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Arrive There’s Nothing Quite Like It Sure, other mountains and waterfalls exist, other places that may seem ideal to take in a sunrise or sunset. Birds soar in other parts of the country; deer frolic in other meadows. But around here, in Yosemite National Park and its surrounding communities, there is uniqueness and beauty second to none. Famed naturalist John Muir wrote in his book “the Yosemite,” “no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. every rock in its walls seems to glow with life.” (559)683-4636-YosemitethisYear.com

there’s a reason for that. take a look at the stunning rock formations, hike among the towering giant sequoias and picnic in settings filled with picturesque views. then venture outside the park and relax on the shores of scenic Bass lake or stroll through the specialty shops dotting the area. Come to shop. Come to play. Come to stay. For more information, contact the Yosemite Sierra visitors Bureau, located at 41969 Highway 41 in Oakhurst, CA 93644. visit our Web site at yosemitethisyear.com, e-mail us at ysvb@yosemitethisyear.com or call (559) 683-4636; fax: (559) 683-5697. (main) Paul Mullins© - Happy Isles bridge with warm fall colors, Yosemite N.P. (inset) Nancy Robbins© - Maple leaves, Merced River 3


Welcome

Bill Putnam

Madera County We’re located in the middle of California, covering 2,147 square miles, with North Fork being the exact center of California. Madera County is more than just the gateway to the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park. there is wine production in the family tradition, with tours of many of our small wineries, known as the Madera Wine trail. Madera County is also home to many artists who have many galleries to explore, and the Sierra Art trails. Bass lake offers fishing, boating, water skiing, wake boarding, personal water craft, camping and picnicking. there are many trails to hike in the area, including the Way of the Mono trail, a half-mile self-guided walking trail detailing the Western Mono indians. Mountain biking on fire roads and old railroad grades, ranging from easy to difficult, are available. Mountain bikers can ride for hours and feel like they’re alone. North Fork is the beginning of the Sierra vista National Scenic Byway. the Byway meanders for 100 miles through

outstanding scenery with remarkable views of the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. visitors will see massive granite domes, majestic peaks, sheer canyon walls formed by the San Joaquin River and expansive, high mountain meadows. For racing enthusiasts, there is the Madera Speedway, a 1/3 mile asphalt track located at the Madera County Fairgrounds. it is part of the NASCAR weekly Racing Series and hosts races from the Supermodified Racing league, the United States Auto Club and the NASCAR Featherlite South West Series. Many picturesque communities make up Madera County, including Ahwahnee, Bass lake, Chowchilla, Coarsegold, Madera, Madera Ranchos, North Fork, Oakhurst, O’Neals and Raymond. there are plenty of life’s adventures to experience in Madera County. Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau President

2008 Yosemite Sierra Visitors Guide - Table of Contents there’s Nothing Quite like it............3 Madera County ...............................5 Supervisor’s Message .......................7 Madera Wine trail ...........................9 So Much to See and Do in Summer! ...................................10 Calendar of events.........................12 Follow the Sounds .........................15 tee time .......................................17 the Secret of Mountain time .........19 Chowchilla City .............................20 Madera City ..................................20

Madera Ranchos ...........................20 O’Neals.........................................21 Raymond ......................................21 Coarsegold....................................21 North Fork ....................................22 Ahwahnee .....................................23 Oakhurst.......................................23 Bass lake ......................................25 Fish Camp .....................................25 Wawona .......................................27 Bass lake Recreation Area..............27 Bass lake Recreation Area Map......27

Sierra vista National Scenic Byway ..28 Camping / Rv Parks.......................30 the Journey Begins Now ................33 Sierra vista National Scenic Byway Map .........................33 Madera County / Southern Yosemite Area Map .........34 travel Arrangements ......................36 Fishing ..........................................37 Overnight Adventures ....................38 Madera County Arts ......................40 Hiking, Backpacking, Climbing, Whitewater Rafting? ......................45

if You enjoy Our local Wildlife .......47 escape the Summer Heat ..............48 Spring Flowers ...............................48 Big Winter Fun ..............................49 Fall for the Arts .............................50 the Yosemite / Madera County Film Commission...........................51 Wedding Dreams Come true .........53 Romance is in the Air .....................53 Festivals ........................................55 lodging.........................................59 eateries .........................................65

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Supervisor’s Message On behalf of the Madera County Board of Supervisors, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Madera County. Whether you are planning to visit the beautiful Yosemite National Park or experience the world-renowned Madera County Wine trail or any of our numerous attractions, i am sure you will enjoy your visit. Madera County is home to some great restaurants with nearly every possible cultural cuisine imaginable available to you. Our hoteliers are great hosts, and we encourage you to stay an extra day and enjoy the many qualities that make every resident proud to call Madera County their home.

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We believe Madera County has every possible accommodation you will need, but we are privileged to have the San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater los Angeles Area just a short drive away, making Madera County, the heart of the Golden State, the most convenient location for those of you who have traveled a great distance to visit. (559)683-4636-YosemitethisYear.com

(main) Mike Norton© - Black oak tree, Yosemite Valley on the trail between Camp 4 and Yosemite Falls (inset) Donn Lusby© - Lady beetles, Merced River, Yosemite N.P.

We hope that your experience in Madera County is memorable, and we hope to see you back soon. Sincerely,

Ronn Dominici, Chairman Madera County Board of Supervisors

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Savor Madera Wine Trail cometoourFamiLYoFWineriesandtaKeasiPoFheaVen A growing cluster of family-owned wineries in Madera County is becoming a favorite spot 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 throughout Madera appellation and its surrounding communities year-round. Just pick up a trail map and “follow the signs of good taste.” Special wine-tasting events are offered three times a year. For a modest fee, purchase a souvenir glass, then travel to participating locations on the trail, where you experience a

wide variety of wines, scrumptious food and outstanding entertainment. Sound like fun? the best! try coming out for the wine and chocolate weekend in February, or take part in the spring wine trail every May and return for the holiday wine trail in November. Mark your calendars now! maderavintners.com (top) Franka Gabler© - Madera vineyard, Madera County, view from Highway 41 (right) Dan Carter© - Tammy Krause, Westbrook Wine Farm (559)683-4636-YosemitethisYear.com

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So Much to See and Do in Summer! areYouahistorYBuFF? Great! A driving tour of our historic towns makes for a great day trip. Madera (Spanish for lumber) started life as a lumber company and has a century-old granite courthouse. interestedinaWesternstamPede? One rides into the town of Chowchilla (literally) every April and has done so for more than 50 years. hoWaBouta countYFair? the ChowchillaMadera County Fair kicks off spring in style in May, complete with festival rides, barbecues and a hometown parade.

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in spring, if you follow the green hills and winding roads to Raymond, you will see a serene home town. Once upon a time, it was the major stagecoach stop at the end of the rail line linking travelers to the wonders of Yosemite. Rumor has it the general store used to feature wildcat burgers when beef was scarce.

