Yosemite Vacation Packages & Special Offers

This Way to BreakfastBed & Breakfast Package

Start each day of your Yosemite adventure with a hearty mountain breakfast as part of our convenient Bed and Breakfast packages. Packages start at $283 per night and include lodging and the freedom to order any entree from our full breakfast menu plus your choice of juice and custom brewed coffee or tea.

Rush Creek Lodge Villa Balcony (Kim Carroll)bed & breakfast packageBreakfast in the Restaurant (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Outdoor Dining (Kim Carroll)

the perfect kickstart

Add a hearty mountain breakfast to each morning of your stay, as the perfect kickstart to your Yosemite adventure. After enjoying a cup of custom brewed coffee as you take in the mountain views from your balcony, you can join us in our full-service Restaurant (or Tavern) where Chef Lemens has crafted a breakfast buffet sure to satisfy your tastebuds and fuel your day’s adventures.

Enjoy a variety of entrées like gourmet French Toast, Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole, house-made pastries and baked goods and more on our main breakfast buffet menu. We also have a great selection of a la carte dishes like our customizable Lodge Omelet and Buttermilk Pancakes if you need more variety.

Our rotating seasonal dishes include everything from Country Style Eggs Benedict and Dutch Baby Pancakes to Corned Beef Hash and Biscuits and Gravy. From savory to sweet, appetites of all varieties will be satisfied and ready to hit the trail for whatever adventure awaits you in Yosemite.

As always we’re happy to accommodate a wide variety of special food needs. You’ll find vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu items, and you’re welcome to talk to your server about modifications to fit your needs at each meal.

To book this package, no promotional code is needed and there are no blackout dates.  Simply reserve the room or Yosemite villa that fits your party best, then select the Bed & Breakfast Package option as you complete your reservation.

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Packages start as low as $283 per night for two adults. Package components apply to all members of the party included in the lodging reservation.

Giant Checkers and Connect Four (Kim Carroll)Yosemite Summer Road Trips

We’ve set the stage for the ultimate Summer Road Trip by taking care of the details of your stay so that you can focus on enjoying your epic summer adventure in Yosemite. Whether it’s a planned girls’ getaway or a last-minute weekend adventure with your family, there is no special occasion required!

Tree Ring Fun with Woman Posing (Kim Carroll Photography)Sunset Vista Happy Hour (Kim Carroll)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 is 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!

Select the Book Now button above or below, enter your dates and you’ll see the Best Available Rate which includes any available discounts.

You’re also welcome to call (209)379-2373 or email us at [email protected] for local assistance with reservations and trip planning advice.

Group of Friends Sitting doing Yoga on Sunset Deck (Kim Carroll Photography)Yosemite Valley View Selfies (Kim Carroll Photography)

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RANGE OF OPTIONS

Given the grand nature of Rush Creek Lodge, guests are often surprised to find out that it was created by two Bay Area dads who continue to operate the lodge in a way that they like to share with their own family and friends (while using business as a force for good).

That’s why you’ll find that your room reservation has what you need for a spectacular Yosemite adventure, with no hidden Resort Fees.  From basics such as free parking and free Wi-Fi, to Pool Area access and use of the Fitness Center, to more robust delights like the Daily Activities organized by our onsite Recreation Team throughout our indoor and outdoor play areas, including everyone’s favorite – nightly fireside s’mores roasting! Plus, miles of nature trails in the adjacent forest.

That said, we know sometimes you want a few options to make things a touch more convenient, or a just hint extra.

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.


Ideal Yosemite Road Trip Itinerary

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!

Rush Creek Vista Point Trail (Matthew F.)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 saltwater swimming pool and pool bar are open or relax poolside with your party in the shade of one of our umbrellas or catch some sun rays.

Dinner Poolside

With our Poolside BBQ menu, you can casually roll into the evening with tasty hot meals including our California BBQ and Taco Truck BBQ.

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.

  • Yosemite Fall SunriseParticipate in one of our partial or full-day excursions, all with guaranteed Park entry. See the wide array of Yosemite National Park tours, hikes, and other adventures in our online trip planner at www.RushCreekLodge.com/Explore or email our Recreation Desk at [email protected]
  • For a more budget-friendly yet comfortable way to enjoy the ride to/from Yosemite Valley, the YARTS buses stop at Rush Creek, cost only $14 round trip for an Adult, and include Park entry for both the rider and an accompanying minor at no extra charge.

