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VISITORS GUIDE 2007

Passageway into the Range of Light Ahwahnee • Bass Lake • Chowchilla • Coarsegold • Fish Camp •Madera • Madera Ranchos North Fork • Oakhurst • O’Neals • Raymond • Wawona


Michael Ambrose © ~ Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite NP

There’s nothing quite like it Sure, other mountains exist, other waterfalls and other places that may seem ideal to take in a sunrise or a sunset. Birds soar in other parts of the country; deer frolic in other meadows. But around here, in Yosemite National Park and its outlying communities, there is uniqueness and a beauty that is second to none. “No temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite,” famed naturalist John Muir wrote in his book “The Yosemite.” “Every rock in its walls seems to glow with life.” There’s a reason for that. Take a look at the stunning cliff formations, hike among the towering giant sequoias and picnic in 559/683-4636 - YosemiteThisYear.com

settings filled with picturesque views. Then venture outside the park and visit places such as Oakhurst and Coarsegold, towns perhaps as rich in history as the gold mined throughout the region. Relax in the surroundings of scenic Bass Lake or stroll through the specialty shops sprinkled in the area like the snow that falls in the wintertime. Come to play. Come to stay. Come to shop. For more information, contact the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, located at 41969 Highway 41 in Oakhurst, CA 93644. Visit the Web site at www.YosemiteThisYear.com, e-mail at ysvb@yosemitethisyear.com or call 559/683-4636; fax: 559/683-5697. 3


Travels of a lifetime start here It’s been said that “getting there is half the fun.” This sage comment most eloquently describes the experience of traveling California’s Southern Yosemite Highway 41 through Madera County into Yosemite National Park and the magnificent Sierra Nevada. Abundant attractions, affordable lodging and convenient travel services await you year-round in Yosemite’s most popular gateway region. The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau has been providing travel planning information and assistance to visitors from around the world for nearly two decades. If you find something lacking in this guide as you plan your visit, we welcome a call to the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Center where our helpful staff and volunteers will cheerfully assist you. Now, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. 559/683-4636 - YosemiteThisYear.com

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There’s Nothing Quite Like It�������������������������� 3 Travels of a Lifetime Start Here������������������������������ 5 Valley Cities and Towns���������������������������� 6 Madera Wine Trail���������������� 9 Coarsegold���������������������������11 Ahwahnee��������������������������� 15 Arts in Madera County������� 17 Oakhurst����������������������������� 19 Bass Lake����������������������������� 24 Bass Lake Recreation Area�� 25 Regarding Wildlife�������������� 27 Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway���������������������� 28 North Fork�������������������������� 30 Fish Camp���������������������������31 Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway Map�������������� 33

Contents Madera County/Southern Yosemite Area Map������������� 34 The Road to Heaven����������� 36 Wawona������������������������������ 37 Campgrounds��������������������� 40 Camping Information���������41 Museums and Historic Sites����������������������� 43 Pow Wows��������������������������� 45 Summer/Spring������������������ 46 Fall/Winter�������������������������� 47 Wedding Dreams Come True�������������������������� 49 Cars������������������������������������� 50 Calendar of Events������������� 50 The Yosemite/ Madera County Film Commission�������������� 52 Photo: Paul Mullins © - Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite NP

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Valley Cities and Towns

Chowchilla City Chowchilla is located 16 miles north of Madera along California’s historic Highway 99. Portions of this town resemble Southern California, like Robertson Boulevard, where rows of palm trees greet motorists as they pass through. Don’t be confused, as Chowchilla is far more accented with the feel of a small town once you start exploring. The Western Stampede rides into town (literally) every April, and in 2007 celebrates its 50th year. The Chowchilla Madera County Fair celebrates spring in May, complete with festival rides, barbecues and a parade. Power Boat Races at the Berenda Reservoir the weekend before Father’s Day draw people from all over the west. Water plumes, supercharged boats and food, food, food make this one of Madera County’s most exciting events. Agriculture and real estate have long been staples of this Central Valley community at the crossroads of Highways 152 and 99. Stops at local fruit stands and the new RV & Golf Resort should be on your itinerary. www.ci.chowchilla.ca.us

Madera City The Spanish word for lumber, “Madera” denotes this city’s origins as a lumber company. Trades of agriculture followed and in 1893 Madera became the seat of local government for the region that is now the southern gateway to Yosemite National Park. Growth is a given in Madera County. It has one of the fastest growing populations in California. Fairs, festivals and celebrations are the predominant industry of agriculture are held year-round. Tourism is also on the rise with new opportunities to “experience Madera County” coming on-line soon. Madera County officials expect completion of a new picturesque government center by January of 2007 and it will be worthy of a few snapshots for your travel scrapbook. www.maderachamber.com

Madera Ranchos What began as a simple rural planned community of ranch houses for equestrian owners just off Highway 41 and north of Fresno has blossomed into a vibrant community of retail stores, commercial businesses, grocery stores and restaurants. It also boasts professional community services, including doctors and dentists.


Pacific Ethanol has built a processing plant that some hope will pay dividends with cleaner, cheaper fuels for the consumers of Madera County. Children’s Hospital of the Central Valley is located within Madera Ranchos. This regional facility serves children and parents from around the world. Its multicolored castle-like appearance makes it another photo opportunity not to be missed.

O’Neals Longtime residents claim O’Neals was the center of populous before Madera was a county and even after it was formed. It was a main hub of activity during the gold days in the Sierra foothills along with Hildreth and Finegold. The Abby Mine located here was reportedly one of the richest gold mines in the state’s history. Just east of Southern Yosemite Highway 41 along County Road 200, businesses that exist there today are the Ponderosa Telephone Company, Westbrook Wine Farm and several local cattle ranches.

