Feb 08

One of the main reasons anyone visits Yosemite is to see the famous waterfalls. Yosemite Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in North America, with a total drop of 2,425 feet. The Lost Arrow spire is adjacent to Upper Yosemite Fall, 5th in the world, and the upper section along would rank in the top 20.

Yosemite waterfalls 1024x682 Famous Waterfalls of YosemiteStaircase Falls: Staircase Falls is in the Falls category for Mariposa County in the state of California. The latitude and longitude coordinates of Staircase Falls are 37.7352037, -119.5748859 and the elevation is 4,400 feet (1,341 meters) above sea level.

Bridalveil Fall :If you have drove into Yosemite Valley, you likely would have noticed Bridalveil Fall on the right side. Like all waterfalls in Yosemite it is best seen in spring when the snow has just begun to melt and the water levels are at their highest.

Chilnuala Falls: Chilnuala Falls is a well-kept secret in Yosemite, simply because the majority of visitors to Yosemite National Park don’t venture out of the Valley. The trail starts around 4,000 ft and you will hike up 2,200 feet to 6,200 ft by the time you reach the top of the falls.

Lower Yosemite Falls :The lower Fall is 320 ft and has a viewing area near the base. Although you may be tempted, do not get too close as the rocks near the base are sharp and very slipper. The walk will take 10 minutes at most, and that’s if you take it extremely leisurely.

Other than this there are many Yosemite waterfalls which you can explore. Yosemite is a place that you will never regret visiting, and somewhere that you will want to come back to. Come enjoy the wonders of Yosemite, you will be glad that you did.

Read more
Feb 02

Porcupine Flats is perfectly situated in in the middle of Tioga Road to provide access to the higher elevation trails. If you’re a hiker this is the spot for you. Season to visit this campsites is approximately July through October 15. The campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

This campground is at 8100 ft. elevation. Have something warm to wear in the morning. Hat and gloves wouldn’t hurt but some pants and a sweatshirt at a minimum. Each campsite contains a fire ring, picnic table, and food locker, and is near a vault toilet. Stream water must be treated (by boiling, using a filter, or using iodine).

Porcupine Flat Campground Explore Porcupine Flat Campground

This is a good place to stay if you want to keep away from the hustle and bustle of the Valley. Porcupine Creek forms a semicircle around this gorgeous patch of woods and it is a great spot to go exploring! It’s often the last to fill up on summer nights, and it’s ideal for exploring the high country.

Each campsite contains a fire ring, picnic table, and food locker, and is near a vault toilet. Pets are not permitted at the campground.

If you are looking for a great place to stay in Yosemite then our Yosemite Southgate Lodge is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay with well-appointed services.

Read more
Jan 25

Yosemite and its encompassing regions are so far reaching, think about staying as a couple of days to really unwind and make the most of its numerous attractions. Visit Yosemite in every one of its seasons – spring brings a blast of shading and surging waterfalls, while summer is the ideal time for exhilarating hike or leisurely rafting expedition.

things to do in yosemite Top Things to Do in Yosemite During Your Visit

Biking & Cycling: Bicycles are the best way to get around Yosemite Valley, allowing you to move at your own pace, and stop to see the best views without worrying about holding up traffic, or finding a place to park.

Camping and Backpacking :It goes without saying that Yosemite National Park provides one of the world’s most phenomenal backdrops for hiking and exploration.

Photography: Photographer’s have been capturing Yosemite’s splendor for more than 150 years. The view from Sentinel bridge of half dome is great especially if there is a reflection in the river. The viewpoints at both Tunnel View and Glacier Point are stunning.

Water Sports: Whether you’re serious about fishing, or just serious about fun, the many rivers and lakes in Yosemite can provide just the right source of recreation. From fishing and kayaking to whitewater rafting, you’ll find many ways to get wet and have a great time.

If you are looking for a great place to stay in Yosemite then our Yosemite Southgate Lodge is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay with well-appointed services.

Read more
Jan 18

Mariposa is close to the southern entrance of Yosemite. The county has much to offer, both as a gateway to the park and with its own historical background. The bureau lists lodging, dining, campgrounds, museums, recreation and special events in the area.

The Mariposa Museum and History Center is located in the historical town of Mariposa California. Mariposa has the unique distinction of being a authentic gold rush era community located near the southern end of the Mother Load country of the 1849 gold rush. Mariposa is located on Highway 49 which spans most of the historic mother load country of California.