LooKingForgoLd? Coarsegold was a rough and tumble town that sprang up around rich gold claims. if you stop by the Broken Bit, north of town, kids can still enjoy the gold panning experience and may even find a “nugget” or two. Head north to Oakhurst, or Fresno Flats, as it used to be known, and visit the Fresno Flats Historical Park. You can take a tour of historic cabins and the old Raymond jail. Historians dressed in period attire give living history tours that bring the pioneering days to life. Come back for their Heritage Days celebration in the fall and see an old-fashioned parade, a

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working forge, a pie-baking contest and local woodcarvers making wood chips.

and wind their way along mountain tracks. take a Moonlight Special and enjoy a steak dinner before you depart.

Slip over to North Fork for a wealth of indian history at the Sierra Mono indian Museum, which displays beautifully crafted basketry used in everyday life. this former mill town was a logging community for more than 100 years. the exact geographic center of California also happens to be located roughly 7.4 miles southeast of town.

the Golden Chain theatre is just two miles and 200 years from Oakhurst. in June and July you can “boo” at the blackhatted villain and cheer for the hero while munching on free popcorn served by the saloon girls. it is a classic, one guaranteed to cramp your cheeks from grinning so much. if you like it, come back in the fall for the comedy and mystery season.

hoWaBoutaLittLeeXcitement? Head to the Berenda Reservoir, near Chowchilla, the weekend before Father’s Day (in June) and catch the Power Boat Races. Water plumes, supercharged boats and food, food, food, make this one of Madera County’s most exciting events.

LooKingForsomethingaLittLemoresedate? Head to the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, located in Fish Camp, north of Oakhurst. Authentic steam engines, like Old Shay No. 10 and No. 15, have been lovingly restored

if “stuff ” is your thing, come up for one of our peddlers fairs. Coarsegold has an Antiques and Collectibles Fair on Memorial Day Weekend and labor Day weekend. Oakhurst also has a Peddlers Fair, Memorial weekend. Wander the booths and find that special something to decorate your house. (main) Paul Mullins© - Sunset over Millerton Lake from Sky Harbor Road (inset-opposite page) Mathew Tekulsky© - Testing the waters, Bass Lake

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Yosemite Sierra Calendar of Events For a complete calendar of events for the area visit: yosemitethisyear.com/calendar.html

JanuarY For a listing of winter activities ........................................................................................ (559) 683-4636

FeBruarY Annual Crab Feed - Oakhurst .......................................................................................... (559) 683-6064 Wine & Chocolate Weekend/Madera Wine trail - maderavintners.com ............................. (800) 733-8068 Fresno Flats Ragtime & vintage Music Festival - Oakhurst ................................................. (559) 683-6570

march Madera Community Hospital Blues Festival - Madera maderahospital.org ....................................................... (559) 675-5503 Southern Yosemite Film Festival - Oakhurst southernyosemite.com ................................................... (559) 683-7766

aPriL Raymond Parade and Family Fun Day - Raymond............ (559) 689-3341 Western Stampede - Chowchilla ..................................... (559) 665-1882 Annual Stampede Art Show - Chowchilla ........................ (559) 665-2701 Gold Rush Days - Coarsegold - shopcoarsegold.com

maY 28th annual Bass lake Fishing Derby - Bass lake basslakechamber.com ........................................................................... (559) 642-3676 57th annual Coarsegold Rodeo - Coarsegold ......................................... (559) 683-1952 Chowchilla Chamber Golf tournament/ Pheasant Run Golf Course - Chowchilla ................................................ (559) 665-5603 Spring Wine trail Adventure Madera Wine trail - maderavintners.com ... (800) 733-8068 Jazz on the lake begins 15-week session - Bass lake - basslake.com ......... (559) 642-3121 Memorial Day Weekend Peddlers Fair - Coarsegold ............................... (559) 683-3900 Oakhurst Mountain Peddlers Fair - Oakhurst ......................................... (559) 683-7766 Chowchilla-Madera County State Fair - Chowchilla ................................ (559) 665-3728 Arts & Craft Fair - Bass lake - thecraftfair.org ......................................... (559) 877-3474 18th annual Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show - acbs-tahoe.org ... (559) 733-8379

June (top-inset) David Hurst© - Digeridoo festival, North Fork (middle-inset) David Hurst© - Sierra Art Trails, Oakhurst (bottom-inset) Heidi Vetter© - Car show judging, Oakhurst

Art, Music and Dinner in the Meadow - Coarsegold................................ (559) 642-4448 Madera Chamber of Commercial Classic Car Show Chowchilla/Civic Center Plaza ............................................................... (559) 665-5603 Yosemite Mountain Cruisers Car Show - Coarsegold ............................... (559) 683-5853

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32nd annual Arts and Craft Fair - Bass lake - thecraftfair.org ........................... (559) 877-3474 Classic v-Drive Boat Show - Bass lake v-driveboats.com

JuLY light Up the Sky annual Fireworks Show - Bass lake - basslakechamber.com ..... (559) 642-3676 lions Club Annual Fireworks Display - Chowchilla Fairgrounds ......................... (559) 665-3728

august Jazz on the lake Season Finale - Bass lake - basslake.com ................................ (559) 642-3121

sePtemBer Madera District Fair - Madera Fair Grounds - maderafair.com .......................... (559) 674-8511 labor Day Weekend Peddlers Fair - Coarsegold................................................ (559) 683-3900 20th annual Smokey Bear 10K and 2 Mile Fun Run Bass lake - smokeybearrun.com ..................................... (559) 683-1770 Old timer’s Day Parade & Celebration - Madera ............. (559) 675-7071 Old timer’s ‘Day in the Park’ - Madera ........................... (559) 673-0291 Yosemite Flute Festival - Oakhurst .................................. (559) 642-4616 Run for the Gold Car Show - Oakhurst ........................... (559) 683-4224 12th annual Mountain Heritage Days at Fresno Flats - Oakhurst .............................................. (559) 683-6570

octoBer Picayune Rancheria Pow Wow - Coarsegold .................... (559) 683-6633 Fall Chocolate and Wine Festival - Oakhurst .................. (559) 683-7766 tarantula Festival - Coarsegold ...................................... (559) 683-3900 Sierra Art trails - eastern Madera County sierraarttrails.org ........................................................... (559) 658-8844 Fall Festival & Craft Fair - Bass lake - thecraftfair.org ...... (559) 877-3474 4th annual Bass lake Powerhouse Double Century and time trial Bicycle Run - fresnocycling.com

noVemBer Holiday Spirit Wine trail Weekend - maderavintners.org ..................................................(800) 733-8068 10th annual Bass lake tree lighting Ceremony - Pines village, Bass lake ..........................(559) 692-8868

decemBer 40th annual Christmas tree lighting - Chowchilla ............................................................(559) 665-8640 tractor Parade of lights - Madera ...................................................................................(559) 673-5951 Christmas tree lighting - Oakhurst..................................................................................(559) 683-7766 “A Coarsegold Christmas” - Coarsegold - shopcoarsegold.com Christmas tree lighting - Madera Ranchos ......................................................................(559) 645-4001 (top-inset) Pat Althizer© - Bass Lake Fireworks (middle-inset) Susanne Updike-Waite© - Yosemite Jazz Band at the Pines Resort, Bass Lake on 4th of July (bottom-inset) Barbara Ezell© - Sierra Mono Pow Wow (below) Paul Mullins© - Foothills of the Sierra

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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 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. Guests are asked to stand and remove their hats for some certain songs, unless their hats have eagle feathers. 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.