Tenaya Lake High Country TourIf 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 drive your own vehicle.

Fun at the Lodge

After an amazing day exploring Yosemite, enjoy the amenities at Rush Creek specifically designed to relax you after a long day.

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.

Wood Fire Oven (Kim Carroll)Dinner

Rush Creek’s culinary team continues to serve delicious menu items you can enjoy in any of our 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 Lamb Shawarma with Pepperoncini’s on Pita, 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 is always a hit!

S’mores & Stargazing

Individually packaged s’mores await you to end your day in Yosemite 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.

DAY 3: YOSEMITE’S HETCH HETCHY RESERVOIRWild Flowers at Hetch Hetchy (Jamie A.)

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.

Yosemite Hetch Hetchy View (Kim Carroll 3-17.77)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.

Evergreen Lodge

On your way back to Rush Creek, you’ll pass through the historic Evergreen Lodge where you can 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 Cioppino or Thai Coconut Curry Veggies.

 Paint Party Family PhotoEvening 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 OR SWIM

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 FallsCarlon 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, or make a day of it and hike all the way up past the series of waterfalls and swimming holes. 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.

For information on our lodge’s enhanced cleaning and service protocols, visit our Clean & Safe program page.

Advance reservations required. Certain restrictions may apply. Pricing does not include tax or gratuity.  You can book this package online, by calling 209-379-2373 or emailing us at [email protected].

Rush Creek Outdoor Play Areas (Kim Carroll)Yosemite Late Summer Savings

Late summer opens up for special discounts and lower rates.
August 13th to August 31st and September 4th to October 5th save up to 10% off weekdays
The sooner you book, the more you save!

Yosemite late Summer Savings

As the summer gives way to fall in Yosemite, you can find some surprisingly nice deals on lodging and enjoy access to an amazing array of amenities and activities at Rush Creek.

enjoy more Yosemite Late Summer Savings – Up to 10% OffRush Creek Outdoor Play Areas (Kim Carroll)

The Sooner You Book, The More You Save!

August 13th to 19th and September 4th to October 5th save up to 10% off weekdays (except Labor Day).

Simply select the Best Available Rate when you book online here and you’ll receive the maximum possible discount

You’re also welcome to call (209)379-2373 or email us at [email protected] for local assistance with reservations and trip planning advice.

Naturally, this offer is subject to availability, has no cash value, and may not be combined with other offers. We do not charge additional hidden Resort fees.  You'll receive free parking, free Wi-Fi and free access to all lodge amenities.

IDEAL YOSEMITE ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

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!

Rush Creek Vista Point Trail (Matthew F.)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 saltwater swimming pool and pool bar are open or relax poolside with your party in the shade of one of our umbrellas or catch some sun rays.

Dinner Poolside

With our Poolside Bar menu, you can casually roll into the evening with Pina Colada, Blackberry Mojitos, mocktail smoothies and so much more.

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 COUNTRYYosemite Tunnel View (Kim Carroll)

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.

  • Yosemite Fall SunriseParticipate in one of our partial or full-day excursions, all with guaranteed Park entry. See the wide array of Yosemite National Park tours, hikes, and other adventures in our online trip planner at www.RushCreekLodge.com/Explore or email our Recreation Desk at [email protected]
  • For a more budget-friendly yet comfortable way to enjoy the ride to/from Yosemite Valley, the YARTS buses stop at Rush Creek, cost only $14 round trip for an Adult, and include Park entry for both the rider and an accompanying minor at no extra charge.

Tenaya Lake High Country TourIf 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 drive your own vehicle.

Fun at the Lodge

After an amazing day exploring Yosemite, enjoy the amenities at Rush Creek specifically designed to relax you after a long day.

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.

Wood Fire Oven (Kim Carroll)Dinner

Rush Creek’s culinary team continues to serve delicious menu items you can enjoy in any of our 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 our 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 is always a hit!

S’mores & Stargazing

Rush Creek Stargazing (Kim Carroll 9-17_303 4800)

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.

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.

BreakfastRush Creek Lodge Breakfast (Kim Carroll)

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.

Yosemite Hetch Hetchy View (Kim Carroll 3-17.77)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.

Evergreen Lodge

On your way back to Rush Creek, you’ll pass through the historic Evergreen Lodge where you can 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 Cioppinno or Thai Coconut Curry Veggies.

