Yosemite Valley View (Tyler Glass)Yosemite Valley and Merced River in Winter (Emily R.)Yosemite Custom Group Tour Tunnel View Selfie (Teri Marshall)Welcome to Rush Creek (Drew O.)Rush Creek Winter S'mores (Corey Marfitt)Dinner Cheers with Winemaker Julie Johnson (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Game Room Vintage Bubble Hockey (Teri Marshall)Hot Tub Snowball Fight (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Vista Trail Morning Selfie (Teri Marshall)Rush Creek Spa Granite Waterfall Mineral Hot Tub (Kim Carroll)2023/2024 New Year’s Celebration

December 29th, 2023 – January 2nd, 2024

enhance your stay with our new offering!

This year we’re offering a new New Year’s Eve Bundle that includes New Year’s Eve Dinner and a colorful craft for each person in your party, plus some of our favorite sentimental gift items. You’ll see the option to add the New Year’s Eve Bundle to your reservation after you’ve selected your room and stay dates.

Stunning Yosemite Scenery

Yosemite sets the stage for a calming close to 2023 and an inspired launch into 2024 with this amazing celebration for the New Year!

This time of year you can often feel like you have the entire Park to yourself, and the sparkle of glistening snow on Yosemite’s scenic wonders is nothing short of magical. You really do have to see it for yourself in order to appreciate it fully.

With our location at Yosemite’s doorstep, next to the Highway 120 West entrance to the Park, Rush Creek is the ideal basecamp for exploring Yosemite’s iconic attractions.

Upon arrival, you can visit our Recreation Desk in the Guest Lounge for insider tips and free planning advice for your ideal romp through the Park, or leave the driving and the details to us on one of our professionally guided excursions.  We cover the gambit from light sightseeing such as our Range of Light Yosemite Valley Tour to exceptional seasonal treasures like our Giant Sequoia Hike/Snowshoe and much more. Oh, and did you know you can take a Flight Tour over Yosemite? Yes, you can!

Prefer to Plan Ahead?

We get it, and our Recreation team is here for you.  Simply email [email protected] and one of our friendly Rec experts will reach out to you.

Rush Creek Food & Fun!

Our recipe for the best New Year’s celebration ever starts with a warm Rush Creek welcome, and includes a fabulous dinner, a champagne toast, and late-night shenanigans hosted by our party DJ in the Tavern.

We top it off with breathtaking Yosemite adventures, daily activities for all ages back at the lodge, including free fireside s’mores every night – with no hidden Resort Fees!

Check out the full list of fun here in our December Recreation Calendar.

You’ll have a ball in our classic game room stocked with Billiards, Shuffleboard, Vintage-inspired Bubble Hockey, a sprawling indoor Tree House climbing gym suitable for both kids and kids-at-heart, to name a few.

We also really love an invigorating walk on one of our local hiking trails, then chilling out by a warm fire in our cozy Guest Lounge filled with comfy chairs and couches, games and books, plus our friendly Recreation Desk staff who just love to talk about all things Yosemite!

Did someone say Spa?

Oh yes, we did.

As if Yosemite and the Lodge itself weren’t enough, you can take your New Year celebration to a whole new level with some playful relaxation in our Yosemite-inspired Spa.

Yes, we just said “playful relaxation” and you will understand it if you choose some Spa Day Use or Treatments.  We’ve literally seen grown-ups giggle, and kids love the Family Friendly Day Spa time from 9am – 11am daily.

From the Granite Waterfall Mineral Hot Tub in the Spa’s heated outdoor lounge, to the Warm Waterfall Coves, Himalayan Salt Block Sauna, Aromatherapy Steam Room and soothing Sensory Room, prepare to be amazed! (Keep scrolling for a lovely video that does so much more than words can do.)

One thing is for sure, we’ve got endless ways to celebrate and create a memorable holiday that will warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.

For best service, please reach out to us directly by calling 209-379-2373 or emailing [email protected] for answers to any questions or to make your reservation.

You can also book online here on our website:

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Note: In addition to indoor dining, the kitchen offers great food for takeout, and the Tavern and General Store provide terrific beverage service, all to be enjoyed in a variety of outdoor settings, in your room or on your private deck.  You are welcome to wander freely!


