Apr 11

Mount Dana Yosemite is the second highest mountain at 13,057 feet on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park, off to highway 120. The peak is visible from many different locations around the Tioga Pass and Tuolumne Meadows areas. Northern face includes a small, retreating glacier known as the Dana Glacier while Dana Meadows lie at the foot of the mountain.

The first half mile of the hike is an easy hike through the Dana Meadows then there is some strenuous climbing for about one mile. The last climb to the summit is about 1000 ft elevation increase in less than a mile. The views from the top of Mount Dana Yosemite are beautiful and incredible. The hike itself is pretty straight forward, and is mostly way above tree line and rewards with some of the best scenic views you’ll experience anywhere.

Enjoy hiking at Mount Dana Yosemite and see the panoramic views, Stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst and Get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.yosemitesouthgate.com/

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Apr 04

Tony Krizan Discover Yosemite Tony Krizan’s Discover Yosemite’s Forgotten Trails Series Tony Krizan, local adventurer, author & photographer shares his 30 plus years of  hiking experiences and photos with this exciting series. The series kicks off with
“Great Sierra Mines and trails along Tioga Pass Road”. This slide show  presentation will feature the area west of Tioga Pass Road and will feature a  special segment for those who have an interest in the history of old gold mines.

Travel back in time and visit the areas around Tioga Pass Road. From the 1860’s  more than 350 active mining claims were recorded, which introduced the gold
boom of 1880. This new activity lasted until 1884 which generated more than  $300,000 in gold and silver from the Great Sierra Mines.

West of Tioga Pass Road, there are two old forgotten mining towns. One is called  Dana City (Great Sierra Mines) which is a three-mile trek in and above the upper  Gaylor Lake. The second area is called the town of Bennettsville and the mine is  only one-half mile from Tioga Pass Road.

This is one of the many local events scheduled to honor President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of  the Yosemite Grant Act on June 30, 1864, which protected Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa  Grove of Big Trees for all time.

Tony’s 6-event series will feature wilderness hiking trails within the mountains surrounding
Yosemite. The slide show presentation will allow you to experience the trails and endless views  from various mountain locations and learn about their history.

The series will run monthly from April thru September 2014. The presentation will be in the  lobby of the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites located on Highway 41 in Oakhurst from 7:30  to 8:30 pm on the dates listed below. The presentation is open to the public and is free of  charge. Refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, April 5 – Great Sierra Mines and trails along Tioga Pass Road
Saturday, May 10 – Minaret Mountain Adventure
Saturday, June 21 – Wawona Old Stagecoach Road
Saturday, July 19 – Lost in Kings Canyon, Curtis Wright P40 Aircraft
Saturday, August 16 – Minaret Mountain Adventure
Saturday, September 13 – Wawona Old Stagecoach Road

After the presentation, autographed copies of Tony’s two books on hiking those historic
Yosemite Trails will be available.

For more event information you can go to the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau website at
www.yosemitethisyear.com and for more information on the Yosemite Grant 150th
Anniversary go to www.nps.gov/yose/anniversary.

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Apr 04

Yosemite is world famous for its impressive waterfalls, lakes, meadows, cliffs, and strange rock formations. There is always a new trail to explore. Like so many of Yosemite’s high lakes, May Lake Yosemite is a high elevation gain about 500 feet located off Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park north of Yosemite Valley rests at the base of striking granite cliffs, giving it a memorably striking surroundings.

This 2.4 mile hike at May Lake Yosemite is a perfect outing for summer and early fall for the travelers. Across the reflective waters are located Mount Hoffman, which is a large about 10,850-foot summit. May Lake is considered a perfect sunset hike for those especially staying at nearby areas. The shortest way to May Lake, starts at the Snow Flat trail-head, which is narrow, but paved road off the Tioga Road.

One of the best ways to experience May Lake Yosemite by taking a hike. Stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst and Get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.yosemitesouthgate.com/

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Mar 31

The Yosemite Museum is located in Yosemite National Park right next to the Valley Visitor Center in Yosemite Valley and opened in 1926 for public. The historic museum construction was completed in 1925, designed by architect Herbert Maier. Explore paintings, photographs, portraits, prints, early maps, and audio/visual displays that bring the historical figures of Yosemite early lifestyle. Also, presents the exhibits of basket weaving, bead work skills, and traditional events and games.

Hours: 9:00AM to 4:30PM
Admission: Free for All

Since 1850, the Yosemite Museum displays overall focus on the heritage and culture of the native people Miwok and Paiute people. Collections includes cultural artifacts, natural specimens, momentous records, archeological materials gathered inside the park, with a large collection of ethnographic material from the Yosemite region and displayed throughout the year.