 Paint Party Family PhotoEvening 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 OR SWIM

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

BreakfastRush Creek General Store Barista (Kim Carroll)

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 FallsCarlon 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, or make a day of it and hike all the way up past the series of waterfalls and swimming holes. 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.

For information on our lodge’s enhanced cleaning and service protocols, visit our Clean & Safe program page.

Advance reservations required. Certain restrictions may apply. Pricing does not include tax or gratuity.  You can book this package online, by calling 209-379-2373 or emailing us at [email protected].

The Fun is Just Beginning

We offer an array of guided recreation trips tailored to the season, including naturalist hikes and sightseeing tours of Yosemite. The best part is that when you book one of our guided trips, you’ll have guaranteed access to the park with your guide leading the way to the best-hidden gems of Yosemite.

Treat yourself to a personal ‘reset’ with the help of our professional massage therapists in our new Spa.

We have fun activities for kids and adults alike that vary slightly day to day, including:

  • Socially distant campfires and free s’mores!
  • Arts and crafts projects
  • Bingo!
  • Educational nature talks
  • Stargazing
  • Glass blowing
  • Board games to take back to your room or enjoy in our Guest Lounge

Our Pool Bar and heated saltwater swimming pool are open responsibly, and there are plenty of outdoor spaces to relax or play.

We hope to welcome you to Yosemite for some fresh air, inspiring scenery, and warm hospitality.

Happy Trails!

Yosemite Fall Savings

This fabulous Fall getaway includes free Wi-Fi, daily activities for all ages, colorful displays of changing leaves, and quiet moments on the roads and trails throughout the region. No Resort Fees.
The sooner you book, the more you save.

Yosemite Fall SunriseHetch Hetchy Reservoir (Matthew J.)Rush Creek Hillside Villa Sleeping Area (Kim Carroll)Fall Leaves in Yosemite (Sugar & Stamps)

Rush Creek Poolside Sunset (Takashi Y.)

Exclusive YOsemite Fall savings

The Sooner You Book, The More You Save!

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.

Keep scrolling for an ideal Yosemite Fall itinerary filled with local insights, or check out our latest blog post on Yosemite Fall Travel Trends!

This Fall we’re offering you exclusive access to 20% off our best available rates on select dates for non-holiday stays through the end of the year. The sooner you book the more you save, with Promo Code WIN23 when booking your new reservation directly online this site.

You’re also welcome to call (209)379-2373 or email us at [email protected] for local assistance with reservations and trip planning advice.

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*Offer valid for new reservations booked direct with the lodge only and subject to availability; not valid for third party reservations, parties of 10 or more, and may not be combined with other offers.

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.

It’s Easy, We Promise.

You don’t need any special booking code to redeem this discounted rate.

Selecting the Book Now button above or below, enter your dates and you’ll see the Best Available Rate which includes any available discounts.

The usual terms apply…the discount may not be combined with other offers, has no cash value, is subject to availability, and not valid for groups of 10 or more.

Discounts vary based on the room type selected, and those who book earliest get the biggest discounts – as we start filling up, the discounts dwindle.

You can also call us at (209)379-2373 or email us at [email protected] for answers to questions or to make your reservation.

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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 vacation.  They’re just down the road near the Hetch Hetchy entrance to Yosemite National Park.  Click here for Evergreen Lodge details…


The Ideal Yosemite Fall Road Trip

DAY 1: FUN AT THE LODGE

Fall in Yosemite

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

Stargazing at Rush Creek (Kim Carroll)

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!

BreakfastFall Color in Yosemite

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.

Note: Tioga Pass likely to close late fall/early winter due to weather conditions.

  • 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

Our expert Recreation Guides recommend the High Country Naturalist Tour, Mono Pass Hike and the Glen Aulin Hike 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 Recreation Desk to help plan your ideal setting.

Yosemite Valley Meadow Walk in Fall (Irene)

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 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 & StargazingNightly S'mores (Kim Caroll)

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

Hetch Hetchy Rancheria Creek Hike (Cathy P.)

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.

Evergreen Lodge

On your way back to Rush Creek, you’ll pass through the historic Evergreen Lodge, 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!

Yosemite Fall Path

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 Cioppino 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! Seasonal 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

Carlon Falls (Bryann Hoffman)

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.

Happy trails!

