Yosemite Winter Wonderland 2023

Our Winter 2023 Photo Contest, Yosemite Winter Wonderland, 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: Dennis G.Birthday Celebrations at Rush Creek (Dennis G.)

655 points
Birthday Celebration
Prize: 2-night stay

DG: “My daughter and I , for my 46th birthday!”

RCL: We love that you chose to ring in 46 years at Rush Creek Lodge! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you, and congrats on first place!

Runner Up: Jordan G.Relaxation and Adventure (Jordan G.)

632 points
Relaxation and Adventure
Prize: 1-night stay

JG: “The epitome of relaxation and adventure blurred together as one.”

RCL: There’s nothing better than kicking your shoes off and taking in the Sierra Nevadas from the balcony. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

Runner Up: Dennis S.Rush Creek at Dusk (Dennis S.)

580 points
Home Away From Home
Prize: 1-night stay

DS: “Rushcreek has been our “home away from home” where some of the best family memories were crafted. From amazing food in the restaurant to spa treatment, star gazing or nature talk experiences, s’mores and celebration of our son’s 21st birthday – are just a few lifelong memories we will always cherish. Thank you.”

RCL: We are honored to be a part of those special memories! Cheers to many more to come!


First Snow by Jasmine S.First Snow at Rush Creek (Jasmine S.)

TC: “First time visiting Yosemite and seeing snow! The weather was perfect and the changing colors of the leaves were beautiful”

RCL: Cuteness alert!!! We hope you all had fun playing in the snow, this picture beautifully captures the transition between fall and winter.


Snowy Views by James P.Romance in Yosemite (James P.)

MG: “A short hike with a breathtaking view.”

RCL: Talk about romance in Yosemite!


Lounging by the Pool by Nathan P.Winter Sun Bathing (Nathan P.)

EC: “pool all to ourselves”

RCL: Just looking at this photo makes us cold! Your bravery was worth it for this photo. Our team got a kick out of it!


Tunnel View by Frederick S.Winter at Tunnel View (Frederick S.)

MP: “Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View. Early morning after fresh snow with a touch of brilliant blue sky. Magic.”

RCL: You know what they say, early bird gets the best Tunnel View picture!


Jumping For Joy by Rebecca A.Jumping For Joy (Rebecca A.)

CL: “Pure joy at Rush Creek Lodge”

RCL: Sierra sunsets make us this happy too!


Spring Photo Contest: Wonderful Waterfalls and Wildflowers

RCL: Thanks for all the love everyone!

Our new contest is underway – “Wonderful Waterfall 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.

Wonderful 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 info@rushcreeklodge.com, you’re guaranteed to get the best rates and service.

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Can’t get enough of these amazing guest photos and stories?

Visit the Gallery and keep #YosemiteDreaming until we meet again.

Happy trails from your friends at Rush Creek!