Gifting a distinctive glimpse at how the park has long been a tourist attraction for natural and traditional lovers. Stay with us at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites located perfectly nearby Yosemite National Park in Oakhurst, California. For more details visit: http://www.yosemitesouthgate.com/

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Mar 21

Lake McClure Bagby Recreation Area offers some of California’s best in water recreation. Situated just a few miles from the scenic and significant town of Mariposa with an approx. elevation of 850 feet, Lake McClure Bagby Recreation Area offers visitors a unique outdoor experience in a more remote setting. It is ideal for camping, fishing or picnicking with family and beloved ones. It can hold over 30 camping units with R.V. & tent sites, picnic areas, restroom facilities, toilets, electric hookup Sites etc.

Campground Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am-4:00pm
Summer Fees: $25 per Night per Vehicle, $34 for Sites with Hook-ups

It is a staging area for horseback riding and hiking up and also a launch ramp for fishing boats. All campsites have picnic tables and barbeque grills, and camp fires are allowed in designated areas. Propose visitors a unique outdoor experience in an isolated setting makes it one of California’s most popular all year round vacation destinations. Leashed pets are permitted.

Stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst when you visit Lake McClure Bagby Recreation Area for Camping and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.yosemitesouthgate.com/

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Mar 14

Each season in Yosemite National Park is an incredible event in itself. Every year the Park celebrates the end of ski season with Spring Fest at Badger Pass, welcoming spring with a full day of fun activities.

Events include the great costume contest, the dummy race, live music performances, the pond skimming contest, slalom races, obstacle course races, a free style competition for the older skiers and a lot of family fun.

Date: March 29, 2014
Venue: Badger Pass Ski Area in Yosemite, CA
Fees: Free for Yosemite Park Visitors
Hours: 9AM to 4PM

Spring Fest at Badger Pass completes with music, food, costumes and crazy contests. There is abundance of activities to observe or participate in on Spring Fest. Stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst when you visit and enjoy Spring Fest at Badger Pass and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.yosemitesouthgate.com/

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Mar 07

Established in 1957, the Mariposa Museum and History Center building houses one of the most outstanding collections of historical artifacts in the state. This small museum is closely packed with artifacts and memorabilia from daily life in 1850s Mariposa.

Hours: Monday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Prices: $4 for adults; Free for anyone under 18 years

A true depiction of Native American and Spanish old times in Mariposa County, you can enjoy exhibits depicting California’s Gold Rush era. You can also take an optional gold-panning lesson out of doors and admire the basket making skills of the Miwok Indian indoors, shop at the Gift Store, and more.  You can arrange guided tours for large groups or also take a self-guided tour.

Stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst when you visit the Mariposa Museum and History Center and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.yosemitesouthgate.com/

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Feb 28

The Stellar Gallery Oakhurst is located at Oakhurst, Highway 41. It is dedicated to providing clientele with an exclusive choice of quality artwork with a focus on contemporary fine art together with best photography, color images painting, sculptures, glass, and ceramic objects prints etc. It is a varied collection of modern fine art, with a hub on fine art photography, exclusive rotating exhibits, and the public oriented events always held which supports and promotes the visual arts.

Hours: Monday: Appointment Only, Tuesday: Friday, 10:00 – 5:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 – 3:00 PM

Stellar Gallery Oakhurst is headquarters for Sierra Art Trails, support visual arts, performance artists and promoting cultural tourism in the region. Many other cultural traditions /activities have been on-going throughout the year.

Stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst when you visit the art gallery, and get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.yosemitesouthgate.com/

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Feb 21

The Sierra Mono Museum was opened in 1971 for the purpose of preserving cultural heritage and epic life of Mono Families in California.  It is a historic tourist attraction presenting the history of Native Americans from the region with permanent exhibits and collections of baskets beadworks, fine art, taxidermy animals, ceremonial implements, various weaponry and cultural artifacts. The Museum is very active and open to the public.

Hours: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays

Since 40 years, many classes on the art of basketry making, native plant recognition and uses, Mono language, and other cultural traditions /activities have been on-going throughout the year.

Stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst when you visit Sierra Mono Indian Museum and Get rooms at very affordable rates. For more details visit: http://www.yosemitesouthgate.com/

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Feb 14

One of the best views in Yosemite Valley is at Taft Point Yosemite National Park where you can look down the cliff heights as to the valley floor below with no barrier located west of Glacier Point. It offers broad views of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls, and El Capitan.

The main and popular attraction of Taft Point Yosemite National Park is the giant fissures. The fissures are breaks and cracks in the mountain in the forms of granite rock drops directly down to the valley floor. Panoramic view from Taft Point and the rock fissures nearby provide a worthwhile 2-mile hike. Also there are impressive fissures cut into the cliffs. Near the last fissure is the Profile Cliff overlook.

The Trail is an excellent summertime hike. Stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst, and get rooms at very affordable rates when you enjoy the serene landscape and views from Taft Point Yosemite National Park. For more details visit: http://www.yosemitesouthgate.com/

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