experienced booms thanks to logging or the discovery of gold. Today, O’Neals holds a popular stop along the Madera Wine Trail, as it’s home to a vineyard and winery. RAYMOND Out west is Raymond, a historic hamlet that was once the last stop for pretty much any person on their way to Yosemite in the 1800s. A historic museum in Raymond puts that history on display, and even offers walking tours of the historic community each year. Raymond - Nancy Robbins© 23


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Yosemite's Neighbor

The soaring granite cliffs and thundering waterfalls of Yosemite National Park have inspired and awed countless visitors since the days of John Muir. It’s little wonder, as it has been said, Mother Nature was showing off when this stunning valley was created. Yosemite is more than just the icons of the valley however, as the more than 1200 square miles would suggest. There are countless trails that take you off the beaten path to explore seldom seen vistas, powerful rivers and quiet streams creating a rich riparian habitat. Then there are the groves of Giant Sequoias, the largest trees in the world, such as Mariposa Grove, just above the southern entrance. These giants dwarf every living thing around, as their size defies logic. From the unique subspecies of the Great Gray Owl found only in Yosemite, to the popular black bears foraging in the woods, the variety of plant and animal life showcase just how alive Yosemite National Park is. Yosemite National Park is many things to many people. In some, as it reinforces in some of the majesty and, at the same time, fragility of nature. To others, it’s a metaphor for the diversity for which America is known with its verdant forests contrasted by lush meadows all overlooked by sentry like cliffs of hard granite and towering spires. Yosemite is a reminder that despite all the advancements human kind has made, sometimes they still pale in comparison to what nature can create with a little time, rock and ice. Enjoy Yosemite as you find yourself in nature’s element, and just try to come away without a level of inspiration. Let the stunning vistas take your breath away. Pause a minute and contemplate the people who have taken in these views before, from the smallest child to heads of state. Meanwhile, let us be your guide as you explore everything the park, and California’s Gateway to Yosemite, has to offer. There are long time must-see favorites, such as Tunnel View where the expanse of the valley first opens up before your eyes, or Glacier Point, where you’re perched a few thousand feet above the valley below and the sheer immensity of the park becomes most evident. Whether this is your first time to the park or your hundredth, there is always something new to find. The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau looks forward to sharing that discovery with you. Valley View, Yosemite Valley - Dan Warsinger©

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Imagine sipping a steaming hot mug of coffee while taking in the serenity of a new blanket of snow covering lofty pines. This relaxing image doesn’t have to remain in your imagination if you visit Madera County in the winter. Madera County is an ideal location for winter travel for a family wanting to play in the snow. You can stay in one of the communities in the foothills or the valley is minutes from snow, or stay at a resort in the snow to get the full experience of a winter wonderland.

Badger Pass Ski lift - Franka Gabler©

Strap on some snowshoes and be the first to trek through a new snowfall. If you’re more in to Badger Pass Ski Area - Franka Gabler© adventure, bring up the snowmobiles and enjoy speeding between the trees with friends as you carve your way through the forest. Or, head up to Badger Pass in Yosemite and try your hand at the cross country or downhill ski runs. Few things are as beautiful as Yosemite in the winter. If solitude and peace combined with postcard like beauty are what you seek, then a wintertime trip to California’s Gateway to Yosemite is just what you are looking for.

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A stone's throw from Yosemite Yosemite National Park attracts millions of visitors from across the world each year. It also attracts people like Park Superintendent Don Neubacher who dedicate their life to protecting Yosemite for visitors to enjoy. “Even as a child, I knew I wanted to work for the National Park Service (NPS) and specifically Yosemite National Park,” Neubacher said.

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His dream became reality last year when he was selected superintendent for what many consider the crown jewel of the National Park System. He said national parks, such as Yosemite, are popular destinations for tourists because of what they represent. “The National Park System, from the Lincoln Memorial to Yellowstone, represents the heart and soul of the nation—special places we want to share with all Americans and preserve for future generations.”

The National Park Service works to balance the need for people to experience Yosemite while protecting the park's incredible resources. Some of the most memorable moments for Neubacher come from talking to visitors for whom Yosemite means so much. “This summer I was up at Glacier Point with several friends" said Neubacher. "We were sitting, admiring the clear view of the rugged mountain peaks, and started talking to the woman next to us. She told us she was from Germany and that she had been saving her whole life to come to Yosemite." Despite dedicating his life to national parks, Neubacher still finds himself as excited as a tourist seeing the park for the first time when he explores all Yosemite. “I love to watch birds and other wildlife. So when I found out I was coming to Yosemite, I knew I would see a rare and endangered species—the Great Gray Owl. One evening I had the rare privilege to accompany the park’s incredible ornithologist Sarah Stock, Joe Medley, and a group of researchers on an evening outing to try to see these majestic birds. Seeing one is a rare event, because of the low numbers of this owl in Yosemite. The superintendent said that a female owl flew past the group and landed in a tree. She sat there for a moment and then suddenly swooped down into the meadow and came up with a gopher. "I was so excited my heart was pounding the entire time," said Neubacher. "Parks create opportunities for special things to happen, they provide memorable experiences for us that touch our hearts.”

