Stay on the west edge of the park to take a deep breath and disconnect. Enjoy food and wine events. Hike on less-traveled paths. Swim and soak in salt water pools. Stay at Evergreen Lodge, established in 1921 just a mile from the park’s Hetch Hetchy Entrance. Or head to Rush Creek Lodge, its beautiful sister property, located less than a mile from the Big Oak Flat Entrance.
Relax at Rush Creek
Treat yourself to a relaxation day at Rush Creek Lodge, starting with a new full-service spa which is focused on the natural elements that make Yosemite so special: water, wood and stone. There’s warm waterfalls to sit under, mineral hot tubs, aromatherapy and sensory rooms and more. Flex your creativity with a glass blowing class on the Pool Bar deck, perfect for adults and even kids, ages eight and up. Both Rush Creek and Evergreen also offer energy work and yoga. Boga board workouts take place seasonally at the Rush Creek pool.
See a New Side of Yosemite
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. To see the park from a new perspective, book a Yosemite Flight Tour through either lodge. An off-duty fire-fighting plane will take you soaring over El Capitan, Half Dome and Yosemite’s backcountry. Both Evergreen and Rush Creek offer guided services, be it hiking or touring, or their professional guides will offer you free advice on what to explore. In winter, snowshoe through pristine snow in giant sequoia groves and return to either lodge for an evening of wine and food.
Unplug and Reconnect
Swim or soak in the lodges’ salt-water pools and hot tubs. Then, enjoy incredible locally sourced food followed by free nightly s’mores around an outdoor fire pit. “Our approach to food is inspired by a genuine love for our surroundings and a desire to satisfy hearty appetites that are a natural part of a Yosemite adventure,” says Lee Zimmerman, one of the lodges’ co-owners, noting the chefs accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free patrons. At the lodges you’ll truly enjoy what’s absent: there are no TVs in the rooms. Instead, each room comes stocked with board games like Yahtzee and Alexa smart speakers. With Evergreen celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2021, you’ll also find yourself transported back to the Roaring 20s with celebrations all year long. (With major sporting events alive and well on the tavern big screens.)
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. And if you arrive too late in the day to explore the park? Stretch your legs on one of Rush Creek’s three new hiking and biking trails to experience the beauty of the area from the lodge’s front door.
For more information:
Rush Creek Lodge
34001 Highway 120, Groveland, California 95321
Highway 120 West Entrance
33160 Evergreen Road, Groveland, California 95321