Yosemite Valley View on Range of Light Tour (Adam D.)Yosemite Facelift 2023

Yosemite Facelift 2023
Save 20% off weekday room rates
Trade trash for Spa treatments

Celebrating 20 Years of Yosemite Facelift!

Groveland Facelift September 9 – 10, 2023
Yosemite Facelift Mirror Lake 2022 (Teri M.)
Yosemite Facelift September 20 – 24, 2023

Save 10% Off Lodging, and Trade Trash for Spa Treatments!

We’re honored to partner with the Yosemite Climbing Association to bring stewardship and volunteerism to our favorite local areas.

Yosemite Facelift is an annual stewardship project started 20 years ago by Ken Yager.  He’s a thoughtful Yosemite climber and guide who just wanted all of us to enjoy Yosemite without careless litter ruining our visit and our beloved park.

Yosemite Facelift Bag 2021

Now, people of all ages and abilities come from all over the world to contribute anything from one hour of simple trail or roadside trash collection to several days of major  cleanups.

It’s grown into a week-long event that’s filled with fun and camaraderie that transcends all boundaries, and has found its way into more than 20 additional locations throughout America.

Yosemite Facelift has collected over a million pounds of random Yosemite trash in the past 20 years.

You can participate in person or virtually in your own neighborhood, but you do need to pre-register at yosemiteclimbing.org

If you’d like to stay with us for Facelift this year, we have two pieces of really good news for you…

save 10% off your room rateRush Creek Spa Magnesium Foot Soak (Kim Carroll)
Yosemite Facelift

September 4th through October 5th you can save up to 10% off weekdays with our Yosemite End of Summer discount.

Reservations are easy – no promo code needed. Simply select the Best Available Rate when you book online here and you’ll receive the maximum possible discount

You’re also welcome to call (209)379-2373 or email us at [email protected] for local assistance with reservations and trip planning advice.

Naturally, this offer is subject to availability, has no cash value, may not be combined with other offers, and is not available for groups of 10 or more people. We do not charge additional hidden Resort fees.  You'll receive free parking, free Wi-Fi and free access to extensive lodge amenities and activities.

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Trade Trash for Spa Treatments: Free Feet Detox

Rush Creek Spa Granite Waterfall Hot Tub (Kim Carroll)

Rush Creek Spa has created an exclusive ‘thank you’ experience for lodge guests participating in Facelift.  After contributing to the clean up effort, you’ll receive a complimentary magnesium foot soak at the Spa’s luxurious outdoor lounge, with access to the Spa’s Yosemite-inspired amenities. Simply call the Wellness Team at (209) 379-2425 to book your post-Facelift wellness treatment.

We hope to welcome you to Yosemite to enjoy some fresh air and warm hospitality while doing something good for our beautiful park.

Happy Trails!

Naturally, this offer is subject to availability, has no cash value, and may not be combined with other offers. We do not charge additional hidden Resort fees.  You'll receive free parking, free Wi-Fi and free access to all lodge amenities.

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Rush Creek Lodge Villa Deck Cheers (Kim Carroll)California Staycation

Your ultimate California Staycation package starts with fresh air, relaxation, outdoor adventure, breathtaking scenery, creature comforts, and lifelong memories are right at Yosemite’s doorstep.  Rush Creek is the ideal ‘home away from home’ for your staycation.

Rush Creek Lodge Aerial (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Villa Views (Kim Carroll Photography)King Sleeping Area, Sitting Area and Deck (Kiim Carroll)Rush Creek Outdoor Dining (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Outdoor Games (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Pool Area at Sunset (Kim Carroll)

Your ultimate California Staycation filled with fresh air, relaxation, outdoor adventure, breathtaking scenery, creature comforts, and lifelong memories are right at Yosemite’s doorstep.  Rush Creek is the ideal ‘home away from home’ for your staycation.

Rush Creek Lodge is a 3-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area along scenic Highway 120, the most direct route to Yosemite from the Bay Area, and open year-round. We are a superbly designed ‘destination within a destination,’ providing a relaxed yet sophisticated experience inspired by our 20-acre hillside setting adjacent to the Highway 120 West entrance to Yosemite National Park.

Rush Creek features a tastefully appointed mix of 143 Lodge Rooms and Hillside Yosemite Villas, as well as a variety of amenities for travelers including a Restaurant, Tavern, a saltwater pool, and two hot tubs, a game room, guest lounge, professionally guided adventures, and daily on-site activities.