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Wet Spring, View from the Swinging Bridge - Franka Gabler©

It’s hard to think of California and not associate it with the water. Madera County once again has all for which California is known, with several popular lakes enticing visitors. Bass Lake is perhaps the most well known, having played host to countless vacations, special events and even a few movie productions. The sparkling blue water surrounded by pine trees makes for a beautiful sight. Fishing, boating, skiing, wakeboarding and just about any other aquatic sport or activity you could think of can be found in abundance. If you’re looking to get out on the water but don’t have your own vessel, you can rent anything from a PWC on up to a pontoon boat at three different businesses on the water. Beautiful beaches attract families looking to take the iconic summer vacation, as nothing is more “Americana” than kids playing in the water while dad grills lunch on the barbecue. Enjoy the comfortable waters at popular spots such as Falls Beach, where the water comes in to Bass Lake cascading down a rock formation, or find your own private spot to make your own memories. There is plenty to do off the water as well. There are numerous events throughout the year such as craft fairs and weekly farmer’s markets in the summer. Scenic hiking trails offering beautiful views of the surroundings such as the Way of the Mono trail, an easy hike with the reward of a panoramic spread of Bass Lake before you. Photo tip: The best photo opportunities from this location are in the afternoon hours, as the sun will be in the foreground in the morning hours. For those who want to stay close to the water, it is quite easy at Bass Lake, because just about anything you could need is located moments from shore. From lodging to dining to shopping, it’s all located at Bass Lake. Choose from rustic camping, a cozy cabin, vacation home rental or full service resort, all at the lake. Dining options are just as plentiful, as you can enjoy good ‘ole down home cooking to a gourmet dinner paired with local wines. The wildlife is another attraction for a lot of people. The lake is home to a population of Bald Eagles, always an exciting site for visitor and locals alike. You can also find deer, squirrels and even the occasional bear has been known to frequent the lesser populated areas. Bass Lake is far from Madera County’s only popular lake. Millerton Lake, just a short drive east of Madera, is a popular State Recreation Area with excellent fishing, boating and swimming, and a great place to visit if you’re exploring the valley’s numerous attractions. If you prefer your lakes to be in the wilderness, then try Redinger or Mammoth Pool Reservoir. Both of these lakes are located along the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway, and are breathtakingly beautiful. They are also off the beaten path, so you can sometimes quite literally have the lake to yourself as you enjoy the beauty. Merced River, Wawona - Debra Sutherland©

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Few things can be more romantic than a couple confirming their lifelong commitment beneath the beautiful waterfalls of Yosemite National Park. Perhaps that’s why so many weddings are performed in the popular national park. There are numerous scenic places in which weddings can be performed. One amazing spot is the overlook at Glacier Point, with all of Yosemite Valley spread out before the Waterwheel Falls - Michael Ambrose© couple in a perfect metaphor for the happy life ahead of them. The Yosemite Chapel is another beautiful location, framed by the towering pine trees and even more magnificent granite cliffs of the valley. You can find the permit and pricing information for your Yosemite wedding at www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/weddings.htm. Yosemite isn’t the only popular wedding spot in the region, however. From the valley floor to the Sierra Nevada, the romance of Madera County inspires many to come and say “I do.” Outdoor locations are a common theme in Madera County weddings, as the beautiful scenery is inescapable throughout. Appellation California in Madera has become a popular wedding venue. The wine tasting room is located on a sprawling green lawn, with seemingly endless rows of vineyards around it. The massive oak tree and park like setting have played host to several ceremonies, and are becoming more and more popular as the word spreads. Bass Lake is another favorite wedding location. Ceremonies have been held right on the shore at recreation areas as well as at the famous Pines Resort, Forks Resort and Miller’s Landing. Each provides beautiful locations as well as the other amenities necessary to make a wedding perfect. Some people prefer the solace and peacefulness of a wedding in the forest. Paradise Springs is the ideal location for someone looking for that. Located in the Sierra National Forest, it is a stone’s throw from the Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias and minutes from Oakhurst. The luxurious cabins sitting amid lofty pines next to babbling brooks make for a setting of romance that will make the bride the envy of the wedding party. The possibilities are endless. From orchards and vineyards to meadows and forests, the romance of Madera County will make the perfect setting as a couple in love starts on their journey together. Contact the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau to receive a wedding planner packet to get started on your journey today. Chilnualna Falls - Nancy Robbins©

MADERA COUNTY

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Romance

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Consortium of Southern Yosemite Museums CAPTURE . EXPLORE . MARVEL . INVESTIGATE . REMINISCE

WHAT’S HAPPENING 2011 Mark your calendars and enjoy these fun-filled family events! • March 13 – May 8

Ladies of Lincoln’s Era

at the Wild Wonderful King Vintage Museum. Exhibition provided by CERA and originated by Mission San Juan Capistrano; Orange County’s mission, historic landmark and museum

• Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 25, 26 & 27

Civil War Living History

Sponsored by the Wild Wonderful King Vintage Museum and held at the Oakhurst Community Park

Fostering an Awareness of History and Appreciation of Vintage Fashion

• 1790 Ballroom Slippers • The Corset Display • Civil War Memorabilia • Men’s & Children’s Sections & Much More! Call for Museum Hours

Tours available by appointment for individuals, groups, clubs and schools Museum: 559-658-6999 40680 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

www.kingvintagemuseum.org

Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park Capture the flavor of family life in the mountains a century ago

• Saturday and Sunday, April 9 & 10

Daily: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Gem & Mineral Show

Mining & Mineral Museum Mariposa Fair Grounds, Hwy. 49, Mariposa

• Saturday, June 4

Art, Dinner and Music in the Meadow

Phone: 559-683-6570 49777 School Road www.FresnoFlatsMuseum.org

Sponsored by Coarsegold Historic Museum 31899 Hwy 41, Coarsegold • Sunday, July 17

Dolbeer Steam Donkey “Steam-up” & Free Ice Cream Social

Central Sierra Historical Society 42642 Tollhouse Road, Shaver Lake

• Sunday, July 24 & August 21

Moonlight Melodrama 6 p.m. - Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Hwy 41, Fish Camp

• Saturday and Sunday, August 6 & 7

41st Annual Indian Fair Days and Pow Wow

Central Sierra Historical Society AT CAMP EDISON 42642 Tollhouse Road P.O. Box 617 Shaver Lake, CA 93664

559-841-4478

• Museum • Restored Caboose 51 From The SJ&E Railroad • Operational 1905 Dolbeer Steam Donkey • Hydroelectric Plant • Ampitheater • Pine Logging Camp (Remote Site) • Native American Culture • Speakers Program • Special Events

cshs@netptc.net • www.sierrahistorical.org

Explore the History of Coarsegold & Eastern Madera County

North Fork Recreation Center

• Friday and Saturday, September 16 & 17

Heritage Days

Fresno Flats 49777 School Road, Oakhurst

• Saturday, December 3

Breakfast with Santa Sponsored by Children’s Museum of the Sierra

www.southernyosemitemuseums.org

• Restored buildings • Artifacts • Research Library Hours vary by season • Call for information or to schedule an appointment

559-642-4448

www.coarsegoldhistoricmuseum.org

Children’s Museum of the Sierra “A world of hands-on exploration awaits you.”

