Backstage Passes to Yosemite at Evergreen and Rush Creek Lodges

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Looking to take a deep breath and disconnect? Stay at Evergreen Lodge, established in 1921 just a mile from the park's Hetch Hetchy Entrance. Or head to Rush Creek Lodge, its sister property, located less than a mile from the Big Oak Flat Entrance. 

Wine Tasting and Wellness

BOGA boarding at Rush Creek Lodge

Photo by Jim Brewer Photography courtesy of Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite

Some of Napa’s coolest winemakers visit Rush Creek year round where the chef pairs food with the featured wines, many of them boutique. Packages include lodging, breakfast, and nightly food and wine pairings starting at just $700 per person for the weekend. In winter, snowshoe through pristine snow in giant sequoia groves and return to Rush Creek for an evening of wine and food. Rush Creek and Evergreen offer massage, energy work and yoga. Boga board workouts take place at the Rush Creek pool. 

Yosemite Giant Sequoia Grove Snowshoeing

Photo by Kim Carroll Photography courtesy of Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite

Hike and Fish in Hidden Yosemite Secret

Spend the day exploring the Hetch Hetchy area’s incredible waterfalls and granite domes, considered some of Yosemite’s best-kept secrets. Evergreen Lodge is just one mile from the Hetch Hetchy Entrance. Thirty-eight miles from the Yosemite Valley, Hetch Hetchy sits at 3,900 feet, which makes for a long hiking season since it is lower (and thereby warmer) than Yosemite Valley. Both Evergreen and Rush Creek offer guided services, be it fly fishing or hikes, or their professional guides will offer you advice on what to explore.

Waterfall in the Hetch Hetchy area of Yosemite

Photo by Kim Carroll Photography courtesy of Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite

Unplug and Reconnect

Swim or soak in the lodges’ salt-water pools and hot tubs. Then, enjoy incredible locally sourced food followed by s’mores around the campfire. “Our approach to food is a genuine love and passion for cooking what’s available and being creative,” says Teri Marshall, the lodge’s marketing director, noting the chefs accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free patrons. At Evergreen you’ll truly enjoy what’s absent: there are no TVs or Wi-Fi in the rooms. Instead, each room comes stocked with board games like Yahtzee.

The salt water pool at Evergreen Lodge

Courtesy Evergreen Lodge

Avoid Traffic When Visiting Yosemite

Stay at either lodge to avoid the park’s epic traffic and lack of parking. At Evergreen, you’re close to Hetch Hetchy, the least visited park entrance. And at Rush Creek, you can leave your car behind to really experience the park. From mid-May through September, Rush Creek serves as a YARTS stop, the regional public bus system, with three trips to and from Yosemite Valley daily. It’s an amazing value – in 2017, it cost only $10 round trip for each adult, which included park admission. An accompanying child under 12 rides for free. 

For more information:

Rush Creek Lodge
(209) 379-2373
34001 Highway 120, Groveland, California 95321

Evergreen Lodge
(209) 379-2606
Highway 120 West Entrance
33160 Evergreen Road, Groveland, California 95321