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First weekend in August, North Fork (559) 877-2115

Picayunerancheria PowWow October, Coarsegold (559) 683-6633

Precioussunsetindian PowWow September, Bass lake (559) 855-2705

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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’ instructions during the Pow Wow. For more information visit, powwows.com. (left-inset) Heidi Vetter© - Traditional Indian regalia, Ahwahnee (below) Franka Gabler© - Sierra Foothills landscape, view from Highway 41

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third Saturday in October State Historic Park, Ahwahnee (209) 742-7625

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Play Tee Time Go ahead and dream a little. imagine you’re on the PGA tour and are competing for a purse of millions. Now open your eyes and instead of a gallery of thousands watching your next shot, you see a herd of deer sleeping under 100-year-old apple trees or a coyote stealing your ball. Such is the case at the Wawona Golf Course inside Yosemite National Park, one of more than a half dozen golf courses located in Madera County and the surrounding areas. it is rumored that Charlie Chaplin frequented the Wawona course during the silent era. Some local courses offer water hazards so big they come with “no fishing” signs. Playing golf in our backyard is a one-of-a-kind and priceless experience. (main) Donn Lusby© - Golfing in the Sierra Foothills (inset) Franka Gabler© - Hummingbird, Coarsegold

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The Secret of Mountain Time As you plan your trip to the Mountain Area, we feel compelled to warn you that some visitors have difficulty readjusting to city life. the fragrance of the pines, cool breezes and mountain vistas have a way of working their way into your blood. Many visitors return home to find themselves plotting their escape from the corporate rat race.

Imagine they feel an overwhelming urge to sell their expensive homes, rescue their children from overcrowded schools and cash in their nest eggs to start the business of their dreams.

While the exact cause for such feelings has not yet been identified, we suspect it could have something to do with the friendly people, scenic beauty, deep heritage and the rich quality of life they find as they experience the tempo of mountain time. Come and judge for yourself, but remember, you have been forewarned. (above) Donn Lusby© - Old barn equipment, Road 600, Madera County (bottom-left) Dan Carter© - Foothills of Madera County near community of Raymond (bottom-right) Heidi Vetter© - Fiddlenecks along Road 600, Raymond

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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. Agriculture and real estate have long been staples of this Central valley community at the crossroads of Highways 152 and 99. For more information, visit ci.chowchilla.ca.us.

Madera City the Spanish word for lumber, “madera” denotes this city’s origins as a lumber company. Work in 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 of the predominant industry of agriculture are held year-round. tourism is also on the rise in Madera and Chowchilla and Madera County’s foothills. Madera County officials also celebrated the completion of a new government center in 2007. For more information, visit maderachamber.com.

Madera Ranchos What began as a simple rural community of ranch houses for equestrian owners has blossomed into a vibrant community of retail stores, commercial businesses, grocery stores and restaurants. it is located off Highway 41 north of Fresno. (main) Heidi Vetter© - Old barn, Raymond (inset) Victoria Hughes© - Sunset through a majestic oak tree in downtown Coarsegold

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O’Neals longtime residents claim O’Neals was the center of population 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.

Raymond Once a major stagecoach stop en route to Yosemite, this small town later became a 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 in the west for buildings and monuments.

Listen 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, 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, including the community known as Yosemite lakes Park. For more information, visit coarsegoldchamber.com. (top-left) Vikki Marshall© - Wildflower, White Layia, “Daisy,” North Fork (bottom-left) Susanne Updike-Waite© - Hillside Iris Farm, Coarsegold (main) Susanne Updike-Waite© - Horses grazing in pasture (559)683-4636-YosemitethisYear.com

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North Fork North Fork is located just miles from Bass lake. it is the home of the Sierra Mono indian Museum. the breathtaking 100-mile Sierra vista Scenic Byway starts here and is the gateway to Mammoth Pool, a popular fishing destination. During the Christmas season, downtown North Fork features a children’s parade and a festive bazaar reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting.

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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.

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Ahwahnee this small town is nestled in the foothills just a few miles from Oakhurst on 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 one of the last active ceremonial gathering places for local Native American tribes. With its proximity to the goldfields on the Fresno River, Ahwahnee, known as Grub Gulch, found more riches in growing fruit and vegetables and feeding the miners, rather than in mining. the town grew in popularity after the railroad in Raymond was established and visitors to Yosemite passed through. (inset-below) Heidi Vetter© The Oakhurst Talking Bear

Wander Oakhurst Nestled between the scenic landscapes of the San Joaquin valley and Yosemite National Park, and bordered by the Sierra National Forest, Oakhurst boasts a balance of small-town atmosphere with the travel amenities found in larger cities. located 16 miles south from Yosemite, it is filled with lodging, specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants for all tastes. in winter, snow is known from time to time to blanket business rooftops and lightly cover the indigenous oak, cedar and pine (559)683-4636-YosemitethisYear.com

trees, creating a stunning visual effect. 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. learn all about Oakhurst’s history by stopping by the Fresno Flats Historical Park. For more information, visit oakhurstchamber.com. (main) Donn Lusby© - Windmill at sunset, Road 208, Madera Co. 23


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 on the Fourth of July when it’s known to attract as many as 10,000 people for its annual fireworks display. Rent a boat or embark on a hike, and celebrate when the day is done with a burger or ice cream treat at one of the (right) Ron Hendershott© lake’s popular restaurants. Bass lake Falls Beach, 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.” For more information, visit basslakechamber.com.

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 three-mile drive to the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park, this hamlet has 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. 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. (below) Heidi Vetter© - Sunset at Bass Lake, from Central Camp

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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 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 to access the Grizzly Giant, which measures 27 feet in diameter and is 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.

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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. Boats, jet skis and other water sports equipment are for rent at the resorts around the lake. Hiking, walking and mountain biking trails are nearby.

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Plan now, for your “best” vacation at one of the “best” lakes in the western United States.

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The Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway the Sierra vista National Scenic Byway directs visitors along approximately 100 miles of roadway for 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 50 in the United States. this outstanding scenic drive follows ridges and meadow edges along 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 trace the historic trade route to the eastern Sierra used by past generations. 28

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Admire A short 2.7-mile side trip down italian Bar Road (Rd. 225) leads to the exact center of California. A permanent survey plate and monument mark the geographic center of the Golden State. Places like Redinger Overlook, the Jesse Ross historic cabin, Mile High vista, Jackass Rock, Arch Rock, Mammoth Pool, Clover Meadow, Portuguese Creek, the Balls, Globe Rock, Beasore Meadows, Cold Springs Summit, Fresno Dome, Kelty Meadow, Soquel Meadow and the Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias may be found on the Scenic Byway Map printed in this guide. Campgrounds and picnic areas along the Byway are allotted on a first-come basis, with fees charged at some campsites. Check in with the campground host where appropriate, and don’t forget to bring your fishing gear. On the Sierra vista National Scenic Byway you will experience the Sierra Nevada in a simply unique way. Known as the Hidden Heart of the Sierra, the region will truly steal your heart as you engage in this educational and informative adventure. For more information and a complete guide to the Byway, contact the Sierra vista National Scenic Byway Association, P.O. Box 764, North Fork, CA 93643-0764, (559) 877-7779 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.