Raymond Once a major stage coach stop en route to Yosemite, this small town later became the terminus for the Southern Pacific Railroad. The town center is located about 15 miles west of Coarsegold. Raymond and the nearby town of Knowles, have long been the sites of major granite quarries providing stone used throughout the west. Much of the granite used to rebuild San Francisco’s civic buildings after the 1906 earthquake came from Raymond. The Raymond Granite Company is still operating today. Visitors can grab lunch at the Raymond General Store and drive down the main road often times only passing a car or two. While gone are the days of the railroad and stage coach, cattle ranching continues to be an important way of life here. During the third weekend in April, hundreds of residents and visitors line both sides of Main Street for the annual Raymond Parade.

Paul Mullins © - Sierra Foothills


Madera Wine Trail Not all California wines are made in Napa. In fact, a growing cluster of family owned wineries in Madera County are becoming favorite spots for wine connoisseurs from around the world. For the past four years, members of the Madera Vintners Association have joined efforts to present the Madera Wine Trail. Wine enthusiasts can choose where they want to go and sample wines through Madera and its surrounding communities year-round. Just pick up a map and “follow the signs of good taste.”

year. For a modest fee you purchase a souvenir glass and then travel to participating locations on the trail, where you indulge in a wide variety of wines, scrumptious food and outstanding entertainment. Sound like fun? The best!

Special wine tasting events are offered three times a

www.maderavintners.com

Paul Mullins © - Valley Vineyards

Around Valentine’s Day, try coming out for the wine and chocolate weekend, or take part in the spring wine trail every May and return for the holiday wine trail in November. Mark your calendars now!


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Coarsegold Once a heavily populated town of the California Gold Rush, Coarsegold is located roughly seven miles south of Oakhurst on Southern Yosemite Highway 41. Though seemingly small in size, with the majority of businesses lined up and down the highway, Coarsegold actually rivals Oakhurst in population and continues to grow, with housing sprinkled through the foothills and including the community known as Yosemite Lakes Park. For those who want to be where the action is, visit the Coarsegold Historic Village with its specialty shops and special events, including among other things, gold panning. Paul Mullins Š - Fig Orchard

Coarsegold is well known for its Peddlers Fairs held the weekends of Memorial Day and Labor Day, where residents and visitors can browse through rows of antiques and collectibles, feasting on a variety of foods. The first weekend in October marks the Chukchansi Indian Pow Wow and Celebration. Later in the month, the annual Tarantula Festival creeps into town, complete with costume contests and arachnid displays. Coarsegold is also home to Madera County’s first resort and casino, Chukchansi Gold, which opened in 2003. www.coarsegoldchamber.com


Heidi Vetter Š - Raymond

ahwahnee This small community is nestled in the foothill oaks just three miles from Oakhurst on Golden Chain Highway 49. It is home to two of Madera County’s golf courses, complete with challenging fairways and menacing sand traps. Wassama Round House State Park is home to one of the last active ceremonial gathering places for local Native American tribes. The park features special events and self-guided tours. Gathering Days, held the third Saturday of October, includes demonstrations of dancing, crafts and basket weaving. Ahwahnee, with its proximity to the gold mines on the Fresno River, found more riches in growing fruit and vegetables for the nearby mining camps than in the gold fields. The town grew in popularity after the railroad terminus in Raymond was established and visitors to Yosemite passed through. This small community is hoping to soon finish plans for the Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park, complete with riding and walking trails, picnic areas and playing fields.

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Donn Lusby © - Goldfields in the Sierra Rangelands

Arts in Madera County Word has it the foothill areas of Madera County have one of the highest ratios of artists per capita in the United States. The community of Oakhurst has its own Gallery Row made up of several galleries in a single center along with several independent galleries. Coarsegold, Bass Lake, North Fork, Madera and Chowchilla also have excellent galleries. Sierra Art Trails is an annual event where art enthusiasts can drive around the area visiting artists working with different mediums in their own galleries. The two-day event is held in October, with a preview exhibit the month before. Catalogs, complete with 559/683-4636 - YosemiteThisYear.com

maps and descriptions of each artist and their work are for sale and serve as a passport to the event. Several performing arts venues also show off the talent of local actors, musicians, poets and story tellers. www.maderaarts.org

Art Organizations Madera County Arts Council����������������559/661-7005 North Fork Arts Council�����������������������559/877-4946 Vision Academy Of The Arts�����������������559/683-1567 Yosemite Western Artist Association����559/683-8733 17


oakhurst Nestled between the scenic landscapes of the San Joaquin Valley and Yosemite National Park, bordered by the Sierra National Forest, Oakhurst boasts a balance of small-town atmosphere with travel amenities found in larger cities. Tourism is a thriving industry in this mountain town along Southern Yosemite Highway 41 and just 16 miles from Yosemite. It is filled with affordable lodging, specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants for all tastes. In just a few square miles, visitors and local residents can choose from a gourmet hot dog stand, franchise fare, seafood, ethnic foods or an exclusive five-star European-style dining experience.

In winter, snow is known from time to time to blanket business rooftops and lightly cover the indigenous oak, cedar and pine trees, creating a stunning visual effect. Cross country skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers come to enjoy their sports in designated areas of the Sierra National Forest. Weekend family skiers destined for Yosemite’s Badger Pass also stay here. In spring and summer, Oakhurst is a popular provisioning spot or home-base for visitors to Yosemite, the Sierra National Forest or the world famous Bass Lake. In the fall, the annual Chocolate and Fall festivals, set against continued on page 21

Donn Lusby Š - Golfing in the Sierra Foothills


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the backdrop of the area’s fall colors, attract thousands of visitors. Taking a healthy stroll in the Oakhurst Community Park or along the River Parkway is invigorating and enjoyable this time of year. Oakhurst, originally located in Fresno County when it peeled away from Mariposa County in 1856, was first named Fresno Flats, in part because of the nearby Fresno River. While serving tourists has always been its staple, lumber and hay production was important in the early days of Oakhurst as well. Learn all about Oakhurst’s history by stopping by the Fresno Flats Historical Park. www.oakhurstchamber.com. Donn Lusby © - Fishing at Bear Island Lake