The new Spa at Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite has been thoughtfully designed to mirror the wonders of Yosemite in a welcoming and innovative style, allowing every guest to choose their own journey towards relaxation, happiness, and rejuvenation.

Select the Book Now button above or below, enter your dates and you’ll see the Best Available Rate which includes any available discounts.

You’re also welcome to call (209)379-2373 or email us at [email protected] for local assistance with reservations and trip planning advice.

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RANGE OF OPTIONS

Given the grand nature of Rush Creek Lodge, guests are often surprised to find out that it was created by two Bay Area dads who continue to operate the lodge in a way that they like to share with their own family and friends (while using business as a force for good).

That’s why you’ll find that your room reservation has what you need for a spectacular Yosemite adventure, with no hidden Resort Fees.  From basics such as free parking and free Wi-Fi, to Pool Area access and use of the Fitness Center, to more robust delights like the Daily Activities organized by our onsite Recreation Team throughout our indoor and outdoor play areas, including everyone’s favorite – nightly fireside s’mores roasting! Plus, miles of nature trails in the adjacent forest.

That said, we know sometimes you want a few options to make things a touch more convenient, or a just hint extra.

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.

*Offer subject to availability, not valid on holidays or special events, has no cash value, and may not be combined with other offers.  Additional details are available at the bottom of this page.

One-night Deposit (including package items and tax) is required to guarantee the room. If reservation is canceled 7 or more day’s out, the Deposit will be refunded less $25 Cancellation Fee. If the reservation is canceled within 7 days of check-in, the Deposit will be forfeited. Any changes to the reservation are subject to a $25 Change Fee.

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Rush Creek Balcony Sunset Toast (Timothy S.)Upgrades and Fun Extras

Enhance your stay with our fun, memorable reservation upgrades and add-on packs. Surprise a loved one with a bottle of wine or a selection of local brew. Delight your children with a cozy stuffed animal or cool explorer gear. Add-on packs will be delivered to your room or villa the evening of check-in and are a welcome treat after a long journey.

Enhance your stay with our fun, memorable reservation upgrades and add-on packs. Surprise a loved one with a bottle of wine or a selection of local brew. Delight your children with a cozy stuffed animal or cool explorer gear. Add-on packs will be delivered to your room or villa the evening of check-in and are a welcome treat after a long journey.

If you’re interested in purchasing one or more of these upgrades, simply add them to your reservation when booking online or mention them to our reservationist if booking via phone or email. You can purchase any of the add-ons for other lodge guests as well by contacting our front desk by phone at 209-379-2373 or email at [email protected].


Hiker’s Trail Pack $55 

Explore Yosemite and its surrounding areas with our Hiker’s Trail Pack! Our hiker’s pack takes the guesswork out of your preparation because we’ve put together all the essentials for hitting the trail for you. Pack includes a trail mix container to fill in our general store with the items of your choice, 2 reusable Rush Creek souvenir water bottles, 2 nature identification cards, a map and guide to Yosemite Valley.


California Wine Pack (Kim Carroll)California Wine Pack $60

Calling all wine lovers! Our wine pack gives you a taste of local Yosemite wine grown by our favorite vineyard right down the road in Groveland; Yosemite Cellars.  Pack includes a bottle of red wine and two logoed Rush Creek Lodge wine glasses and a fine chocolate bar.  White wine or rosè available upon request, will not be Yosemite Cellars.

Please note you must be 21 or older to purchase this pack.


Local Brew Pack $50

California is at the epicenter of the beer revolution, so with our Local Beer Pack, you get to kick back with your feet up, and enjoy a California Craft Beer as you take in the mountain views right from your room. Our brew pack includes 2 – 19.2 oz beers, two Rush Creek logoed pint glasses and snack mix.

Please note you must be 21 or older to purchase this pack.


Romance Pack $55 

Looking for a romantic gift for your loved one? Romance is in the air the moment you enter your room here a Rush Creek Lodge with this package. Discover chocolates, a chilled bottle of bubbly, Rush Creek souvenir glasses and a special note to kick off your romantic getaway.

Please note you must be 21 or older to purchase this pack.


SNUGGLE TIME PACK $40Rush Creek Lodge Snuggle Pack

Make Rush Creek Lodge home away from home with this cozy sleepy time package. Your junior adventurer will be able to snuggle in for the night with a plush 12″ stuffed animal, relevant to our surroundings, and a beautifully illustrated children’s book. The package will be delivered to your room upon, or shortly after, your arrival.