(top) Donn Lusby© - Mammoth Pool panorama (left) Roger Robinette© - Globe Rock on Road 632, Sierra N.F. (middle) Roger Robinette© - Eagle Beak geological feature, Mile High Vista on Highway 81, Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway (right) Karl Bralich© - Hiker in high country

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WildernessPermits 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

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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 Department of Forestry.

Pack It In PacKitout! Many campgrounds do not have garbage pickup, 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. (below) Heidi Vetter© - Belaying, Sierra N.P. (right) Karl Bralich© - “Reeds Direct” on Reeds pinnacle on Highway 120

Explore RV Parks You’VecometotherightPLace. 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. (559)683-4636-YosemitethisYear.com

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elksLodge Oakhurst • (559) 683-2717

arenarVPark Chowchilla • (559) 665-1752

highsierrarVand mobilehomePark Oakhurst • (559) 683-7662

BassLakerecreationresort Bass Lake • (559) 642-3145 countryLiving mobilehomeandrVPark Madera • (559) 674-5343

LakesrV&golfresort Chowchilla • (559) 665-6980 YosemitesouthKoa Coarsegold • (559) 683-7855

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Find

Madera County and its foothills are original. We have so much to offer that as you travel to your destination, you will find getting there is part of the adventure and experience. Glance outside and watch the cattle roam, stop and enjoy a cold drink along the road or take in the views of our wildlife and luscious forests. (photo) Christophe Testi© - Yosemite Valley Panoramic view from Taft Point in Yosemite N.P.

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Madera County/ Southern Yosemite Area Map

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For more information to help plan your trip contact:

(559) 642-2262

(559) 642-3676

(559) 673-3563

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coarsegold chamberofcommerce

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chowchilla chamberofcommerce

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YosemiteValley

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AVERAGE TEMPERATURES January February March April May June July August September October November December

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The Road To Heaven, Illustrated Getting here is not complicated, as Highway 41 into Yosemite National Park rarely suffers impassability.

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Breathe Fishing While our region is filled with eye-catching waterfalls and towering sequoias, the fishing isn’t bad either. in fact, some locals say they would rather not fish anywhere else. it doesn’t matter if you’ve been fishing all your life or have never cast a line, Madera County has conditions and supplies “Keep close to Nature’s heart...and break clear for fishing enthusiasts of away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain all sorts. Pick up some night crawlers, salmon eggs or lures or spend a week in the woods. at one of our bait shops, then venture out into one of our Wash your spirit clean.” many lakes and streams. Do well and you just might have - John Muir fresh rainbow trout cooking over a campfire this evening, or perhaps a large-mouth bass or a nice-size catfish instead. Popular fishing holes include Bass lake, eastman lake, Hensley lake, Mammoth Pool Reservoir and Manzanita lake. Don’t have an expensive pole? it doesn’t matter. One young visitor caught a prize fish on a Barbie fishing pole in 2007. (above) Nancy Robbins© View from Upper Cathedral Lake, Cathedral Peak in background (above-inset) Heidi Vetter© Lewis Creek foliage (right) Nancy Robbins© - Summer storm and rainbow over Half Dome (right-inset) Ron Hendershott© Along the creek at Wawona

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Aspire Overnight Adventures there’s no better way to get back to nature than to go camping, whether you really rough it with rucksack and sleeping bag or ease the transition from urban life with an Rv. Pieces of heaven, from streamside rustic camps where you bring your own water, to campgrounds with full amenities, we have it all. the south side of Bass lake is a favorite for casual campers. this man-made mountain jewel has public and private campgrounds for both vehicles and tents. the camping experience at the lake can’t be beat. At most sites, the lake is just a short walk away, and stores and eateries can make up for whatever you may have forgotten. Spaces fill up fast, so reservations are a must during peak summer months. if you get tired of lolling round in your camp chair, you can rent a boat for fishing – imagine fresh fish sizzling in your frying pan. Bass lake has a full range of water sports. if you want to you can just drift along and tie up at one of its sandy beaches. the Sierra National Forest has nearly 30 campgrounds to choose from, and some even welcome horses. Check out the Web site, fs.fed.us/r5/sierra.

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the forest stretches from rolling, oak-covered hills to stark alpine crags. Be careful, as you can’t get big motor homes or trailers into some of the mountain campgrounds.

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Whether you stake your claim high or low, there are some precautions you need to keep in mind: Don’t drink water directly out of steams or waterfalls, no matter how tempting; it needs to be boiled for three or more minutes, treated or filtered. As your mother always told you, do the dishes as soon as the meal is over. there are plenty of critters that would love to get up close to an open peanut butter jar or grease-filled frying pan. But you don’t want to come back to your campsite to find your food gone and your tent ransacked by raccoons or worse, other hungry animals. Campfire permits are a must outside designated campgrounds; check with the agency in charge. Pay close attention to the fire danger signs and be sure your campfires are out – totally out and cold – before you leave your campsite.

can, even for the popular snow-camping sites. For dates May through September and some holidays, reservations fill up in a few minutes after they’re available. Reservations are done a month at a time up to five months in advance. But when you see sunrise hitting the granite walls of Yosemite valley, you’ll be glad you didn’t take a chance on missing out.

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if you want to take Fido along, take a leash, too. Dogs are welcome, but be considerate of the dog and the people you may meet in camp or on the trail. Yosemite, one of the crown jewels of the National Park System, has 13 campgrounds on a reservation system (recreation.gov or 877-444-6777). Call or go online as early as you

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Madera County Arts Natural and cultivated works of art surround you in Madera County. in the lowlands, you’ll delight in the hills studded with stunning oaks, miles of spring wildflowers and the tidy rows of vines heavy with grapes in the fall. As you climb into the Sierra Nevada, the majesty arts of towering pines, lush meadows and brown-eyed deer will greet you. And the glories of Yosemite National Park are known to all. With all this beauty, is it any wonder the county is chock full of man-made art? the Madera County Arts Council is a great place to go for information, it maintains an extensive calendar of events in the county’s communities. the headquarters, at Schnoor and Cleveland avenues in Madera, is also a gallery. (maderaarts.org) Along Highway 41, the main route up to the mountains, you’ll find galleries galore. You can even stop in at a wayside chain saw carving workshop famous for its wooden bears.

the creekside town of Coarsegold is famous for its little shops, offering everything from deliberately rusted garden ornaments to exquisite antiques. On Memorial Day and labor Day weekends, the village hosts peddlers and antique fairs. if you can’t find something to buy at the fairs, you aren’t shopping hard enough. thousands of people search for treasures in a relaxed and festive atmosphere.

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At Coarsegold’s Historic Museum, the goldpanning past comes into focus. Artifacts go back to the 1800s, and one of the buildings is an adobe structure used more than 100 years ago as a wagon way station.