Donn Lusby Š - Osprey with salmon at Bass Lake


Donn Lusby © - Evening interlude at Bass Lake

Bass Lake The community of Bass Lake, located between Oakhurst and North Fork, is named after the lake on which it sits. In addition to resorts, fine restaurants and shopping, the community is growing from a group of small cabins to a tract of summer mansions and lakeside getaway homes. The town is a huge favorite during the Fourth of July, where it’s known to attract as many as 10,000 people for its annual fireworks display. Already an attractive vacation 24

site, Bass Lake gained Hollywood notoriety after gracing the big screen as the primary location for the 1988 film, “The Great Outdoors,” starring Dan Aykroyd and the late John Candy. In 2006, USA Today named it one of the “top 10 places to lodge yourself in a movie.” Bass Lake was also the location for some of the filming for the 1945 Oscar-winning “Leave Her to Heaven.” www.basslakechamber.com. Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau


Bass lake Recreation area Listed as one of “The West’s Best Lakes” by Sunset Magazine, Bass Lake boasts warm waters and cool breezes most of the year. Three resorts and marinas, rental homes, cabins, group lodges, numerous campgrounds and two public boat ramps provide the most fabulous family vacation experience you can imagine. Events are held year-round and include a fishing derby, classic car show, arts and crafts show, antique boat show, fireworks show, music performances and wine maker dinners. Tours of the lake and its surroundings can be taken on the Bass Lake Queen. Boats, jet skis and other water sports equipment are for rent at the resorts around the lake. Dining establishments and eateries are also readily available as are general merchandise stores for fishing and camping needs. Hiking, walking and mountain biking trails are nearby. Plan now, for your “best” vacation at one of the “best” lakes in the western United States.

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Susanne Updike-Waite © - Geese on Bass Lake

An Important Note Regarding Wildlife We love our “critters” around the region and hope you get to see some of them during your visit. They are awesome but somewhat fragile too. Please help us protect our wildlife by doing the following: • Do not share your food with them, on purpose or by accident.

• Obey posted speed limits and reduce speed at night. You could get a ticket.

• Make sure they keep their distance. Do not try and pet them.

• Read more about our “critters” and their care at www.YosemiteThisYear.com

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Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway The Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway directs visitors along approximately 100 miles of roadway viewing some of the most majestic scenery to be found in California’s Sierra Nevada range. Designated on July 14, 1989 by the U.S. Forest Service, it was one of the first three Byways in California and among the first fifty in the United States. This outstanding scenic drive follows ridges and meadow edges along 28

U.S. Forest Service maintained roads connecting the communities of North Fork, Bass Lake and Oakhurst. Start your “Byway Adventure” in the community of North Fork with a visit to the Sierra Mono Indian Museum. The fascinating heritage of the Mono people and their practical yet beautiful basketry will prepare you as you start your journey. Nearby trails Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau


Donn Lusby © - Madera Lakes, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Vista Scenic Byway

trace the historic trade route to the eastern Sierra used by past generations. On the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway you will experience the Sierra Nevada in a way not done by many people. Known as the “Hidden Heart of the Sierra,” the region will truly steal your heart as you engage in this educational and informative adventure. 559/683-4636 - YosemiteThisYear.com

For more information and a complete guide to the Byway, go online to http://www.byways.org/browse/ byways/2300/overview.html or the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau at 559/683-4636. CAUTION: The Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway is a SEASONAL ROUTE with no snow removal or travel services in winter. Please check with the U.S. Forest Service 559/877-2218 or Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau 559/683-4636 for road and weather conditions before starting your trip. 29


exact Center of California

Years of debate were ended in 1993 when the suspected center of the Golden State was verified by exact geo-positioning satellite technology. Now visitors from all corners of California and the world can find themselves at the exact center of California. Located just 2.7 miles off the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway on Italian Bar Road (Rd. 225), the site is marked by a permanent survey plate. A monument was constructed and dedicated by the North Fork History Group in 1998. Find it yourself at Latitude 37° 9’ 58.23” N and Longitude 119° 26’ 58.29” W.

north Fork North Fork is located just miles from the summer vacation hot spot of Bass Lake. It is the home of the Sierra Mono Indian Museum. The picturesque 90-mile Sierra vista National Scenic byway (see page 33) starts here and is the gateway to Mammoth Pool, a popular fishing destination. Mammoth Pool has excellent fishing all-year long, but is closed from May 15 through June 15 for the deer migration. Boats can normally be launched from late spring through late summer but fishing from shore can be just as successful. North Fork also features its share of small-town festivities such as the annual Logger’s Jamboree on Fourth of July weekend, Indian Fair Days and Pow Wow in August and the Grizzly Century Bike Rally. During the Christmas season, downtown North Fork features a children’s parade and a festive bazaar reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting. The exact geographic center of California is located roughly 7.4 miles southeast of town. North Fork was a logging community for more than 100 years. The North Fork Mill was relocated here from Oregon in 1942. On April 1, 1943, the first log was sawed into lumber. In the 1990s, the cost and restrictions on local logging made lumber production unprofitable. The mill was shut down and sawed its last log on Feb. 25, 1994. www.northforkchamber.com

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Fish Camp The population sign says 200, but local residents in Fish Camp say the permanent number is closer to 50. Moderate wintertime snows send some folks down the hill while others thrive on the beauty and solitude. Located roughly 12 miles north of Oakhurst on Southern Yosemite Highway 41 and a short, threemile drive to the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park, this unique little hamlet boasts several attractions, including the historic Yosemite

Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, fishing in Big Creek or camping at Summerdale campground. The community is surrounded by Ponderosa pine, white fir and Sequoia redwoods. Fish Camp had its beginnings as an Indian fishing and trading area for a few months of each year. Those visitors who wish to stay in Fish Camp will find several lodging opportunities for a variety of budgets, and folks can pick up supplies or picnic treats at the Fish Camp General Store. Donn Lusby Š - Tenaya Lake, Yosemite NP


words of warning to Visitors As you plan a trip to our area in central California, we feel compelled to warn you that some visitors have returned home with the intense desire to quit the corporate rat race, sell their expensive house or condo, remove their children from over-crowded schools, cash-in retirement nest eggs and start plans for the business of their dreams in Madera County. While exact causes for such behavior have not been determined, we suspect that the friendly people, scenic beauty, rich cultural heritage and quality of life in our diverse communities might have something to do with it. Come judge for yourself but remember, you have been forewarned. Heidi Vetter Š Dogwood


Chambers of Commerce: Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce 559/642-3676

Serving Madera County Since 1986

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Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce 559/642-2262

Chowchilla Chamber of Commerce 559/665-5603

Madera District Chamber of Commerce 559/673-3563

Golden Valley Chamber of Commerce 559/645-0634

Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce 559/683-7766

North Fork Chamber of Commerce 559/877-2410


TRaVel aRRangeMenTs

The Road to Heaven, illustrated. Getting here is not complicated. Nor do you typically have to worry about seasonal closures, as Hwy. 41 into Yosemite National Park rarely suffers impassability.

Heidi Vetter © - Sentinel Bridge, Yosemite NP

aVeRaGe TeMPeRaTuRes January February March April May June July August September October November December

Highway Conditions Caltrans 800/427-7623 www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/ Yosemite National Park 209/372-0200 • www.nps.gov/yose/

WeaTHeR RePoRT National Weather Service 559/291-1068 • www.nws.noaa.gov/ U.S. Forest Service 559/658-7588 • www.fs.fed.us/ 36

loW 26° 29° 31° 35° 32° 48° 53° 52° 52° 47° 39° 26°

HiGH 47° 55° 59° 59° 73° 82° 90° 90° 90° 85° 74° 46°

MileaGes and dRiVe TiMes To oaKHuRsT FROM

MILEAGE

DRIVE TIME

Bakersfield ....................... 155 miles .............. 2.5 hours Fresno ................................ 48 miles ........... 50 minutes Las Vegas .......................... 438 miles ................. 7 hours Los Angeles ...................... 275 miles .............. 4.5 hours Madera ............................... 46 miles ........... 45 minutes Merced ............................... 67 miles ............ 1.25 hours Monterey.......................... 195 miles ................. 3 hours Sacramento ...................... 170 miles ................. 3 hours San Diego ........................ 380 miles ................. 6 hours San Francisco ................... 213 miles ................. 4 hours San Jose ............................ 180 miles ................. 3 hours San Luis Obispo .............. 155 miles ................. 3 hours Santa Barbara................... 282 miles ................. 5 hours Yosemite sierra Visitors Bureau


Wawona There are few places in California that rival the luscious green meadows of Wawona, located just a few miles inside Yosemite National Park’s southern entrance. The area features a gas station, the historic Wawona Hotel and a challenging nine hole golf course. Be sure to visit the Pioneer Yosemite History Center, complete with a covered bridge, historical cabins and a blacksmith shop in action during the summer months. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, horseback riding is available, as are guided Stagecoach tours. Horse‑drawn carriage rides, barbecues and barn dances liven up the weekends during various nights in the summer. Just inside the southern Yosemite entrance and to the right is the road to the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia trees. While this road is closed during the winter, it is still accessible by foot, cross country skis or snowshoes for those adventurous souls. Trails in the grove allow hikers access to the Grizzly Giant, measuring 27 feet in diameter and nearly 2,000 years old, the California Tunnel Tree and the fallen Wawona Tunnel Tree. Visitors used to drive through the tunnel tree before it fell under heavy snows during the winter of 1969. Donn Lusby Š - Ice skating at Curry Village, Yosemite Valley


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Campgrounds

Bass Lake Recreation Area See Map on page 25 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

18

Yes

Yes

3300

Open Year-Round Lupine-Cedar Bluff

Open May 15 - September 11 Forks

31

18

Yes

Yes

3300

Spring Cove

63

18

Yes

Yes

3300

Wishon

47

19

Yes

Yes

3300

Sierra National Forest See Map on page 33 for location.

Campground

Units

Fees/$

Water

Reservable

Elevation (ft.)

Big Sandy

18

14

No

No

5800

Bowler Groups & Horses

12

0

No

No

7000

Chilkoot

14

14

No

Yes

4600

China Bar Hike/Boat In

6

0

No

No

3300

Clover Meadow

7

0

Yes

No

7000

Fish Creek

7

14

No

Yes

4600

Fresno Dome Gaggs Camp Granite Creek

15

14

No

No

6400

12

14

No

No

5700

20

0

No

No

7000

26

14

No

Yes

5400

8

0

Yes

No

3600

11

14

No

Yes

5800

5

0

No

No

4800

Horse Corral

Greys Mountain Jerseydale Kelty Meadow Horse Camp

Little Jackass Lower Chiquito Mammoth Pool Nelder Grove Placer Rock Creek Soda Springs Soquel Summit Summerdale Sweetwater Texas Flat Groups & Horses Upper Chiquito Whiskers Whisky Falls

7

14

No

No

4900

47

15

Yes

Yes

3400

7

0

No

No

5500

8

14

No

Yes

4100

18

15

Yes

Yes

4300

18

14

No

No

4300

11

14

No

Yes

5400

6

12

No

No

5800

30

17

Yes

Yes

5000

10

14

No

Yes

3800

4

68-82

No

Yes

5400

20

0

No

No

6800

8

14

No

No

5300

14

0

No

No

5800

Donn Lusby Š - Chiquito Ridge, Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway 

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Camping Information

Campfire Permits 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 Dept. of Forestry.