Be a fireman or take a ride on the pirate ship! Explore butterflies, fossils & fluorescent rocks. Tues - Sat: 10a.m. - 4p.m. • Sun: 1p.m. - 4p.m. Call for extended summer hours

49269 Golden Oak Drive, Oakhurst 559-658-5656 www.childrensmuseumofthesierra.org

Raymond Museum: The Charles Miller House

EST. 1894 Open most weekdays during normal business hours

Completely Restored Beautiful Stained Glass Windows Replicated from Original Glass Fragments.

Oakhill Cemetery - Hwy 41 Oakhurst

• Built in 1886 • Listed on the California Registry of Historic Places • Learn the of secret of why between 1886 and 1946 “all roads led to Raymond”

For Info: Madera Cemetery Office P.O. Box 477, Madera, CA 93639

Road 600 • Raymond • (559) 689-1886 www.southernyosemitemuseums.org/rm

A Glance at Life at the Turn of the Century

Find Real Gold

THE THORNBERRY HOUSE Visit the Thornberry Family Log Cabin

Plus, fantastic gem and mineral specimens.

Over 100 years old!

Fish Camp CA

Located at Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad www.ymsprr.com

559-683-7273

MAY IS MUSEUM MONTH Visit one of these museums. Call for Special Events www.southernyosemitemuseums.org

www.southernyosemitemuseums.org

Re-live the Gold Rush Days in our mine tunnel. Kids Activities Gift & Jewelry Shop Adults: $4 • 12 & under: Free

at the

California State Mining & Mineral Museum at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds 30 minutes north of Oakhurst on Hwy 49

209-742-7625


MADERA COUNTY

is

History

Mariposa Grove Museum Nancy Robbins©

The history of Madera County is rich and storied with tales of gold miners heading out west hoping to strike it rich, loggers felling trees to fuel the industrial revolution, and farmers working soil so rich, all you needed was a few seeds and some water. These stories and more are told – and shown – at museums and attractions throughout California’s Gateway to Yosemite. Turn-of-the-century life is on display at the Madera County Historical Society’s museum, located in a century old courthouse in Madera, which illustrates the impact the lumber industry played in the formation of the county. Several other museums can be found as you head east. In Raymond, the Charles Miller House, built in 1886, answers the question of why between 1886 and 1946, it was said “All roads lead to Raymond.” This board and batten homestead is listed in the California Registry of Historic Places. The Coarsegold Historic Museum is a collection of artifacts and buildings that date back to the 1800’s, showcasing life during that time period in this gold rush town.

Madera County Museum - Victoria Hughes©

Oakhurst has several museums. Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park recaptures the flavor of 19th Century life in Oakhurst, known at the time as Fresno Flats. Also in Oakhurst is the Wild Wonderful King Vintage Museum, which highlights the ever changing world of fashion. Collections include men's, women's and children’s clothing as far back as the 1700’s, as well military uniforms and more. The Little Church on the Hill was the first church in Fresno Flats, dating back to the 1850s. It is a popular spot for photography in the area. Kids can explore at the Children’s Museum of the Sierra, also in Oakhurst. This museum provides hands-on exhibits encouraging kids, and their parents, to learn through doing. Tribal culture is on display at the Sierra Mono Indian Museum in North Fork. The museum has a wide selection of Indian arts and explores Native American history and culture. It also features authentic wildlife dioramas depicting regional animals and more. Head up north on Highway 41 to Fish Camp to explore the Thornberry Museum, part of the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Rail Road. There you will find actual equipment used by loggers more than 100 years ago on the very mountains traversed by the railroad today.

Ross Cabin - Gay Abarbanell©

Explore each of these museums to uncover a history that is exciting and enveloping. Many of these historic locations offer special events that bring to life the history shown inside. To find out more, contact the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau or visit our Calendar of Events at www.YosemiteThisYear.com or www.VisitMaderaCounty.com.

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Wilderness permits These are required for overnight stays in wilderness areas. Contact the agencies listed below. Sierra National Forest, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Bass Lake Ranger District North Fork ............................................ (559) 877-2218 Oakhurst............................................... (559) 658-7588 Yosemite Backcountry/Wilderness ..... (209) 372-0740

See map on page 25 for location.

CAMPGROUND

Units

Fees/$

Water

Reservable

Elevation (ft.)

Big Sandy

18

Y

No

No

5800

Bowler Groups & Horses

12

N

No

No

7000

Chilkoot

14

Y

No

Yes

4600

China Bar Hike/Boat In

6

N

No

No

3300

Clover Meadow

7

N

Yes

No

7000

Public showers

Fish Creek

7

Y

No

Yes

4600

Fresno Dome

15

Y

No

No

6400

There are none at the campgrounds. For a fee, public showers are available at Miller’s Landing at Bass Lake, High Sierra RV in Oakhurst, and Jones Store at Beasore Meadows.

Gaggs Camp

12

Y

No

No

5700

Granite Creek

20

N

No

No

7000

Greys Mountain

26

Y

No

No

5400

Jerseydale

8

N

Yes

No

3600

Kelty Meadow

11

Y

No

Yes

5800

Little Jackass

5

N

No

No

4800

Lower Chiquito

7

Y

No

No

4900

Mammoth Pool

47

Y

Yes

Yes

3400

Nelder Grove

7

N

No

No

5500

Pack it in - Pack it out Many campgrounds do not have garbage pickup, so campers need to pack out all trash.