(above) Karl Bralich© - At Elephant Rock (right) Nancy Robbins© - Summer runoff cascading down the Tuolumne River

Arachnophobia aside, the tarantula Festival crawls into town in October, with races, costume contests and cooking contests. Coarsegold’s annual Christmas Faire gives locals and visitors alike a chance to enjoy the season Mountain-style. Just up the road and over hulking Deadwood Mountain, Oakhurst is snuggled into the mountains and is home to a plethora of arts groups, cooperatives and galleries. Check out sierraarttrails.org to see what the artists have for you. On the list spring to autumn is the Sierra Saturday Art Hop, where galleries host art makers creating art. the group also 40

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Transform throws a fall open-studio tour, called Sierra Art trails that will let you see a big swath of the area as well as its artists. if old-time music is your thing, it doesn’t get much better than the Fresno Flats Ragtime and vintage Music Festival in February. For three days, good-time tunes fill the air and festival musicians set up all over town for jam sessions and impromptu seminars. continued on page 43 (559)683-4636-YosemitethisYear.com

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YOS E MITE/SIERR A When you want more than just a room.

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Pine Rose Inn

Homestead Cottages

Rooms & Cottages. Private entrances, bathrooms, inroom spas, fireplaces, full kitchens, near Bass lake & Yosemite. Hot breakfast & memorable family reunions. Bass Lake • 559-642-2800 pineroseinn.com

160 wooded acres. “Serenity is the order of the day at this secluded getaway” Fodors Travel Guide. Ahwahnee • 559-683-0495 homesteadcottages.com

Apple Blossom Inn

Sierra Mountain Lodge

An award winning romantic Inn overlooking the Sierras and featuring uniquely ‘Delicious’ gourmet Apple Blossom breakfasts. Ahwahnee • 559-642-2001 appleblossombb.com

Oak Cottage

English style bed & breakfast, all three rooms have private entrance, bathroom, satellite TV & full breakfast. Oakhurst • 559-683-8988 oakcottagebandb.com

Each inn individually owned and operated

A Bed of Roses

Private rooms-private baths with whirlpool tubs. *Swimming Pool * Hot Tub *Fireplaces *Petting Zoo *Pet Friendly *Full Breakfast Oakhurst • 559-642-6975 abedofrosesbandb.com

Ravensbrook

2 quiet guest rooms with private baths, near Yosemite & Chukchansi Resort. Gourmet breakfast, spa overlooking pond. Coarsegold • 559-683-4792 ravensbrook-yosemite.com

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Panoramic mountain views from six lodging suites with private entries, baths and living quarters. Hot breakfast, wireless internet & family friendly. Ahwahnee • 559-683-7673 sierramountainlodge.com

Nature’s Inn

Beautiful Scandinavian Log Home - Private Rooms, Entrance & baths - Mountain views, Hot Tub, Pool - Breakfast brought to your Room. Ahwahnee • 559-641-2444 naturesinnbnb.com

Lynmar Pond Ranch

1 to 4 bedroom ranch style house located on the Sierra scenic byway. Continental breakfast included. North Fork • 559-877-7260 lynmarpondranch.com

A Haven of Rest

Ultimate in mountain comfort & design. Your privacy is guaranteed. Suite w/ private sitting room & swim spa. Oakhurst • 559-642-2617 havenofrestbnb.com

Vulture’s View

Very private OUTDOOR spa, all 3 rooms have private entrances/baths. Vast mountain views where nature visits you. Reasonable rates. CALL US. Oakhurst • 559-683-8470 yosemitevulturesviewbandb.com

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Oakhurst is also the home of the Golden Chain theatre, which produces old-time melodramas with hissable villains, cheerable heroes and damsels in distress. the town was originally known as Fresno Flats, and its historical museum has buildings dating back to its early days. Oakhurst also has a vintage clothing museum and an interactive children’s museum guaranteed to keep the kids occupied. With Memorial Day, the area’s events calendars fill to bursting. Almost every weekend brings on some opportunity to hear music, bid on local products at benefit auctions, and enjoy life as it was decades ago. (top) Paul Mullins© - Sunset, south side of Yosemite Valley from Leidig Meadow (right) Heidi Vetter© - Cowgirl, Raymond (left) Jason Gayman© - Milky Way, 5-minute exposure, southern sky from Glacier Point, Yosemite N.P. (559)683-4636-YosemitethisYear.com

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Engage you’ll pass the delightful town of Fish Camp. Hop a ride on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. From 1899 to 1931, a lumber company had miles of narrowgauge track in the area. today you can take a four-mile excursion into history. the railroad is near the south gate to Yosemite National Park, where nature and art come together to form a granite-sided museum like no other. At the Ansel Adams Gallery, you’ll find the work of contemporary artists as well as the stunning photography of this genius of black-and-white art. At the visitors center, newly refurbished in 2007, the interactive displays tell you about this crown jewel of National Parks and even lets you pose with a life-size statue of John Muir, legendary protector of the Sierra. (above) Franka Gabler© - Merced River, Yosemite Valley (left) Christophe Testi© - At Tenaya Creek just after Mirror Lake in Yosemite N.P.

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browsing arts and crafts galleries and, on summer Friday nights, listening to jazz played on the deck of Ducey’s on the lake. if you stay on Road 222 that turns into Road 274, you’ll reach the former logging boom town of North Fork and the Sierra Mono Museum, where Mono tribal members are keeping their culture alive with static displays and living demonstrations. Back on Highway 41 heading north, 44

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Hiking, Backpacking, Climbing, Whitewater Rafting? thisisthePLaceForYou. Climb out of your tent beside a stream, down some trail mix and hoist your backpack, then set off to scramble through rough terrain and come out on a granite outcropping overlooking spectacular scenery. Wake up in your camper to the smell of coffee being brewed all around you by other Rvers. Share breakfast and chat about yesterday’s deer sightings, then grab a bottle of water and head for the trailhead. Spend a couple of hours on a shady path, pausing to take close-up pictures of wildflowers. then head back to the lake, coming out at a restaurant where the milk shakes, fries and burgers are legendary with locals.

the park will challenge you, for sure. there are hundreds of granite faces to scale – and spend the night hanging from. And while you’re enjoying our trails, hikes and rocks, keep cleanliness in mind: if you pack it in, also pack it out. For those looking for adventure, whitewater rafting opportunities exist in the surrounding areas of Madera County. information is available at the Yosemite Sierra vistors Bureau, located at 41969 Highway 41 in Oakhurst; yosemitethisyear.com. (559) 683-4636. (left) Christophe Testi© - Taking a day for hiking on the eastern shore trail going to Mirror Lake in Yosemite N.P. (below) Christophe Testi© - Vernal Falls from the Mist Trail with rainbow in the afternoon, Yosemite N.P. (below-left) Christophe Testi© - Family on a rock at Mirror Lake in Yosemite N.P.

Hike

For the hard-core hiker and backpacker, hike a chunk of the John Muir trail, which runs from Yosemite valley to Mt. Whitney. that’s one you’ll have to seriously train for, but the rewards are many. it’s 211 miles of some of most glorious scenery in the United States. if rock climbing is your thing, you won’t have to wonder why the gift shops sell shirts emblazoned with the legend “Go Climb a Rock.”

