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Ahwahnee ................................................ 15 Tribal Culture........................................... 17 Logger's Jamboree ............................... 17 A Day At The Lake................................... 19 Bass Lake................................................. 21 Camping ................................................... 27 On The Rocks .......................................... 29 Calendar Of Events ................................ 30 All-Season Wonders.............................. 33 Winter Adventure ................................... 35 Raymond .................................................. 37 Sierra Art Trails ....................................... 37

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JARROD LYMAN

As a professional travel blogger, I had experienced Yosemite many times. The park is an icon in California and the United States, and garners tremendous amounts of well-deserved attention. It was only after looking more closely at the surrounding area that I learned of the many treasures that exist in the gateway region as well. That’s when I learned about the Fossils to Falls Trail, promoted by the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau. The Fossils to Falls Trail highlights some truly wonderful attractions and activities in the most popular entrance to Yosemite, the southern gateway of Madera County. So I took it upon myself to take time throughout the year to journey along the Fossils to Falls Trail and explore what the region has to offer. The result is that I found out that what they say is true. It’s not just about the destination, but the journey that makes the trip special. I hope you enjoy reading about my travels on this blog as much as I enjoyed writing about them. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to take to the trail as well. Who knows, maybe we’ll run in to each other out there. Victor Burrows

FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 1: Chowchilla VICTORIA HUGHES

Any other time, I’d have been nervous to see that many cattle heading down a city’s main street. However at the annual Chowchilla Stampede Cattle Drive, it’s a welcome sight. Each April, the Chowchilla Stampede takes over the fairgrounds with exciting rodeo action. The Stampede is the kickoff for the event, where Robertson Boulevard, a scenic street framed by towering palm trees, is filled with well over 100 steers herded down the road by professional cowboys. It makes for a memorable parade and a great way to start several days of rodeo action that celebrate Chowchilla’s Western heritage. JARROD LYMAN

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FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 2: Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County, Chowchilla, CA

The Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County in Chowchilla certainly makes an impression. As you walk through the door, you’re greeted by a life-sized skeleton of a Colombian Mammoth. These creatures once roamed the area in giant herds. Larger than the more well-known Woolly Mammoth, these beasts could stand as high as 14 feet tall. Add in the Sabre-Toothed Cat, Short Faced Bear (the largest bear to ever walk the Earth), Dire Wolf and several other specimens on site, and it’s fair to say you wouldn’t want to be around in the Pleistocene era.

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They are also bringing back the old Mammoth Orange there. Soon it will be a full service concession stand just like there used to be up and down Highway 99!

All of these remains were found right on-site, making this a truly special museum. They have mock digs for kids, and actual paleontologists on staff you can talk to, or watch them as they make new fossil discoveries in the lab. The museum certainly was a great way to kick off my “mammoth” adventure.

Can’t wait!

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FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 3: Madera Wine Trail

Many people are surprised to learn that Madera County is the oldest wine producing region in the state. The countless acres of vineyards you see throughout the county grow grapes for some of the biggest names in American wines. But many of those grapes are used to make wines right here in Madera County that are earning increasing distinction above their better-known competitors' brands. The result is the 13 family owned wineries of the Madera Wine Trail. Each winery has a veritable treasure of awards for the numerous varieties of wines. (Granted some would say the wines are the real treasure. I’m inclined to agree.) While most wineries have tasting rooms open, the three “Wine Trail Weekends” held each February, May and November, attract the most patrons. Even during these popular events, the wineries retain their small charm, still granting enthusiasts the chance to interact directly with the winemaker to share not just their creations, but their passion for the wines.

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FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 4: Oakhurst

There’s always talk about interactive technology being at the forefront of entertainment, but honestly the most fun I’ve had is the good old-fashioned interaction at the melodramas put on by the Golden Chain Theatre in Oakhurst and Squirrel Cage Theatre in North Fork. Both groups are comprised of talented people who thoroughly enjoy putting on a show and that love shines through in their performances. In a world where “interactive” means you can comment on a blog (please keep doing that on my mine, by the way) these talented players remind us when interactive (and social media for the matter) meant interacting with people in a social setting. And you know what, it still holds up today! As you tour the Fossils to Falls Trail, I recommend taking in a show. It’s good, old-fashioned fun that makes great memories. I LOVE going to the shows at the Golden Chain Theatre and Squirrel Cage Theater! MELODRAMATIC The mountains Visitor since 1990 certainly have some very talented actors and actresses, so the shows are always a lot of fun. And the Grub Gulch Grannies are hilarious!

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FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 5: Madera

The fertile soil of Madera County grows many things. Nuts, fruits and vegetables are all grown here in abundance, feeding the country and the world. Another great benefit of the prolific produce is the agritourism opportunities. Stores specialize in showcasing the fruits – and nuts – of the farmers’ labors, such as Home Grown Cellars and Valley Pistachio in Madera. Restaurants highlight the local produce so fresh that often times it goes from field to plate in the same day. The most fun, however, are the events. The Pomegranate Celebration and Festival, celebrates Madera’s importance to this historic fruit that is just being rediscovered for its health benefits and numerous applications. The annual Pomegranate Celebration and Festival takes place at the end of October and beginning of November each year, and offers some great ways to get to know this super fruit. www.pomegranatefestival.com.

