The Guided Recreation Program at Rush Creek Lodge has evolved from the expertise of the much-loved Recreation Program at our sister property, the Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite.  Our Yosemite tours and adventures are led by warm, personable guides who are excited to share their passion for and knowledge of Yosemite. We offer partial and full-day excursions for all experience and fitness levels, with trips varying seasonally to take advantage of current conditions. Many trips offer departures from both locations.

If you prefer to adventure on your own rather than join one of our guided Yosemite tours, our recreation team is always happy to provide guests with free planning advice and guidance.

Whether you hike Yosemite’s scenic trails, bike on peaceful back roads, fish a clear mountain stream or savor Yosemite’s beauty on a naturalist tour, we’re here to make sure your trip is rewarding, meaningful and fun!

For more information or to reserve a trip, please email us at  or call us at (209)379- 2373.

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Horseback Ride (Kim Carroll)Horseback & Wagon Ride Adventures

May-Nov, Starting from $42.50

Choose from a wide range of exclusive horseback riding adventures and wagon rides through some of our area's most highly sought-after trails.

Beginner Effort, Ages 5 and older, 1-3 Hours, Half Day, Sunset

Choose from a wide range of exclusive horseback riding adventures and wagon rides through some of our area's most highly sought-after trails.

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Yosemite Cellars VineyardYosemite Cellars Vineyard Tour & Wine Tasting

May-Sep, $75 adult, $25 child 12 and younger

You’ll be amazed at the richness of the wines we’ve discovered in the charming Gold Rush town of Groveland. Relax and let our guides drive you to our favorite local vineyard, Yosemite Cellars, where the owners will treat you to a personal tour of their vineyard, some fascinating history, and a tasting of their 6 varietals paired with hors d’oeuvres and inspiring Sierra Nevada views.

Beginner Effort, Ages All Ages; must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol, 3-4 hours

You’ll be amazed at the richness of the wines we’ve discovered in the charming Gold Rush town of Groveland. Relax and let our guides drive...

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Merced River Whitewater RaftingMerced River Whitewater Rafting

Apr-Jul, starting at $122 adult; $111 youth 10-17 years

Enjoy a full or half day on one of California's best whitewater rafting paddle-boat trips. The 11-14 miles of rafting on the Merced is typically class 3 (rated 1-5, with 5 being most challenging), with a combination of memorable rapids and peaceful floats through pristine waters and scenic canyons.  This trip is suitable for first time rafters, and depending on water levels, children over age 7.

Beginner Effort, Ages 7-10+ depending on conditions, Full Day, Half Day

Enjoy a full or half day on one of California's best whitewater rafting paddle-boat trips. The 11-14 miles of rafting on the Merced is typically...

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Giant Sequoia Snowbomb (Kim Carroll)Giant Sequoia Hike or Snowshoe

Feb-Mar, Nov-Dec, $80 adult; $50 child 12 and younger

This 3-mile round trip snowshoe adventure combines the beauty of a snow covered Yosemite with the majesty of the Giant Sequoias. The stunning contrast of white snow against the reddish bark of the sequoias, the largest living species on earth, is like nothing you have ever seen.

Beginner-Intermediate Effort, Ages 8+, Half Day

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This 3-mile round trip snowshoe adventure combines the beauty of a snow covered Yosemite with the majesty of the Giant Sequoias. The stunning contrast of...

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Tuolumne River near Preston FallsGranite Gorge & Preston Falls Hike

Mar-May, $125 adult, $75 child 10-12 years

An epic day exploring one of our favorite hidden gems, stunning Preston Falls, deep in the Granite Gorge section of river downstream from the pristine Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. We'll hike alongside the river among abundant wildflowers, enjoy lunch on the banks and take a dip in the clear, cool water before hiking back. This is crowd-free Yosemite hiking at its finest. Call or email for seasonal availability based on varying weather conditions.

Intermediate Effort, Ages Ages 10+, Full Day

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An epic day exploring one of our favorite hidden gems, stunning Preston Falls, deep in the Granite Gorge section of river downstream from the pristine...

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Giant Sequoia Tunnel - Kim Carroll PhotographyBig Trees Hike & Swim

Jul-Oct, $105 adult, $65 child 12 and younger

This popular half day trip along the historic Old Big Oak Flat Road takes you into a grove of Yosemite's famous Giant Sequoias and ends up at one of our favorite local swimming holes for a swim and picnic lunch before heading back to the lodge.