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Connect If You Enjoy our Local Wildlife WecouLduseYourheLP We love our mountain critters and hope you get a friendly peek at our squirrels, raccoons, deer and maybe even a bear during your visit. Our wildlife is awesome, but also fragile. Please help us protect them and you. • Don’t share your food with the animals, especially bears. if you feed them, it could cost them their lives. Why? Because once a bear loses fear of people, it can become too dangerous. it may have to be destroyed. • Put your picnic leftovers in a trash can with a secure lid. Don’t keep your food in your car or the same place where you sleep. Bears can smell a field of strawberries three miles away. Mama bear has no problem “opening” a locked car for a bag of chips or other tasty treats. • Don’t try to pet the wildlife. it’s not worth risking a bite, even from the cute ones, and the bigger ones can be faster than you think. • Obey posted speed limits and use your headlights. Slow down at dusk and watch out. Our wildlife doesn’t always use crosswalks. • Plan ahead when packing food. if you pack it in, you also have to pack it out. We try to keep the wilderness as untouched as possible. Please help us keep our wild friends wild and our wilderness clean and green. (top) Karl Bralich© - Valley View, Yosemite N.P. (right) Nancy Robbins© - Coyote (left) Jason Gayman© - Just off the Mist Trail near the base of Vernal Falls, Yosemite N.P.

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Escape the Summer Heat the temperature drops as you climb through our mountain passes. escape to the mountains for a hike or even a backpacking trip. Get a little more adventurous and try your hand at highcountry fishing, rock climbing and water sports. Along the Scenic Byway, you will find Mammoth Pool,

a popular fishing destination. experience jazz at Bass lake, a rodeo in Coarsegold, the loggers Jamboree in North Fork or a mountain car show. Did we mention fireworks over Bass lake? independence Day is big here and so are the explosions.

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Spring Flowers if you really want to enjoy something special, take a drive through the Mountain Area this spring. to get off the beaten path, take a detour along the Sierra vista National Scenic Byway. this drive of a lifetime takes you along approximately 100 miles of picturesque roadways for some of the most majestic scenery to be found in the Sierra Nevada. take the trip at your own pace and enjoy roadside waterfalls, clear skies and sunny days cruising along, well above the valley fog. the spring blossom trail offers a glimpse at hillsides painted in broad brushstrokes of vibrant color. Patches of white, yellow, purple, blue and even pink wildflowers have been known to take over an entire valley. But leave time on your drive to make a stop or two. Should the sudden urge arise to pull over and lie in a field full of flowers, don’t fight it. Sprawl out and abandon yourself to watch the flowers and treetops sway with the breeze. An occasional bird or cloud may even drift into view on a busy day. (above) Nancy Robbins© - Poppies in the sky, near Wawona Hotel, early summer (left) Nancy Robbins© - Nevada Fall and Liberty Cap from the John Muir Trail 48

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everyseasonisthePerfectseason Spring and summer are our most active seasons, but when we say “Open All Year,” we mean it! the best time of year to come is right now. if you haven’t had a little mountain time lately, you haven’t seen us at our best. Start planning your trip at yosemitethisyear.com.

Frolic Big Winter Fun the fun is just getting started when snow blankets the Mountain Area. Our winter weather is cold enough to provide you with fresh powder, but mild enough for you to go out and enjoy it. Snowboarders and skiers hit the slopes and snowmobiles hit the trails for some fast fun. Birds may fly south for the winter, but snow bunnies flock to Yosemite’s Badger Pass for some of the best downhill runs anywhere. if you are looking for some quiet reflection and solitude, there is room for that too. the mountains are big. Recharge your batteries and renew your soul by trying some cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.

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With a pad and pen, winter libations and a cozy fire nearby, you won’t have to move a muscle for hours. For the Christmas season, you can’t beat the snow-covered mountains and a parade of lights at Bass lake. each year North Fork also holds a Children’s Christmas Parade and a festive bazaar. We are open all year and there is truly something for everyone. Check the calendar of events in this guide or go to yosemitethisyear.com

Fall for the Arts Words cannot accurately describe the sight of our Mountain Area trees ablaze with fall colors. Deep burgundy, mahogany, rust, umber, sun-fire orange, copper and lemon yellow leaves explode in contrast with the surrounding evergreens. Festivals abound in fall, starting with the Fall Wine and Chocolate Festival. the Picayune tribe of the Chukchansi indians holds its annual Pow Wow the first week in October and is just one of several tribal Pow Wows held in the Mountain Area. in late October the tarantula Festival creeps into Coarsegold, complete with an adorable children’s costume contest. toddlers dress up as spiders or Spiderman, whatever their imagination can create. the bravest of the brave can even let an arachnid crawl up their arms. if you paint, grab your sketching easel and head for the hills. local artists spend a lifetime trying to capture a single moment in the mountains. Art buffs should not miss the Sierra Art trails. Artists in and around Oakhurst open their workshops for the two-day event each year. visitors get a map and set their own pace. take your time driving from shop to shop to see potters, painters, sculptors and even boat builders at work. in addition to the art trails, Oakhurst and North Fork have art galleries open year round. (above) Ron Hendershott© - Reflection, Coarsegold Creek (left) Nancy Robbins© - Mule deer in Tuolumne Valley in summertime

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asPiringtoBeanauthor? the Yosemite Writers Conference draws together editors, publishers, agents and bestselling writers in the fall to give aspiring authors the inside scoop. You can have face time with an editor or agent who will give you tips on how the biz works and what you need to do to get in print.

Capture 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. 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 and “the Great Outdoors,” the southern Yosemite area has been Hollywood’s back lot, pretending to be everywhere from the Adirondacks to Kansas. And filmmakers and photographers have found our mountains, roads, lakes, rivers and even cornfields to be ideal for everything from auto commercials to documentaries. Madera County has declared itself “film friendly,” with simplified permitting and a full-time film commissioner to assist in location scouting, arrange inexpensive accommodations, 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 yosemitefilm.com. (right) Karl Bralich© - Glacier Point photographer (above) Jerry Baldwin© - Half Dome framed by Jeffrey pine (“Ansel Adams famous tree”) on Sentinel Dome.

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Romance is in the Air Add a little flavor to your valentine plans. the Mountain Area is brimming with quaint bed and breakfasts ready to customize your mountain retreat.