Campfire permits

Horse Corral

Horse Camp

Placer

8

Y

No

Yes

4100

Rock Creek

18

Y

Yes

Yes

4300

Soda Springs

18

Y

No

No

4300

Soquel

11

Y

No

Yes

5400

Summit

6

N

No

No

5800

Summerdale

30

Y

Yes

Yes

5000

Sweetwater

10

Y

No

Yes

3800

RV parks

Texas Flat Groups & Horses

4

Y

No

Yes

5400

Upper Chiquito

20

N

No

No

6800

You’ve come to the right place. If you love meeting life-long friends and enjoy having a different backyard every so often, as most RV enthusiasts do, we have you covered. Madera County has more than a half-dozen RV parks that offer everything from sparkling swimming pools to gift shops featuring wild huckleberry bark and strawberry rhubarb jam. Step outside your RV with a fresh cup of coffee and savor the breathtaking views.

Whiskers

8

Y

No

No

5300

Whisky Falls

14

N

No

No

5800

These are required outside designated campgrounds in all areas of the National Forest. Free permits may be obtained from the Forest Service or the California Department of Forestry.

Arena RV Park Chowchilla • (559) 665-1752 Bass Lake Recreation Resort Bass Lake • (559) 642-3145 Country Living Mobile Home and RV Park Madera • (559) 674-5343 Elks Lodge Oakhurst • (559) 683-2717

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Sierra National Forest

Campfire - Peter Telian©

High Sierra RV and Mobile Home Park (page 22) Oakhurst • (559) 683-7662 Lakes RV & Golf Resort Chowchilla • (559) 665-6980 Yosemite South KOA Coarsegold • (559) 683-7855 Mariposa Grove - Nancy Robbins©

Bass Lake Recreation Area See map on page 21 for location.

All are single-family units except for Wishon and Lupine-Cedar Bluff, which offer double-family spaces. Fees subject to change.

CAMPGROUND

Units

Fees/$

Water

Reservable

Elevation (ft.)

113

Y

Yes

Yes

3500

Open Year-Round Lupine-Cedar Bluff

Open May 14 - September 10 Forks

31

Y

Yes

Yes

3500

Spring Cove

63

Y

Yes

Yes

3500

Wishon Point

47

Y

Yes

Yes

3500

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MADERA COUNTY

is

Alive

Chipmunk - Nancy Robbins©

Bee and Sunflower Martin Nunez©

Whether you’re exploring the valley floor or hiking through the high country of the Sierra Nevada, you’ll quickly learn one truth about Madera County: it is teeming with life.

Numerous species of both plants and animals make Madera County their home. From the smallest rodent to trophy deer, the animal species are abundant. The state animal, the Black Bear, makes its home throughout the region as specimens are seen in wilderness areas. Other large animals such as big horn sheep, mule deer and coyotes are also common, and can be seen throughout the county. Of course, squirrels, raccoons, skunks and even opossum are other common animals. Bobcats and even mountain lions are also known to live in the region, though their shyness makes them a less common sight. Other, rare animals include Ring Tailed Muledeer buck - Nancy Robbins© Cats, Marmots and Pacific Fishers. Catching a glimpse of one of these elusive animals is something special. Be sure to bring a camera to show off your lucky find to jealous friends back home. Numerous birds are found throughout the region. Keep an eye out for brightly colored Stellar’s Blue Jays and Mountain Bluebirds. Look for the iridescent purple flash of a Rufous Hummingbird, or the vivid yellow plumage of the western Tanager. These are just a small sample of the birds found throughout the region, not including the many Black Bear - Nancy Robbins© mighty raptors. The Great Horned Owl makes its home in the region, as well as Peregrine Falcons and various hawks and eagles. Whether you’re a member of your local chapter of the Audubon Society or just someone who enjoys wildlife, you’ll enjoy the diversity of the birds and other wildlife found in Madera County. Trail ride - Ron Hendershott©

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MADERA COUNTY

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AMERICAS BEST VALUE INN - YOSEMITE

King suite Pool & Spa Cable TV & HBO Non-smoking & Disability Accessible Rooms Complimentary Continental Breakfast FEMA & AARP Approved Tour Group Friendly Newest Interior Corridor Guest Laundry Connecting Rooms Microwave & Refrigerators In-room iron/board In-room Hairdryer Fax Machine & Copier Wireless Internet

48800 Royal Oaks Dr., Oakhurst, CA 93644

559/658-5500 www.abviyosemite.com For Reservations, Call Hotel Direct:

800/658-2888

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Fine Food

Panna Cotta - GrenouilleFilms©

One of the great aspects to Madera County cuisine is the bounty of locally grown ingredients. The inclusion of seasonal, locally grown and organic elements in to recipes is a rapidly growing trend in the restaurant industry, a trend on which Madera County restaurants are on the leading edge. Many times, ingredients go from field to plate in the same day, offering the most fresh and flavorful dishes one can imagine. These local ingredients have helped give rise to diverse options throughout Madera County. Additionally, Madera County restaurants represent the wide array of diverse cultures that have made their way to the region over the decades. One restaurant in which this is evident is Erna’s Elderberry House, located in Oakhurst. Erna’s is central California’s only five star restaurant and has been a fixture in Madera County for nearly 30 years. The beautiful restaurant combines the scenic beauty of the surrounding Sierra Nevada with European inspired décor and menu, with strong influences from proprietor Erna Cubin-Clanin’s Austrian roots. As such, Erna’s Elderberry House has attracted numerous celebrities, food enthusiasts and more with her award winning fare. The Narrow Gauge Inn is another well known restaurant featuring long time favorite American style options pleasing to any pallet. Located in Fish Camp next door to the popular Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Rail Road, many a passenger has come away pleased with the delicious dining options offered by this cozy, cottage style dining room. Each area of Madera County has culinary treasures waiting to be discovered. From mouthwatering burgers at The Forks in Bass Lake, a delicious dinner a Miller's Landing to delicious lamb shanks at The Vineyard in Madera and everywhere in between, a culinary adventure awaits in Madera County. When planning your vacation, be sure to plan your meals as well, and your taste buds will be taken on a ride you won’t soon forget. YOSEMITE SIERRA VISITORS BUREAU • (559) 683-4636