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AHWAHNEE River Creek Cafe .......................................................... (559)683-5600 Sierra Meadows Four Tears Café ............................. (559)642-1343 BASS LAKE Casa Velasco Mexican Restaurant ......................... (559)683-2272 Ducey’s on the Lake.................................................... (559)642-3121 Miller’s Landing Resort Restaurant ........................ (559)642-3633 The Forks Resort Diner .............................................. (559)642-3737 CHOWCHILLA The Lakes - Putters Bistro........................................ (559)665-7012 COARSEGOLD The Blue Heron Restaurant ...................................... (559)658-6969 Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino .......................... (866)794-6946 FISH CAMP Narrow Gauge Inn Restaurant ................................. (559)683-6446 Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite ........................................ (559)683-6555 Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Café ...................... (559)683-7273

HILMAR Hilmar Cheese Company ........................................... (209)656-1196 MADERA The Vineyard Restaurant........................................... (559)674-0923 MIDPINES Café at the Bug............................................................ (866)826-7108 NORTH FORK Buckhorn Restaurant and Saloon........................... (559)877-8700 OAKHURST Branding Iron at Sierra Sky Ranch ......................... (559)658-2644 China Delight................................................................ (559)641-5888 Crab Cakes Restaurant.............................................. (559)641-7667 Erna’s Elderberry House ............................................ (559)683-6800 South Gate Brewing Pub & Restaurant ................(559)692-BREW Woody’s New Orleans West ...................................... (559)683-4414 Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant ......................... (559)683-2378 YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

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FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 6: Museums

There is so much history throughout the area that I spent an entire day taking it in as I browsed the collections of the Consortium of Southern Yosemite Museums. I really got an idea of what it was like as a gold miner or logger at the Thornberry Museum and experienced Native American Culture at the Sierra Mono Museum. Kids were engaged and learning while having fun at the Children’s Museum of the Sierra while the massive collection of historic clothing at King’s Vintage Museum really illustrates how much things have changed. I really enjoyed the museums, and encourage people who travel the Fossils to Falls Trail to check them out.

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FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 7: Fish Camp, Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

Few sounds are as iconic as a train. You can hear that sound still today in Fish Camp at the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. A pair of authentic Shay locomotives take you on a ride back in time as you travel four miles through the Sierra National Forest just south of Yosemite National Park. One of the engines, number 15, celebrates its centennial this year, a milestone few other attractions can ever boast. The railroad also hosts special events, birthday parties and, during the summer, offers the “Moonlight Special” where you can enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner, ride the train and share songs around a roaring campfire framed by towering pines. While there, browse the well-stocked gift and bookstore, and take in a goldpanning lesson, where your guaranteed to find real gold. It’s certainly one of the biggest hoots (or is that “toots”) that I've had along We were just up there for the Fossils to Falls Trail. the moonlight special. What

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an amazing evening that was! The food was great, the entertainment by Sugar Pine was so enjoyable. I even caught my husband singing along. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 8: Coarsegold

As you make your way on the Fossils to Falls Trail, you’ll find yourself at the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino, a place that seems as if somehow a small slice of Las Vegas was transported to Coarsegold. Not only does this casino, operated by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, have full Vegas-style gaming, but a wide array of dining options while viewing the gorgeous foothills of Madera County. If you find yourself looking for a little nightlife excitement on your trip, then this is the ideal stop along your journey.

STEVE COLLINS PHOTOGRAPHY

FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 9: Fun Events

For a small town, Coarsegold puts on some big events. The Peddler’s Fair brings in numerous vendors very Memorial and Labor Day weekend with antiques, art, jewelry, toys and more. The Coarsegold Rodeo takes place the first weekend each May, has been a tradition here since 1952. It attracts some of the most talented rodeo cowboys and cowgirls out there, and the rodeo grounds really are gorgeous as well, with beautiful views of the foothills. Perhaps the most unique event, however, is the annual Coarsegold Tarantula Festival. The eight-legged creatures are celebrated residents of Coarsegold, coming out of hiding each fall for the mating season. This festival celebrates the emergence with hairiest leg contests, baking contests, costume contests, tarantula races and more. The festival takes place the last Saturday of October and is a lot of fun for the whole family - assuming no one suffers from arachnophobia. But even then I … I mean “they” … have a good time.

BARBARA EZELL

JARROD LYMAN

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CONSORTIUM OF SOUTHERN YOSEMITE MUSEUMS CAPTURE • EXPLORE • MARVEL • INVESTIGATE • REMINISCE www.southernyosemitemuseums.org Children’s Museum of the Sierra

Explore the History of Coarsegold & Eastern Madera County

“A world of hands-on exploration awaits you.”

Tues - Sat: 10a.m. - 4p.m. Sun: 1p.m. - 4p.m. Call for extended summer hours

Be a fireman or take a ride on the pirate ship! Explore butterflies, fossils & fluorescent rocks.

559-658-5656

49269 Golden Oak Drive, Oakhurst www.childrensmuseumofthesierra.org

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1790 Ballroom Slippers The Corset Display Civil War Memorabilia Men’s & Children’s Sections & Much More!

Tours available by appointment for individuals, groups, clubs and schools

Call for Museum Hours

Museum: 559-658-6999

40680 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644 www.kingvintagemuseum.org

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

• Restored buildings • Artifacts • Research Library Call for information or to schedule an appointment

559-642-4448

Hours vary by season www.coarsegoldhistoricmuseum.org

Raymond Museum: The Charles Miller House

Fostering an Awareness of History and Appreciation of Vintage Fashion

• Museum • Restored Caboose 51 From The SJ&E Railroad • Operational 1905 Dolbeer Steam Donkey • Hydroelectric Plant Central Sierra • Ampitheater Historical Society • Pine Logging Camp AT CAMP EDISON (Remote Site) 42642 Tollhouse Road • Native American Culture P.O. Box 617 • Shaver Lake, CA 93664 Speakers Program 559-841-4478 • Special Events

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

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

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

Phone: 559-683-6570 49777 School Road

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A Glance at Life at the Turn of the Century

THE THORNBERRY HOUSE Visit the Thornberry Family Log Cabin Over 100 years old!

Located at Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Fish Camp CA www.ymsprr.com

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GAY ABARBANELL

FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 10: Oakhurst

Madera County has a long history, back to the mid 1800’s. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine what things would be like that long ago, but Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park really bring it to life. Fresno Flats is built around two homes that date back to the 1870’s, both of which are designated by the State of California as Points of Historical Interest. As you walk through the doors, it’s almost as if they were portals to another time; the history is everywhere. I started with a self-guided tour but decided to stay for one of the guided excursions through the park as the docents knowledge was incredible. The tour was fun and very insightful. They also host events throughout the year, including a Ragtime and Vintage Music Festival each February and Mountain Heritage Days in September; definitely worth another trip.

FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 11: Ahwahnee

Ahwahnee is a small town big on hospitality and is best known for its bed-and-breakfasts, and inns. Located on Highway 49, known as the Golden Chain Highway and nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Ahwahnee is home to half a dozen B&Bs and lodges. Staying at one of these inns gives guests first-hand experience of nature and true mountain-area hospitality as they enjoy delicious breakfasts, beautiful scenery and caring, hospitable hosts. You’ll be only minutes from Yosemite’s southern entrance but a world away from all your cares.

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ANNIE STARKEY

ANNIE STARKEY

SANDY CLARK | SIERRA MONO MUSEUM

FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 13: North Fork

FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 12: North Fork

North Fork is a charming small town located in the exact geographic center of California. Despite being in the middle of it all, this community maintains that smalltown feel that so many people miss in today’s America. While history is evident throughout town, perhaps nowhere is it more honored than the tribal culture on display at the Sierra Mono Indian Museum. One of the few museums in the country that is operated by a tribe, it showcases the rich history of the Mono people who have lived in this area for centuries.

The community of North Fork was founded by the logging industry as lumberjacks once worked the mountains in the area. Today few logging operations remain active, but the way of life remains with events like the annual Loggers Jamboree. Taking place the first weekend each July, the Jamboree pits amateur and professional loggers against each other in contests designed to show off strength, stamina and skill. From hot-saws to tree felling, axe throwing and more, the two-day competition is a thrill. It’s a fun way to see what life was once like in these mountains and a great way to earn respect for the men and women who still make their living the hard way.

That history is still practiced to this day, as each Thursday tribal elders gather at the museum to weave baskets as their ancestors did so many years before. It’s a special experience to see such time-honored traditions continue, making North Fork a must-see along the Fossils To Falls Trail. ROGER ROBINETTE YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

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FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 14: Bass Lake

While aquatic activities are plentiful at Bass Lake, many people also come for the fun things you can do on the shore. Each summer there is a well-stocked Farmer’s Market that takes place in The Pines Village on Wednesday evening. Fresh produce, artisan foods and more are a great draw for foodies. Events like the Bass Lake Classic Triathlon, annual Christmas Tree Lighting or Bass Lake Home Tour are perfect examples of the lake’s appeal to a diverse array of people.

PHOTO: ANNIE STARKEY

Speaking of shopping, The Pines Village is also host to numerous boutiques offering everything from gifts to jewelry, art and more. There are several scenic hiking trails around Bass Lake as well, taking guests to beautiful spots such as Angel Falls, or a scenic lookout on the Way of the Mono Trail that offers a stunning panoramic of Bass Lake. The ample activities both on and off the water prove why Bass Lake is such a popular stop along the Fossils to Falls Trail.

MATHEW TEKULSKY

PHILLIP K

The Bass Lake Classic Triathlon is the best race around. Perfect for beginners and the seasoned athlete.

Visitor since 2011

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The most popular mountain retreat in Central California

High Speed Wi-Fi

Call 1-800-350-7463 Just 17 miles from Yosemiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s southern entrance.

54432 Road 432 Bass Lake, CA 93604

www.basslake.com


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FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 15: Bass Lake

What’s more American than a vacation at the lake? Bass Lake offers a scenic setting with all the amenities you’d ever need. From camping to a full-service resort, the lodging options on Bass Lake have you covered. Same with dining, as you can enjoy everything from a world-class burger to a dining experience worthy of the most distinguished foodie. Recreation abounds. Excellent fishing, wakeboarding, water skiing and more, all at beautiful Bass Lake. In fact, this destination along the Fossils to Falls Trail is so much fun you may find yourself coming back for this little slice of heaven on your next vacation.

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Bass Lake Recreation Area

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

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47

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3500

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Yosemite National Park

nps.gov/yose (209)372-0200

Highway 41 into Yosemite National Park rarely suffers impassability.

Mileage and drive times to Oakhurst FROM ...................................MILEAGE

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W E AT H E R R E P O R T

National Weather Service 1(800)825-6996 nws.noaa.gov U.S. Forest Service (559)658-7588 www.fs.fed.us Sierra National Forest Bass Lake Ranger Headquarters (559)877-2218

Average temperatures

Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec

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°

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Information

For more information to help plan your trip contact:

Bass Lake (559)642-3676 www.basslakchamber.com

Yosemite Sierra Visitors Center

Chowchilla (559)665-5603 www.ci.chowchilla.ca.us

Phone: 559-683-4636 Fax: 559-683-5697 40637 Highway 41 Oakhurst, CA 93644

Coarsegold (559)642-2262 www.coarsegoldchamber.com

ysvb@yosemitethisyear.com www.yosemitethisyear.com

Tours & Transportation:

Whether you are looking for a group tour of Yosemite National Park, a private tour with friends and family, transportation around the region or airport pickup – these friendly tour & transportation operators are happy to help. Discover Yosemite www.DiscoverYosemite.com ∫ (559)642-4400

SATELLITE OFFICE

Visitors Center at the Fossil Discovery Center Phone: 559-683-4636 Fax: 559-683-5697 19450 Avenue 21-1/2 Chowchilla, CA 93610

Golden Valley (559)645-0634 Madera District (559)673-3563 www.maderachamber.com North Fork www.north-fork-chamber.com Oakhurst Area (559)683-7766 www.oakhurstchamber.com

(Exit 164, off Highway 99)

FYI - Fresno Yosemite International Airport www.flyfresno.com ∫ (559)621-4500 Hertz Rent-a-Car www.hertz.com ∫ (559)692-2277 Lasting Adventures, Inc. www.lastingadventures.org ∫ (800)513-8651 Rose's Starlight Taxi (559)641-6641 Yosemite & Beyond Tour www.yosemiteandbeyond.com (559)641-6789 Yosemite Private Tours www.yosemitecustomtours.com (559)868-3486

Bass Lake Recreational Resort Bass Lake ∫ (559)642-3145 www.basslake-rvresort.com

You’ve come to the right place. High Sierra RV and Mobile Home Park Oakhurst ∫ (559)683-7662 www.highsierrarv.com The Lakes RV & Golf Resort Chowchilla ∫ (559)665-6980 www.thelakesrv.com Oakhurst Elks Lodge Oakhurst ∫ 559-683-2717 www.oakhurstelks.com Sierra Meadows County Club & RV Park Oakhurst ∫ (559)642-1343 www.sierrameadows.com Sierra Recreation (CLM) Bass Lake ∫ 559-642-3212 www.recreation.gov

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RV Parks

If you love meeting lifelong 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 halfdozen 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.

Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging Groveland ∫ (209)962-7690 www.yosemitepinesrv.com Yosemite South KOA Coarsegold ∫ (559)683-7855 www.koa.com/campgrounds/yosemite-south


FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 17: Camping

There are so many amazing hotels, cabins, bed-and-breakfasts and just about any other type of lodging property you can think of along the Fossils to Falls Trail. But sometimes, you just gotta sleep beneath the stars. Fortunately, there are ample places to do so. My personal favorite was Rock Creek along the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway, but there are many others. From rustic to full service, the type of sites varies as well. Do yourself a favor and try it at least once when you’re on the Trail. I know I’m glad I did.

ANNIE STARKEY

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

DEBRA SUTHERLAND

North Fork..................(559)877-2218 Oakhurst (seasonal)..................(559)658-7588 Yosemite Backcountry/ Wilderness .................(209)372-0740

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.

Pack It In Pack It Out

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

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.

ROAD • MOUNTAIN • BMX • COMFORT

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559-641-2453

PROFESSIONAL BICYCLE SERVICE PARTS • RENTALS • CLOTHING SUTTLE SERVICES

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THE HOMESTEAD COTTAGES

RV RESORTS

“Secluded on 160 acres of woodland, this off-the-beaten-path establishment is a gem.” ~Frommers Travel Guide The Homestead Cottages are immaculate and offer comfortable living rooms with fireplaces, romantic bedrooms, spacious bathrooms and inviting country kitchens stocked daily with a continental breakfast. Perfect for your Yosemite getaway Satellite TV and Radio, Free WiFi, Outdoor BBQ, Daily Maid Service, Non-Smoking, Close to Golf, Hiking and Restaurants

559-683-0495 homesteadcottages.com

YOSEMITE HIGH SIERRA PINES Amenities:

• 50/30/20 Amp • Pull Throughs • Movie Theater • Clubhouse • Swimming Pool • T1 Wi-Fi • Cabin Rentals • Laundry Room • General Store • Picnic Tables • Propane • Dump Station • Pets Welcome 20450 Old Highway120 • Groveland, CA 95321 Email: yosemite@yosemitepinesrv.com Website: yosemitepinesrv.com

209.962.7690

Amenities:

• Pull-thru RV Sites • Full and Partial RV Hookups • Tent Sites • Furnished Yurts • 50/30/20 Amp • Club House • Cable TV & Free Wi-Fi • Beach and Swimming Area • Fire Rings & Picnic Tables • Dump Station 40389 Highway 41 • Oakhurst, CA 93644 Email: camping@highsierrarv.com Website: highsierrarv.com

559-683-7662

Yosemite

Yosemite Grant 150th Anniversary The start of the national park movement On June 30, 1864, amid the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act to protect Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove. From the beginning, this act was a legacy for our nation. Today, the stewardship of Yosemite inspires the world.

Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily • Fresh & Shell Fish • Steak & Chicken Dinners • Patio Dining

• • • •

Crab Cakes Kid’s Menu Pasta Dinners Full Bar Service

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FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 16: Sierra Vista Scenic Byway

Yosemite truly is a unique destination, but today I drove along what can only be described as a close relative to the much more well-known national park. The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway is a 100-mile drive through some of the most amazing scenery imaginable. Often described as a “Secret Yosemite,” far fewer people take advantage of this amazing area. Starting in North Fork, the byway winds its way through the Sierra Nevada from a little over 2,000 feet in elevation to well over 7,000. Expansive views of granite peaks, a boulder looking like a massive golf ball perched on a tee by some unknown giant, lush meadows and even a grove of Giant Sequoia beloved by John Muir himself are just some of the sites along this epic trek. Be sure to bring your camera and fresh batteries; you’ll need them for this journey.

RON MORTON

Sierra National Forest

See Map on Page 27 for Locations • www.recreation.gov CAMPGROUND

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ELEVATION (FT.)

BIG SANDY BOWLER GROUPS & HORSES CHILKOOT CHINA BAR HIKE/BOAT IN CLOVER MEADOW FISH CREEK FRESNO DOME GAGGS CAMP GRANITE CREEK HORSE

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NO

NO

7000

14

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4600

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NO

NO

3300

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NO

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See additional events, dates and information at: www.yosemitethisyear.com/events

FEBRUARY Wine & Chocolate Weekend - Madera Wine Trail

www.maderavintners.com, (800)613-0709

Vision Academy of Arts "Grand Night for the Arts" Fundraiser www.visionacademy.org, Oakhurst, (559)683-1567

MARCH

JARROD LYMAN

Equinox Music Festival www.apcalwine.com, Madera, (559)674-9463

Madera Speedway Season Opening

CIE Wakeboarding ChampionshipSpring Ride at Bass Lake

www.ciewakeboarding.com

Flatlander Day Parade www.maderachamber.com, Madera, (559)645-4001

Meet the Winemaker Weekend on the Madera Wine Trail

www.maderavintners.com, (800)613-0709

23rd Annual Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Show

Fresno Flats Ragtime Festival

www.fresnoflatsmuseum.org, Oakhurst, (559)683-6570

woodtat@sti.net, Oakhurst, (559)658-2405

Oakhurst Community Band Spring Concert

www.oakhurstband.com, (559)760-3849

Earth Day

www.oakhurstfeed.com, Oakhurst, (559)683-7977

Stage Route Tour

www.coarsegoldhistoricmuseum.org, Coarsegold, (559)642-4448

27th Annual Raymond Parade and Family Fun Day

www.chowchillafair.org, (559)665-3728

www.acbs-tahoe.org, Bass Lake, (559)733-8379

Craft Beer Festival

www.apcalwine.com, Madera, (559)674-9463

Memorial Day Weekend Peddler's Fair

www.coarsegoldhistoricvillage.com, Coarsegold, (559)683-3900

JUNE Shadow of the Giants 50K & 20K Fun Run

www.bigbaztrailraces.com, Fish Camp, (559)683-7420

Bass Lake Classic Triathlon

www.basslaketri.com, (559)683-4636

Music in the Meadow

www.coarsegoldhistoricmuseum.org, Coarsegold, (559)642-4448

South Shore Car & Boat Show

www.southyosemitemuseums.org, (559)689-3341

www.millerslanding.com, Bass Lake, (559)642-3633

MAY

Bass Lake Boat Fest 2013

Mountain Gems Quilt Show www.sierramountainquilters.org, Oakhurst, (559)877-7610

Bass Lake Arts & Crafts Fair

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www.thecoarsegoldrodeo.com, (559)683-1952

