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11/28/2022Hiking, Photography, Seasons, Shopping, Tours, Tours, Winter Fun |   

Three Reasons to Choose Winter in Yosemite and it's Southern Gateway

Escape the Ordinary

Relaxing, spending time with family, and escaping stress are the experiences that matter to most travelers.

In southern Yosemite, the warmth of winter comes from within, and the alpine setting helps cozy feelings flow. Explore blissful vacation home rentals, lakeside suites with fireplaces at The Pines Resort, clinking glassware raised in a toast at the indelible Chateau du Sureau, and overnight stays at a cabin in The Redwoods at Yosemite.

Find comfort, romance, and "A Bit Of Apres In The Yosemite Region". Chilly days and big smiles make for rosy-cheeked fun this winter. 

Find your mountain hideaway. A mountain cabin can be a cozy retreat from the hustle and bustle.

Be California Dreaming 

Be whisked away by a private SUV for a day of exploring Yosemite Valley, leaving behind the worries of where to park, navigating possibly snowy roads, and how to maximize your time. Winter tours with private guides are a terrific option for families and couples that like to sit back and enjoy the views of Yosemite National Park. 

In the nearby Sierra National Forest, Yosemite Adventure Company has Jeep and snow-tracked vehicles that will lead you on an excursion of a lifetime along frosty trails and to views of towering snow capped peaks. 

Then retreat down the mountain to Oakhurst, California, and try your hand at Yosemite Axe Throwing. Truly, a cultural experience that will have you chopping up the laughs with the whole family. Next door, discover Pedal Forward Bikes and Adventure for repair needs, gear, and shop recommended rides to the winter oases of Hensley Lake and the San Joaquin River. 

Looking for snow gear, skis, snowshoes, and outdoor safety equipment? Find it, and so much more at Alpenglow Gear Co., a local outfitter with the equipment you need for a fun and safe adventure. 

Leave the winter driving to the experts, Crossroad Tours has the know-how and the horsepower to overcome the elements. 

Take Nature Notes from Winter Camp

According to the Southern Sierra Miwok legend, the Coyote created the Earth and Man. Later, he brought warmth to the people by stealing fire from a Turtle high in the Eastern Sierra. The Coyote is a trickster. As many who visit in this season can attest, wintertime in Yosemite has a magical quality. As the land rests and the bears sleep. Other creatures take center stage, like our hero, the Coyote. 

From snow cones at the bottom of impossibly tall waterfalls to the surrounding glacial valley dusted with snow. Want to learn more about the natural mystique of the region? In his latest article, Alex Sigalis takes a closer look at "The 'Natural' Events of a Yosemite Winter."

The Coyote is commonly sighted in Yosemite Valley and lower elevations of the Sierra Nevada during the late fall and winter seasons. 

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