Jul 27

The Yosemite Ziplines let you enjoy an stimulating experience on a total of seven zip lines, all in the ascending order of the adrenaline rush they promise. The two-hour long tour consists of eight visitors per group, all ready with their safety gears on. The first two lines that adventurers zip through are quite lenient and they let you enjoy the thrill of being at the mercy of gravity with beautiful views of the forest for company. The next two lines encourage a friendly race among two participants, while the fifth line gives you a target practice. The longest of all the lines is line 6 which promises breathtaking views of the city below and line 7 gives you a tour of a tree-covered tunnel.

The park features expansive views of a 3000-acre working cattle ranch on one side, and a birds-eye view of the quaint Gold Rush town of Mariposa on the other. This tour also includes two exciting rides in a 4-wheel drive Polaris Ranger.

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The Ziplines is great fun and a good start to our day. It is well organized with the staff that you can enjoy the complete day. Beautiful views from zip line course, the aerial course is fantastic, and this is from someone who is afraid of heights. The attraction is made more fantastic by there guides. There are 7 ziplines in this tour with different lengths and heights. Even people with fear of heights might be able to do this. The course is fun and very structured. Yosemite Ziplines has seven lines, some short and one quite long. There is a line that allows you to race a friend, family member.

This is a great option to consider if you’re looking for something to do family adventurers during your family visit. The ziplines at Yosemite Ziplines & Adventure Ranch have been constructed as a 1 1/2 hour, six stage guide-led tour. Groups of eight to ten are geared up in helmets and harnesses, then driven up the mountain in Polaris Rangers as their guides explain safety procedures and describe the experience the zippers are about to enjoy.

Things to do during your visit:

  • Ziplining
  • Touring
  • Nature Viewing
  • Guided Talks
  • Rappelling

The ziplines at the adventure ranch have been constructed as a 2-hour tour, led by a guide through 6 stages. Groups of 8 to 10 are geared up in helmets and harnesses, then driven up the mountain in Polaris Rangers as their guides explain safety procedures and describe the experience the zippers are about to enjoy.

This family fun adventure begins on Line 1, which is a short and easy ride that even the faint of heart will enjoy. Line 2 increases the distance and the height from the ground. The grand finale is Line 7, which takes you through a tunnel in the trees and back to ground zero where you began. The total length of the ziplines is 3,800 linear feet!

Mariposa Museum & Historic Center

The small town of Mariposa has a remarkable history and the Mariposa Museum & Historic Center has done a phenomenon job of preserving the town’s historic roots. From technology, politics to local culture every aspect that has touched the life of the town and its citizens has been retained here. Some artifacts are in great condition while others are reconstructed. Some of the must-see attractions at the museum are: the 5 Stamp and the 2 Stamp Mill, the Chilean Mill and the Jaw Crusher. Also worth a visit are the Count’s Residence and the Mariposa Gazette. While the on-site Blacksmith Shop, Gold Panning Workshop and the Broom Shop, all give a brief peek into the occupation of the people of Mariposa. When in the city, post your tour of the Yosemite National Park a visit to this gem of a museum comes recommended.

Mariposa Museum Historic Center Places to visit during Yosemite Vacation   Yosemite ZiplinesThere are fantastic details like in a lady’s dressing room there was a wreath on the wall that was woven from the hair taken from her own hairbrush. Each room vignette is accompanied by hand written labels and explanations.

This is a fantastic place to visit very friendly and really interesting so much history about the town really do get to learn a lot good exhibits outside as well. Great collections of furnishings, cloths, artifacts, and documents of the gold rush times in the Sierras and later. There are two functioning ore stamping mills, blacksmith shop, and more. Guided tours are also available.

There are many attractions in Oakhurst which offer a variety of lodging options. While visiting Yosemite stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst and get rooms at very affordable rates.