APRIL

6th Annual Wood Carvers Rendezvous

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61st Annual Coarsegold Rodeo

Chowchilla-Madera County Fair

www.ci.chowchilla.ca.us, (559)665-3056

JARROD LYMAN

www.basslakechamber.com, (559)642-3676

www.racemadera.com, (209)356-1968

Annual Chowchilla Stampede

JULIE FULLMER

33rd Annual Bass Lake Fishing Derby

www.v-driveboats.com, (559)322-9340

Bass Lake Arts & Crafts Fair

www.thecraftfair.org, (559)288-6614

Oakhurst Community Band Patriotic Concert

www.oakhurstband.com, (559)760-3849


JULY 54th Annual Logger's Jamboree www.north-fork-chamber.com, North Fork, (559)877-7700

Old Timers Day Parade and "Day in the Park"

www.maderachamber.com, Madera, (559)673-0291

OCTOBER

Family Freedom Fest

matp@sti.net, Coarsegold, (866)565-1379

Sierra Art Trails

www.sierraarttrails.org, Mountain Area, (559)658-8844

Light Up the Sky Annual Fireworks Show

www.basslakechamber.com, Bass Lake, (559)642-3676

Chowchilla Lions Club Fireworks Show www.ci.chowchilla.ca.us, (559)665-7639

City of Madera 4th of July Spectacular www.maderachamber.com, (559)661-5495

AUGUST 43nd Annual Indian Fair Days & Pow Wow

www.sierramonomuseum.org, North Fork, (559)877-2115

Bass Lake Arts & Crafts Fair

www.thecraftfair.org, (559)288-6614

Labor Day Weekend Peddler's Fair www.coarsegoldhistoricvillage.com, Coarsegold, (559)683-3900

SEPTEMBER Madera District Fair

www.maderafair.com, (559)674-8511

11th Annual Kiwanis Run for the Gold Car Show www.oakhurstkiwanis.org, Oakhurst, (559)877-6500

18th Annual Mountain Heritage Days & Parade

www.fresnoflatsmuseum.org, Oakhurst, (559)683-6570

Bass Lake Home Tour

www.basslakehometour.com, (559)642-3037

14th Annual Chowchilla Chamber Classic Car Show www.ci.chowchilla.ca.us, (559)665-5603

Smokey Bear Run/WalkSmokey Bear 1K and 2 Mile Fun Run www.smokeybearrun.com, Bass Lake, (559)683-1770

Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts Opening Reception & Exhibition

www.maderaarts.org, Madera, (559)661-7005

JARROD LYMAN

Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Pow Wow

www.chukchansi.net, Coarsegold, (559)683-6505

19th Annual Grizzly Century Ride

www.grizzlycentury.org, North Fork

Madera County Courthouse Museum Holiday Gala, (559)673-0291

Madera Tractor Parade of Lights & Candlelight Wine Stroll

www.maderachamber.com, (559)673-3563

46th Annual Chowchilla Lions Club Tree Lighting Ceremony

www.ci.chowchilla.ca.us, (559)665-2530

Christmas Melodrama at the Golden Chain Theatre

www.goldenchaintheatre.org, Oakhurst, (559)683-7112

WEEKLY OR SEASONAL EVENTS

Bass Lake Farmers Market

Oakhurst Fall Festival - Wine, Chocolate, Beer & FUN

May thru mid-October every Wednesday, www.goodoldaze.com/market.htm, (559)642-8163

Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century

May thru mid-October every Thursday, Oakhurst, (559)683-7117

www.oakhurstchamber.com, (559)683-7766

www.fresnocycling.com/powerhouse, (559)299-0175

Stage Route Tour

www.coarsegoldhistoricmuseum.org, Coarsegold, (559)642-4448

Fiesta In The Park

www.maderachamber.com, Madera, (559)674-9354

Bass Lake Arts & Crafts Fair

www.thecraftfair.org, (559)288-6614

16th Annual Coarsegold Tarantula Festival

www.coarsegoldhistoricvillage.com, (559)683-3900

NOVEMBER Madera Pomegranate Celebration www.pomfest.com, (559)673-3563

Holiday Spirit Wine Trail Weekend Madera Wine Trail

www.maderavintners.com, (800)613-0709

Annual Bass Lake Tree Lighting Ceremony

www.basslake.com, (559)642-3121

5th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair

Oakhurst Farmers Market

Moonlight Special - Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

May thru October - every Saturday and Wednesdays June-Aug, www.yosemitestreamtrains.com, Fish Camp, (559)683-7273

Golden Chain Theater Melodrama

June thru September, www.goldenchaintheatre.org, Oakhurst, (559)683-7112

Madera Flea Market

Every Wednesday & Sunday all year, www.maderafleamarket.com, (559)213-4554

Concerts in the Park

June thru September, www.maderaarts.org, Madera, (559)661-7005

Appellation California Summer Friday Night LIVE Concert Series Every Friday from May to October, www.apcalwine.com, Madera, (559)674-9463

Friday Night on the Lakes

June thru August, www.theblueherononline.com, Coarsegold, (559)658-7466

PETER GINGELL

www.thecraftfair.org, Bass Lake, (559)288-6614

DECEMBER Christmas at Fresno Flats

www.fresnoflatsmuseum.org, Oakhurst, (559)683-6570

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Day 18: All Seasons

Yosemite is a bit of a contradiction. It's a land of permanence with its iconic granite features, but also a land of change as the scenery varies from season to season. One of the most memorable ways to experience Yosemite is to visit each season throughout the year. Come during winter and you’ll have the park almost to yourself when new snow blankets the valley floor and drapes over Half Dome. Return for spring as the thaw creates unique conditions such as the famed “frazil ice” and the waterfalls begin to thunder with melting snow from the high country. See the park in the summer when everything is thriving, animals are out and about and the warm sun caresses your face on a brisk hike. Then experience fall as the leaves take on vivid hues, and brisk mornings help you to reenergize and entrance your soul. Only then will you truly realize that Yosemite is a destination “For all Seasons.”