Dining

FISH CAMP

AHWAHNEE

Hitching Post Sports Bar and Grill Family Restaurant .....................(559)683-7917 The River Creek Café ........................(559)683-5600

BASS LAKE

Casa Velasco Mexican Restaurant ...(559)683-2272 Ducey's on the Lake .........................(559)642-3121 Miller's Landing Resort Restaurant ...(559)642-3633 The Forks Resort Restaurant ............(559)642-3737

CHOWCHILLA

Antenucci's NY Style Pizza & Good Drink Company ....................(559)665-5510 Coffee Cats ......................................(559)665-3135 Farnesi's Steakhouse .......................(559)665-2258 McDonald's Restaurant ....................(559)665-7305 Pedro's Place ....................................(559)665-3552 Perko's Café and Grill........................(559)665-2090 Putter's Bistro & Pub ........................(559)665-7012 Tea Garden .......................................(559)665-1141

COARSEGOLD

Alfonso's Hideaway Mexican Restaurant .........................(559)642-6656 Blue Heron Restaurant .....................(559)658-6969 Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino ...(866)794-6946 Gold Mine Pizza ................................(559)683-4653 Grizzley Bear Restaurant ..................(559)641-2909 Robert's Frosty .................................(559)683-5022 Subway Sandwiches .......................(559)658-2500 Zanders Coffee .................................(559)642-2180

OAKHURST (continued)

Narrow Gauge Inn Restaurant ..........(559)683-6446 Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite ...............(559)683-6555 White Chief Mountain Lodge Restaurant .............................(559)683-5444

Cool Bean, The (coffee & expresso) ..........................(559)683-7575 Crab Cakes Restaurant .....................(559)641-7667 DiCicco's Italian Restaurant........................................(559)641-5588 El Cid Mexican Cuisine.....................(559)683-6668 Erna's Elderberry House ...................(559)683-6800 China Delight ....................................(559)641-5888 Jack in the Box ................................(559)658-6061 Jade Gazebo Chinese Restaurant .....(559)683-8600 Jamba Juice ....................................(559)658-8555 Katie's Country Kitchen ....................(559)683-8418 Kyoto Kafe ........................................(559)692-2400 McDonald's Restaurant ....................(559)683-3344 Me-N-Ed's Pizza................................(559)642-2929 Oka Japanese Restaurant ................(559)642-4850 Ol' Kettle Restaurant .........................(559)683-7505 Old Mexico Taqueria ........................(559)683-2777 Pete's Place ......................................(559)683-0772 Pizza Factory ....................................(559)683-2700 Round Table Pizza .............................(559)683-7472 Starbuck's Coffee .............................(559)658-8101 Subway Sandwiches .......................(559)683-3066 Sweetwater Steakhouse ..................(559)658-5252 Taco Bell ..........................................(559)683-8226 Taste of China ..................................(559)658-7618 The Produce Place ...........................(559)641-6167 Time For Tea ....................................(559)683-4535 Todd's Cookhouse BBQ ....................(559)642-4900 Woody's New Orleans West ............(559)683-4414 The Grind .......................................... 559)683-8815 Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant........................................(559)683-2378

MADERA

Black Bear Diner ..............................(559)675-1332 Cool Hand Luke's ..............................(559)661-2100 DiCicco's Italian Restaurant..............(559)674-2435 Edgar's Italian Restaurant .................(559)661-0306 Farnesi's Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge................................(559)673-9164 International House of Pancakes ......(559)675-5179 Las Brisas Del Mar ...........................(559)674-4510 Madera Clubhouse Restaurant & Bar ..............................(559)675-3553 Madera Valley Inn Coffee Shop ........(559)661-4977 The Meat & Greet Deli @ The Tackle Box Too .....................(559)673-6612 The Vineyard ....................................(559)674-0923

NORTH FORK

Buckhorn Restaurant and Saloon .....(559)877-8700 La Cabana Mexican Restaurant........................................(559)877-3311 Pizza Factory ....................................(559)877-7777

OAKHURST

Branding Iron at Sierra Sky Ranch ..............................(559)658-2644 Burger King Restaurant ....................(559)642-4433 Carl's Jr. ...........................................(559)658-8878 Taqueria Plazuelas ............................(559)658-7771 Casa Velasco Mexican Restaurant .........................(559)683-8000

Glacier Point - Jeff Grandy©

B&B

TRAVEL AGENT COMMISSIONS

HOME

SUMMER RATES ($)

F

125-225

145-255

C

115-145

135-165

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99-155

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BREAKFAST- FULL /CONTINENTAL

morningstar-ranch.com • (760)815-1837, fax (760)944-9873 Off Pamela Pl., Ahwahnee, CA 93644

6 units

HOT TUB/ SPA

MORNING STAR RANCH

INTERNET ACCESS

homesteadcottages.com • (559)683-0495, fax (559)683-8165 41110 Road 600, Ahwahnee, CA 93601

6 units

NON-SMOKING

THE HOMESTEAD COTTAGES

• •

PRIVATE BATHS

sierramountainlodge.com • (559)683-7673 45046 Fort Nip Trail, Ahwahnee, CA 93601

3 units

PETS ALLOWED

SIERRA MOUNTAIN LODGE BED & BREAKFAST

MICROWAVE OR KITCHENETTE

naturesinnbnb.com • (559)641-2444, (866)789-0123, fax (559)641-2444 44625 Silver Spur Trail, Ahwahnee, CA 93644

4 units

DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE

NATURE'S INN BED & BREAKFAST

TELEVISION

appleblossombb.com • (559)642-2001, (888)687-4281 44606 Silver Spur Trail, Ahwahnee, CA 93601

IN-ROOM PHONE

APPLE BLOSSOM INN BED & BREAKFAST

SWIMMING POOL

AHWAHNEE

• All units • Some units * In common

# OF UNITS

Lodging

22

BASS LAKE BASS LAKE CABIN NEAR YOSEMITE - with Hot Tub and Lake View (2 bd)

