Meetings & Events as Rush Creek

Opened in Summer 2016, Rush Creek Lodge is a superbly designed ‘destination within a destination’ located at the doorstep of Yosemite National Park, California. Rush Creek Lodge sits just half a mile from the Park’s Highway 120 west entrance, providing an ideal launching point for exploration into all parts of Yosemite. The resort is just a 3 hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area along scenic Highway 120, the most direct route to Yosemite from the Bay Area, offering year-round access to the Park.

The first new resort in the area in more than 25 years, Rush Creek features a contemporary, rustic sensibility inspired by the breathtaking expanse of nature surrounding its 20-acre wooded hillside setting. Overnight guests can choose from a mix of 143 tastefully appointed lodge rooms, suites, and hillside villas, all featuring a deck overlooking nature, the majority with sunset views.

Rush Creek Lodge features customizable, full-service meeting and event space for groups up to 250. Guests may select open air meeting options or indoor settings that can scale from casual to sophisticated throughout the seasons. Groups can just as easily meet in our event hall as in a nearby meadow surrounded by towering pines.

Rush Creek’s on-site recreation planning experts enjoy customizing recreation and activity packages for groups, including guided outdoor adventures and team building exercises. Rush Creek’s varied onsite activities and guest areas promote fun-filled, relaxing, informal interactions and bonding throughout a group’s time with us – fostering the important connections desired in a group getaway.

Yosemite activities create robust appetites, and our dining and catering options are designed to satisfy with California lodge cuisine that is fresh, thoughtful, delicious and environmentally sound.

Packages

Our Meetings and Events packages include the use of our facilities, linens, table settings, all set-up, breakdown and staffing for your event. Our on-site professional event and recreation planners and staff help with all the arrangements so you can focus more on your guests and less on logistics.

Rush Creek’s on-site Recreation service provides over 30 different guided excursions for all fitness levels plus a full daily schedule of free activities and an endless supply of ideas for team-building, bonding, fear-conquering and confidence boosting.

Catering & Menus

Yosemite is a feast for the senses, and Rush Creek’s culinary methods follow suit. Our menus embody a flavor profile that is rooted in American dishes with a sophisticated California approach. We serve authentic mountain lodge cuisine that is fresh, thoughtful, delicious and environmentally sound.

Our on-site event planning expert and catering team can design all of your meals to suit your group’s budget and dietary realities. As with the rest of your event, we’ll focus on crafting menus and presentations that help realize your vision. Options range from “backpacker” lunches (for your day hike) to a variety of buffets to “mountain elegant” plated reception dinners.

Groups can choose the dining venue that suits their needs, enjoying meals indoors or outdoors – or both! No matter where you dine at Rush Creek, you will be treated to invigorating views of the surrounding forest and spectacular Sierra sunsets that pair perfectly with your meal.

Our grand main lodge houses our main dining room, tavern, and adjoining terraces. The main dining room and terrace can seat groups up to 220, and for more intimate gatherings, our private dining room and terrace can accommodate banquets of up to 70 guests.

Please contact Linda Serio at  or (209) 379-2303 x 1516 for menu options, pricing and further details.

Note: the Lodge provides all food & beverage for your event.

Facilities & Map

Rush Creek Dinner Service (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Tavern (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Guest Lounge - Kim CarrollReception Lobby (Kim Carroll)The grand main lodge at Rush Creek is home to our indoor/outdoor restaurant and tavern, guest lounge, Recreation Desk and planning center, and indoor game room offering fun classics such as shuffle board, foosball, and lever hockey, plus an amazing custom designed treehouse-type play structure for our younger visitors.

Next door to the main lodge you’ll find our welcoming reception area and our General Store. The General Store at Rush Creek is well stocked with trail-ready food and drinks, including fresh house-made sandwiches and breakfast items. It’s also a great stop for Happy Hour supplies, games, gear, gifts, souvenirs and sundries.

Wandering out and about the property you’ll discover lots of outdoor spaces for play and relaxation, including a fly casting pond and gold panning stream. Try your hand at bocce ball or horseshoes, or stroll around our nature path. Kids will love the zip line, nature-oriented playground and bike paths. We’ll maintain a daily schedule of complimentary activities ranging from tie-dye and leather crafts to stargazing and family-friendly movies. Or just chill out in one of our many hammocks or relaxing fire pits. You can always count on us for nightly s’mores around the fire!

