Yosemite Winter Magic Photo Contest

Our Winter 2023-24 Photo Contest, Yosemite Winter Magic, 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.

1st - Jumping for Joy (Olivia S. 3-19-24)

1,243 points
Jumping for Joy
Prize: 2-night stay

OS: “Thank you Rush Creek for an incredible weekend! It was my boyfriend’s first time in the park and this trip quite literally had him jumping for joy!”

RC: Thank you so much for sharing this spectacular image to our photo contest. We are so happy we could be your basecamp for your Yosemite adventure and can’t wait to welcome you back!

Runner Up: Christopher S.2nd - First Winter Snow (Christopher S. 1-5-24)

975 points
Snow Day
Prize: 1-night stay

CS: “First visit to Yosemite was snow worth it!”

RC: Love the pun, and so happy you all got to enjoy a Yosemite snow day!

Runner Up:  Haley J.3rd - Ahwahnee Fireplace (Haley J. 3-15-24)

858 points
Sitting by the Fire
Prize: 1-night stay

HJ: “our family had a great time in yosemite. we loved being able to warm up by one of the gigantic fireplaces in the Awahanee”

RC: This looks so cozy! Thank you for sharing!


Sledding by Alexa A.Rush Creek Snow Play (Alexa A. 1-5-24)

AA: “We loved staying at Rush Creek because it was so close to the entrance of Yosemite and our favorite place to play in the snow!”

RC: What a blast!


Spa Day by Elizabeth T.Dinner at the Spa (Elizabeth T. 3-8-24)

ET: “No dinner reservation? No problem! The spa has your back. Me and my fiancé LOVE ordering food while we sit back and relax. It’s truly a wonderful experience. Plus the Food here is the BEST!”

RC: Everyone take note! This is a genius idea, and such a great tip for others.


Sequoia Ninjas by Kim V.Giant Sequoia Ninjas (Kim V. 12-23-23)

KV: “Tyler took us and April (Evergreen Lodge employee) to the Giant Sequoia trees where we learned a lot and practiced our Ninja warrior skills, haha!”

RC: Who knew Tyler was a ninja instructor!? He continues to surprise us with his knowledge, and we really appreciate you giving him a shoutout.


Firefall by Stephen W.Firefall (Stephen W. 3-5-24)

SW: “Taken on March 5, when no one was on Yosemite’s valley floor. It’s not quite “Firefall,” but the natural phenomenon continues for a few days more. No crowd, no traffic and great hotel rates including at Rush Creek, which you can get to before dark after taking a photo like this.”

RC: Thank you for sharing your beautiful Firefall image!



Winter Photo Contest: The Magic of Spring in Yosemite

RCL: Thanks for all the love everyone!

Our new contest is underway – “The Magic of Spring in Yosemite” 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.

The Magic of Spring in Yosemite

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!