Yosemite is a spectacular wilderness that was millions of years in the making. Its many parts are still constantly in motion throughout the seasons. Whether your ideal Yosemite experience requires modern creature comforts, or you fancy yourself a modern day adventurer, a little preparation can go a long way. We welcome your input at  as we strive to help everyone make the best plans possible for their ultimate Yosemite experience.

Yosemite Overview

Yosemite National Park is one of the most spectacular places on Earth and is a nature-lover’s paradise. Yosemite offers a diverse landscape filled with rivers, glacial carved valleys, picturesque alpine meadows and peaks, several of the world’s highest and most spectacular waterfalls, and the world’s largest trees and tallest granite walls. There is much to see in Yosemite, and for those willing to seek out the paths less traveled, some particularly amazing discoveries and experiences await. To truly appreciate what Yosemite has to offer, we recommend spending at least three days exploring the Park. While the…
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Hetch Hetchy Valley

Hetch Hetchy Valley Overview The Hetch Hetchy Valley is one of Yosemite’s hidden jewels. Formed millions of years ago by water and glacial erosion, this stunning valley (half the size of Yosemite Valley) was described by naturalist John Muir as “a grand landscape garden, one of Nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples.” Hetch Hetchy has always been overshadowed by its twin sister, Yosemite Valley. We like it that way since the Hetch Hetchy area remains a serene and uncrowded oasis. Visitors are constantly surprised and impressed by the beauty of Hetch Hetchy. And since Hetch…
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Rush Creek Lodge Location

We are blessed with a truly magical and convenient location to enjoy all of Yosemite National Park and the surrounding Stanislaus National Forest. 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 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. Rush Creek is also situated 7 miles from its sister property, the historic…
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Yosemite Weather & Seasonal Conditions

Yosemite is a remarkable place with picture-perfect weather nearly 9 months a year. Most days are bright and sunny with cool, comfortable (and, at times, crisp) evenings. Thanks to the generosity of the Yosemite Conservancy and their donors, we can see El Capitan, Half Dome, the High Country, and Yosemite Falls in real time. Keep in mind that Rush Creek Lodge is at an elevation that is 600 feet higher than the Yosemite Valley, so the temperature tends to be a few degrees cooler at the lodge. Spring is a time of transition with booming waterfalls…
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Directions & Transportation

Rush Creek Lodge is easy to find, situated 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 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. This highway offers convenient access to the lodge from all parts of California. Highway 120 also offers easy access to Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows and the rest of Yosemite. Remember that when…
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Know Before You Go

The National Park Service website for Yosemite, www.nps.gov/yos, is a very thorough resource. In addition to a wealth of information about the Park and advice for planning your visit, this web site is your go-to spot for the most current updates on changing conditions in the park. If summiting Half Dome is on your wish list, go here for the latest information on Half Dome permits and other helpful input. Keep in mind that Rush Creek Lodge is at an elevation that is 600 feet higher than the Yosemite Valley, so the temperature tends to be…
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What to Bring

There are a few essentials that make for a more enjoyable Yosemite getaway, and your needs will vary depending on how adventurous you would like to be when you’re here.  Whenever you are on a road trip through the great outdoors it’s best to carry plenty of drinking water and snacks, and keep your gas tank topped off for those long stretches of scenic roads. The closest gasoline to the west of Rush Creek Lodge can be found 22.5 miles away in the town of Groveland.  Traveling east on Highway 120 the closest gasoline is 9.5…
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