Pack it in, pack it out! Many campgrounds do not have garbage pick up, so campers need to pack out all trash.

Public Showers 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.

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

RV Camping Public campgrounds, including those in Yosemite National Park, are NOT equipped with RV hookups. RV facilities are available at: High Sierra RV Park/Oakhurst������� 559/683-7662 Elks Lodge RV Park/Oakhurst��������559/683-2717 (membership discounts available)

Yosemite South RV Park/Coarsegold���� 559/683-7855 559/683-4636 - YosemiteThisYear.com

Michael Ambrose © - Cathedral Peak and upper lake in Yosemite NP


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Donn Lusby Š - Ross Cabin, Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway

Museums and Historic Sites Madera County has a multitude of places to experience the history and heritage of the region. From the valley to the mountains, visitors can search for old towns, schools and homes reflecting good times and hard times. History groups around the county maintain museums, historic sites and parks. Several celebrations are also held throughout the year honoring those who made the region what it is today. Check local community websites or www.YosemiteThisYear.com

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Follow the sounds During late summer and fall, after the heat and before the snow, Pow Wows are a featured treasure in Eastern Madera County. Ahwahnee, Bass Lake, Coarsegold and North Fork each offer their own Pow Wows, complete with cultural demonstrations, dancing sequences and authentic food choices. In this part of the country, sounds of drumming and native songs fill the air during the later months of the year. Pow Wow etiquette: All Pow Wow festivals are alcohol and drug free. Please don’t take pictures or use video or audio recording devices during the flag, prayer or honor songs, and when an individual is honoring a drum through a whistle. Guests are asked to stand and remove their hats for certain songs, unless you have an eagle feather in it. It is traditional to show respect to visiting chiefs and elders by deferring to them at virtually all times. Do not crowd around the drummers. Always ask for permission before making recordings or taking pictures of dancers in their regalia. Children are welcome to enjoy the event, but cannot play in the Sacred Circle. Participants are asked to respect the arena director, head dance man and woman head dancer. If you are unsure who these individuals are, please ask. Follow the master of ceremonies’ statements during the Pow Wow. For more information visit www.powwows.com.

pow wows and gatherings: North fork indian fair Days First weekend in August, North Fork 559/877-2115 Picayune Rancheria Pow wow October, Coarsegold 559/683-6633 Precious Sunset indian Pow wow September, Bass Lake 559/855-2705 gathering Day wassama Round house State Historic Park, Ahwahnee Third Saturday in October 209/742-7625 Michael Ambrose © - View of Yosemite Valley

Barbara Ezell © - Sierra Mono Pow Wow


Paul Mullins © - Pohono Bridge, Yosemite Valley

(Summer / Spring)

Our Most Active Seasons When we say “Open All Year,” we mean it. The best time of year to come is right now, and if you haven’t been here lately, plan on visiting www.YosemiteThisYear.com. Summer recreation opportunities are almost endless. Sightseeing by bus, van or sport utility vehicle, camping, hiking or backpacking, fishing, rock climbing, water sports and off-highway adventures are readily available. Springtime activities include scenic drives featuring waterfalls, wildlife, wildflower and blossom viewing with clear skies and sunny 46

days. Available any time are shopping, fine dining and wine tasting opportunities. Especially noteworthy is the Madera Wine Trail. Three special “Wine Trail Weekend” events showcase family owned wineries of the Madera Vintners Association. Small, intimate, educational and non-commercial best describe these wineries and your experience in this viticulture region of central California. Wines of the Madera appellation continue to win award after award in competitions around the country. Experience your adventure of a lifetime. Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau


(Fall / Winter)

Seasons Of Celebration and Solitude Still “Open All Year” the pace and mood of the Yosemite Sierra and central San Joaquin Valley regions of Madera County change with the seasons. More and more people are finding that this is the best time of year to visit. Heritage events, cultural celebrations and art festivals in the “mountains” demonstrate the diversity of life that makes Madera County such an attractive destination for tourists from around the world. Culinary events and classes featuring some of the best chefs in California are scheduled throughout the area. Winter brings us a season of quiet reflection and solitude that recharges batteries and renews souls. Soft adventures like cross country skiing or heated snowmobile touring, snowshoe walks in a winter wonderland and snow play with children or grandchildren are the order of the day. A good book with pad and pen nearby, and winter libations next to a cozy fire at one of the regions many Bed and Breakfast Inns is always an option too. The Yosemite Writers Conference, Sierra Art Trails Weekend and Madera Ag Adventure Trail should not be missed. They are interesting as well as educational and provide visitors the opportunity to see writers, artists and growers at work. Outstanding products of all three groups are for sale direct from the makers at very reasonable prices. Celebrate the heritage of Madera County at one of our historic sites or museums. Heritage Days in Oakhurst and Old Timers Days in Madera feature parades, exhibits and activities reminiscent of life in the Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley regions of the county. Check the calendar of events in this guide or go to www.YosemiteThisyear.com for more events and complete information. 559/683-4636 - YosemiteThisYear.com

Donn Lusby © - Cross-country skiing, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley


wedding dreams Come True Special moments in special places are what make memorable occasions. With a backdrop of free flowing waterfalls at peak times, elaborate cliff formations and lush, green forests, couples planning their dream wedding may want to consider Eastern Madera County, Bass Lake and Yosemite National Park. Many communities in the region offer quaint churches, parks and private venues. Bass Lake offers lake-side beauty and near-perfect

weather for the majority of the spring, fall and summer, while Yosemite features several choice locations, including the Yosemite Community Chapel. A special-use permit is required for weddings held anywhere in Yosemite National Park. Weddings may be scheduled up to one year in advance and not less than 21 days prior to the ceremony. A wedding planning kit is available from the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau by calling 559/683-4636 or going on-line at www.YosemiteThisYear.com.