KIDS ADVENTURE PACK $45Rush Creek Lodge Adventure Pack

Jump start your kiddo’s Yosemite adventures with these field essentials. Discovering will be a breeze with this explorer backpack stuffed with field identification cards and tools. The package will be delivered to your room upon, or just after, your arrival.


Glass blowing $85

Glass Blowing Pumpkins with Maggie Bean 2021

Join our expert glassblower for an exciting introduction to the art of hot glass blowing, while she guides you through the necessary steps required to make your own piece of glass art. No experience is necessary for this mesmerizing 1-3 session. Your blow glass piece will be available next day!

Appropriate for ages 8+, 15 and under require adult supervision, available May 4ht through October 29th, not on Tuesdays

Available May 4th through October 29th, 2023, not on Tuesdays


Spa day use $60Outdoor lounge at the Rush Creek Spa near Yosemite National Park.

Pamper yourself after a day of adventures and indulge in our indoor/outdoor spa filled with innovative elements inspired by the natural beauty and power of Yosemite. Our covered, heated outdoor spa area provides a cozy environment year-round with multiple water features, a relaxing lounge area, fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery.


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*All prices listed are before tax. Packages are only available for purchase prior to arrival. 

Outdoor Swing by Skyler Greene of Candy Mountain CollectiveCouples Spa Escape

Reserve your preferred lodging, then call or email our Wellness Team to add your Couples Spa Escape that includes massage treatments, foot soaks, beverages and snacks. (209) 379-2425 or [email protected]

Couples Spa Escape

The Rush Creek Spa at Rush Creek Lodge has been thoughtfully designed to mirror the wonders of Yosemite in a welcoming and innovative style, allowing every guest to choose their own journey towards relaxation, happiness and rejuvenation.

Rush Creek Spa Outdoor Relaxation Amenities (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Spa Massage Treatment Room (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Spa Warm Waterfall Cove (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Spa Outdoor Patio Granite Waterfall Hot Tub (Kim Carroll)Rush Creek Spa Aromatherapy Steam Room (Kim Carroll)

Couples Spa Escape

Elevate your Yosemite getaway with a Spa Escape that includes Spa Day Use, tasty beverages and snacks, soothing foot soaks, and a Swedish massage for you and a loved one.

One couple – $425

  • Two 50-minute Swedish massages (Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and other massage treatment upgrades available for an additional fee)
  • Two magnesium foot soaks
  • Complimentary champagne cocktails and Spa snacks

The Couples Spa Escape is absolutely amazing as it is, but if you’d like to extend your massage time or add treatment upgrades, you can see more details on additional treatment options here…

Additional food and beverage menu options are available here…

Details: 18% service charge added for goods and services provided. 100% non-refundable deposit required at time of booking.

Once you have booked your room, simply reach out to our Wellness Team at the Spa to reserve your Couples Spa Escape.
(209) 379-2425
[email protected]

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Your Ideal Journey through our Yosemite Spa Amenities

Start your Spa journey with our Warm Waterfall Coves, inspired by a day of playful relaxation at one of our favorite local swimming holes, where you can sit on Yosemite’s granite boulders while the falls cascade all around. We’ve taken that incredible feeling and added comfort and warmth, so you can enjoy your own version of playful relaxation with ease.

Next step into our Aromatherapy Steam Room, infused with lemongrass, eucalyptus and amber lighting for easy breathing and a variety of other health benefits.  Then move next door to our dry Himalayan Salt Block Sauna for increased blood flow and deeper relaxation.

Once you are warmed to the core, there’s nothing more refreshing than our Cool Mist Shower Room, emulating the cool mist spray of one of Yosemite’s iconic waterfalls.

In our one-of-a-kind Sensory Room, you can completely escape the world for quiet contemplation among soothing sounds synchronized with the slow ebb and flow of colorful ambient light while breathing in enchanting earthy aromas.

Emerge from the indoor relaxation area to the outdoor lounge area, a covered patio with heated floors and ambient heat for year-round enjoyment of the surrounding forest skyline through the seasons. Soak in the sounds and warmth of our Granite Waterfall flowing into a Mineral Infused Hot Tub.

To speak with the Wellness Team at Rush Creek Spa directly about treatment options, call (209) 379-2425 or email [email protected]. They’ll be delighted to help you create your ideal journey.