Mariposa County Visitors Bureau Explore Mariposa County Visitors Bureau

This little visitors center is well equipped and one can purchase gate entrance to Yosemite and avoid waiting in a car line if there is a ranger on duty.

Hours of operation:

Monday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Wednesday: Closed

The Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce was founded for the purpose to promote, preserve, and advocate for the businesses in Mariposa County.

If you are looking for a great place to stay in Yosemite then our Yosemite Southgate Lodge is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay with well-appointed services.

Read more
Jan 12

Yosemite National Park is commonly known as America’s Golden West and was formed as long ago as 10, 000 years above when the Tioga glaciations first carved up and now know as the Sierra Nevada. The group of Native Americans deeply believed to have inhabitant Yosemite from 7000 to 10, 000 years ago, although it was only around the 3, 500 years ago that anyone began settling in the valley permanently for long. Between 1850 and 1860 travelers survived the journey on horseback, but in 1907 the Yosemite Valley Railroad from Merced to El Portal runs the valley far more and easy accessible to many other areas which increases the number of visitors quite significantly to the valley. At last with the increase in adventure, natural wonders and facilities, in 1984 Yosemite Valley was named as a World Heritage site.

Camping In Yosemite National Park 1024x768 Camping In Yosemite National Park

Camping in Yosemite is one of the popular activity that no one wants to skip while on a trip to this National park. Many Campsites are available in park with different amenities for the travelers. Camping in Yosemite and throughout California’s Gateway to Yosemite is a great way to spend some quality time with the family, or find some quiet solace. Some of the park campgrounds named are Porcupine Flat, White Wolf, Yosemite Creek, Bridalveil Creek, Camp 4, and Tamarack Flat reserved on first come, first served.

If you are looking for a great place to stay in Yosemite then our Yosemite Southgate Lodge is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay with well-appointed services.

Read more
Jan 04

Below you’ll find information about just a few of the numerous viewpoints around Yosemite National Park. Don’t miss the below points.
yosemite national park 300x180 Yosemites Most Famous Viewpoints Washburn Point:
Located on the Glacier Point Road, a worthwhile turnout is Washburn Point offering one of the best views in the park. You can see the first glimpse of half dome, the Vernal and the Nevada falls, the Sierra mountain peaks and much more.

It’s an unforgettable moment, and your eyes might leap out of your head and abandon you forever if you don’t stop to let them soak things in for a minute or two.

Glacier Point:
Located on the south wall of Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 7,214 feet. It is is a viewpoint that offers a superb view of Yosemite Valley, including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Clouds Rest as well as the magnificent High Sierra and more. It features great location for weddings, Hiking, Stargazing and more for the visitors.

You get a beautiful view of Half-dome and the surrounding areas. Glacier Point is a great place to enjoy stunning views of the valley floor. You can hike there or drive there.

Inspiration Point:
Inspiration Point is the place where millions of people stop and take a photo of the majestic Yosemite Valley. The view from Inspiration Point itself is a large open area but worthy destination as it was quiet and perfect for a picnic.

If you are looking for a great place to stay in Yosemite then our Yosemite Southgate Lodge is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay with well-appointed services.

Read more
Dec 29

One of the best ways to experience Yosemite is by taking a hike. Over 800 miles of hiking trails traverse Yosemite. These range from easy to strenuous. If you are somewhat new to hiking, here are some easy day hikes that you may want to try when visiting Yosemite.

Hiking is one of the best ways to see the wonders of Yosemite. Eight hundred miles of trails can take you from valleys to mountain tops, from streams and rivers to lakes and waterfalls. Finding your way on wide expanse of giant granite guided by cairns that were prepared by previous hikers is most exciting.

Experience The Yosemite National Park Trails Hikes Experience The Yosemite National Park Trails & Hikes

A hike on a trail that began in Virginia Lakes beyond Yosemite’s borders, touching on the Pacific Crest Trail, through Virginia Canyon, Glen Aulin, and ending in Tuolumne showed me hundreds of shooting stars streaking across the skies, the beauty of fast flowing rivers and waterfalls, wild flowers, expansive meadows, mountain passes above the tree line, rocks and trails along mountains of sheer granite the beauty of Yosemite.

The most scenic route anyone should take is the drive to Glacier Point via Badger Pass which is only opened in the summer. On you way to Glacier Point, do not forget to stop at the most photographed scenic point at the Tunnel View located in the valley floor at east side of Wawona tunnel. End the day at the Glacier Point to see the entire park from 10,000 feet above and see straight down 5,000 feet from the cliff end.