Heidi Vetter Š - Garnet Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness

Paul Mullins Š - El Capitan, Yosemite Valley


Cars, cars and more Cars Madera County, Oakhurst and the southern Yosemite region is a car collector’s heaven. Not only does it seem that everyone who lives here has a vintage or antique car, hot rod, sports car or truck in their garage; we welcome car clubs, enthusiast groups and fans to put on their show or meeting or just drive through. The annual Rotary car show in Oakhurst draws more than 200 cars in August, the Three Sisters Café Concours brings out Ferraris and other exotics in July, The Elks Car Show at Bass Lake is always a great event in June. You’ll find the Courthouse Park car show in Madera every spring, Chowchilla has their “Cars in the Park” and the list goes on and on. Every type of car club has chosen the area for regional meets, national meets or just local get togethers – MG Club, Corvette Club, Franklin Club,

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For an up to date calendar of the area visit: http://www.yosemitethisyear.com/attcalendar.asp

37th Annual Indian Fair Days & Pow Wow - North Fork ...........559/877-2115 Jazz on the Lake Season Finale - Bass Lake - Aug. 31st .............. 559/642-3121 Annual Mountain Classic Car Show - North Fork ..................... 559/877-2743

JanuaRY For a listing of winter activities ................................................... 559/683-4636

Southern Yosemite Automotive Film Festival www.southernyosemite.com

Antique and Collectible Faire - Coarsegold ................................ 559/683-3900 Madera District Fair - Madera Fair Grounds ................................559/674-8511 Run for the Gold Car Show - Oakhurst .........559/683-7653 or 559/683-4224 Precious Sunset Pow Wow - Bass Lake ........................................ 559/855-4833 30th Annual Fresno Highland Gathering & Games Coombs Riverbend Ranch, Madera................559/250-1758 or 559/787-3239 Smokey Bear 10K and 2 mile Fun Run - Bass Lake .....................559/688-1770 Old Timer’s Day Parade & Celebration - Madera ....................... 559/675-7071 11th Annual Mountain Heritage Days at Fresno Flats Oakhurst ........................................................................................559/683-6570

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Western Stampede - Chowchilla ..................................................599-665-1882

MaY Arts & Crafts Faire - Bass Lake...................................................... 559/877-3474 55th Annual Coarsegold Rodeo - Coarsegold ............................ 559/683-1952 26th Annual Bass Lake Fishing Derby - Bass Lake ..................... 559/642-3676 Renegade Classic Motorcycle Show - Madera Fair Grounds ...... 559/348-9690 Chowchilla-Madera County Fair - Chowchilla ........................... 559/665-5603 17th Annual Antique & Classic Wooden Boat Show Bass Lake ....................................................................................... 559/901-8158 Antique and Collectible Faire - Coarsegold ................................ 559/683-3900 Oakhurst Mountain Peddlers Faire - Oakhurst .......................... 559/683-7766 Jazz on the Lake begins 15 week session on May 25th.............. 559/642-3121 Spring Wine Trail Adventure - Madera Wine Trail ..................... 800/733-8068

June Under the Stars Car Show - Bass Lake ............ 559/683-2717 or 559/683-0548 31st Annual Arts and Crafts Faire - Bass Lake www.thecraftfaire.org ................................................................... 559/877-3474 47th Annual Logger’s Jamboree - North Fork (June 30 - July 1) ...........................................................................559/877-7700

JulY 4th of July Celebration - Madera Fair Grounds ...........................559/674-8511 Fireworks Show - Bass Lake ......................................................... 559/642-3676

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7th Annual Animal Faire & Tails on the Trail Dog Walk Oakhurst ....................................................................................... 559/642-6611 Fall Festival - Grizzly Century Bike Run and Art Show North Fork .................................................................................... 559/877-2244 Picayune Rancheria Pow Wow - Coarsegold............................... 559/683-6633 Fall Festival & Craft Faire - Bass Lake .......................................... 559/877-3474 Chili Cook Off - North Fork ........................................................ 559/877-4458 3rd Annual Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century and Time Trial Bicycle Run - www.fresnocycling.com Sierra Art Trails - Eastern Madera County ................................... 559/658-8343 Fall Chocolate & Wine Festival - Oakhurst ................................. 559/683-7766 Wassama Round House Gathering Days - Ahwahnee .................559/683-8194 Tarantula Festival - Coarsegold.................................................... 559/683-3900

noVeMBeR Holiday Spirit Wine Trail Weekend Madera Wine Trail ........... 800/733-8068 9th Annual Bass Lake Tree Lighting Ceremony Pines Village, Bass Lake................................................................ 559/692-8868 Tractor Parade of Lights - Madera................................................ 559/673-5952

deCeMBeR Christmas Tree Lighting - Oakhurst ............................................ 559/683-7653 Christmas Tree Lighting - Chowchilla......................................... 559/665-3728 Christmas Tree Lighting - Madera Ranchos ................................ 559/645-4001 Christmas Craft Faire - Coarsegold ............................................. 559/683-3900 Children’s Christmas Parade - North Fork ..................................559/877-7700

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Viper Club, Thunderbird Club and Pontiac Club to name just a few. If you just want to drive, we’ve got hundreds of miles of Jeep trails, dirt roads and adventure destinations, just outside your hotel room. Jeep clubs from all over the country come here to try out high Sierra roads. Even our film festival, “the Southern Yosemite Automotive Film Festival,” is about cars. Car movies of the last 50 years, celebrities, exotic 559/683-4636 - YosemiteThisYear.com

cars; it’s all happening here every March. Find out the latest at www.southernyosemite.com. We’re so car crazy, you can rent a Model T or Model A Ford to see Yosemite the way it was seen in the ‘20s and ‘30s. And if you’re taking a cruise with your car club to the southern Yosemite region, drive our spectacular roads, enjoy our scenery and know that you’re welcome in our hotels and restaurants. Be prepared to answer questions about your car. We’re all “car guys” here. 51