Intermediate Effort, Ages 8+, Half Day

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This popular half day trip along the historic Old Big Oak Flat Road takes you into a grove of Yosemite's famous Giant Sequoias and ends...

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South Rim HeroSouth Rim of Yosemite Valley Hiking Tour

Jun-Jul, Sep-Oct, $145 adult, $85 child 12 and younger

Skip past the summer crowds and take a hike with our fun and informative naturalist guides along the lesser-traveled southern rim of Yosemite Valley.  See Yosemite's icons and 1,200 square miles of splendid scenery in a whole new light on this unusual Yosemite Valley Hiking Tour.

Intermediate Effort, Ages 12+, Full Day

Skip past the summer crowds and take a hike with our fun and informative naturalist guides along the lesser-traveled southern rim of Yosemite Valley.  See...

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Granite Gorge Swimming Hole‘Bike & Hike’ to Granite Gorge

Apr-May, Oct, $95 Adults, $65 Kids 12-14

Enjoy a scenic ride along the rim of the Tuolumne River Canyon followed by a pleasant hike on this classic one-way ‘bike and hike’ trip to one of our favorite waterways and swimming holes.

Intermediate Effort, Ages Ages 12+, Half Day

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Enjoy a scenic ride along the rim of the Tuolumne River Canyon followed by a pleasant hike on this classic one-way ‘bike and hike’ trip to...

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Rainbow Pools Swimming HoleRainbow Pools Bike Hike & Swim

Apr-Sep, $95 Adults, $65 Kids 10-12

A fun-filled day with an easy bike ride among Yosemite's lesser known dramatic scenery, with a picnic at one of the local favorite Yosemite swimming holes under a pristine waterfall.

Beginner-Intermediate Effort, Ages Ages 10+, Half Day

A fun-filled day with an easy bike ride among Yosemite's lesser known dramatic scenery, with a picnic at one of the local favorite Yosemite swimming holes...

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Yosemite Fly FishingPrivate Half Day Fly Fishing Trips

Apr-Nov, $150 to $175 per person

Beginners and seasoned veterans alike can enjoy a memorable morning or afternoon with an expert fly fishing guide casting on scenic Yosemite waterways.

Family Fun HALF DAY

Get a taste of Yosemite fly fishing on local waters on this fun half day adventure perfect for the whole family! This basic introduction focuses less on instruction and more on the experience of fly fishing, as well as aquatic ecology and conservation with many opportunities to sustainably catch and release trout along the river banks of our favorite local spots. Boots and waders are not provided as we focus solely on czech nymphing from the river bank!  7AM or 3PM start times4 hours, $150 per person.

Experienced Angler's Private Half Day

Already know the basics!? Join our local guides and gain access to the best waters in the Sierra for native Rainbow Trout and wild Brook trout and trophy Brown trout. We can help sharpen your cast, share tips and techniques, or just provide the right fly for the right fish.  7AM or 3PM start times;  5 hours, $175 per person.

Beginner-Advanced Effort, Ages 7+, Half Day, Sunrise, Sunset

Beginners and seasoned veterans alike can enjoy a memorable morning or afternoon with an expert fly fishing guide casting on scenic Yosemite waterways. Family Fun HALF...

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Fly FishingPrivate Full Day Fly Fishing Trips

Apr-Nov, $215 to $300 per person

Beginners and seasoned veterans alike can enjoy a memorable morning or afternoon with an expert Yosemite fly fishing guide casting on scenic Yosemite waterways.

Introduction to fly fishing

Our private Introduction to Fly fishing trip is perfect for individuals, families or groups that want to learn the basics of fly fishing during their visit to Yosemite National Park! This beginner trip focuses on beginner casting, fly selection, reading water and basic knot tying. As well as Czech Nymphing, dry fly, streaming and wet fly techniques. 7AM or Noon start times; 8 hours, $230 per person.

Experienced anglers private full day

Enjoy the best of the Yosemite area on our full day fly fishing adventure for intermediate and advanced anglers. Whether you want to try for the illusive Golden Trout in Yosemite's backcountry or spend your day in the iconic splendor of Yosemite Valley, our private guide can help you achieve all of your fishing goals! 7AM or Noon start times; 8 hours, $215 per person.

