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!

You’re 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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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.


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!


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.


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!


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!


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.


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!