The Yosemite/Madera County Film Commission The film commission represents Madera County and the southern Yosemite area to the film and advertising industry, creating awareness of the unique features and filming qualities of the region to the Los Angeles area film, television and advertising community, as well as to filmmakers worldwide has made the area a filmmaker’s paradise. Locations ranging from the sea level San Joaquin Valley to the 10,000+ foot peaks of the southern Yosemite area provide a backdrop for almost anything imaginable. From the days of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in “The Long Long Trailer” to John Candy in “The Great Outdoors,” the southern Yosemite

Heidi Vetter © - Rider, Sierra National Forest

Susanne Updike-Waite © - Scrub Jay in Coarsegold

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Donn Lusby © - Backpackers in Ansel Adams Wilderness

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area has been Hollywood’s back lot, pretending to be everywhere from the Adirondacks to Kansas, when necessary. In July of 2006, The Pines Resort in Bass Lake, immortalized in the film “The Great Outdoors,” 559/683-4636 - YosemiteThisYear.com

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ideal for everything from auto commercials to documentaries. The southern Yosemite area, only four and one half hours from Hollywood, is best known as the southern entrance to spectacular Yosemite National Park, but also offers a diversity of locations virtually unmatched in California; ranches, ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s style buildings and homes, vineyards, suburban neighborhoods, mid-western farms and 1880s ghost towns. In the southern Yosemite area, it is only a short distance from the farmlands of the San Joaquin valley and the banks of the Fresno River to the snowcapped peaks and alpine meadows of the Sierra. The continued on page 57

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climate is almost perfect - 300+ days of sunshine per year, snow on the ground from November to May in some areas and four distinct seasons. Accessibility from L.A. is easy and quick almost 559/683-4636 - YosemiteThisYear.com

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Donn Lusby © - Western Juniper, Olmstead Point, Yosemite NP

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from Madera County. Madera County has declared itself “film friendly,” with simplified permitting and a full time film commissioner to assist in location scouting, arrange inexpensive accommodations, 559/683-4636 - YosemiteThisYear.com

secure technical support and act as liaison to ease the paperwork and details, the Yosemite/Madera County Film Commission is ready for your business. For more information, visit www.yosemitefilm.com. 59


Donn Lusby © - Chilkoot Creek, Sierra National Forest

Affordable Lodging Choices

the summary grid below to narrow your choices. Detailed information on amenities, availability, and current rates can be acquired on-line or by calling the numbers listed.

From economic to luxurious, the southern region of Yosemite has more choices than any other corridor entering the park. Cabins, cottages, inns, hotels and full service resorts are available year-round. Use

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

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Bass Lake

Bass Lake Realty

Cabin / Home

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

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Century 21 Ditton Sierra Realtors at Bass Lake

K&K Property Management basslakevacations.com • 559/642-2288, fax 559/642-3399 P.O. Box 470, Bass Lake, CA 93604

The Gaines Burrow

gainesburrow.com • 559/642-3067 P.O. Box 289, Bass Lake, CA 93604

The Forks Resort

theforksresort.com • 559/642-3737 39150 Road 222 , Bass Lake, CA 93604

Resort

95 units

Miller’s Landing

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

The Pines Resort - Conference Center

basslake.com • 559/642-3121, 800/350-7463, fax 559/642-3902 P.O. Box 109/54432 Road 432, Bass Lake, CA 93604

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daysinn.com • 800/329-7466, 559/665-4821, fax 559/665-1994 220 E. Robertson Blvd., Chowchilla, CA 93610

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chukchansigold.com • 559/692-5200, fax 559/692-5230 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold, CA 93614

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webcitypress.com/blackhawk/ • 559/868-3596 27694 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold, CA 93614

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

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Fish Camp

Big Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast

bigcreekinn.com • 559/641-2828, fax 559/641-2727 1221 Hwy 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

Motel

Narrow Gauge Inn

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

Apple Tree Inn at Yosemite

appletreeinn-yosemite.com 888/683-5111, 559/683-5111, fax 559/642-6280 1110 Hwy 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

Cabin

Owl’s Nest Lodging

owlsnestlodging.com • 559/683-3484 1237 Hwy. 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

Sugar Pine at Fish Camp

Motel

sugarpineatyosemite.com • 831-726-3530 1243 Hwy. 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Resort Hotel/Conference Facility tenayalodge.com • 888/322-5495, 559/683-6555 1122 Hwy 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

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Inn / Motel

559/674-8817, fax 559/675-9188 25327 Avenue. 16, Madera, CA 93637

Holiday Inn Express

hiexpress.com • 800/HOLIDAY, 559/661-7400, fax 559/673-4800 2290 Marketplace Drive, Madera, CA 93637

Motel 6

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

Super 8 Motel

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

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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

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A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast

abedofrosesbandb.com • 559/642-6975, 877/624-7673, fax 559/642-6976 43547 Whispering Pines Drive, Oakhurst, CA 93644

B&B

Chateau du Sureau

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

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 559/683-4636 - YosemiteThisYear.com

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Days Inn

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

Oakhurst Lodge

oklodge.com • 800/OKlodge, 559/683-4417 40302 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Shilo Inn Resort

shiloinns.com • 800/222-2244, 559/683-3555, fax 559/683-3386 40644 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Sierra Sky Ranch Resort

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

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

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

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sierrawoodsbandb.com • 888/246-0720, 559/642-6248 49522 Road 426, Oakhurst, CA 93644

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Sierra Woods Bed & Breakfast

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pineroseinn.com • 559/642-2800, 866/642-2800 41703 Road 222, Oakhurst, CA 93644

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Falcon’s Nest Bed & Breakfast

yosemitebandb.com • 800/396-3639, 209/372-8517, fax 209/372-4241 7509 Henness Circle, Yosemite, CA 95389