Private high Country Fly Fishing Adventure

**Note: Seasonal road dependent, Tioga Road usually opens mid-June.**  This amazing day is spent above 8000 feet in Yosemite's pristine high country and is perfect for the adventurous angler! We'll take you far away from the crowds for a classic fly fishing experience on untouched, high alpine lakes and streams in search of wild trout and unprecedented views of Yosemite's tallest peaks. Note: There is 2-6 miles of hiking at high altitude on this trip. 8AM start times; 10 hours, $300 per person.

Beginner-Advanced Effort, Full Day, Sunrise, Sunset

Beginners and seasoned veterans alike can enjoy a memorable morning or afternoon with an expert Yosemite fly fishing guide casting on scenic Yosemite waterways. Introduction...

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Yosemite Valley from Tunnel ViewRange of Light Yosemite Valley Tour

Feb-May, Oct-Dec, $105 adult, $65 child 12 and younger

Following the footsteps of John Muir, we visit the Valley’s most famous and impressive wonders as well as its hidden secrets, with plenty of time to stop, relax and enjoy on this Yosemite Valley Tour.

Beginner Effort, Ages 4+, Half Day

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Following the footsteps of John Muir, we visit the Valley’s most famous and impressive wonders as well as its hidden secrets, with plenty of time...

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Yosemite Valley Vista - Kim Carroll PhotographyWonders of Yosemite Hike & Tour

Jan-Dec, $135 adult, $85 child 12 and younger

One of the classic Yosemite tours, this is a full day’s adventure to see Yosemite’s icons - Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Half Dome, El Capitan, Tunnel View –  plus a 3 mile hike among Giant Sequoias.

Intermediate Effort, Ages 8+, Full Day

One of the classic Yosemite tours, this is a full day’s adventure to see Yosemite’s icons - Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Half Dome, El Capitan,...

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Hetch Hetchy from the DamHetch-Hetchy Wapama Falls Naturalist Hike

Feb-Jun, Nov-Dec, $80 adult, $50 child 12 and younger

Leave the crowds behind and enjoy a leisurely and fascinating 5 mile hike above the shores of this tranquil reservoir to the 1,200 foot Wapama Falls.

Intermediate-Advanced Effort, Ages 8+, Half Day

Leave the crowds behind and enjoy a leisurely and fascinating 5 mile hike above the shores of this tranquil reservoir to the 1,200 foot Wapama...

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Yosemite Valley Stagecoach Road HeroYosemite Valley Stagecoach Road Naturalist Hike

Feb-May, Sep-Dec, $125 adult; $75 child 12 and younger

This Yosemite Valley tour combines an iconic Valley tour and guided 3.5 mile hike along an abandoned stagecoach route to one of Yosemite’s most spectacular, historic and least known vistas! During our tour, we visit the Valley’s most famous waterfalls and vistas, and we enjoy a variety of additional stops along the way.

Intermediate Effort, Ages 8+, Full Day

This Yosemite Valley tour combines an iconic Valley tour and guided 3.5 mile hike along an abandoned stagecoach route to one of Yosemite’s most spectacular, historic and...

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Half Dome from Glacier PointYosemite Valley & Glacier Point Tour

May-Oct, $135 adult; $85 child 12 and younger

Taking you through a wide-ranging collection of Yosemite's most famous icons, including Glacier Point, an optional hike down the 4 Mile Trail, then the tour continues with stops that may include The Majestic Hotel, Yosemite Falls, Mirror Lake, and El Capitan Meadow to spot climbers in action. Not to mention a picnic is the ever so picturesque Yosemite Valley.

Beginner-Advanced Effort, Ages 4+, Full Day

Taking you through a wide-ranging collection of Yosemite's most famous icons, including Glacier Point, an optional hike down the 4 Mile Trail, then the tour continues...

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Tenaya Lake PanoramaYosemite High Country Naturalist Tour

Jun-Oct, $135 adult; $85 child 12 and younger

Discover the less traveled Yosemite High Country, where we visit scenic vistas, take short walks and relax among stunning Alpine lakes, meadows, rivers, granite domes and peaks.

Beginner-Intermediate Effort, Ages 4+, Full Day

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Discover the less traveled Yosemite High Country, where we visit scenic vistas, take short walks and relax among stunning Alpine lakes, meadows, rivers, granite domes and...