Cherish 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 weddings 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 lakeside beauty and nearperfect weather for the majority of the spring, fall and summer, while Yosemite features several choice locations, including the Yosemite Community Chapel. the wedding party can walk down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon, while some of the world’s most scenic views wait just outside. the chapel is now the oldest of all Yosemite structures still in public use. the first service was held June 7, 1879.

if you only want the best, late February is the time for you. Reserve your spot to learn from the head chef of erna’s elderberry House, the five-star restaurant at the estate by the elderberries. Students will receive personal coaching at challenging instructional luncheons and then savor six-course dinners in a serene mountain setting. You can also march into spring with the 21st annual Storytelling Festival where master yarn spinners unravel a ghost story, tell the perfect joke or embellish an epic children’s tale. (top) Nancy Robbins© - October bride and groom in Yosemite Valley – Upper Yosemite Fall in background (middle) David Richards© - Yosemite Valley Chapel (below) Nancy Robbins© - May bride and groom near the edge of the swollen Merced River

A special-use permit is required for weddings held anywhere in Yosemite National Park. Weddings may be scheduled up to 13 months in advance. A wedding planning kit is available from the Yosemite Sierra visitors Bureau by calling (559) 683-4636 or going online at yosemitethisyear.com (559)683-4636-YosemitethisYear.com

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Festivals • indian tacos and cowboy cattle drives. • Pancake breakfasts and vintage boat shows. • Hors d’oeuvres and art. • Sno cones and bronco busting. • Cold beer and ax throwing. • Wine and chocolate. February’s Fresno Flats Ragtime and vintage Music Festival warms up Oakhurst with jaunty rhythms and old-timey fun. Yes, we’ve got cowboys. in April, they drive cattle right down one of Chowchilla’s main streets, then rope and ride and get a little rowdy at the fairgrounds for five days. the little town of Raymond throws a parade in April. the parade goes right

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by the town’s big attraction, a general store with a tin ceiling and well-known burgers. When May hits, the calendar really fills up. the Coarsegold Rodeo is more than sitting in bleachers and watching guys in hats throw steers. it’s the best sno cone you’ve ever had served by the 4-H club, queen candidates waving and sellers selling hats. Fishing can really pay off at the Bass lake Fishing Derby. they plant tagged fish in the lake and if you catch the right one, you can win $25,000. the Chowchilla-Madera County Fair, at Chowchilla Fairgrounds, has everything you might imagine - baking contests, a midway, lots of animals and produce to look at, a parade and food, food, food.

A pancake breakfast served lakeside opens the Bass lake Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show. Memorial Day weekend is a shopping wonderland in the mountains. Oakhurst and Coarsegold have peddlers fairs where the wares range from copper weather vanes to Santa dolls with Pepsi belts and ’60s-era phones to furniture made from wine barrels. in June we settle into serious summer. there’s something to see, buy or eat most every weekend, but the big deal is in the cozy town of North Fork. You’ll see saws as the former lumber hub salutes its heritage with the logger’s Jamboree. Bombs burst in air and are brightly reflected at the Bass lake fireworks show on July 4. in August, Madera throws a Moonlight Madness dance, auction, steak dinner and overall good time until midnight, to catch the coolest part of the day. Street rods take over the Oakhurst Community Park in early September with spiffy paint jobs, amazing accessories and the vrrrrrrrrrrrr of engines purring under loving hands. the Run for the Gold isn’t just a car show, it’s a place to show off what you’re driving. Proceeds benefit local schools. Fresno Flats (the original name of Oakhurst) Historical Park comes alive for a weekend in September with Mountain Heritage Days, featuring demonstrations, candle making, a parade, costumes and tales from the old days. continued on page 57

(left) Paul Mullins© - Looking up the Merced River at Yosemite Falls (above) Christophe Testi© - The Tenaya Bridge, coming back from Mirror Lake in Yosemite N.P. (559)683-4636-YosemitethisYear.com

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During the last weekend in September, clean-shaven men need to be careful in Madera or the Whiskerino Posse may toss them in the hoosegow. Old timer’s Week is capped by a big party in the park with beard and mustache judging, a parade and a big barbecue. Oakhurst throws a party for our favorite companions with the Animal Faire and tails on the trail Dog Walk. Bass lake takes on a special sparkle toward the end of the year and the community celebrates with a Fall Festival and Craft Faire. the Chocolate & Wine Festival gives Oakhurst a happy glow in October, and the Sierra Art trails open-studio tour takes visitors on a stunning visual experience. the creepy crawlies come out in Coarsegold with the annual tarantula Festival where the kids dress up and the spiders take the right-of-way.

(below) Linda Gast© - Half Dome from Glacier Point (right) Nancy Robbins© - Giant sequoia and sapling (far-right) Karl Bralich© - Close-up of dogwood

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As November turns into December, look for community tree-lighting ceremonies all over the county. Madera hosts the tractor Parade of lights and Candlelight Christmas Open House, where there’s a parade, businesses open their arms, carolers fill the air with song and the fragrance of hot cider warms the chill of the night. Oakhurst has its own tree lighting festival. the Bracebridge Dinners at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite are the ultimate festive season event. they sell out every year. At the end of one year and beginning of the next, a hush descends on the county. if you’re in luck, you’ll see the mountains in their white, winter finery. it’s the ultimate festival - and it’s free. (559)683-4636-YosemitethisYear.com

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K&KPropertymanagement basslakevacations.com • (559)642-2288, fax (559)642-3399 P.O. Box 470, Bass lake, CA 93604

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ravensbrook-yosemite.com • (559)683-4792 37621 Ravensbrook Way, Coarsegold, CA 93614 Black haWk lODGe webcitypress.com/blackhawk/ • (559)868-3596 27694 Hwy 41, Coarsegold, CA 93614 chukchansI GOlD resOrt & casInO chukchansigold.com • (866)7 WIN WIN, fax (559)692-5230 711 lucky lane, Coarsegold, CA 93614

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bigcreekinn.com • (559)641-2828 1221 Hwy 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623 tIn lIZZIe Inn B&B anD MODel t tinlizzieinn.com - (559)641-7731, fax (559)641-7731 7730 laurel Way, Fish Camp 93623

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The Ahwahnee

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Wawona Hotel

Nestled among towering pines, Yosemite National Park offers a full range of accommodations, including a AAA Four-Diamond historic hotel, cozy mountain lodges and rustic wooden and canvas tent cabins in the mountains of the High Sierra. Experience year-round natural beauty. Experience your Yosemite.

Call (559) 253-2062 or book online at YosemitePark.com. © 2007 – Hospitality by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, an official concessioner of the National Park Service.

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The Four-Diamond Tenaya Lodge features newly renovated guest rooms, fine dining, spa facilities and recreation for the entire family.

888-322-5495 • www.tenayalodge.com

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

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

hOlIDaY Inn eXPress

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

MOtel 6

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

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

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

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

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

a haVen Of rest BeD & Breakfast

havenofrestbnb.com - (559)642-2617 or (559)779-1445 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

hOunDs tOOth Inn B&B

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 41703 Road 222, Oakhurst, CA 93644

sIerra WOODs BeD & Breakfast

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

staGe stOP BeD & Breakfast

yosemitestagestop.com • (559)641-7979 41710 Stage Stop lane, Oakhurst, CA 93644

YOseMIte Vulture’s VIeW

yosemitevulturesviewbandb.com • (559)683-8470 39045 John West Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644 (559)683-4636-YosemitethisYear.com

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

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whitechiefmtnlodge.com - (559)683-5444 7776 White Chief Mountain lodge Rd, Fish Camp, CA 93623

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tenayalodge.com - (877)635-5807, (559)683-6555, fax (559)683-6147 1122 Hwy 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

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

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

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queensinn.com - (559)683-4354, fax (559)683-4334 41139 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Yosemite Skyway