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Jul 13

There is such a great amount to see and do in Yosemite that a traveler aches to return over and over! From rock moving to trekking and getting a charge out of the beautiful perspectives, Yosemite has something for everybody. Yosemite Valley or Yosemite takes scarcely around seven sections of land of the 700,000 sections of land of Yosemite National Park-the sixteenth biggest National Park in the United States. It is encompassed on all sides by four National Forests: Sierra, Stanislaus, Inyo and Toiyabe. A great many guests come to appreciate exercises in Yosemite consistently.

Yosemite Zip Line

The Yosemite Zip Line is situated in Mariposa. Ideal for thrill seekers, the zip line gives you a chance to feel the nature taking care of business. With your feet dangling noticeable all around and your body secured securely with an outfit, your fantasy of flying like a feathered creature works out as expected. You are given definite directions and preparing for zip lining. There are six lines changing in range of one to six, from simple to testing, accessible for your rush and fun. The zip line is totally protected with aides helping you and accessible at all times to guarantee your wellbeing. You will enjoy the rush of twist all over and the town of Mariposa beneath to make a memory of a lifetime.

The tour is guided and explained by knowledgeable and friendly guides who put safety first. Everything is explained. Yosemite Zip lines has seven lines, some short and one quite long. There is a line that allows you to race a friend/family member.

National Park

The Yosemite National Park is home to more than 200 species of birds, 80 species of mammals and 1500 species of flora. More than 15 threatened and endangered species like Sierra Nevada Red Fox, Willow Flycatcher, etc. are protected here.

That is not all! Tourists can also visit the Mariposa Historical museum that has guided tours, Sugar Pine rail road where trains once hauled the Californian logs through the Sierra Mountains, Tioga road – a 48 mile stretch that offers you glimpses of wildlife in the Yosemite National park and the Yosemite village.

Yosemite Valley

This is where you will find most of the waterfalls. You should plan your visit during spring if you want to catch the most spectacular runoffs but if you go there during late summer or fall, you will barely find water.

However, the waterfalls are not the only attractions at this Yosemite Valley. You will have the opportunity to have some of the best views at the Tunnel View. From here, you can see El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall and Half Dome in the distance. You can see the Cathedral Rocks from El Capitan Meadow. Other places of attraction in this valley include the Valley View, the Yosemite Chapel, the Sentinel Meadow and the Sentinel Bridge.

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The visit to the Yosemite is fantastic. The drive is so nice and the roads so good. The fresh air send the blood racing to your face the feel of the wind bring nature to your eyes. The aroma of the pine is nostalgic.

Yosemite is an amazing place to visit. Mountains, lush valleys, waterfalls. It’s just so lush. Yosemite Valley has all the amenities of a National Park. The camp sites are well placed and maintained as well as possible for the volume of pedestrian traffic. Millions of visitors come to see the wonders of this park every year.

This place is unbelievable, another great wonder in the USA. The views are spectacular from every angle. There are nice roads going through the park, great spots to picnic and camp. Great hiking trails to destinations. They also have giant pines here. Take a free shuttle for the theater! It’s easy to skip your campground location because of the way their signs are located. If you love being outside; love nature, you will love this park.

There are many attractions in Oakhurst which also offer a variety of lodging options. While visiting Yosemite stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst and get rooms at very affordable rates.

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Jun 29

There are lots of things to do and to explore during your visit to Yosemite National Park. You can also explore many events which are organized throughout the year. Millions of visitors come to enjoy activities in Yosemite every year. Some of the Upcoming Events in Oakhurst are listed below:

Boat Parade & Laser Light Show:

This year Fourth of July festivity on Bass Lake welcomes a new kind of show!

After dim, laser lights will light up the skies over Bass Lake in an awesome showcase of splendid hues and one of a kind outlines all choreographed to fun summer jams. An expert DJ will be above water amidst the lake, emanating the music in every heading for all to hear and appreciate the choreographed piece.

The Laser Light show will start at Bass Lake at approximately 9:15 p.m. and will last 20 minutes. The laser light show will take place at the same place where the firecrackers have always been positioned.

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Despite the fact that the Fourth of July firecrackers presentation has been a long running tradition at Bass Lake, the Bass Lake Chamber feels that it is greatly critical to not put our woods and neighbors at risk during this unusually dry season. Therefore, a breathtaking Laser Light Show on the water has been anticipated for the this year.