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North Dome Naturalist HikeNorth Dome Naturalist Hike

Jun-Oct, $135 adult; $85 child 12 and younger

This 9 mile hike takes you to a breathtaking perch on the north rim of Yosemite Valley directly across from Half Dome where you can gaze out at the surrounding cliffs, canyons and peaks of the greater Yosemite area.

Intermediate-Advanced Effort, Ages 9+, Full Day

This 9 mile hike takes you to a breathtaking perch on the north rim of Yosemite Valley directly across from Half Dome where you can...

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Half Dome Journey

Sep-Oct, $225 adult; $175 child 14 - 18 years

One of the most enduring challenges in Yosemite, this day hike covers roughly 17 miles with 4,800 feet in elevation gain from the Valley Floor to the summit of world-famous Half Dome.

Advanced Effort, Ages 14+, Full Day

One of the most enduring challenges in Yosemite, this day hike covers roughly 17 miles with 4,800 feet in elevation gain from the Valley Floor...

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Rancheria FallsNaturalist Hike to Rancheria Falls

Apr, Oct, $125 adult; $75 child 12 - 15 years

A rewarding day hike deep into the little traveled Hetch Hetchy Valley.  Breathtaking views of the reservoir, abundant wildflowers and energizing waterfalls.

Intermediate-Advanced Effort, Ages 12+, Full Day

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A rewarding day hike deep into the little traveled Hetch Hetchy Valley.  Breathtaking views of the reservoir, abundant wildflowers and energizing waterfalls.

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May LakeMay Lake & Mount Hoffman

Jul, $145 adult; $85 child 12 - 15 years

A crowd-free hike to the geographic center of the park takes you past one of the most pristine alpine lakes in the high country to 360-degree views of Yosemite's breathtaking peaks and valley.

Intermediate-Advanced Effort, Ages 12+, Full Day

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A crowd-free hike to the geographic center of the park takes you past one of the most pristine alpine lakes in the high country to...

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Mono Pass Naturalist HikeHigh Country Naturalist Hike to Mono Pass

Jun-Oct, $145 adult; $85 child 12 years and younger

This spectacular 9.4 mile (round trip) trail wanders through pristine Lodgepole Pine forests and alpine meadows to the edge of the timberline and places you on the crest of the Sierra Nevada, one of the nation’s most inaccessible and rugged mountain ranges. For unforgettable views of the Eastern Sierra and beyond this Mono Pass hike is the way to go!

Intermediate-Advanced Effort, Ages 10+, Full Day

This spectacular 9.4 mile (round trip) trail wanders through pristine Lodgepole Pine forests and alpine meadows to the edge of the timberline and places you...

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Clouds Rest Banner1Cloud’s Rest by Way of Sunrise Trail

Sep-Oct, $155 adult; $95 child 12 -15 years

Insiders will tell you that this hike is equally challenging but more rewarding than Half Dome, with a summit that provides sweeping views of Half Dome, the Cathedral Range and Tenaya Canyon. This is some of the most epic Yosemite hiking available for a day hike.

Intermediate-Advanced Effort, Ages 12+, Full Day

Insiders will tell you that this hike is equally challenging but more rewarding than Half Dome, with a summit that provides sweeping views of Half...

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Sierra Sunset Hike - Kim Carroll PhotographySierra Sunset Hike or Snowshoe

Feb-May, Oct-Dec, $45 adult; $25 child 12 and younger

This guest and guide favorite showcases the best of our ‘home’ area on this 3.5 mile walk through secluded old growth forest. This hike has great potential for sightings of deer, bear, foxes and other forest friends at twilight. It's a light alternative to some of the bigger Yosemite hikes, and a great way to ease into your mountain getaway. If you're looking for easy Yosemite hikes you'll enjoy this outing.

Beginner-Intermediate Effort, Ages 8+, 3 hours, Sunset

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This guest and guide favorite showcases the best of our ‘home’ area on this 3.5 mile walk through secluded old growth forest. This hike has...

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Yosemite Sunset VistaSunset Vista Happy Hour Tour

Jun-Sep, $45 adult; $25 child 12 and younger

On this popular two hour tour and happy hour to view the sun setting over the Tuolumne River Canyon we provide chairs, a glass of wine (or soda) and snacks for you to enjoy while you savor the serenity.

