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Yosemite Fall Vacations

Fall & Winter Activities in Yosemite

In the fall and winter, Yosemite offers an exciting array of things to do, from hiking and biking, to skiing at Badger Pass. Then, after a day of fun, return home to our spacious, newly renovated guest rooms and relax in our comfy beds, or take a dip in our hot tub. For more information about the accommodations at Mariposa Lodge, please call us at 209-966-3607.

Skiing at Badger Pass

Fall in Yosemite | October & November

Because most of the trees in Yosemite are evergreen, fall foliage isn't one of the main draws to the park, although the maple trees, black oaks and other deciduous trees found dotting the mountains do show off their vibrant colors around mid-October. The best reason to go to Yosemite in the fall is to take in all the breathtaking views and catch glimpses of wildlife in relative solitude—it's the time of year when the park sees the fewest visitors.

Fall is the time to hike to places like Half Dome, Glacier Point and Sentinel Rock, all of which offer stunning views. Rock climbing and biking are also great to take advantage of in the fall. It should be noted that water levels are low in the fall, so this isn't a good season for checking out the park's waterfalls, which are at a trickle this time of year, if not completely dry.

Winter in Yosemite | December-March

Winter in Yosemite means lots of peaceful snowfall, and great snow-related activities at Badger Pass Ski Area. In February, take part in the annual Nordic Holiday Race—a two-day event with an 18k cross country skiing race, downhill telemark and 38k free-style events.

Badger Pass Winter Sports

Some roads are closed in the winter due to ice and snow, but the Yosemite Valley and Wawona are accessible all year.