Wawona Hotel

yosemitepark.com • 209/375-6556, fax 209/375-6601 Yosemite National Park

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DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite Accommodations

Cabin / Cottage / Home

yosemiteperegrine.com • 800/396-3639, 209/372-8517, fax 209/372-4241 7507 Henness Circle, Yosemite, CA 95389 The Redwoods In Yosemite Year-Round Vacation Home Rentals redwoodsinyosemite.com 888/225-6666, 209/375-6666, fax 209/375-6400

Stay in Yosemite Vacation Rentals

stayinyosemite.com • 559/683-6390 7326 Yosemite Parkway, Yosemite, CA 95389

The Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

yosemitebug.com • 209/966-6666, 866/826-7108, fax 209/966-6667 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 Pine Arbor Retreat

pinearbor.com • 209/372-4054, 714/996-7495 7229 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite, CA 95389 Yosemite’s Scenic Wonders Vacation Rentals scenicwonders.com • 888/YOSEMITE (888/967-3648) 7403 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite, CA 95389

Yosemite West Cottages

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From elegant fine dining experiences to meals on the go, every

option imaginable is waiting for you when you visit us. The Yosemite Sierra region is home to California’s 2006 Chef of the Year, Erna Kubin-Clanin; Family Seafood Restaurant award winner, Roman Zabicki; World renowned Executive Chef, James

Ahwahnee Bill’s 19th Hole Hitching Post Sports Bar and Grill Family Restaurant��������������� 559/683-7917 The River Creek Café (page 15)������������������� 559/683-5600

BASS LAKE Ducey’s on the Lake (page 26)��������������������� 559/642-3121 The Forks Resort Restaurant (page 38)���������559/642-3737 Casa Castillo’s Mexican Restaurant���������� 559/683-2272 Miller’s Landing Resort Restaurant (page 22)������������������������������������������������������� 559/642-3633

COARSEGOLD Alfonso’s Hideaway Mexican Restaurant�� 559/642-6656 Blue Heron������������������������������������������������ 559/658-6969 Broken Bit�������������������������������������������������� 559/658-2002 Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino���������� 866/794-6946 The Bakery, California Market Buffet, Casa De Fuego, Deuce’s Diner, Goldfields Cafe, Noodle Bar Asian Bistro and Vintage Steakhouse (page12-13)

Coarsegold Café���������������������������������������� 559/683-5022 Gold Mine Pizza���������������������������������������� 559/683-4653 Mining Company Restaurant (page 30)������ 559/683-5853 Subway Sandwiches���������������������������������� 559/658-2500 Taco Zone�������������������������������������������������� 559/641-6161 Zander’s Coffee������������������������������������������559/842-2180

FISH CAMP Narrow Gauge Inn Restaurant (page 56)����� 559/683-6446 Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite (page 58)������������ 559/683-6555 559/683-4636 - YosemiteThisYear.com

Overbaugh; Madera’s Restaurateur of the Year, Chris Mariscotti; Kraft BBQ Sauce King, Todd Leaf; one of Mexico’s finest culinary exports, Chef Miguel Arce; and many others. For details on location, style, menu, and pricing go on-line or call the numbers listed below.

MADERA Asian Buffet����������������������������������������������� 559/675-3999 DiCicco’s Pizzeria Italian�������������������������� 559/674-2435 Downtown Buffet�������������������������������������� 559/662-8268 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 Long John Silver’s Seafood Shoppe��������� 559/674-0606 Madera Valley Inn Coffee Shop���������������� 559/664-0100 The Vineyard��������������������������������������������� 559/674-0923 Win Chinese Gourmet�������������������������������559/673-2919

NORTH FORK

Buckhorn Restaurant and Saloon

(page 32)������������������������������������������������������� 559/877-8700

La Cabaña (page 32)������������������������������������� 559/877-3311 Pizza Factory���������������������������������������������� 559/877-7777

OAKHURST Branding Iron at Sierra Sky Ranch (page 42)�� 559/683-8040 Carl’s Jr.������������������������������������������������������559/658-8878 Castillo’s Mexican Food���������������������������� 559/683-8000 Country Waffles�����������������������������������������559/641-6666 Crab Cakes Restaurant (page 65)����������������� 559/641-7667 El Cid Mexican Restaurant������������������������ 559/683-6668 Erna’s Elderberry House (page 16)�������������� 559/683-6800

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 Kentucky Fried Chicken���������������������������� 559/683-3545 Kyoto Kafe������������������������������������������������� 559/692-2400 Lucy’s Mexican Food����������������������������������559/641-7474 McDonald’s Restaurant����������������������������� 559/683-3344 Me-N-Ed’s Pizza�����������������������������������������559/683-7757 Mountain House Restaurant�������������������� 559/683-5191 Oka Japanese Restaurant ������������������������� 559/642-4850 Ol’ Kettle���������������������������������������������������� 559/683-7505 Old Mexico Taqueria����������������������������������559/683-2777 Pete’s Place������������������������������������������������ 559/683-0772 Pizza Factory���������������������������������������������� 559/683-2700 Quiznos����������������������������������������������������� 559/658-5442 Rice Man���������������������������������������������������� 559/641-6266 Round Table Pizza������������������������������������ 559/683-7472 Sandino’s Velvet Rose�������������������������������� 559/641-6600 Starbucks Coffee��������������������������������������� 559/658-8101 Subway Sandwiches���������������������������������� 559/683-3066 Sweetwater Steakhouse����������������������������� 559/658-5252 Szechuan Chinese Restaurant����������������� .559/683-8328 Taco Bell���������������������������������������������������� 559/683-8226 Three Sisters Café�������������������������������������� 559/642-2253 Todd’s Cookhouse BBQ���������������������������� 559/642-4900 Yosemite Coffee & Roasting Co.����������������559/683-8815 Zander’s Coffee����������������������������������������� 559/683-7575 63


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