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FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 19: Fish Camp

So many people visit the region during the summer, but they truly miss something special by not scheduling a visit during the winter. Fish Camp is a favorite for those who have discovered wintertime activities here. The Tenaya Lodge offers snowshoeing, crosscountry skiing, ice skating and more. There is something truly special gazing at a forest blanketed in snow as you enjoy a luscious hot-chocolate and a roaring fire. When planning your vacation, consider a wintertime retreat to this wonderland in the snow. It’s an adventure you won’t soon forget. Winter is my favorite time in the park. Everything is quieter and time seems to stand still. There is something magical SNOWBUNNY about Yosemite in Visitor since 2010 the snow.

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FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 20: Raymond

Raymond is a unique small town which has retained its historic feel. Located in the foothills east of Madera, Raymond was once the last stop along the only route to Yosemite. Countless historic figures stopped in Raymond on their way to Yosemite, including President Theodore Roosevelt. The Charles Miller House, built in 1886, showcases the town’s history. It's said that “all roads lead to Raymond,” which is explained at this board-and-batten structure named as a California Historic Place of Interest in 2008.

JOANNE FREEMIRE

FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 21: Exploring the Sierra Arts Trail

Eastern Madera County is home to more artists per capita than anywhere else in the country. With the inspiration to be found in the scenic beauty of the region, that’s certainly easy to believe, but the biggest proof can be found at the annual Sierra Art Trails open-studio tour that takes place each October. Every year more than 100 artists will display their works at homes, studios, businesses and more. Just about every medium you have heard of, and possibly a few you haven’t, can be found on this epic journey through the region. Breath taking photography, inspired sculpture, paintings and so much more are on display. It’s an amazing display of talented artists, and it’s event not to be missed along the Fossils to Falls Trail.

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Day 22: Critters

I encountered so many different animals on my journeys that I quickly lost count. But each time, it was a special experience. From a solitary coyote that took a moment from hunting groundhogs outside of Madera to watch me go past, to the mother bear teaching her cubs how to forage in Yosemite, each was a moment that will stick with me. Make sure you keep your camera handy as you travel along the Fossils to Falls Trail. There were many times I wasn’t quick enough to capture the animal, but few times I did get wonderful shots. Even if you’re not a Bird watching is a real shutterbug, keep your eyes peeled for the treat here. From the wildlife. There’s a lot of rare animals that Bald Eagles at Bass are a treat to see. Lake to the Great Grey TWEETY

Visitor since 1998

Owls in Yosemite, a keen observer can spot some beautiful birds throughout the region.

DEBRA SUTHERLAND JOANNE FREEMIRE

RON HENDERSHOTT

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FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 23: Weddings

Through my travels along the Fossils to Falls Trail, I met a lot of couples who were in the area for their wedding or honeymooning. For a moment, I thought this was interesting, until I realized the simple reason why: The area is amazingly beautiful and makes the perfect romantic setting for saying “I do.”

ANNIE STARKEY

SWEET DREAMS CAKERY

Just as the scenery varies drastically along the trail, so did the tastes of couples looking for that ideal setting. Whether they were exchanging vows with a backdrop of a lush vineyard, or at the popular chapel in Yosemite Valley, many couples love the region so much they felt it the perfect location to profess their love for each other. Options abound if you’re one of those planning a wedding. Perhaps you will be moved to say “I do” here too. We went to Crab Cakes for lunch in Oakhurst and tried Sweet Dreams Cakery’s dessert … YUM! CLASSIC GAL

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FOSSILS TO FALLS BLOG Day 24: Mammoth

While it’s only 40 or so miles as the crow flies, clear on the other side of the Sierra Nevada off Hwy 395 is a unique formation isolated from the rest of Madera County but truly imagination-triggering as it is like no place on Earth.

COURTESY OF MAMMOTH LAKES TOURISM

The Devils Postpile is a basalt formation that looks like a setting from a science fiction movie, almost as if it is the ruin of some advanced alien civilization that left their mark here eons ago. From the ground, octagonal granite spires reach up to the sky, creating a plateau of almost supernatural design. From the top, it appears as if someone laid a stone floor with impossible precision. It’s an amazing place, and a great finish to the Fossils to Falls trail.

WANDERING KNIGHT

Visitor since 1984

Wow … what a great find. We had plans to see Devils Postpile and hike to Rainbow Falls but we came across another treasure in the Eastern Sierra Nevada - Reds Meadows Resort and Pack Stations. I saw so many clear streams and lakes among so many trees … a true wilderness. It’s a perfect place to get away.

JULIE FULLMER

COURTESY OF MAMMOTH LAKES TOURISM

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COARSEGOLD

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RAVENSBROOK BED & BREAKFAST

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

YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

2 units

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20


NANCY ROBBINS

C ABIN MOTEL RESORT

50-70

65-95

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139179

139209

139179

225265

200400

300500

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TRAVEL AGENT COMMISSIONS

SUMMER RATES ($)

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INTERNET ACCESS

WINTER RATES ($)

BREAKFAST- FULL / CONTINENTAL

106+

HOT TUB/ SPA

404 units

106+

NON-SMOKING

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

PRIVATE BATHS

CHUKCHANSI GOLD RESORT & CASINO

12 units

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MICROWAVE OR KITCHENETTE

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

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PETS ALLOWED

BLACK HAWK LODGE

10 units

DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE

yosemitesouthkoa.com ∫ (800)562-7606, fax (559)683-8027 34094 Highway 41, Coarsegold, CA 93614

TELEVISION

YOSEMITE SOUTH COARSEGOLD KOA - CABINS - (& RV PARK)