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

YosemiteVacation.com

yosemitevacation.com - (559)683-8425 Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Sierra Sky Ranch Resort

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

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

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

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daysinn.com/hotel/04245 • (877)642-2525, fax (559)658-8481 40662 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Internet Access

Days Inn

117 units

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

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Comfort Inn Yosemite Area

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

Microwave or Kitchenette

Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn

70 units

Disability Accessible

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

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Falcon’s Nest Vacation Home and Bed & Breakfast

yosemiteperegrine.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

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yosemitepark.com • (559)252-4848 Reservation Service

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 Cabin / Cottage / Home

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

The Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort yosemitebug.com • (209)966-6666, 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)966-7495, (714)996-1566 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

YosemiteVacation.com

yosemitevacation.com - (559)683-8425 Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Yosemite West Cottages Resort

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

Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging yosemitepinesrv.com - (877)962-7690, fax (209)962-4378 20450 Old Highway 120, Groveland, CA 95321

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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 of erna’s elderberry House, which is also home to world-renowned executive chef Karsten Hart and James Overbaugh, director of operations. Other local culinary greats include family seafood restaurant award-winner Roman Zabicki; 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.

(left) Dan Carter© - Erna’s Elderberry House at an event at Westbrook Wine Farm in O’Neals (above) Paul Mullins© - Pohono Bridge, Yosemite N.P.

AHWAHNEE

Bill’s 19th Hole Hitching Post Sports Bar and Grill Family Restaurant.............(559)683-7917 the River Creek Café ............................(559)683-5600

BASS LAKE

Casa Castillo’s Mexican Restaurant ...... (559)683-2272 Ducey’s on the lake ..............................(559)642-3121 the Forks Resort Restaurant ................ (559)642-3737 Miller’s landing Resort Restaurant........................................... (559)642-3633

COARSEGOLD

Alfonso’s Hideaway Mexican Restaurant...........................................(559)642-6656 Blue Heron ..........................................(559)658-6969 Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino ........(866)794-6946 Rose’s Frosty........................................(559)683-5022 Gold Mine Pizza...................................(559)683-4653 Grizzley Bear Restaurant ...................... (559)641-2909 Mining Company Restaurant................(559)683-5853 Subway Sandwiches .............................(559)658-2500 taco Zone .............................................(559)641-6161 Zanders Coffee .................................... (559)642-2180

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Narrow Gauge inn Restaurant ............. (559)683-6446 tenaya lodge at Yosemite .....................(559)683-6555 White Chief Mountain lodge Restaurant...........................................(559)683-5444 (559)683-4636-YosemitethisYear.com

MADERA Madera Asian Buffet ............................ (559)675-3999 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 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 ......... (559)877-8700 la Cabaña ............................................(559)877-3311 Pizza Factory ....................................... (559)877-7777

OAKHURST Branding iron at Sierra Sky Ranch ........(559)658-2644 Carl’s Jr. ...............................................(559)658-8878 Casa vallarta Mexican Restaurant ........(559)683-4606 Castillo’s Mexican Food ...................... (559)683-8000 Cool Bean, the (coffee & espresso) ...... (559)683-7575 Crab Cakes Restaurant .........................(559)641-7667 DiCicco’s italian Restaurant ................. (559)641-5588 el Cid Mexican Cuisine .........................(559)683-6668

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erna’s elderberry House ...................... (559)683-6800 Five Star Chinese Restaurant ................ (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 Kentucky Fried Chicken ........................(559)683-3545 Kyoto Kafe ........................................... (559)692-2400 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 Restaurant ........................... (559)683-7505 Old Mexico taqueria............................ (559)683-2777 Pete’s Place ..........................................(559)683-0772 Pizza Factory .......................................(559)683-2700 Quizno’s ..............................................(559)658-5442 Round table Pizza ............................... (559)683-7472 Starbucks Coffee .................................(559)658-8101 Subway Sandwiches .............................(559)683-3066 Sweetwater Steakhouse........................ (559)658-5252 taco Bell ..............................................(559)683-8226 three Sisters Café ................................ (559)642-2253 todd’s Cookhouse BBQ .......................(559)642-4900 village Hofbrau ................................... (559)641-5900 Yosemite Coffee & Roasting Co. ........... (559)683-8815 65


(Cover) Nancy Robbins© - Horsetail Falls is a seasonal fall running only a few months in the winter on the eastern edge of the face of el Capitan. the picture shows a rare phenomenon that can only happen for a few days in February. On those days, if the weather is clear, the setting sunlight will hit the fall at a certain angle and cause it to light up as if on fire. One can spend many hours waiting for this to happen and never witness it, but when it does happen, it’s pure magic. (inset-below) Michael Ambrose© - Tuolumne Meadows and Sierra Nevada crest from the summit of Mt. Hoffman

Yosemite Sierra Visitor Center

©2008 Yosemite Sierra visitors Bureau. All rights reserved. Publisher: Sierra Star® a McClatchy Company® Contributing: editor David Richards, writers Denise Aday, elizabeth Gabriel. Design and layout lisa Baker. Our thanks to all of the photographers who submitted photos for this publication: Pat Althizer, 5althizers@sti.net, 559-760-6124; Michael Ambrose, michaelambrose.com, michael@michaelambrose.com, 559-250-7853; Jerry Baldwin, jerrybaldwinimages.com, jerrybaldwin@mac.com, 559-760-9866; Karl Bralich, peaklightimages.com, peaklight@newsguy.com, 209-375-6469; Dan Carter, yosemitethisyear.com, dan@yosemitethisyear.com, 559-683-4636; Barbara ezell, avalonfreelance.com; Franka Gabler, gabe@sti.net, 559-683-0727; linda Gast, hummingbirdmountain.com, lindagast@sti.net; Jason Gayman, istockphoto.com/jazle, jasongayman@sbcglobal.net; Ron Hendershott, hendershott@sti.net, 559-683-6546; victoria Hughes, deadwooddigital.com; David Hurst, dvdhrst@gmail.com, 559-213-8971; Donn lusby, aroundyosemite.com, 559-683-5032; vikki Marshall, vlmarshall.com, vikki@vlmarshall.com, 559-877-4010; Paul Mullins, mullinsstudio.com, paul@mullinsstudio.com, 559-322-0395; Mike Norton, mikenortonphotography.com, cactus_gallery@yahoo.com, 713-229-0000; David Richards, sierrastar.com, drichards@sierrastar.com, 559-683-4464; Nancy Robbins, robbinsphotography.com, nancy@robbinsphotography.com, 209-617-7147; Roger H. Robinette, rhrobinette@yahoo.com, 559-877-7876; Mathew tekulsky, mathewtekulsky.com, tekulsky@aol.com, 310-962-5653; Christophe testi, CreativeShot.com, info@CreativeShot.com; Susanne Updike-Waite, sierravistastudios.com, tswaite@sti.net, 559-658-5950; Heidi vetter, heidivetter.com, heidi@heidivetter.com, 559-683-8156

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2008 Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau Visitors Guide  

Visitors Guide for Madera County

2008 Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau Visitors Guide  

Visitors Guide for Madera County

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