CABIN / HOME

VRBO.com/248275 • (408)275-6367, fax (408)275-6560 40268 Road 222, Bass Lake, CA 93604

BASS LAKE REALTY

basslakerealty.com • (559)642-3600, fax (559)642-2771 P.O. Box 349, Bass Lake, CA 93604

BASS LAKE VACATION RENTALS

basslakereservations.com • (559)642-2211 P.O. Box 507, Bass Lake, CA 93604

CENTURY 21 DITTON REALTY AT BASS LAKE

basslakevacations.com • (559)642-2288, fax (559)642-3399 54299 North Shore Rd. (Rd. 432)/P.O. Box 470, Bass Lake, CA 93604 YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

77 units

call for details and prices

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BEST SELECTION OF BOAT RENTALS ON BASS LAKE

Boat Rentals ★ Cabin Rentals ★ Restaurant Grocer y Store ★ Ice Cream Fountain Public Showers ★ Laundromat

(559) 642-3633 (866) MLR-4-FUN

www.millerslanding.com

South Shore • Bass Lake (Down by the Dam) • 37976 Road 222 • Wishon, CA Miller’s Landing operates under a special use permit in the Sierra National Forest


CABIN / HOME RESORT

12 units

35006000 per week

• • •

• • • • •

Closed

145-275

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144-200

180-250

99-239

199-379

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400-550 per day

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1 unit

WINTER RATES ($)

BREAKFAST- FULL /CONTINENTAL

HOT TUB/ SPA

basslake.com • (559)642-3121, (800)350-7463, fax (559)642-2517 54432 Road 432/P.O. Box 90, Bass Lake, CA 93604

INTERNET ACCESS

THE PINES RESORT

NON-SMOKING

millerslanding.com • (559)642-3633, fax (559)642-2869 37976 Road 222, Wishon, CA 93669

PRIVATE BATHS

MILLER’S LANDING

PETS ALLOWED

theforksresort.com • (559)642-3737, fax (559)642-2684 39150 Road 222, Bass Lake, CA 93604

MICROWAVE OR KITCHENETTE

THE FORKS RESORT

DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE

basslakelogcabin.com • (805)434-1811 39449 Crane Valley Court, Bass Lake, CA 93604

TELEVISION

call for details and prices

basslakeca.com/mblvr • (559)658-5611, fax (559)658-5613 P.O. Box 403, Bass Lake, CA 93604

MOUNT’S BASS LAKE LOG CABIN

IN-ROOM PHONE

MARC'S BASS LAKE VACATION RENTALS

SWIMMING POOL

BASS LAKE

• All units • Some units * In common

# OF UNITS

Lodging

Vernal Falls - Franka Gabler©

250-1595 300-1995

18

106 units

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49

69

30 units

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59-89

59-99

63 units

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F

89-109

89-109

2 units

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F

90-120

120-160

12 units

45-105

75-105

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139-179

139-209

4

F

139-169

219-259

30

F

Closed

250-450

*

20

INN / MOTEL/ HOTEL

CHOWCHILLA CHOWCHILLA INN

chowchilla-inn.com • (559)665-8700, fax (559)665-8705 205 Carlyle Way, Chowchilla, CA 93610

DAYS INN

daysinn.com • (559)665-4821, fax (559)665-1994 220 E. Robertson Blvd, Chowchilla, CA 93610

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES - GATEWAY TO YOSEMITE hiyosemitepark.com • (559)665-3300, fax (559)665-5597 309 Prosperity Blvd, Chowchilla, CA 93610

RESORT LODGE

B&B

COARSEGOLD RAVENSBROOK BED & BREAKFAST

ravensbrook-yosemite.com • (559)683-4792 37621 Ravensbrook Way, Coarsegold, CA 93614

BLACK HAWK LODGE

(559)868-3596 27694 Hwy 41, Coarsegold, CA 93614

CHUKCHANSI GOLD RESORT & CASINO

chukchansigold.com • (866)7 WIN WIN or (559)692-5200, fax (559)692-5330 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold, CA 93614

404 units

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FISH CAMP B&B

BIG CREEK INN BED & BREAKFAST bigcreekinn.com • (559)641-2828 1221 Hwy 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

TIN LIZZIE INN B&B AND VACATION HOME

INN / MOTEL/ HOTEL

tinlizzieinn.com • (559)641-7731 7730 Laurel Way, Fish Camp 93623

NARROW GAUGE INN

narrowgaugeinn.com • (888)644-9050, (559)683-7720, fax (559)683-2139 48571 Hwy 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

TENAYA LODGE AT YOSEMITE

tenayalodge.com • (888)322-5495, fax (559)683-6147 1122 Hwy 41/P.O. Box 159, Fish Camp, CA 93623

WHITE CHIEF MOUNTAIN LODGE

whitechiefmountainlodge.com • (559)683-5444, fax (559)683-2615 7776 White Chief Mountain Lodge Rd, Fish Camp, CA 93623

CABIN / HOME

LOGGER’S RETREAT (CABIN)

loggersretreat.com - (626)798-1094 Off Hwy 41 near Fish Camp

OWL’S NEST LODGING

owlsnestlodging.com • email: owlsnest@sti.net • (559)683-3484 1237 Hwy 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

SUGAR PINE CABIN

sugarpineatyosemite.com • (559)642-6975 1243 Hwy 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

3 units

3 units

26 units

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79-119

140-350

22

297 units

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129-260

245-395

24

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26 units

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120-190

1 unit

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200-400

300-500

2 units

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150-200

150-200

1 unit

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150-300

150-300

37 units

40-49

40-49

60-80

60-80

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MADERA CASA GRANDE MOTEL

(559)674-6703 12390 Golden State Blvd., Madera, CA 93637

DAYS INN

(559)674-8817, fax (559)675-9188 25327 Avenue 16, Madera, CA 93637

YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

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BEST WESTERN PLUS

Yosemite Gateway Inn JUST 15 MILES & Restaurant FROM YOSEMITE’S SOUTH ENTRANCE

Yosemite Gateway Inn is nestled among live oaks on a hill with beautiful mountain views. The park like setting is secluded and quiet. Families will enjoy the BBQ & kids play ground. 122 units, many equipped with refrigerators & microwaves. Two room family units will sleep six.