If you are looking for a great place to stay in Oakhurst then our Yosemite Southgate Lodge is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay if you are traveling.

Read more
Dec 22

Are you planning to visit Yosemite National Park with your friends or family? Yosemite National Park is a very beautiful national park with a lot of things, be it for single, couple, or even for family with kids or friends. Yosemite Valley is the heart of Yosemite National Park with fun things to do for kids and all ages.

Mind blowing Things to Do at Yosemite National Park Things to Do at Yosemite National Park

Bike Riding

Yosemite biking is one of the easiest and fun activities to explore the park. If you have only one day to spend in Yosemite Valley, then you must rent a bike for the day and tour the entire Valley.

Mule & Horseback Riding

One of the best ways to experience Yosemite Valley is to take Yosemite mule and horseback rides. There are three stables within the Yosemite National Park, each ride offering unique scenery and a memorable experience.


You can rent a raft and float leisurely down the Merced River. This three mile trip should last between one and two hours depending on whether you stop to swim or not. Its fun, relaxing, and the views from the river are forever etched in my memory.

Open Tram Tour

Step inside the lobby of the Yosemite Lodge and you can book the open tram tour of Yosemite National Park for $23.00. The tour lasts around two hours and it’s a great way to see Yosemite Valley and much better than the tour bus tours also offered as you’re out in the open air.

If you are looking for a great place to stay in Oakhurst then our Yosemite Southgate Lodge is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay if you are traveling.

Read more
Dec 14

If you’re looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve in a big way, California’s cities and towns have lots to offer.

As the year comes to a close we go full accelerate with an exciting evening of dining, gaming, music, dancing and decadence to ring in the New Year! When it comes to New Year’s Eve itself, the park offers several options for celebrating, depending on your budget and whether you bring your kids.

Things To Do In Yosemite On New Year Eve1 Things To Do In Yosemite On New Year Eve

When it comes to New Year’s celebrations, Yosemite is the vital center of all things spectacular. Enjoy all the entertainment, rides and attractions at this family friendly destination, and at midnight, watch a colorful fireworks, perfectly synchronized to inspiring music over Mirror Lake.

Yosemite Park Events:

  • Nordic Holiday Race

  • Torchlight Parade at Badger Pass

  • SpringFest at Badger Pass

  • Earth Day

  • Yosemite Winter Club Events

The Yosemite Bed & Breakfast packages will make your Yosemite adventure comfortable and convenient. You’re just few mile from Yosemite’s National Park. The Mariposa Grove road is open. Take your family to see some of the largest living things on Earth. You can experience seeing the sun rise January 1st from Glacier Point or on top of Sentinel Dome.

Everyone should experience a New Year’s Eve in Yosemite. No matter how you celebrate there.

Read more
Dec 07

Yosemite National Park has indicated a social history which served to shape the district, the nation and the world. The place was occupied by Native Americans who were known as Yosemite’s first inhabitants.

Lie in a bed of wildflowers: Spring and fall are both smart times to visit and see the beauty of wildflowers. The crowds have dwindled and the sweeping valley has been accented with a zing of seasonal color. Take Highway 140 into the park, winding at a lower elevation along the gushing Merced River. Keep craning your necks to look up for sprinklings of golden yellow poppies and purple spider lipines on the mountainside, you can spy entire meadows of these flowers plus vibrant pink redbuds, azaleas, violets, evening primrose, and many more.

Play in a Giant Sequoia grove: Sequoia National Forest borders Yosemite to the south. You’ll find trees there that dwarf anything imaginable. They’re as tall as between 1,800 and 2,700 years old. General Sherman, that largest of the giants, is thought to be the largest living thing in the world.

Giant Sequoia grove 1024x819 Things You Should Do During Your Yosemite National Park Visit

Go rafting in the Merced River Canyon: Rafting along the canyon lets you take in the park from a whole different perspective. During spring, the most rough-and-tumble time of year, the rafting will be at Levels 3 and 4, only suitable for kids and the more adventurous. As the snow runs out in summertime, the difficulty gets knocked down to Levels 2 and 3, which pretty much everyone can get a thrill out of.

If you are looking for a great place to stay in Groveland then our Yosemite Southgate Hotel is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay.

Read more