You can enjoy the Boat Parade, guests will enjoy music beats to a live DJ while the Laser Light Show is prepared to debut. Enjoy the classics and sing along as the DJ rocks the boats and beaches. Bring your beach ball and be ready to dance!

Their biggest concern is to be sensitive to the Bass Lake community and to make sure everyone can feel safe and enjoy this year’s Fourth of July celebrations. If you are near Base lake or Oakhurst for this July then don’t miss this festival. There is no fees to participate in the Boat Parade.

Moonlight Melodrama:

The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is the restored railroad used for the Madera Sugar Pine‘s logging trains during the turn of the 20th century. It is located just south of the south gate to Yosemite National Park.

The evening will start with a BBQ dinner with a choice of New York Steak, chicken, or a vegetarian substitution. The meal is complimented with a summer corn salad, ranch-style beans, sourdough dinner roll, and dessert. Complimentary juice, coffee, and water is offered. There is a bar with sodas, beer, and wine for an additional cost. Guests will then board the logger steam train for a ride to the Melodrama, which will be “Bonnie Belles Best Bloomers” cheer the hero and boo the villain around the amphitheater stage. At the conclusion of the evening, guests will re-board the train for a memorable trip up the mountain in the night.
Board the lumberjack steam train for a ride to the Melodrama, which will be “Bonnie Belles Best Bloomers” performed live by our neighborhood Golden Chain Theater Company. Cheer the saint and boo the miscreant around the outside Lewis Creek Canyon Amphitheater. At the finish of the night, you will re-board the train for a noteworthy excursion up the mountain in the night.

This event is on July 19, 2015. So all can enjoy this ride by coming for the Moonlight Melodrama.

There are many attractions in Oakhurst and Oakhurst events which also offer a variety of lodging options. While visiting Yosemite stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst and get rooms at very affordable rates. Our hotel is located in Oakhurst.

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Jun 15

There is lot to see and do in Yosemite that a tourist loves to come back again and again! From mountaineering to rock climbing and enjoying the beautiful views, Yosemite has something amazing for everyone. Yosemite Valley or Yosemite takes barely about seven acres of the 700,000 acres of Yosemite National Park- the 16th largest National Park in the United States. It is surrounded on all sides by four National Forests: Sierra, Stanislaus, Inyo and Toiyabe. Millions of visitors come to enjoy activities in Yosemite every year. Top rated attractions are described below which are highly recommended by most of the visitors to Yosemite.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Fresno’s zoo is smaller, however it’s not little. You can spend a day there without feeling like you’re missing anything, while as yet being entertained by an assortment of creatures and shows.

The Chaffee zoo reflects the pride and support of the Fresno community. The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is a huge place to spend a morning. The animals are waking up and starting to make noises and move around. You can watch the feeding on some of the animals and you can take pictures of all their behavior. There is a good place to eat if you should get hungry and want to continue in the zoo.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Places to explore with your kids in OakhurstThe Chaffee Zoo has become a first class attraction. The exhibits are well maintained and attractive; the grounds are pleasant and not overcrowded. Special events are held periodically such as Ice Cream Zoofari, special Zoo nights, and other activities. Definitely a family friendly must see whether you’re a local or an out of town visitor. Beautiful zoo with lots and lots of animals, reptiles, and birds. Highly recommend seeing for yourself easy walking and lots of fun stuff for kids and adults. Plenty of shade and rest areas along with great refreshments too!

This zoo is wonderful and just keeps getting better with new add-ons. It’s in Roeding Park a place where many great Fresno memories have been made. If you have time there is Story land as well as Play land. Or just walk the surrounding park with tennis courts, playgrounds, skate areas, and an enclosed dog park with adjacent horseshoe pits. Lots of bbq pits with tables as well.