LUSH MOUNTAIN SETTING Indoor & Outdoor Pools (weather permitting) Hot Tubs • Exercise Room • Free WI-Fi & HBO

Yosemite Gateway Restaurant has Great Service and Serves Fresh, Hearty Homemade Meals. The Burgers are all hand ground & seasoned on site. You can taste the difference.

We have very nice festive Holiday Buffets for all major holidays. Group menu’s available as well as Banquet/Meeting Space for all your needs. FULL SERVICE LOUNGE:

Beers from around the world Local CA Wines Daily Dinner & Drink Specials

40530 Hwy. 41 Oakhurst, CA 93644 www.YosemiteGatewayInn.com • Call for reservations (559) 683-2378 or 1 (800) 545-5462

For Banquet or Meeting Info Call 559-760-6822


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75119.95

75119.95

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59-89

69-99

40 units

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55-65

88 units

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99-149

99-149

80 units

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60-70

60-70

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95-250

145-300

60

60

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TRAVEL AGENT COMMISSIONS

SUMMER RATES ($)

super8.com • (559)661-1131, fax (559)661-0224 1855 West Cleveland, Madera, CA 93637

WINTER RATES ($)

SUPER "8" MOTEL

BREAKFAST- FULL /CONTINENTAL

springhillsuites.com/fatmd • (559)664-9800, fax (559)664-9882 1219 East Almond Ave., Madera, CA 93637

62 units

HOT TUB/ SPA

SPRINGHILL SUITES BY MARRIOTT

INTERNET ACCESS

motel6.com • (559)675-8697, fax (559)662-8938 22683 Avenue 18½, Madera, CA 93637

99-139

NON-SMOKING

MOTEL 6

89-129

PRIVATE BATHS

maderavalleyinn.com • (559)664-0100, fax (559)664-0200 317 North G Street, Madera, CA 93637

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PETS ALLOWED

MADERA VALLEY INN

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MICROWAVE OR KITCHENETTE

hiexpress.com/maderaca • (559)661-7400, fax (559)673-4800 2290 Marketplace Drive, Madera, CA 93637

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DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS

78 units

TELEVISION

maderasuites.hamptoninn.com • (559)661-0910, Fax (559)661-0929 3254 Airport Drive, Madera, CA 93637

IN-ROOM PHONE

HAMPTON INN & SUITES HOTEL

# OF UNITS

MADERA

• All units • Some units * In common

SWIMMING POOL

Lodging

Top of Half Dome - Franka Gabler©

MOTEL

B&B

NORTH FORK LYN MAR POND GUEST RANCH

lynmarpondranch.com • ph/fax (559)877-7260 60072 Mammoth Pool Rd, North Fork, CA 93643

SOUTH FORK MOTEL

(559)877-2237, fax (559)877-7122 57714 Road 225, P.O. Box 745, North Fork, CA 93643

2 units

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4 units

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OAKHURST A BED OF ROSES BED & BREAKFAST

abedofrosesbandb.com • (559)642-6975 43547 Whispering Pines Dr, Oakhurst, CA 93644

A HAVEN OF REST BED & BREAKFAST havenofrestbnb.com - (559)642-2617 39681 Pine Ridge Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644

CHATEAU DU SUREAU

chateausureau.com • (559)683-6860, fax (559)683-0800 48688 Victoria Lane, Oakhurst, CA 93644

B&B

HOUNDS TOOTH INN

houndstoothinn.com • (888)642-6610, (559)642-6600, fax (559)658-2946 42071 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

OAK COTTAGE BED & BREAKFAST

oakcottagebandb.com • (559)683-8988, fax (559)683-8948 50160 Golden Horse Dr, Oakhurst, CA 93644

THE PINE ROSE INN BED & BREAKFAST

pineroseinn.com • (559)642-2800, (866)642-2800, fax (559)658-6152 41703 Road 222, Oakhurst, CA 93644

YOSEMITE SIERRA VIEW BED & BREAKFAST yosemitesierraviewbandb.com • (559)683-7650 39060 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

YOSEMITE VULTURE’S VIEW RESORT

yosemitevulturesviewbandb.com • (559)683-8470 39045 John West Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644

SIERRA SKY RANCH RESORT

sierraskyranch.com • (559)683-8040, fax (559)658-7484 50552 Road 632, Oakhurst, CA 93644

ALMOST HOME

CABIN / HOME

(559)683-3690, (559)676-9237 • email babyblues@sti.net 49524 Jeffrey Way, Oakhurst, CA 93644

CASA RIO - 3 bedroom home + den with bunk beds VRBO.com/217299 • (805)444-0978 42315 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

HEAVEN'S GATE

caholidayrentals.com • (818)702-0466, fax (818)230-1920 40316 Jean Rd. West, Oakhurst, CA 93644

HUFF AND PUFF COTTAGE

VRBO.com/281386 • (559)676-5856, fax (559)641-7867 51052 Bon Veu Dr., Oakhurst, CA 93644 YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

4 units

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2 unit

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99

125-175

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142.40

178

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12 units

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13 units

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F

95-225

95-225

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F

145

145

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F

385-2950 385-2950

3 units

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10 units

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F

79-169

95-179

3 units

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F

129

150-245

3 units

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140-180

140-180

26 units

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99-225

135-275

250-500

250-500

2 units

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350

400

1 unit

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250-350

250-350

1 unit

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135+

135+

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Start a Family Vacation Tradition!

