Yosemite Inspiration Winners 2021

Our Winter and Spring 2021 Photo Contest, Yosemite Inspiration, 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: Lena C.

1,228 points
Unforgettable Guided Tour
Prize: 2-night stay

LC: “Our tour guide Lori, took us up to this amazing waterfall, where we had lunch. It was private with nobody else around. Absolutely breathtaking and unforgettable! ❤️”

Back at the lodge… “It was absolutely amazing and unforgettable. Everything from the staff, tour guide Lori, cozy atmosphere, fabulous pool, and great food! Can’t wait to go back!”

Runner Up: Lindsay C.Little Slider by Lindsay C.
640 points
Little Adventurer Running up Slide
Prize: 1-night stay

LC: “What goes up must come down

“Every inch of the resort is so well thought out, every corner we turned was something that elevated our experience.”

Runner Up: Mohammad G.Rush Creek Bonfires by Mohammad G.
501 points
Sunset, S’mores, and Bonfires
Prize: 1-night stay

MG: “Loved these beautiful and cozy places around the lodge. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and had an amazing family time! My wife and I are childhood friends and now have 2 handsome kids who had the best vacation at Rush Creek. Can’t wait to go back!”

“The staff was amazing, very polite, and friendly. The amenities were great, loved the kids’ play area and game room. I can go and on that’s how much we loved our stay. Best vacation ever!”


Hot Tub Fun by Nicholas J.

Little Hot Tub Fun, by Nicholas J.

PM: “Our favorite way to end the day after exploring Yosemite with the kids!!

The perfect balance of outdoor adventure with resort amenities, no better way to explore Yosemite with young kids!”

RCL: This picture brought us quite a smile and we agree that nothing is better after a day of hiking than a relaxing evening in the hot tub. Sounds like you and your little adventure made the most of what we offer Rush Creek.  Isn’t it nice to have a family friendly giant hot tub AND another hot tub for the grown ups to have some time to themselves!


Poolside Spring Sunset, by Anthony S.Pool Sunset by Anthony S.

AS: “A beautiful sunset at Rush Creek Lodge before roasting marshmallows over a fire pit to make delicious s’mores.

The various on-site amenities at tranquil and scenic Rush Creek Lodge are great. The fact that it’s located by the Yosemite National Park entrance is an added bonus.”

RCL: There’s nothing like a Rush Creek poolside sunset while making s’mores. Forever fan-favorite…

Red Buds Tunnel View by Tracy B.Red Buds Tunnel View by Karen R.Red Buds at Tunnel View, by Tracy J. and Karen R.

TJ: “Last day of April at Tunnel view with the redbuds in full bloom!”

KR: “Our first stop in Yosemite, and not far from Rush Creek Lodge, was Tunnel View !!!!! Many thanks go to the concierge staff at Rush Creek who recommended it to us!!!!! It was like a picture postcard!!!”

RCL: We had so much fun sharing these photos with our followers and having them vote on their favorite red bud Tunnel View Picture. It’s safe to say it was a tie. (;


Firefall by Tom B.February Firefall, by Tom B.

TB: “This is horse tail falls. A phenomenon that happens the middle two weeks of February.”

RCL: What a beautiful moment captured. 

Summer Photo Contest: Yosemite Summer Favorites

RCL: Thanks for all the love everyone!

Our new contest is underway – “Yosemite Summer Favorites” 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 Summer Favorites

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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Happy trails from your friends at Rush Creek!