IN-ROOM PHONE

COARSEGOLD

SWIMMING POOL

● ALL UNITS ★ SOME UNITS ◆ IN COMMON

# OF UNITS

LODGING

10

RESORT

INN

HOTEL

CABIN

B&B

FISH CAMP

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

LOGGER’S RETREAT (CABIN)

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

WHITE CHIEF MOUNTAIN LODGE

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

NARROW GAUGE INN

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

TENAYA LODGE AT YOSEMITE

tenayalodge.com ∫ (888)322-5495, fax (559)683-8684 1122 Hwy 41/P.O. Box 159, Fish Camp, CA 93623

3 units

1 unit

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26 units

26 units

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297 units

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125210

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79-119

140350

14

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129260

245405

22

40-49

40-49

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MADERA

CASA GRANDE MOTEL

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

HAMPTON INN & SUITES HOTEL

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

HOTEL

HOLIDAY INN E XPRESS

hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/madera/maeca/hoteldetail ∫ (559)661-7400 fax (559)673-4800 ∫ 2290 Market Place Dr, Madera, CA 93637

QUALITY INN

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

MOTEL 6

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

SPRINGHILL SUITES BY MARRIOTT

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

37 units

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78 units

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F

99+

109+

62 units

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F

119.95

125.95

93 units

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59-129

69-159

40 units

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55-99

55-99

88 units

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89-159

89-159

1 unit

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5551443

5551443

4 units

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65

70

1 unit

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150185

185210

2 units

95-250

145300

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F

12

NORTH FORK CASCADEL HOUSE

CABIN

VRBO.com/179989 ∫ (559)977-0147 ∫ Mail: POB800, Blue Jay, CA 92317 59731 Cascadel Dr., 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

WISDOM RETREAT HOUSE

B&B

vrbo.com/129573 ∫ wisdomretreats.us 34512 Road 274, North Fork, CA 93643 ∫ (559)877-3776

LYN MAR POND GUEST RANCH

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

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YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

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B&B

yosemitesierraview.com ∫ (559)683-7650 39060 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

YOSEMITE VULTURE’S VIEW BED & BREAKFAST yosemitevulturesviewbandb.com ∫ (559)683-8470 39045 John West Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644

CASA RIO - 3 BEDROOM HOME + DEN WITH BUNK BEDS VRBO.com/217299 ∫ (805)444-0978 42315 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

HEAVEN'S GATE

flipkey.com/oakhurst-vacation-rentals/p144821 ∫ (818)702-0466 fax (818)230-1920 ∫ 40316 Jean Rd. West, Oakhurst, CA 93644

HUFF AND PUFF COTTAGE

homeAway.com/292051 ∫ (559)240-2823, fax (559)641-7867 51052 Bon Veu Dr., Oakhurst, CA 93644

LITTLE RED CABOOSE

flipkey.com/oakhurst-vacation-rentals/p288584/ ∫ (559)760-7607 fax (559)642-2198 ∫ 45199 Big Oak Ln, Oakhurst, CA 93644

CABIN

OAKHURST VACATION HOME

www.vrbo.com/431399 • (559) 760-0040 Fax- (209) 372-4752 • Address: 42611 Shady Lane, Oakhurst, CA 93644

OLD YOSEMITE ROAD CABIN

far-meadow.com (310)728-6158 ∫ Oakhurst, CA 93644

PARADISE SPRINGS

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

YOSEMITE MOUNTAIN RENTALS yosemitemountainrentals.com (831)818-3026 ∫ Oakhurst, CA

YOSEMITE SKYWAY VACATION RENTALS

yosemiteskyway.com ∫ cell (559)683-2812, fax (559)683-5244 43116 W. Sugar Pine Dr, Oakhurst, CA 93644

YOSEMITE'S SUITE RETREAT

HOTEL

vrbo.com/359315 ∫ (559)683-4183 40901 Hodges Hill Dr, Oakhurst CA 93644

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AMERICA'S BEST VALUE INN

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

YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

95-135

145-215

135-150

145-160

2 units

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2 units

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F

188-198

188-198

13 units

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F

95-225

129-349

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F

145

145

9 units

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F

79-169

95-179

3 units

F

129-166

150-245

3 units

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C

159-199

159-199

1 unit

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Call for Prices

Call for Prices

1 unit

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250-350

250-350

1 unit

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149-208

149-208

1 unit

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120 2 nt min

120 2 nt min

1 unit

159+

295+

Call for Prices

Call for Prices

Closed

1751750

110-135

150-175

3 units

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1 unit

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5 units

2 units

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3 units

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165-825

2151075

1 unit

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89

125

69-89

99-210

70 units

C

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YOSEMITE SIERRA VIEW BED & BREAKFAST

F

TRAVEL AGENT COMMISSIONS

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

SUMMER RATES ($)

PINE ROSE INN BED & BREAKFAST

WINTER RATES ($)

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

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BREAKFAST- FULL / CONTINENTAL

OAK COTTAGE BED & BREAKFAST

HOT TUB/ SPA

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

INTERNET ACCESS

HOUNDS TOOTH INN

NON-SMOKING

havenofrestbnb.com ∫ (559)642-2617 39681 Pine Ridge Rd, Oakhurst, CA 93644

PRIVATE BATHS

A HAVEN OF REST BED & BREAKFAST

PETS ALLOWED

evergreenhaus.net ∫ (559)641-7266, (855)641-HAUS 43552 Whispering Pines Drive, Oakhurst, CA 93644

MICROWAVE OR KITCHENETTE

EVERGREEN HAUS

4 units

DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE

abedofrosesyosemite.com ∫ (559)692-2100, tollfree 888-264-0733 fax(559)692-2100 ∫ 43547 Whispering Pines Dr, Oakhurst CA 93644

IN-ROOM PHONE

A BED OF ROSES

TELEVISION

OAKHURST

SWIMMING POOL

● ALL UNITS ★ SOME UNITS ◆ IN COMMON

# OF UNITS

LODGING

36

36


DEBRA SUTHERLAND

HOTEL INN RESORT

MOTEL

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

YOSEMITE'S MOUNTAIN TRAIL LODGE

yosemitemountaintrail.com ∫ (559)479-5698, fax (734)215-3004 42150 Hwy 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

