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Savoring That Autumn in California Spirit in Mariposa County

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.

Fireside Storytelling

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.

fireside storytelling at Yosemite in autumn

Fat Tire Mountain Biking

mountain biking in autumn in CaliforniaCrisp 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.

Wine Tasting in the historic gold rush town of Mariposa

Casto Oaks Winery is a small family operation with 14 years of experience in theirwine tasting in Yosemite in autumn 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.

Fall Photography

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.

photography of Yosemite in autumn

Star Gazing

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.

stargazing in Yosemite in autumn

Photo Credit: Kristal Leonard

Thanksgiving Dinner

If you’re looking for a decadent meal without the hassle that goes into it, we’ve got you covered!

  • The Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort will be serving up a menu at their June Bug Cafe that’s sure to satisfy.
  • Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite will have a Thanksgiving Dinner served especially for those staying at the resort.
  • Inside Yosemite National Park The Ahwahnee is serving a touchless buffet this year to allow for celebration among family, friends, and the epic beauty of Yosemite National Park. Our Executive Chef is once again preparing a legendary feast served in The Ahwahnee stunning Dining Room.


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