Platinum Cabin 67; the finest accommodation available in Yosemite! - as Featured in Log Home Living magazine

Enjoy comfortably-appointed, relaxing, privately-owned homes and cabins in Wawona, a serene historic community, located six miles inside the southern entrance of the park

“Over 130 homes and cabins to suit every travel need and budget” Call us toll-free at 866-624-9145 or reserve online at www.redwoodsinyosemite.com 8038 Chilnualna Falls • PO Box 2085 • Wawona Station • Yosemite Nat’l Park, CA 95389 • 209-375-6400 fax


CABIN / HOME INN / MOTEL / HOTEL

OAKHURST LODGE

oakhurstlodge.com • (559)683-4417, fax (559)683-4416 40302 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

SHILO INN SUITES

shiloinns.com • (559)683-3555, fax (559)683-3386 40644 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

QUEEN’S INN BY THE RIVER - LODGING, WINE BAR AND IDLE HOUR WINERY queensinn.com - (559)683-4354, fax (559)683-4334 41139 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

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190

150-1300 175-1750

AD ON PAGE #

traveldaysinn.com • (877)642-2525, (559)642-2525, fax (559)658-8481 40662 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

3 units

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190

TRAVEL AGENT COMMISSIONS

DAYS INN

SUMMER RATES ($)

choicehotels.com • (800)4-CHOICE, (559)683-8282, fax (559)658-7030 40489 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

WINTER RATES ($)

COMFORT INN YOSEMITE AREA

5 units

BREAKFAST- FULL /CONTINENTAL

yosemitegatewayinn.com • (800)545-5462, (559)683-2378, fax (559)683-3813 40530 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

HOT TUB/ SPA

BEST WESTERN PLUS - YOSEMITE GATEWAY INN

INTERNET ACCESS

americasbestvalueinn.com • (559)658-5500, (800)658-2888, fax (559)658-5505 48800 Royal Oaks Drive, Oakhurst, CA 93644

NON-SMOKING

AMERICA'S BEST VALUE INN

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PRIVATE BATHS

yosemiteskyway.com • (559)683-2812, (559)683-5244, (888)759-9293 43116, 43124, 43132 W. Sugar Pine Dr, Oakhurst, CA 93644

PETS ALLOWED

YOSEMITE SKYWAY VACATION RENTALS

1 unit

MICROWAVE OR KITCHENETTE

ParadiseSpringsMountain.com - (559)642-2613 52770 Road 632, Oakhurst, CA 93644

DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE

PARADISE SPRINGS

IN-ROOM PHONE

boutique-homes.com - (310)728-6158 Oakhurst, CA 93644

TELEVISION

OLD YOSEMITE ROAD CABIN

SWIMMING POOL

OAKHURST

• All units • Some units * In common

# OF UNITS

Lodging

Manzanita Lake, North Fork - Roger Robinette©

32

165-200

215

69-89

99-210

42

72-138

115-190

46

70 units

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55-109

100-109

30

42 units

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59-89

80+

32

60 units

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40-65

120-150

80 units

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79-159

159-239

8 units

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69-109

149-200

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Varies

Varies

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK HOTEL

AND NEIGHBORING AREAS

WAWONA HOTEL

yosemitepark.com • (209)375-6556, fax (209)375-6601 P.O. Box 2005, Wawona, CA 95389

104 units

DNC PARKS & RESORTS AT YOSEMITE ACCOMMODATIONS

call for details and prices

yosemitepark.com • (801)559-5000 Reservation Service

THE REDWOODS IN YOSEMITE CABIN / COTTAGE / HOME

redwoodsinyosemite.com • (866)627-9145, fax (209)375-6400 8038 Chilnualna Falls, Rd., Wawona, CA 95389

THE YOSEMITE BUG RUSTIC MOUNTAIN RESORT yosemitebug.com • (866)826-7108, fax (209)966-6666 6979 Hwy 140, Midpines, CA 95345

YOSEMITE’S FOUR SEASONS VACATION RENTALS

yosemitelodging.com • (800)669-9300, (209)372-9000, fax (209)372-8800 7519 Henness Circle, Yosemite, CA 95389

YOSEMITE’S SCENIC WONDERS VACATION RENTALS scenicwonders.com • (888)YOSEMITE (888)967-3648 7403 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite, CA 95389

YOSEMITEVACATION.COM

yosemitevacation.com - (559)683-8425 7430 Henness Circle, Yosemite, CA 95389

YOSEMITE WEST COTTAGES

yosemitewestreservations.com • (559)642-2211 P.O. Box 36, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

RESORT

RED'S MEADOW RESORT & PACK STATION

redsmeadow.com • (760)934-2345, (800)292-7758, fax (760)872-4940 P.O. Box 395, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

YOSEMITE PINES RV RESORT & FAMILY LODGING yosemitepinesrv.com - (209)962-7690, fax (888)740-4096 20450 Old Highway 120, Groveland, CA 95321

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129 units

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52 units

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156-538

222-780

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22-350

22-350

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119+

135+

119-700

139-700

275+

375+

105-670

145-780

Closed

79-150

59-249

99-319

45 units

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44 units

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1 unit

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20 units

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7 units 209 units

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36

B&B

ASSOCIATIONS YOSEMITE SIERRA BED & BREAKFAST ASSOCIATION yosemitebnblodging.com • (559)642-6105, (800)740-9513

YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

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Post Office Box 2247 Oakhurst, CA, 93644 Eagle's Beak - Patty Cottington©

yosemitethisyear.com (559)683-4636

Cover Photo by Nancy Robbins© - One of the most popular locations in Yosemite National Park to witness sunsets and for stargazing is Glacier Point, a 45 minute drive from Yosemite Valley. Designated pull-outs provide stellar views of waterfalls, domes and canyons of the high country. Half Dome fills the scene in this spectacular summer sunset photo taken near the Washburn Point Overlook. Clouds Rest, Tenaya Canyon and Cathedral Range are seen in the distance.

MADERA COUNTY

is Pass through serene valley views to reach the true Gateway to Yosemite.

Calling

Madera County Museum - Rikki Alley©

Zero Gravity Skate Park, Madera - Victoria Hughes© Downtown Chowchilla - Brian Wilhite©


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