SIERRA SKY RANCH

sierraskyranch.com ∫ (559)683-8040 50552 Road 632, Oakhurst, CA 93644

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

redwoodsinyosemite.com ∫ (888)225-6666, fax (209)375-6400 8038 Chilnualna Falls Rd., Wawona, CA 95389

YOSEMITE PINES RV RESORT & FAMILY LODGING

yosemitepinesrv.com ∫ (209)962-7690, fax (888)740-4096 20450 Old Highway 120, Groveland, CA 95321 CABIN

60-130

100-200

36

C

80+

130+

32

C

59-89

99-159

42

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C

69+

179+

33

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F

385-585

385-585

C

79-139

126-226

133 units

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117 units

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42 units

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60 units

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80 units

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10 units

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8 units

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38

10 units

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C

50-90

90-150

26 units

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★ ★

C

79-121

145-225

8

182-874

2601264

42

59-249

99-319

28

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AND NEIGHBORING AREAS

THE REDWOODS IN YOSEMITE

YOSEMITE’S SCENIC WONDERS VACATION RENTALS

scenicwonders.com ∫ (888)YOSEMITE, (888)967-3648 fax (310)582-0091 ∫ 7403 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite, CA 95389

YOSEMITE'S ENCHANTED FOREST VACATION RENTALS

enchantedyosemite.com ∫ (949)632-5342, fax (949)706-5321 6 Sea Island Dr, Newport Beach, CA

YOSEMITE WEST COTTAGES

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

132 units

209 units

yosemitebug.com ∫ (866)826-7108, fax (209)966-6666 6979 Hwy 140, Midpines, CA 95345

RED'S MEADOW RESORT & PACK S TATION redsmeadow.com ∫ (760)934-2345 P.O. Box 395, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

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99-725

149-725

4 units

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350-399

379-450

20 units

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95-575

165-625

Call for Details and Prices

yosemitepark.com - 801-559-5000 ∫ Reservation Service

HI-MIDPINES YOSEMITE BUG RUSTIC MOUNTAIN RESORT

● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

54 units

DNC PARKS & RESORTS AT YOSEMITE ACCOMMODATIONS RESORT

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QUEEN’S INN BY THE RIVER - LODGING, WINE BAR AND IDLE HOUR WINERY

TRAVEL AGENT COMMISSIONS

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

SUMMER RATES ($)

CHATEAU DU SUREAU

WINTER RATES ($)

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

F

INTERNET ACCESS

YOSEMITE SOUTHGATE HOTEL & SUITES

BREAKFAST- FULL / CONTINENTAL

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

40

HOT TUB/ SPA

OAKHURST LODGE

NON-SMOKING

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

115-225

PRIVATE BATHS

DAYS INN - YOSEMITE SIERRA INN

60-138

MICROWAVE OR KITCHENETTE

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

PETS ALLOWED

COMFORT INN YOSEMITE AREA

DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE

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

TELEVISION

BEST WESTERN PLUS - YOSEMITE GATEWAY INN

IN-ROOM PHONE

OAKHURST

SWIMMING POOL

● ALL UNITS ★ SOME UNITS ◆ IN COMMON

# OF UNITS

LODGING

52 units

8 units

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22

22-350

22-350

Closed

85-160

B&B

ASSOCIATIONS

YOSEMITE SIERRA BED & BREAKFAST ASSOCIATION

yosemitebnblodging.com ∫ (559)642-6105, (800)740-9513

Call for Details and Prices YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM • YSVB@YOSEMITETHISYEAR.COM

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FRANKA GABLER

BRENT RUSSELL PAULL

40637 Highway 41 Oakhurst, CA, 93644 www.yosemitethisyear.com

(559)683-4636 ®2013 Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau. All rights reserved. Writer: Jarrod Lyman, jarrod@yosemitethisyear.com ∫ Creative Consultant: Rhonda Salisbury, rhonda@yosemitethisyear.com Sierra Star® the McClatchy Company® • SierraStar.com Publisher: Betty E. Linn ∫ Design and layout Lisa Baker. Our thanks to all of the photographers who submitted photos for this publication: Gay Abarbanell, Creativity Unlimited, gaya926@gmail.com, (559)877-4867; Sandy Clark, Sierra Mono Museum Board Member / Basket Weaver; Barbara Ezell, avalonfreelance.com, avalonfreelance@gmail.com, (559)760-8615; Joanne Freemire, joanne.freemire@yahoo.com, (559)877-4911; Julie Fullmer, yosemitethisyear.com; Franka M. Gabler, frankagabler.com, franka@frankagabler.com, (559)683-0727, cell (559)760-2852; Ron Hendershott, hendershott@sti.net, (559)683-6546; Victoria Hughes, DeadwoodDigital.com, Victoria@DeadwoodDigital.com; James Lancaster, coastdaylight.com; Millers Landing, millerslanding.com; Melinda Larson; Jarrod Lyman, yosemitethisyear.com; Dawn Minenna, Composure Photography, (559)324-7469; Mammoth Lakes Tourism, mammothmountain.com; Peter Gingell; Ron Morton, ron@rmorton.us; Paul Mullins, mullinsstudio.com; Martin Nunez, My.FresnoArts.net/profile/MartinNunez, martinonunez@yahoo.com, (559)288-8961; Brent R. Paull, amwestphoto.com, brentrpaull@hotmail.com, (559)909-5208; Nancy Robbins, robbinsphotography.com, nancy@robbinsphotography.com, (209)617-7147; Roger Robinette, rhrobinette@yahoo.com, (559)676-1171; Sierra Mono Museum , (559)877-2115 Annie Starkey, anniestarkey.com, anniestarkeyphotography.com, (559)760-6886; Debbie Sutherland, goatgal11@netptc.net; Sweet Dreams Cakery, sweetdreamscakery.com; Mathew Tekulsky, mathewtekulsky.com, tekulsky@aol.com, (310)962-5653 3D resources: Bobbie25, CybrWorks, DAZ 3D, Valea, halcyone, LourdesXena, Mec4D, most-digital-creations, Nathy, Neftis3D, Poser, Propschick,, SWAM, Torinouta.

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