Summer 2020 Photo Contest Winners

Experience Yosemite through the eyes and hearts of your fellow travelers as we share the winners of the Summer 2020 Photo Contest: Yosemite Dreaming. Cheers to everyone who submitted and to the unforgettable memories behind each photo.



Pool Time Fun (Erick T.)1st Place: Erick T.
Pool Time Fun in the Sun
Prize: 2-night stay

ET: “The Rush Creek Lodge staff were absolutely incredible. They truly went the distance in ensuring that everyone had an amazing time at this beautiful property.”

Little Yosemite Explorer (Jessica L.)Runner Up: Jessica L.
Little Adventurer Exploring Yosemite
Prize: 1-night stay

JL: “It was a great weekend, much needed after all of the stress and everything was well done. This picture was taken on our hike back to the car, our four year old fully convinced that he can conquer the world.”

Valley View under a Blue Sky (Nicole B.)Runner Up: Nicole B.
Valley View under a Blue Sky
Prize: 1-night stay

NB: “We had an amazing time at Rush Creek. It felt clean and safe our whole stay. There was so much for our kids to do and the food was delicious. We will be back!



Adventure Boys at Carlon Falls (Cary H.)Adventure Boys at Carlon Falls, by Cary H.

CH: “The perfect recommendation from the Rec Desk! Just 5 minutes from Rush Creek Lodge … perfect easy hike to this BEAUTIFUL waterfall! Saw some trout, went swimming and headed back to the hotel for lunch and pool. Perfect day!”

RCL:  Carlon Falls is one of our favorite local hikes too, especially since you begin the hike in the beautiful Stanislaus National Forest then end up weaving your way into Yosemite National Park!

Spectacular Sunset at Rush Creek (Cary H.)Spectacular Sunset at Rush Creek, by Cary H.

CH: “Sunset view from our balcony, to be followed by smores around the fire and an evening swim.”

RCL: What a stunning Sierra sunset! Did you know that every room on our property is designed for optimal sunset viewing? The results are easily the perfect way to end your Yosemite adventures!

Friendship and Giggles in the Tree Ring, by Jeff G.

JG: “Phenomenal way to see Yosemite for the first time. The kids LOVED all the activities and amenities. Such a beautiful property with a great staff. ”

RCL: We couldn’t help but smile ear to ear when we saw this photo! This is a perfect encapsulation of childhood joy and friendship. The Tree Ring is a popular spot for photos and can represent a playful reminder of your stay with us. Made of incense cedar and ponderosa pine, the Rush Creek Tree Ring serves as an homage to the Giant Sequoia and is placed in the direct center of our property.

Family Bonding at Olmsted Point (Paige W.)Gazing at Half Dome from Olmsted Point Together, by Paige W.

PW: “Being able to relax outside near the fire pit and ordering food and drinks from the tavern while letting the kids play on the structure and zip line was the BEST! We were driving through Yosemite when we came across Olmsted Point and spontaneously decided to stop. I’m so glad we did because this is a photo we’ll cherish forever!”

RCL: Olmsted Point, off of Tioga Road within Yosemite, is perfect for sunsets, professional photo ops, or just a chance to stretch your legs on the way through Yosemite’s high country. This sweet moment of a family enjoying the view makes us grateful to be able to provide our guests with memories to last for years to come. Happy trails indeed!

Fall Photo Contest: Favorite Yosemite Memories

RCL: Thanks for all the love everyone! Our Fall contest is underway – “Favorite Yosemite Memories” 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.

Favorite Yosemite Memories

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

Book Your Next Yosemite Adventure

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Until then, happy trails from your friends at Rush Creek!