Central to the main lodge and hotel wing you’ll find our outdoor pool area. There’s an 80’ x 30’ solar-heated salt water pool and two hot tubs, one family-friendly and one for adults only. The Pool Bar serves tasty snacks, lunch, and a variety of drinks, including fun mocktails!

Lodging

Overnight guests choose from a mix of 143 tastefully appointed deluxe Lodge Rooms or Suites in the main lodge, or hillside villas that are spread throughout 20 forested acres. Every room includes a private balcony with views of the forest and surrounding nature, most also provide a front row seat for stunning Sierra sunsets.

All Lodge Rooms feature a stylish sitting area, private deck with forest and/or sunset views, spacious private bathroom with shower, satellite radio, custom artwork and furnishings, Keurig coffee brewer, refrigerator, feather pillows, electronic safe, iPod dock, complimentary Wi-Fi, Earththerapy bath products, hair dryer, and iron. Suites and Villas also feature a cast iron gas fireplace.

Meeting & Property Facilities

Meetings and special events can take place at a variety of idyllic outdoor venues or in our main event hall. We are thrilled to bring this magnificent event hall to the Yosemite area! With its high-beamed ceilings, massive picture windows, and walls that slide completely open to let the outdoors in, you’re free to enjoy the best of all worlds.

Our main restaurant, private dining room tavern, and spacious outdoor terraces provide groups with great flexibility for both their functions and their leisure time.

Facility Square Footage Theater Classroom Banquet Reception
Event Hall 2,800 275 225 225 275
Event Hall Outdoor Plaza 2,500 - - 200 250
Hillside Amphitheatre 1,500 125 - - 125
Meeting Room 1 375 35 25 30 35
Meeting Room 2a 250 20 15 15 20
Meeting Room 2b 250 20 15 15 20
Private Dining Room 750 55 45 50 70
Private Dining Room & Terrace 1,050 - - 70 95
Main Dining Room 2,500 200 175 175 225
Main Dining Room & Terrace 3,200 - - 220 275
Poolside BBQ Area 2,250 200 150 150 200
Pool Deck 12,500 - - 500+ 500+

To get a feel for how the property is laid out have a look at our property map.

Rentals

For rental of additional items for your event that the Evergreen does not have in-house we are happy to coordinate rental of any of the items listed below. For our services, which include coordinating delivery and covering associated costs, we charge a fee of 10% of the rental costs as listed below.

Item Details
PA System:** Peavey system w/wireless microphone: $300 per day with generator: $400 per day
Projector/Screen/Flip Charts** $150 per day
House Dance Floor** $700 (18 x 24 natural hardwood)
Additional Dance Floor 3 X 3 sections (natural hardwood): $16.95 per piece
Extra Tables: 60” Rounds: $12
96” Banquets: $12
72” Rounds: $14
Prices do not include $320 delivery fee
Outdoor Mushroom Heaters** 40,000 BTU: $75 each
Tents for Outdoor Events Pricing depends on size and specifics of tent and event

Prices are subject to change without notice, due to market changes.
**Indicates in-house item: no additional 10% surcharge**

Booking & Reservations

To reserve a date, a 15% non-refundable deposit of room, food, and beverage charges is due seven days after booking. Pricing depends on your specific program and group size. Please email your contact information to Linda Serio at so we can arrange to discuss your needs and reserve your meeting or event.

Hetch Hetchy from the DamWe offer an array of guided recreation options to help your group have the best possible all-around Yosemite experience. Our on-site professional Guide Service and Recreation Department will work with you to craft a memorable, fun itinerary that showcases Yosemite at its’ finest while meeting your goals and schedule.

Our most popular recreation programs for you to consider include:

Hiking

Lower Yosemite Falls TrailHikes of any length and difficulty to lakes, waterfalls, meadows, and scenic vistas. Ideal for groups of any number and experience level as we have dozens of trip locations to choose from.

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing TripNovices & experts are welcome. Experience the magic of fishing for trout on Yosemite’s beautiful waters. Typically a smaller group experience.

Rafting

Whitewater RaftingExhilarating outings on the stunning Merced & Tuolumne Rivers. Half and full day options are available.

Rock Climbing

The best place on earth to try climbing! Experience a Yosemite few ever see.

Biking

Enjoy riding scenic roads on our comfortable hybrid bikes. Biking is an ideal group activity and it can easily be combined with hiking to waterfalls and swimming holes for a ‘multi-sport’ outing.

Horseback Riding

Saddle up for rides of various lengths throughout the Yosemite area. Easily combined with sightseeing and hiking options for a diverse day in the mountains.