This is one of the few Yosemite sunset tours with a Happy Hour element, courtesy of the awesome guides at the Evergreen Lodge.

Beginner Effort, Ages All Ages , 2 hours, Sunset

On this popular two hour tour and happy hour to view the sun setting over the Tuolumne River Canyon we provide chairs, a glass of...

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Whitewater Rafting the Merced River

Apr-Jul, $95 - $245

Experience the exhilaration of whitewater rafting  on the beautiful Merced River famous for it large, roller-coaster waves and big crashing swells. Class II-IV. With Full Day trips covering 16 miles, and half day trips covering up to 11 miles.

Beginner-Intermediate Effort, Ages 12+, Full Day, Half Day

Experience the exhilaration of whitewater rafting  on the beautiful Merced River famous for it large, roller-coaster waves and big crashing swells. Class II-IV. With Full...

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Rim of the Valley Snowshoe HikeRim of the Valley Snowshoe Adventure

Feb-Mar, Nov-Dec, $145 adult; $85 child 15 and younger

Snowshoe to one of the finest overlooks in all of Yosemite: Dewey and Crocker Point. You will see incomparable views of El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, Three Brothers and other famous Yosemite landmarks. Our guides share their intimate knowledge of the Park and make sure your snowshoe experience is a fun, inspiring adventure and a highlight of your stay!

Intermediate-Advanced Effort, Ages 12+, Full Day

Snowshoe to one of the finest overlooks in all of Yosemite: Dewey and Crocker Point. You will see incomparable views of El Capitan, Yosemite Valley,...

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Half Day Photo Shoot

Feb-Dec, $330 first person; $80 each additional (3 max)

Local professional photographer, biologist, naturalist, and all around nice guy Robb Hirsch customizes private photography expeditions to suit your goals and skill set. Trips are suited for moderate to advanced amateurs who want to improve their photography skills and shoot in some of the most beautiful and lesser known locations in and around Yosemite.

Beginner-Advanced Effort, Half Day, Sunset

Local professional photographer, biologist, naturalist, and all around nice guy Robb Hirsch customizes private photography expeditions to suit your goals and skill set. Trips are suited...

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Full Day Photo Shoot

Feb-Dec, $565 first person; $90 each additional (3 max)

Local professional photographer, biologist, naturalist, and all around nice guy Robb Hirsch customizes private photography expeditions to suit your goals and skill set. Trips are suited for moderate to advanced amateurs who want to improve their photography skills and shoot in some of the most beautiful and lesser known locations in and around Yosemite.

Beginner-Advanced Effort, Full Day, Sunrise, Sunset

Local professional photographer, biologist, naturalist, and all around nice guy Robb Hirsch customizes private photography expeditions to suit your goals and skill set. Trips are...

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Overnight Photography Workshop & Yosemite Backpacking Adventure

May-Oct, $1,095 one-two ppl; $195 each additional (4 max)

Local professional photographer, biologist, naturalist, and all around nice guy Robb Hirsch customizes private photography expeditions to suit your goals and skill set. Trips are suited for moderate to advanced amateurs who want to improve their photography skills and shoot in some of the most beautiful and lesser known locations in and outside of Yosemite.

Intermediate-Advanced Effort, Overnight

Local professional photographer, biologist, naturalist, and all around nice guy Robb Hirsch customizes private photography expeditions to suit your goals and skill set. Trips are suited...

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Overnight Professional Fly Fishing

Mar-Oct, $895 one-two ppl; $195 each additional (4 max)

Great for novice or experienced fly fishermen who want to experience the ultimate serenity and beauty of Yosemite’s remote lakes and rivers combined with one-on-one instruction from knowledgeable veteran guides.

Intermediate-Advanced Effort, Overnight

Great for novice or experienced fly fishermen who want to experience the ultimate serenity and beauty of Yosemite’s remote lakes and rivers combined with one-on-one...

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Whitewater Rafting & Camping Adventure

Mar-Oct, price varies

Join our partners, Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions and Sierra Mac River Trips, for the ultimate overnight rafting experience relaxing on the sandy beaches of the Tuolumne River between two exciting days of rafting class IV whitewater rapids!

Intermediate-Advanced Effort, Overnight

Join our partners, Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions and Sierra Mac River Trips, for the ultimate overnight rafting experience relaxing on the sandy beaches of the Tuolumne...

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