Colors of Yosemite Winners 2021

Our Fall and Winter 2021 Photo Contest, Colors of Yosemite, lets us experience the best of Yosemite through the eyes and hearts of your fellow travelers.

Thank you to everyone who submitted and for the unforgettable memories behind each photo that help keep us all #YosemiteDreaming


1st Place: Erik T.Sleepy Backpacker by Erik T.

2,155 points
Sleepy Backpacker
Prize: 2-night stay

ET: “Power nap on the Pohono Trail between Sentinel Dome and Taft Point. I wish these carriers came in adult sizes!”

Back at the lodge… “We love the facilities and the service!”

Runner Up: Sonya W.Sentinel Bridge by Sonya W.

1280 points
Little Adventurer Running up Slide
Prize: 1-night stay

LC:Beautiful in every way!”

Runner Up: Emily G.Yosemite Elopement by Emily G.

1108 points
Yosemite Elopment
Prize: 1-night stay

EG: “Breathtaking elopement at Yosemite National Park at Taft Point !! Brandon and Emily 2021″

“Beautiful lodge to stay as we prepped for a incredible elopement!!!”



Noel S.


Jack Frost on Black Bird Pond by Noel S.

NS: “It snowed a little last night!

All of your staff were so friendly and really went out of their way to be helpful. Everything was wonderful! We had so much fun!”

Rush Creek Rainbow by Joanne K.

Rush Creek Rainbow by Joanne K.

JK: “I was a little bummed that the weather forecast for one of the two days that we were scheduled to stay at Rush Creek called for rain. I stepped out onto our balcony and was treated to the biggest, most dazzling rainbow I had ever seen. Just goes to show that you should always look on the bright side – that rainbow and a relaxing afternoon spent in your spa was one of the best rainy days I’ve had in a long while. Thanks!

Loved the property and proximity to Hetch Hetchy and Yosemite can’t be beat. Rooms were well appointed and the front desk and tavern staff were friendly and attentive. We had a fantastic stay!”

Starry Night by Ali T.Starry Night by Ali T.

AT: “The place where stars feel like they are within reach. ❤️

Rush Creek holds a special place in our hearts. I still remember the smell of the air when we stepped out of our vehicle. We checked in close to midnight, after a long day of traveling and the moment we arrived I knew it would be nearly impossible to leave. Everything about our trip was perfect!”

Spring Photo Contest: Yosemite Waterfalls and Wildflowers

RCL: Thanks for all the love everyone!

Our new contest is underway – “Yosemite Waterfalls and Wildflowers” is open to all who are dreaming of their next Yosemite visit.  If you have a favorite Yosemite image and a memory you’d like to share, feel free to join in the fun.

Yosemite Waterfalls and Wildflowers

You just might win a free stay at Rush Creek Lodge!

Book Your Next Yosemite Adventure

When you’re ready to plan your next trip, remember to check our Packages & Special Offers section for great seasonal deals and convenient bundles for a variety of occasions.   Also remember that when you book with us directly on this website, by calling us at (209) 379-2373, or emailing us at, you’re guaranteed to get the best rates and service.

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Happy trails from your friends at Rush Creek!