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October 11 – November 22, 2021

Fall is a favorite time of year in Yosemite for visitors who like to experience crisp, clean air, colorful displays of changing leaves, and quiet moments on the roads and trails throughout the region.

If you’re looking for the ultimate Staycation, this is the place.  Not only do we offer Fall discounts, but we also provide free Wi-Fi, free parking, free access to all our outdoor play areas (even the ziplines and our new Nature Trails), and free daily activities for all ages.  No Resort Fees or other hidden fees.  So you can ‘work from home’ or do your ‘distance learning’ in the morning, then head out to play in the afternoon and evening.

Discounts vary depending on room type and time of stay:

  • October 11 – November 18, save 25% off Sundays – Thursdays
  • November 23 – 27, join us for Thanksgiving festivities

The details for this Yosemite Fall discount are simple:

  • Reserve through RushCreekLodge.com or by calling 209-379-2373 or emailing [email protected]
  • No promo code needed – the Fall Savings discount will show in your search results on this site, or you can ask for it when you call or email us directly.
  • Offer is subject to availability, has no cash value, may not be combined with other offers, and is not valid for groups of 10 or more.

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Reset in Yosemite.

Yosemite is the perfect place to hit the reset button. Fall is one of the most peaceful times of year in Yosemite. You can often feel like you have the park all to yourself. With both the Merced and Tuolumne Groves of Giant Sequoias just a few minutes drive from the lodge, it’s easy to find serenity and peace of mind on any trail.  Or visit the lesser-traveled section of Yosemite National Park, Hetch Hetchy, to hike along the reservoir to Wapama Falls to drink in more of nature’s refreshing qualities.

And of course, our friendly Recreation team is here to help you find the way. Whether you’d like to explore on your own or try one of our entertaining and informative professionally guided adventures, our team is ready to help. Consider us your backstage pass to Yosemite!

Relax at Rush Creek

Take it easy by the fire in our cozy Guest Lounge, play around in our Game Room, or hang out and keep an eye on sports on the big screens in Rush Creek’s Tavern.

Our heated saltwater pool is open year-round unless of course, Mother Nature tells us otherwise.  Watching the sunset from the comfort of our saltwater hot tub is a guest favorite!  Don’t forget our daily activities, including our nightly tradition of roasting s’mores by the outdoor fire.

At our new Spa, you have access to massage treatments and options for Private Day Use of the innovative amenities inspired by Yosemite’s natural elements. You’ll be sure to return from your Yosemite adventure refreshed and ready for whatever daily life may throw at you.

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No strings attached!

You don’t need a promo code.

You’ll see the option to choose the “Fall Savings” discounted rate when making your room reservation on our website. Or ask for the “Fall Savings” discount when calling us at (209)379-2373 or emailing us at [email protected].

Naturally, this offer is for discounts off of our standard rates,  has no cash value, may not be combined with other offers, and does not apply to groups of 10 or more.  As our rooms fill up, the discounts dwindle, so book early for the best rates possible.

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By the way, our sister property, the Evergreen Lodge, also has Yosemite Fall discounts and is an equally great base camp for an awesome Staycation.  They’re just down the road near the Hetch Hetchy entrance to Yosemite National Park.  Click here for Evergreen Lodge details…

Right now, it’s all about the ultimate Yosemite Road Trip, and Yosemite’s got the wide-open spaces, trails, rivers, and swimming holes for a classic California road trip.

Keep scrolling for our ideal Yosemite itinerary. We know the key to a successful road trip is planning all the details which are why we’ve taken care of that part for you! Our Yosemite itinerary includes activity suggestions and fun insider tips to enjoy the park, even without a Day Pass!


The Ideal Yosemite Fall Roadtrip

DAY 1: FUN AT THE LODGE

With your scenic drive to Yosemite in the rearview mirror, it’s time to settle in at the lodge and let the good times roll! Visit our recreation deck for insider tips on where to find the best fall color. 

Nature Trails

Stretch your legs on one of our 3 Hiking Trails in the forest adjacent to Rush Creek. The Nature Trail, The Vista Trail, and The Adventure Trail offer something memorable for all ability levels, including fresh mountain air and stunning views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Pool Time

Our heated saltwater swimming pools and hot tubs are open all year long. Warm-up and relax while stargazing amongst cozy fire pits surrounding the entire Pool Area. 

Dinner

Rush Creek Pool Area by Night (Kim Carroll)

Belly up to the bar, cozy up in your own booth, make new friends at the communal table, or hang out on the terrace overlooking the pool area. The big screens at the Tavern are your connection to sports broadcasts throughout the year. The Tavern is also your friendly hub for late-night entertainment, including themed parties, karaoke, and all sorts of fun that you just won’t find at most Yosemite restaurants. We don’t mind telling you that we’re proud of our selection of local craft brews, and our signature cocktails and desserts that change with the seasons are memorable and delicious.

S’mores & Stargazing

As the sun begins to set, enjoy our nightly tradition of complimentary s’mores by our outdoor fire pits, and watch the night sky begin to reveal a spectacular display of stars, unlike anything you’ll ever see among bright city lights.

DAY 2: YOSEMITE VALLEY OR HIGH COUNTRY

Time to explore the wide-open spaces of Yosemite!

Breakfast

Fuel up for the day’s adventures with a hearty mountain breakfast from our Restaurant served in our outdoor dining areas.  Then head over to our General Store to pack your trail lunch for the day with our freshly-made sandwiches and wraps, delicious salad medleys, and other tasty provisions.

Yosemite Valley or High Country

These days you have several different options for entering one of the most iconic areas of Yosemite National Park: Yosemite Valley.