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Romantic Getaway (Candy Mountain Collective)Rush Creek Romantic Getaway

Who says romance is limited to Valentine’s Day? We made a deal with Cupid to continue to cast his spell in our Spa year round. Spend your days exploring Yosemite, while you relax back at the lodge in cozy spaces paired with tasty food and drinks. It’s the perfect mix of Yosemite mountain romance!

Romantic Getaway (Skyler Greene at Candy Mountain Collective)We have the perfect setup for an idyllic romantic mountain retreat. Spend your days exploring Yosemite, while you relax back at the lodge in cozy spaces paired with tasty food and drinks. It’s the perfect mix of Yosemite mountain romance!Sunset ToastCouple Enjoying Hot Tub (Skyler Greene at Candy Mountain Collective)

Enhance your romantic getaway

  • Escape to Rush Creek Spa for Day Use after a day of adventures and indulge in our indoor/outdoor spa filled with innovative elements inspired by the natural beauty and power of Yosemite.
  • Treat yourselves to a Couples Massage where our certified massage therapists help you find the perfect balance of relaxation and rejuvenation. Contact our Wellness Team at the Spa directly about Day Use and treatment options at (209) 379-2425 or [email protected] and they’ll be delighted to help you create your ideal journey.
  • Find tasty possibilities with our Romance Pack filled with chocolates, a chilled bottle of bubbly, Rush Creek souvenir glasses and a special note to kick off your romantic getaway.
  • For our wine lovers, our California Wine Pack gives you a taste of local Yosemite wine grown by our favorite vineyard right down the road in Groveland; Yosemite Cellars.

Select the Book Now button above or below, enter your dates and you’ll see the Best Available Rate which includes any available discounts. From there, you can select from our Upgrades and Fun Extras to take your trip to the next level.

You’re also welcome to call (209)379-2373 or email us at [email protected] for local assistance with reservations and trip planning advice.

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One-night Deposit (including package items and tax) is required to guarantee the room. If reservation is canceled 7 or more day’s out, the Deposit will be refunded less $25 Cancellation Fee. If the reservation is canceled within 7 days of check-in, the Deposit will be forfeited. Any changes to the reservation are subject to a $25 Change Fee.

Happy Snowshoeing at Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias (Kim Carroll)Yosemite Winter Road Trip Savings

Our Winter Savings discounts are up to 25% off, with nightly rates starting as low as $263 per night, plus tax. The sooner you book, the more you save. Here’s one of our ideal Yosemite Winter Road Trip Itineraries, filled with activities and fun insider tips to enjoy the park and some lesser-known vistas outside the park entrance gates as well.

Giant Sequoia Snowshoe Selfie (Kim Carroll)Half Dome and Merced River in WinterExploring the Snow Covered Valley (Christophe L.)Winter Wonderland Views (Erick T.)

The Earlier You Book, The More You Save!

Winter is a magical season in Yosemite. It tends to be a Yosemite fan favorite because there are far fewer park visitors and the snow-covered scenery is absolutely stunning.

Oh, and we can’t forget endless snowshoeing adventures. Whether you sign up for our full-day Guided Wonders of Yosemite Naturalist Hike or Snowshoe, or prefer to adventure on your own, we encourage you to set out on an epic winter adventure with us here at Rush Creek Lodge!

This winter we’re offering you exclusive access to 20% off our best available rates on select dates for non-holiday stays through March 15th. The sooner you book the more you save, with Promo Code WIN23 when booking your new reservation directly online this site.

For Spring stays between March 15th and May 23rd use code LEAP24 and receive a $100 in resort credit. Offer valid when booked by February 29th.

Reservations are easy, Simply select the Best Available Rate when you book online here  and use Promo Code WIN23 and you’ll receive the maximum possible discount.

You’re also welcome to call (209)379-2373 or email us at [email protected] for local assistance with reservations and trip planning advice.

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OFFER DETAILS

You don’t need any special booking code to redeem this discounted rate.

Selecting the Book Now button above or below, enter your dates and you’ll see the Best Available Rate which includes any available discounts.

The usual terms apply…the discount may not be combined with other offers, has no cash value, is subject to availability, and not valid for groups of 10 or more.

Discounts vary based on the room type selected, and those who book earliest get the biggest discounts – as we start filling up, the discounts dwindle.  Yes, it’s true, the early bird gets the worm!

You can also call us at (209)379-2373 or email us at [email protected] for answers to questions or to make your reservation.