This place is a true hidden gem in Fresno. There are several beautiful gardens for kids to explore, and a family could easily spend a morning or afternoon here. They also have Saturday afternoon programs for kids ages 6-12. The museum has lots of animals to look at, feed and even touch. A lot of paths to walk around, gardens, a little Indian village set up, a sand area. The park is free, and the museum is $8 for adults, and $6 for kids, but less than 3 ages are free.

The Discovery Center

It’s not just for kids-a cool place to get up close and personal with snakes, lizards, tortoises, gophers, rabbits and birds–in a serene park setting. On the site of the oldest adobe building in Fresno, which is also the historic Roessler Winery, the center has the science center, a replica Miwok Indian site–complete with tipis, a historic cactus garden, a beautiful garden site. A great place for family picnics, corporate events, weddings or family gatherings, the small volunteer staff is knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. Skip the crowds at the zoo–and come get close up with nature–and discover more at the Discovery Center! There is so much to do and see, and the museum is always adding new interactive science-based attractions!

Children are offered hands on opportunity to answer their science questions. The areas of science include biology, astronomy, Native American culture, weather, reptiles, music and much more. On the grounds are a pond and a large play area. One of the most remarkable features is the desert garden full of a wide variety of cacti. The facility and grounds are clean and parking is easy and convenient.

Working Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Discovery Center is large enough to host birthday parties, picnics, reunions, and even weddings. Even though it sits on 5-acres of land, when you are there it feels secluded and private.

There are many attractions in Oakhurst which offer a variety of lodging options. While visiting Yosemite stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst and get rooms at very affordable rates.

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Jun 01

The visitor information center is situated in Oakhurst only 11 miles from the South entrance to the recreation center. Here you will discover information about the U. S. Forest Service, inns, restaurants, attractions and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. The US Forest Service workers at this center can issue licenses for pit fires and fuel wood and wild allows. In addition to the information, the center has a few verifiable presentations portraying the encompassing territory. Complimentary espresso, tea and water are accessible.

Unbelievable source of information for Yosemite and the entire Madera County area.  The knowledgeable staff happily assists both tourists and locals with tips on hikes, restaurants, activities and many more! The Yosemite Sierra Visitor’s Bureau shares the construction with the Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce and the US Forest Service so just about anything you may need can be found here. Make the most of your trip to Yosemite with all the information and maps you need before your visit. Bring to a halt here to find out all you need to know about your visit to Yosemite.

New visitor center 2011 rs Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau   OakhurstThe people running this center are very knowledgeable and can help you plan your day in the park. Yosemite is beautiful and it is easy to drive through various sections of the park. If you need information about Madera County, including Chowchilla, Madera, Coarsegold, O’Neal’s, North Fork, Oakhurst, Bass Lake and many more.

Working Hours:

Monday- Saturday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Stop here to find out all you need to know about your visit to Yosemite.

  • FREE Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau visitors guide
  • Area brochures and restaurant menus
  • Yosemite Park Ranger (seasonal)
  • Local tips and favorite things to do
  • FREE coffee, tea and water
  • Road Conditions and weather forecasts

Places to see:

  • Yosemite
  • Bass Lake
  • Gallery Row
  • Madera Wine Trail
  • The Talking Bear
  • Sierra Mono Museum
  • Mono Indian Museum
  • The Cunningham School
  • Sierra Vista Byway
  • Little Church on the Hill
  • Wassama Round House
  • Fresno Flats Historic Park
  • Kings Vintage Clothing Museum
  • Children’s Museum Of The Sierra
  • Coarsegold Historic Village
  • Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad

Throughout the year is the best time to visit Yosemite and The Yosemite Sierra Visitor’s Bureau. It will give all the information regarding history of Yosemite. They organize the several events throughout the year.  So browse there website and plan a trip as you can enjoy your trip of Yosemite Sierra Visitor’s Bureau.  The information here is provided in several languages so it is the best part that visitors coming from different country can get the information. The information here is in German, Spanish and French and many more there main goal is to satisfy their guests.

The staff is overwhelmingly knowledgeable and friendly. They really do help in any way they can – from tickets, parking spots, places to see, restaurants etc.