  • Participate in one of our partial or full-day excursions, all with guaranteed Park entry. See the wide array of tours, hikes, and other adventures in our online trip planner at www.RushCreekLodge.com/Explore or email our Recreation Desk at [email protected]
  • Drive your own vehicle, but be sure to leave before 10 am to avoid traffic. Day Use Entry Tickets are no longer needed as of September 30th.

Our expert Recreation Guides recommend Mono Pass, Glen Aulin, High Country Naturalist tour, Mt Hoffman, and Mt Dana for amazing fall foliage views. You can reserve one of these guided excursions with them here.

If you’ve already been to Yosemite Valley and would like to visit the pristine and magnificent Yosemite High Country and Tuolumne Meadows, you can join one of our professionally guided adventures, or stop by our rec desk to help you plan your ideal setting.

Fun at the Lodge

After an amazing day exploring Yosemite, enjoy let the fun continue at the lodge. Let your competitive side out with our wide array of outdoor games like shuffleboard, table tennis, giant connect four, bocce ball, and more. Or maybe you’d like to indulge in a massage to soothe your muscles so you’ll be ready for your next day of adventures.

Dinner

Rush Creek’s culinary team continues to serve delicious menu items you can enjoy in any of our outdoor dining areas or back at your room in the privacy of your own deck. The kitchen is buzzing with energy, putting out amazing dishes to end your day on a high note with freshly prepared items like our Smoked Trout Melt with Havarti and Pepperoncini’s on Rye, or Grilled King Salmon with Bok Choy, Soy Glazed Shiitake Mushrooms and Yuzu Ginger Butter. Believe it or not, our Crispy Fried Cauliflower with Sweet Chili Sauce and Sesame Seeds turned out to be a hit! 

Chose the restaurant or keep it casual at the tavern. 

S’mores & Stargazing

Individually packaged s’mores await you to end your day in Yosemite in the sweetest way possible. Once the sun sets, our heated saltwater pool is the perfect place for stargazing with an unobstructed view of the night sky. Insider Tip: Check in with the Recreation Team to see which stars or planets are particularly visible during your visit.

Relax and Unwind Rush Creek Lodge Spa Entry Rendering

Pamper yourself after your Yosemite adventures and indulge in the 5,000 square foot Rush Creek Spa.  Imagination has taken form with Warm Waterfall Coves, Aromatherapy Steam Room, and Himalayan Salt Sauna leading to a Cool Mist Room and an innovative Sensory Room that will genuinely transform you. Our indoor/outdoor spa is filled with innovative elements inspired by the natural beauty and power of Yosemite, with our signature spa treatments integrating a combination of stone, sound, scent, and warmth.

DAY 3: YOSEMITE’S HETCH HETCHY RESERVOIR

After a refreshing night’s sleep, get excited to begin the journey to a lesser-traveled part of Yosemite, the Hetch Hetchy region.

Breakfast

Our General Store is brewing up your favorite coffee order along with seasonal specials to get you energized for your day of hiking and exploring. From freshly-made yogurt parfaits to house-made breakfast burritos and coffee cakes, we’ve got all your favorite grab-and-go breakfast fixings to make even the pickiest of eaters satisfied.

Hetch Hetchy Day Hike

Hetch Hetchy is one of Yosemite’s hidden gems, offering a variety of options from easy day hikes to strenuous backpacking excursions. The easy 2.5 miles (each way) trail to Wapama Falls is a favorite for adults and children alike. This trail, which runs through a rock tunnel and then along the north side of the reservoir, allows visitors to experience the true power and majesty of the Hetch Hetchy waterfalls. Hetch Hetchy does not require a Day Use Entry Ticket.

Evergreen Lodge

On your way back to Rush Creek, you’ll pass through the historic Evergreen Lodge who’s celebrating their Centennial, cheers to 100! Check out our 100 Ways to Celebrate Our 100th list in honor of our birthday. Stop in their General Store for snacks and beverages as a tasty way to round out your afternoon. You’re welcome to wander freely and play around – try out the new Forest Disc Golf Course!

Dinner

We know firsthand how Yosemite activities create robust appetites, and the culinary team at Rush Creek Lodge is eager to satisfy your hunger and tempt your taste buds with fresh and hearty California mountain lodge cuisine. Tonight is your night to fill up on favorite seasonal menu items and maybe try something unexpected like our Smoked Salmon Rillette or Thai Coconut Curry Veggies.

Evening Activities

By now you’ve fallen in love with your favorite Rush Creek activities, but why not try something new to wrap up your time with us with an activity you can put on your shelf and be reminded of forever! Glassblowing with our resident expert or having a Paint Party is a great way to close out your time with us and the best part is, you get to take your creation home with you!

DAY 4: CARLON FALLS DAY HIKE

Explore like a local on your last morning with us at Carlon Falls, just a few miles down the road, and a local favorite.

Breakfast

After you’ve grabbed one of your favorite hot breakfast items or your usual coffee order from our General Store, you’ll be ready to squeeze in one last hike.

Carlon Falls

Once on the trail, you’ll actually be walking right into Yosemite National Park, making this a true hidden treasure that few Yosemite visitors ever see. You can choose to do a short and easy 1-hour walk along the South Fork of the Tuolumne River. The trail follows the South Fork of the Tuolumne River, taking you through a variety of lush foliage, pools, and cascading falls.

On the Road Again…

If you’re leaving Rush Creek Lodge using Highway 120 West, you’ll pass through the charming Old West town of Groveland. You may want to stop by a locally loved coffee shop, Mountain Sage Coffee & Nursery, where you can sip on lovingly prepared beverages and home-baked goods in their enchanting gardens. You’ll also love the art gallery featuring incredible images and stories created by local photographer, naturalist, and all-around great guy, Robb Hirsch, who also leads our photography workshops in Yosemite.