Bed & Breakfast

This popular package provides the perfect kickstart to your day with a hearty mountain breakfast in our Restaurant, complete with freshly home baked good courtesy of our resident baker. See details on our B&B page or choose the “Bed and Breakfast Package Rate” when booking your room on this site.

Guided Tours

In keeping with Rush Creek’s values, you are encouraged to visit the Recreation Desk in the Guest lounge for free planning advice from our team of local experts. We’ve got plenty of maps and ideas for parties of all abilities and interests.

Or, maybe you’d prefer to let someone else take the wheel so you can kick back and enjoy the ride? Yes, you can!  We offer dozens of professionally guided excursions that will surprise and delight you. Visit our EXPLORE adventure planning page for ideas.

Upgrades & Fun Extras

From Spa Day Use passes to day hiker basics to kid favorites, you can add on all sorts of fun extras as you complete your room reservation on this website.

2023/2024 New Year’s Eve Details

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Family Fun in the Guest Lounge (Kim Carroll)Group Game Room Fun (Skyler Greene)Rush Creek Giant Net Swing (Rosemary D.)Giant Outdoor Chess at Sunset (Anita H.)Giant Sequoia Snowshoe Selfie (Kim Carroll)The fun begins with our December Recreation Calendar featuring daily activities for all ages, recommended Hikes & Tours, Spa Day Use and Wellness, and there are plenty more surprises in store over New Year’s weekend, including a New Year’s Celebration to ring in the new year!

Cozy up to a warm fire for guest favorites such as Yosemite Trivia, Bingo, Nature Talks and Storytime.

Then head over to our classic game room for some billiards, foosball, shuffleboard, or climb through our indoor tree house.

For outdoor fun, you’ll find plenty of games throughout our 20-acre hillside property.

Giant Checkers and Connect Four, Bocce, Corn Hole, and Zip Lines abound.

Plus we’ve got several miles of local hiking trails in the forest surrounding the lodge.

Winter is an ideal time in Yosemite, when you can often feel as though you have the Park all to yourself.  Yosemite’s scenery in glistening snow is positively magical.

You can relax and let our friendly professional guides do the driving on one of our Yosemite National Park Tours, or visit the Recreation Desk in the Guest Lounge for free planning advice and local insights for your ideal adventure on your own.

For New Year’s Eve, Chef has planned a gorgeous 3-course dinner designed to please every palate.   Think Smoked Duck Leg, Bison Ribeye Oscar, Panettone Bread Pudding from our in-house baker, and more deliciousness. See the full menu here.

Our midnight champagne toast will be followed by late-night fun with our party DJ in the Tavern.

At some point in your stay, you’ll want to take a look at our one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor Spa, filled with innovative amenities inspired by our favorite Yosemite experiences.

From our Warm Waterfall Coves and Granite Waterfall Hot Tub, to the Aromatherapy Steam Room and custom Sensory Room, we’ve created surprising spaces for playful relaxation and quiet contemplation.

We offer an enticing menu of Spa Treatments and luxurious enhancements.

Our sense of adventure continues in the Spa this month with Colorpuncture, a new non-invasive combination of light, color, crystal, sound and induction therapy to improve your physical and mental state.

Click over to our Spa pages to see options for individual massage treatments and private day use that will make this your best New Year yet.

With Yosemite as the star of the show this New Year, you’ll want to talk with our Recreation Team about the best adventures for your party.  You can visit the Recreation Desk in the Guest Lounge any time for free planning advice on everything from easy local hikes to epic Yosemite explorations.

You can also check out dozens of professionally guided adventures in our Explore planner.  We’ve got everything from leisurely tours of Yosemite’s iconic sites to snowshoe adventures among groves of Giant Sequoia trees.

Our Rec Team is also happy to help you with daily rental of gear like snowshoes or trekking poles.

For expert advice from the team ahead of time, it’s great to email them at [email protected], and they’ll get back to you promptly.

Happy trails!

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NOTE: When you arrive, we’ll provide a detailed itinerary that includes all of the week’s activities and times.