There are many attractions in Oakhurst which also offer a variety of lodging options. While visiting Yosemite stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst and get rooms at very affordable rates.

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May 18

As the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite will be closing in the near future, this will be the second best place to see the giant sequoia. It’s a little confusing to get there and does require some walking but its well worth the effort. Be sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera! One of the Sierras’ hidden jewels.

Nelder Grove is worth a stop. The loop trail passes not only sequoia, but a variety of other trees and flowering plants. The view is amazing. There is a one mile trail that is easy for any fitness level. There is a restroom facility on site and lots of peace and quiet! It is highly recommend making the trip here you won’t be disappointed! The weather was also perfect.

This is a wonderful peaceful place to be in the shadow of the Giant Sequoias without travelling into Yosemite. The road there is a pleasant wooded drive, but takes your time as it’s not paved all the way. There are several loops in the trail so you can shorten or lengthen your walk.

Nelder Grove is a grove of Sequoia trees in Madera County north of Oakhurst and before the entrance to Yosemite. To get there from Highway 41 take the Sierra Ski Ranch road 632 for several miles. When you turn off that main road you will be on a gravel road for maybe 3 miles. You then want to go to the Shadow of the Giants trail which is about a one hour loop walking trail. It is very well marked having plaques giving a lot of good information not only about the Sequoias but also other varieties of trees, etc. it is not a strenuous trail and quite enjoyable.

The trail is easy and level, the trees phenomenal. If you want to escape the crowds and have a leisurely stroll, this is the place to be. An additional bonus is the frequency of little signs telling you all about what you are seeing and what has happened to the sequoias. There is a little trail round the grove with excellent information boards. Take goose shoes and water and just enjoy the tranquility.

Once there, the trails are all of reasonable grade. Trees are nice, though not as numerous as other more popular groves. The big benefit of Nelder Grove is its quietness.

This secret place to see a Giant Sequoia Grove and the Bull Buck Tree 5th largest Sequoia is on the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway just outside of Oakhurst. It’s outside of Yosemite off Highway 41. It’s un-crowded and amazing! It’s a must see if you’re in the area and a very special place for my family to go and sight see in our backyard!

If you would like to feel like you just dropped into a fantasy movie set like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter than you need to visit Nelder Grove. It’s hard to imagine this really does exist. It’s full of switchbacks and not for the faint of heart but if you’re here for Yosemite gets used to it. Get a map and directions from the visitor’s center and even then you might not be sure you are going the right way but it’s worth the drive. You will never believe it unless you see it for yourself.

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This is a hidden treasure in the Sierra National Forest. Don’t miss the one mile easy hike through the giant Sequoia Grove and the walk to the 5th largest tree in the world. If you like quiet and away from the crowds in Yosemite, Nelder Grove is the place to go.

Beautiful scenery, no crowds, no garbage, peace and quiet in an extraordinary setting. This is the place to go if you really want to experience the Giant Sequoias like they should be experienced.

While visiting Yosemite stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst and get rooms at very affordable rates.

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May 04

Owned by Andrew and Laurel Quady, globally highly praised Quady Winery specializes in Muscats, Moscato, Port, Sherry, and Vermouth. Electra and Red Electra, 4% & 5% alcohol, is a light picnic style Moscato. Essensia, Orange Muscat and Elysium, Black Muscat, are dessert wines. Starboard is Quady’s euphemism for port. Vya Vermouth is a unique aperitif wine made with selected botanicals. Deviation is an Orange Muscat blended with Damiana and Scented Rose Geranium. Palomino Fino is an Amontillado style Sherry made from Biodynamic grapes. Purple is made from the Sunbelt grape. Located in Madera, CA, in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, an hour from Yosemite or Kings Canyon Parks. You can join for a wine tasting, tour our sustainable vineyard, and meet winemaker Michael Blaylock. Tasting Fee of $5.00 for groups of 10 or over.

In 1980 they decided to add an equipped white dessert wine to their line. The wine, from the obscure Orange Muscat grape variety was named Essensia and became a major success. In 1983, opportunity knocked when they were offered a crop of Black Muscat grapes which became the first Elysium.