Ideal Yosemite Winter Road Trip Itinerary

To make things nice and easy for you, here’s one of our ideal Yosemite Winter Road Trip Itineraries, filled with activities and fun insider tips to enjoy the park and some lesser-known vistas outside the park entrance gates as well.

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!

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. Stop by our Recreation Desk to rent a pair of snowshoes if the trails are snowy.

Pool Time

Our heated saltwater pool is open for day and night swimming , or try stargazing in our two saltwater hot tubs!

Dinner Poolside

You can casually roll into the evening by ordering to-go from the Restaurant with tasty hot meals including grilled cheese, Philly cheesesteak, delicious flatbreads, and more, in the comfort of our heated terrace.

S’mores & Stargazing

As the sun begins to set, bundle up in your favorite sweater to 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.

Rush Creek Family Breakfast (Kim Carroll Photography)Lower Yosemite Falls Trail on a Winter Day (Matt G.)DAY 2: YOSEMITE VALLEY

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

You have a few different options for entering one of the most iconic areas of Yosemite National Park: Yosemite Valley.

Fun at the Lodge

Game Room (Kim Carroll)

Wintery Spa Day in Heated Outdoor LoungeAfter an amazing day exploring Yosemite, enjoy the amenities at Rush Creek specifically designed to relax you after a long day.

Let your competitive side out with our wide array of indoor and outdoor games like classic board games, shuffleboard, table tennis, giant connect four, bocce ball, billiards, arcade games, foosball, 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 dining areas or back at your room in the privacy of your own deck, if conditions prohibit indoor dining. The kitchen is buzzing with energy, putting out amazing dishes to end your day on a high note with freshly prepared items like our Grilled King Salmon with Bok Choy, Soy Glazed Shiitake Mushrooms and Yuzu Ginger Butter or our Roasted Chicken Breast with farro risotto. Believe it or not, our Crispy Fried Cauliflower with Sweet Chili Sauce and Sesame Seeds is always a hit!

S’mores & StargazingGroup S'mores (Skyler Greene Oct. 22) 1200

Individually packaged s’mores await you to end your day in Yosemite 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!

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.

BreakfastRush Creek General Store Barista (Kim Carroll)

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.

Yosemite Hetch Hetchy View (Kim Carroll 3-17.77)Hetch Hetchy Day HikeYosemite Hetch Hetchy Spring Falls (Kim Carroll 3-17.51)

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 region even when the water isn’t flowing.

Paint Party Family Photo

Hot Tub Stargazing at the Evergreen - Kim CarrollEvergreen Lodge

On your way back to Rush Creek, you’ll pass through the historic Evergreen Lodge (note: annually closed January 1st – President’s Day weekend) where you can 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 Braised Short Rib 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! 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: GIANT SEQUOIA HIKE OR SNOWSHOEHappy Snowshoeing at Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias (Kim Carroll)Welcome to Rush Creek (Drew O.)

Explore like a local on your last morning with us at nearby Merced Grove or Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, 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.

Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias

Check-in with our Recreation Desk for help with directions and snowshoe rentals.  The Merced Grove trailhead is just about a 10-minute drive from the lodge, and the Giant Sequoias are about a one-mile hike or snowshoe walk in from the trailhead.  The stunning contrast of white snow against the reddish bark of the sequoias, the largest living species on earth, is like nothing you’ve ever seen.

If the sun is shining, get ready to dodge melting ‘snow bombs’ as they fall from the tops of the trees.  Beauty and comedy combined – what could be better?

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.

Happy trails!

RUSH CREEK LODGE AT-A-GLANCE

Rush Creek Lodge is a superbly designed ‘destination within a destination,’ located ½ mile from the Highway 120 West entrance of Yosemite National Park, California.

The first new Yosemite lodge in more than 25 years, Rush Creek provides a relaxed yet sophisticated experience inspired by the nature surrounding its 20-acre wooded hillside setting. Rush Creek features a mix of 143 Lodge Rooms, Suites, and Hillside Yosemite Villas, all with private decks, most with sunset views.

Amenities throughout the property are designed for kids and adults alike:

A sister property to the nearby Evergreen Lodge, Rush Creek provides the same warmth and genuine hospitality, and equally strong social and environmental missions. Our Yosemite resort is a 3-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area along scenic Highway 120, the most direct year-round route to Yosemite from the Bay Area.