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In Yosemite Mariposa County, it’s hard not to love every season, our backdrop is just too gorgeous. Though for many, Yosemite in autumn is considered one of the best times to visit, with opportunities to see amazing fall colors and enjoy the mild weather of autumn in California. Here are just a few ways to enjoy Yosemite in autumn when you vacation in Mariposa County.
Short days and cool nights create the perfect time of year for old-fashioned evenings of fireside gatherings. Enjoy the perfect marriage of the two with the Fireside Storytelling program. The Fireside Storytelling program takes place next to the beautiful fireplace in The Ahwahnee Great Lounge. Guests of all ages can relax for an hour of stories about Yosemite’s cultural and natural history. This is a free activity held in Yosemite in autumn from October through February, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Crisp mountain air, easy trails and scenic tours make Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite‘s bike riding a favorite pastime for all ages. Now you can experience miles of mountain biking trails through majestic Sierra National Forest on one of Tenaya’s new fat tire bikes. You can take a short easy ride down Jackson Road, take longer rides through the Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias or up to a historic fire tower at Signal Peak. In addition, with a bit of driving, the Sierra National Forest offers some of the finest single-track riding anywhere, from easy to technical.
Casto Oaks Winery is a small family operation with 14 years of experience in their craft. They use sustainable farming practices and leave no stone unturned to ensure the highest possible quality with zero shortcuts. Casto Oaks offers the exciting new wines you’ll quickly want to introduce to your friends and represents the best of the best in Mariposa. Coast Oaks Winery wines are multiple gold medal winners and best of class in the largest wine competition in the world of wines in the U.S. Visit Casto Oaks during an afternoon on your trip to Yosemite in autumn and you won’t be disappointed.
There’s really nothing better than Yosemite in autumn. If you’re looking to find the best place to get Yosemite Fall Photography for those jaw-dropping pictures of scenic Yosemite National Park’s fall foliage, you won’t be disappointed by our curated list. There are plenty of leaf-peeping opportunities and areas of the park with vibrant deciduous trees you won’t want to miss.
On a clear cool night in autumn in California, you can bundle up tightly, take a thermos and an astronomy app and wander the many paths of the Yosemite Valley Floor marveling at the Milky Way and constellations. Check out our post, Starry Starry Yosemite, for more information about where to see the most beautiful stars in the galaxy from the coziness of your campsite.
Photo Credit: Kristal Leonard
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NatureBridge’s Crane Flat campus will serve as your base camp for exploring one of the country’s most iconic national parks. Relax under a canopy of tall trees, go on educational hikes led by our experienced educators and explore the grandeur Yosemite has to offer.
The rolling foothills radiate a vibrant green as billowing cumulus clouds roll through deep blue skies. This lush winter landscape provides the animals — and those who come to see them — room to roam in a peaceful Gold Country paradise where the historic legacy of precious metals is matched only by today’s precious wildlife.
Grab a sled, or just a warm coat and enjoy some snow sliding fun at Goat Meadow Snow Play Area. Just outside Yosemite on Highway 41, this is an excellent area for sledding, snow angels, XC skiing, snowshoeing and more.