Quady wines Discover Quady Winery near YosemiteThey are specialize in sweet wines so be warned. This is definitely a place to take new wine drinker. The Electra which is one of those award winning is Muscat and is one of best things you’ll find. They have a large selection of wines; the staff is friendly, and knowledgeable. It’s a fun place to check out either as a group, or just for some simple tasting. They have great quality wines and paired them nicely with cheese, chocolate shake shots and baklava.

Tasted all the Quady offerings at the Lincoln Child Center Culinary Stars event.  All of their dessert wines are easy to drink and not overly sweet. If you join their wine club, they choose the shipments for you, but that doesn’t bother me much since all their wines are terrific. The wines are excellent. They truly give importance and welcome their guest. Their wines are unique and delicious. Stop here if you are in the area!

Quady has become renowned for their excellent dessert wines. But their tasting room is a lot of fun also. They always have some special wine cocktail they’re serving. And there is always much laughing going on as well. Great wine and great tasting.

The wines have nice labels and great gift bags for presents. The variety covers different taste ranges. There are fun bottles with large wild cat prints that contribute to a local charity. If you like interesting jewelry, hats, purses, wallets, etc., they have great items made from cork. These items are good for gifts or the buyer, and reasonably priced. Quady makes award winning dessert wines. Their staff is friendly and familiar, and very welcoming. They make a great showing on the wine trail, and have several wine clubs and events for members. Check them out!

Quady Winery has many different kinds of wine and all are very good. Nothing like sitting down in the evening to a nice glass of Electra. They have too many to list but anyone in Madera should stop by and check this winery out. The atmosphere and wines at Quady Winery are some of the best in the state. And the wines themselves are fantastic, especially if you’re a fan of dessert wines. Highly recommended!

One of their wines is called Electra and it is made from the Orange Muscat grape, very low alcohol and a little sprits. On a hot day it would be really great served chilled.

There are many attractions in Oakhurst which also offer a variety of lodging options. While visiting Yosemite stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst and get rooms at very affordable rates.

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Apr 10

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 – Minaret Mountain Adventure

At the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites located at 40644 Highway 41 in Oakhurst from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

Tony Krizan, local adventurer, author & photographer shares his 30 plus years of hiking experiences and photos with this exciting series.  Experience this 30 minute show as Tony brings to life, a nine day 47 mile lope starting at the Mammoth Trailhead at 7,495 feet, just above Clover Meadow.

Tony’s “Minaret Mountain Adventure” takes you over to the east side, around Minaret Lake and a special preview at 9,810 feet, the Minaret Mine established in 1878.  He’ll continue back through the Minarets skirting around the two tallest peaks – Mt. Ritter at 13,143 feet and Mt. Banner at 12,942 feet.  Then from Lake Catherine dropping in elevation following the North Fork of the San Joaquin River to the Iceberg Pass Trailhead.  This free slide show event reviles the hidden beauty and history concealed within our Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Tony Krizan’s Sierra Nevada Mountains Series

Join the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites, Crab Cakes Restaurant, REI of Fresno and the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau in honoring the 125th Anniversary of Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.  We will be hosting Tony Krizan, local photographer, author and avid hiker as he takes you on a spectacular photo journey of hiking trails in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

This 7-event series features wilderness hiking trails within the mountains surrounding Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park.  The slide show presentation will allow you to experience the trails and endless views as if you were there, and learn about their history.

Six of the presentations will be in the lobby of the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites located at 40644 Highway 41 in Oakhurst from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.  There will be a special presentation at the REI at River Park in Fresno.

Schedule of Presentations:

April 18, 2015     Minaret Mountains (Yosemite Southgate Hotel, Oakhurst)

May 9, 2015        Wawona Stagecoach Road (Yosemite Southgate Hotel, Oakhurst)

June 13, 2015     Great Sierra Mines, (Yosemite Southgate Hotel, Oakhurst)

July 11, 2015      High Sierra Passes (Yosemite Southgate Hotel, Oakhurst)

August 8, 2015    Lake Italy Loop (Yosemite Southgate Hotel, Oakhurst)

September 19, 2015   Lost in Kings Canyon (Yosemite Southgate Hotel, Oakhurst)

September 29, 2015   Minaret Mountains (REI of Fresno)

All presentations are open to the public and free of charge.

