Enjoy The Experience of Yosemite Valley in Winter
Yosemite is perhaps one of the most beautiful natural places in the world. While it is amazing to see in the summer, it is a stunning experience in the winter. This is an area where you will get to experience snow, even at the lower levels of the park, but it is typically just a few inches at most, allowing for some amazing hiking and trekking adventures.
There are also some terrific off-peak season discounts on hotels and accommodations around the park. Unlike the summer, reservations are typically not required, but they are still a good idea. Many of the restaurants and even cultural activities offer discounts, which is always a great cost saving consideration.
Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2017:
Jan 16 : MLK Day • Feb 20 : Presidents’ Day
Options to Consider
For singles, couples or families there are countless activities. You will find show-shoeing at the slightly higher elevations or even in the lower areas after a snowfall. Skating is always a popular option as is skiing and hiking, all with the breathtaking scenery and opportunities to see a completely different side of the park. Many people don’t realize campgrounds stay open year round, making for a great low-cost holiday vacation.
Snowshoeing is always popular, and it is easy for kids and adults to master. There are free; guided snowshoe walks in Badger Pass. The Park Rangers will guide the group, providing free snowshoe lessons and also a wealth of information about the park through the winter. Snowshoes are available for a low rental rate.
Ice skating at Curry Village is a great afternoon or evening activity. You can enjoy the open air while surrounded by the majestic sight of the Half Dome. There is also a rink in Fish Camp at the Tenaya Lodge. Skate rentals are available at both locations, and you can sled or tube at the hill at Fish Camp. www.travelyosemite.com/winter
Tenaya Lodge also provides a horse-drawn wagon and sleigh rides throughout the winter months. They do fill up quickly and include your choice of hot chocolate or hot cider, sure to keep you warm as you take in the beauty of the winter landscape.Tenaya Lodge offers holiday and winter packages with discounts up to 20%. Reach them online at www.tenayalodge.com/packages.
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