The Most Beautiful Valley In The World – Yosemite National Park
Fall and Winter are beautiful times to visit the Yosemite National Park and Mariposa County as fall brings beautiful changing foliage and the winter blankets the Valley Floor in fresh snow. Best of all, you can enjoy these amazing seasons with better hotel rates, fewer crowds and limitless magic!
In the early fall a quiet calm rests over the valley. The once simmering hot summer days mellow into cool mornings and gently warm afternoons. In short, it’s the perfect time for hiking in Yosemite. Nature lovers of all ages will appreciate the easy 2 mile roundtrip hike that brings you to Mirror Lake, as well as the Valley Loop Trail that weaves past Lower Yosemite Fall, Three Brothers Rock formation, Camp 4 and onto El Capitan. Vernal Fall is also ideal for a variety of fitness levels because you can go as far as you like from a 1.6 mile walk around the base of the falls to a strenuous but rewarding 5.4 mile trek all the way to Nevada Fall.
Besides great hiking, autumn bring a flurry of lively events like the Mariposa Custom Car Show and the greatly anticipated 1st annual Mariposa Go West Festival where Old Town Mariposa is set to transform into an 1850’s Gold Rush town.
Winter in Yosemite brings its own set of allures from unparalleled beauty and tranquility to an exciting range of outdoors activities. Savor a horse-drawn sleigh ride through fresh powder or some snow shoeing past picturesque scenery. Skiing at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Resort is also a blast, and Badger Pass offers affordable Stay ‘N Play packages you won’t want to miss. For those who prefer a more relaxing retreat, there’s no better place to renew the mind, body and spirit than the Tenaya Lodge.
However, if you really want to experience the best of winter in Yosemite be sure to plan your visit during the holidays and attend beloved events like the 89th annual Bracebridge Dinner in December. Held at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, this event celebrates the yuletide season with song, dance and extraordinary cuisine.
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