Guests can enjoy a complimentaryvariety of hors-d’oeuvres for each presentation at Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites provided by Crab Cakes Restaurant in Oakhurst.   In conjunction with presentations, REI of Fresno will display various kinds of extreme hiking equipment in the Southgate Hotel lobby.  The same type of equipment Tony would use on one of his many adventures.

After the presentations, autographed copies of Tony’s two books on hiking the 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 Anniversaries go to: www.nps.gov/yose/anniversary.

 Yosemite Southgate Hotel Tony Krizan’s Discover Yosemite’s Forgotten Trails Series
www.YosemiteSouthgate.com
559-683-3555

Crab Cakes Restaurant Tony Krizan’s Discover Yosemite’s Forgotten Trails Series
www.CrabCakesRestaurant.com

559-641-7667

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Apr 07

A great place to go for a road trip or to stop by if you’re traveling on Hwy 99. Truly a great piece of history. Mr. Forsetiere was an amazing, smart man. Definitely before his time. He did the majority of the work creating the underground gardens. Before the tour they give you a brief biography of the Forestiere family and how the underground gardens came to be.

Forestiere Underground Gardens are a true earth environment that remains somewhat untouched from their original beginnings. The tour grounds have small rooms and narrow passageways, which cannot accommodate throngs of visitors. Dirt pathways have some uneven areas and good walking shoes are recommended.

To preserve the character of the grounds and ensure a safe and pleasant visit for everyone, the number of visitors at each tour hour is may limited. To ensure a spot on the tour, be sure to arrive on time. Late-comers will be asked to wait for the next tour.

This is a must see attraction! To think that someone took dozens of years to build an underground compound with gardens and living space. You can’t see it from the street because it is underground. But up close is beautifully done. So much history here you need to take the family and see how great it is! These gardens are absolutely incredible and well worth seeing.

This really is a one-of-a-kind attraction. The host does a nice job of taking visitors through a tour of the underground rooms and explaining the history and undertaking behind this sprawling structure. A visitor gets to walk through most of the remaining building and can easily imagine what it was like to live there. The dug-out living quarters contain a unique mix of ruggedness, ingenuity, and practicality. It reminded me more of visiting ancient ruins than pretty gardens. Although called “gardens,” it really is more of a fascinating living space interspersed with a variety of fruit trees. Each tree has access to the surface through some type of window or hole. It also provides a break from the hot Fresno sun. If you are visiting Fresno, it’s worth a peek.

Forestiere Underground Gardens Explore Forestiere Underground GardensIt’s an amazing story, and quite a gem to see. It’s a place you’ll want to take lots of pictures so take your cameras to click good pictures. The story of how and why this gem was created is in itself worth the trip. But to actually walk the underground passages is like nothing else.

This amazing attraction is such a testament to what hard work and a dream will get you. It is cooler underground so you may want a light sweater. What you will find once you’ve entered is incredible craftsmanship. The family is still working on the upkeep of this unique home and the fruit from the trees.

Working Hours:

Monday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Admission Fees:

Adults: $15

Seniors: $13

His work and genius was very interesting and in many ways reminded me of the work of Gaudi. This Italian touch, the religious references and this whole crazy project.

The place does not look impressive from the outside. There is a chain link fence around some dusty trees. When you enter you will be greeted by one of the gracious staff and wait for the next tour. Awaiting you under the surface is an impressive creation by an intriguing man. It is a one of a kind creation by an unusual artist with mysterious motivations.

This wonderful hidden gem was more than expected!  The staff was amazingly friendly, knowledgeable, and fun.  Some of the fruit trees were over 100 years old and looked amazing as they grow from their sheltered underground planter pots.

