Yosemite Fall Colors Photo Contest 2023

Our Fall 2023 Photo Contest, Yosemite Fall Colors, 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: Olivia S.

Sunrise from Glacier Point - First Place Yosemite Fall Colors Photo Contest (Olivia S. 10-15-23)

4,084 points
Sunrise from Glacier Point
Prize: 2-night stay

OS: “Spectacular morning at Glacier Point in late September. First time in the park did not disappoint!”

RC: The saying always holds true that the early bird catches the worm. In this case the worm being this view!

Runner Up: Eric M.Jack the Service Dog - Second Place Yosemite Fall Colors Photo Contest (Eric M. 10-30-23) 1200

1,106 points
Jack the Rush Creek Ranger
Prize: 1-night stay

EM: “Jack is my service dog, but he’s also a local guide and certified junior explorer! He was ready to show other guests around Rush Creek Lodge & Spa while we were there. He highly recommends the roasted marshmallows while warming up next to the fire pits.”

RC: What a privilege it was to meet a certified junior explorer. He can now add a Rush Creek Ranger badge to his vest!

While we are all pet lovers at Rush Creek, we only allow registered service animals (like Jack!) in or around guest rooms, in vehicles or on property.

Runner Up:  Jacob  A.Sunset at Rush Creek Lodge - Third Place Yosemite Fall Colors Photo Contest (Jacob A. 9-15-23) 1200

850 points
Sierra Sunset
Prize: 1-night stay

JA: “Sunset on last day of family trip”

RC: Nothing beats a Sierra sunset. Thank you so much for sharing!


Best Friends by Alexis P.Best Friends - Yosemite Fall Colors Photo Contest (Alexis P. 9-26-23) 1200

AP: “Having fun at rush creek lodge with my Bestfriend”

RC: It makes us so happy seeing two friends making life-long memories here at Rush Creek, and we love the matching outfits!


Happy! Happy! Happy! by Aimee R.Happy Baby in front of El Cap - Yosemite Fall Colors Photo Contest (Aimee R. 10-17-23) 1200

AR: “We had so much fun at the lodge and at Yosemite! The lodge is a gem. We loved the s’mores, the hot tub, play ground and the game room. Can’t wait to return.”

RC: Thank you for sharing this contagious smile!


Overlooking Yosemite Valley by Joshua A.Overlooking El Capitan - Yosemite Fall Colors Photo Contest (Joshua A. 10-9-23) 1200

JA: “It wasn’t just a nice place to stay, it was an experience. The focus on pure family fun was evident in the amenities AND daily activities.”

RC: Thank you for letting us be your basecamp for epic Yosemite adventures!


Just Hanging Out by Jameson M.Fun at the Outdoor Play Area - Yosemite Fall Colors Photo Contest (Jameson M. 11-15-23) 1200

JM: “I know it’s not obvious but both of our kids had a BLAST at the hotel. 😂 My husband and I actually had long overdue, mini date nights playing shuffle board and cornhole while the little ones played happily nearby.”

RC: We love hearing how much fun you and your kids had, and hope you were all shuffleboard champs by the end!



Winter Photo Contest: Yosemite Winter Magic

RCL: Thanks for all the love everyone!

Our new contest is underway – “Yosemite Winter Magic” 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 Winter Magic

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

Happy trails from your friends at Rush Creek!