Yosemite West Reservations

Your Yosemite Home Awaits!

Open year-round -- Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Springtime in Yosemite is so beautiful and fresh, with the astounding thunder of waterfalls, rivers and creeks running wild, new growth of plants and tree leaves, plus wonderful wildflowers.

Bicycling in Yosemite Valley on miles of family-friendly bike trails, hiking on a wide-range of trails from easy-walking to challenging, and exploring the beauty of Yosemite are a favorite this time of year, with new life visible everywhere you turn.

In summer, Yosemite West offers peace and quiet away from the summer rush. Summer also offers lots of outdoor activities, including river rafting, horseback rides, swimming, picnicking, Ranger walks, nighttime star gazing, steam train rides, plus many other fun and adventurous activities and sites to explore.

Yosemite Spring
Yosemite Autumn

Autumn colors highlight our fall season. Colors start in the vicinity of Tuolumne Meadows in late August and march down the mountain sides for a long and spectacular time, with the peak of colors in Yosemite Valley around Halloween and often lasting beyond Thanksgiving.

Hiking, bicycling, picture-taking and awe-inspiring sights continue as favorite Autumn activities, while sunsets seem to be so much more colorful this time of year. It is also a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere to add to your enjoyment of Yosemite.

Winter brings a whole new look to Yosemite and opens up a world of fun and exciting activities, including sledding, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, creating snow sculptures, and outdoor ice skating under Half Dome's gaze. Unforgettable is the beauty and silence of a snowstorm and the unbelievably blue sky when the clouds clear. The morning after a storm, the sun sparkles the snow crystals on the trees, and the crisp, clean mountain air is truly "a breath of fresh air."

Yosemite Winter

You may even be fortunate enough to take an evening stroll in the light of the full moon after a fresh snowfall.

At elevations of 5300 to 6200 feet, Yosemite West is the most likely lodging area in the wintertime to have snow in your yard, and it is only about 15 minutes to the Badger Pass Ski Resort.

Your camera will be your constant companion whereever and whenever you are in Yosemite and Yosemite West, no matter what the season or time you are able to come and enjoy one of the world's most renowned destinations.

If this is your first visit to Yosemite, you will want to allow one day as an introduction to Yosemite Valley, including easy walks to the base of Bridalveil Fall and Lower Yosemite Fall, two-hour Valley Floor Tour in open-air tram, viewing the exhibits at the Visitor Center in Yosemite Village and the nearby Yosemite Indian Cultural Museum, and an evening Ranger/Naturalist program. You may want to spend some extra time at Gates of the Valley and at Tunnel View.

Yosemite Tunnel View

Allow a half-day for Wawona's Pioneer History Center and the tram tour through the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees, with stops at the Big Trees Museum and a hike to Wawona Point.Another half-day can easily be spent along the Glacier Point Road, enjoying the magnificent vistas from Washburn Point and Glacier Point, along with an easy walk to Sentinel Dome or Taft Point and the Fissures. Take a day and pack a picnic lunch to explore Tioga Pass Road, including Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows. And winter also offers variety, with skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of Badger Pass, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the backcountry, and outdoor ice skating beneath the gaze of Half Dome. Yosemite will fill your itinerary quickly -- and you'll cherish every day spent here.