This is a lovely place for a family visit, especially during the hottest time of the year. The temperature underground is nice and cool, so if you go in summer, its perfect place to beat the notorious Central Valley heat.

If you’re looking for something to break up the drive back from Yosemite to LA, this is a great pit-stop with some fun history and stories of a man that worked nearly 40 years to create an underground resort for the early 20th century Fresno residents.

While visiting Yosemite stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst and get rooms at very affordable rates and which are closer to the above attractions and there are more to explore in Yosemite.

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Mar 23

Take a quick tour of some of most popular Yosemite attractions, including amazing natural scenery.

Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau

This visitor information center is located in Oakhurst just 1 minute from the Yosemite Southgate lodge and 11 miles from the South entrance to the park. Here you will find information about the U. S. Forest Service, hotels, restaurants, attractions and things to do in Yosemite. The US Forest Service employees at this center can issue permits for campfires and fuel wood as well as wilderness permits. In addition to the information, the center has several historical displays depicting the surrounding area. Complimentary coffee, tea and water are available.

The knowledgeable staff happily assists both tourists and locals with tips on hikes, restaurants, activities and so much more! The Yosemite Sierra Visitor’s Bureau shares the building with the Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce and the US Forest Service so just about anything you may need can be found here.

Working Hours:

Monday- Saturday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Stop here to find out all you need to know about your visit to Yosemite.

Help you with the following:

  • FREE Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau visitors guide
  • Area brochures and restaurant menus
  • Yosemite Park Ranger (seasonal)
  • Local tips and favorite things to do
  • FREE coffee, tea and water
  • Road Conditions and weather forecasts

 

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

There is continuous upgrading and new exhibits are being built. Animals are well cared for and the grounds are kept up and clean. Although a zoo, Chaffee thinks it’s also an aquarium with its water exhibits, especially Sea Lion Cove. Don’t miss it.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo Attractions near Yosemite

Give yourself a few hours here if you want to see everything. Small children can quickly get tired, though, as there is lots of ground to cover and so much to see. Take time out and get a snack at the zoo cafe in the middle of the park. Everyone that works here is so kind and excited to be there and share info about the animals and the zoo. If you like ducks and geese you can feed a million of them in the grassy area across from the zoo entrance.

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is the crown jewel of Fresno, especially due to all the improvements and additions over the last several years.  This zoo had a surprising variety of animals. A large amount of knowledgeable volunteers to talk about the different animals, and great exhibits like the reptile house and Sea Lion cove make this a terrific family outing.

Fresno’s zoo is smaller, but it’s not small. You can spend a day there without feeling like you’re missing anything, while still being entertained by a variety of animals and shows.

It already features zebras, kangaroos, Malaysian tigers, elephants, an anteater, a host of colorful birds, otters and a variety of other exhibits. There’s a “stingray bay” where you can touch stingrays for a modest extra fee, and there’s a petting zoo, too.

Roeding Regional Park

This is a beautiful park, Lush grass lawns, mature trees, winding roads with plenty of spaces and features to discover and explore. This is the park that has the zoo, Rotary Play land, and Story land. It’s a large, regional park that has been around for decades.

There are tennis courts, dance and roller skating pavilions, picnic areas, horseshoes, and even a dog park. Lots of parking and lots of area to walk.

Beautifully landscaped with cool blue lakes, huge groves of trees, rolling green lawns, and dotted by flower gardens, the park contains eight championship tennis courts, two dance pavilions, horseshoe pits, slides and playgrounds, and many picnic areas, complete with picnic tables, and barbecue pits.

The park is characterized by a sweeping lawn punctuated by informal groupings of mature specimen trees. The land is subtly contoured, shaped out of flat topography through extensive grading. A gently-curving thoroughfare bisects the park, with smaller, radiating secondary roads. Water features include a chain of lily ponds and Lake Washington, located in the southwestern corner of the park.

Roeding Park is a regional park covering 90 acres of trees, ponds and picnic areas. The park houses the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and the Japanese War Memorial.

There are lots of attractions available in the location which also offers a variety of lodging options.

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