Sightseeing Tours

Tunnel View TourVan or bus tours throughout Yosemite that can also integrate hiking, horseback riding and naturalist talks along the way. Tours can focus on the park’s most famous attractions, less visited highlights or a blend of both.

Team Building

We can help you meet your goals by integrating team building programs into many of our recreational offerings. Start by selecting an activity, and then we can integrate an appropriate program.

Golf, Swimming, Wine Tasting & Antiquing

A host of other area adventures await, including 18-hole golf, easily accessible, spectacular swimming holes, private wine tastings featuring local foothill wines, photography workshops/tours, and historic Gold Rush community antiquing and shopping.

In addition to this array of guided activities and outings, groups also have access to all of our other Lodge programs and resources, including:

Complimentary Activities

Rush Creek Lodge offers a daily schedule of complimentary activities for our guests (which you are welcome to incorporate into your itinerary), including:

  • Campfires with S'mores
  • Full Moon walks
  • Evening bingo
  • Movies
  • Yosemite slide shows
  • Live music
  • Guest lecturers
  • Nature presentations
  • Horseshoes
  • Bocce Ball

Recreation Planning & Facilities

Rush Creek Lodge also offers a variety of resources to help guests plan their unscheduled time, including:

  • On-site recreation experts who happily provide complimentary trip-planning advice and ideas
  • Handouts with "off the beaten path" excursions that showcase the best of Yosemite
  • Library of guide books and other relevant outdoor books, maps and photos
  • Free Internet access to comprehensive online sites and materials
  • Lectures, slide shows and movies about the area
  • Equipment rentals including bikes, GPS, walking sticks and snowshoes

Please email Linda Serio at for more detailed information about designing an activity package for your group.

Area Highlights

Surrounding Rush Creek Lodge are forest, meadows, rivers, swimming holes, fire roads, and vistas. The Big Oak Flat Park Entrance is half a mile away, and the lesser-traveled Hetch Hetchy entrance to Yosemite is seven miles from the lodge. Listed below are drive times from the lodge to favorite nearby places in Yosemite and the National Forest.

Minutes Drive from Lodge Location Highlights
5 Carlon Falls 1.5 mile hike to waterfall
20 Hetch Hetchy Vista Great view of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
40 Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Trails, history, waterfalls & fishing
35 Preston Falls Trailhead Hike along Tuolumne River
15 Merced Grove Trailhead One mile hike to Giant Sequoias
15 Rainbow Pools Popular & beautiful swimming spot
40 Yosemite Valley Trails, waterfalls & massive granite
45 Tunnel View Best view of Yosemite Valley
60 Olmstead Point View of Half Dome & Tenaya Lake
70 Cathedral Lake Trailhead 3.5 mile hike to gorgeous lake
75 Tuolumne Meadows Heart of Yosemite’s dramatic High Country
90 Mariposa Grove World’s largest trees
90 Glacier Point Legendary vista point above Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Facts

  • Yosemite is the nation’s third oldest national park and is a “Crown Jewel” of the National Park System
  • Encompassing 1,170 square miles, Yosemite occupies an area the size of the state of Rhode Island
  • The first tourists visited Yosemite in 1855.  It became a national park thirty-five years later in 1890
  • The Park is open 365 days/year, 24 hours/day
  • The Park averages nearly 3.5 million visitors per year:  about 2.8 million of those guests visit during the high season of April to October
  • The Park is home to 37 species of native trees including the Giant Sequoia, considered the largest living thing on earth. Sequoias can live from 1,000 - 3,000 years.  Three groves totaling 700 trees are located in the Park (Mariposa Grove, Tuolumne Grove, Merced Grove)
  • Five of the Yosemite Valley's waterfalls are among the ten highest waterfalls on earth.  Yosemite Falls, where Yosemite Creek falls a total of 2,425 feet in two separate steps, is the highest waterfall in North America and the second highest in the world
  • Yosemite's geological history has been evolving for 500 million years from an ocean floor to gentle, rolling hills to the formation of the steep Sierra Nevada mountain range with deep river canyons
  • Yosemite's first inhabitants were Native Americans who inhabited the region 10,000 years ago.  The Gold Rush brought the first non-native settlers to the area around 1850
  • The word “Yosemite” is derived from a Southern Miwok Indian word for “some among them are killers,” referring to the Mariposa Battalion who first entered the Valley in search of Yosemite Indians
  • Yosemite was the first territory ever set aside by congress for public use and preservation.  This was done in 1864 by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.

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